The graphic on the left shows the anatomy of a state-of-the-art white solid-state lamp; and the graphic on the right shows in the black curve the spectral power density of the light that it emits. The lamp is basically a blue LED coated with green and red phosphors. Some of the blue light leaks through […]
Vermont—a leader in energy efficiency and deployment of so-called smart-grid technology—will become home to a $15 million national energy research project, officials announced Monday. The Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation will be housed at the University of Vermont.
The three-year project is a partnership among the state of Vermont, Sandia National Laboratories of New Mexico, […]
June 22, 2011
In a paper titled “Nanoscale Effects on Heterojunction Electron Gases in GaN/AlGaN Core/Shell Nanowires” published in Nano Letters, Sandia scientist Bryan M. Wong, and EFRC scientists François Léonard, Qiming Li, and George T. Wang, present a theoretical and computational study of the electronic properties of core/shell nanowires. They find that […]
June 27-28, 2011
The rebound (or take-back) effect) is the term in energy economics used to describe the effectin which increases in energy efficiency do not necessarily lead to simple 1:1 decreases in energy consumption, but instead are “taken back” in the form of higher consumption of the goods and services that […]
July 4, 2011
Solid-state lighting is currently based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and phosphors. Solid-state lighting based on lasers would offer significant advantages including high potential efficiencies at high current densities. Light emitted from lasers, however, has a much narrower spectral linewidth than light emitted from LEDs or phosphors. Therefore it is […]
Light Creation Materials
Different families of inorganic semiconductor materials can contribute to solid-state white lighting. The primary chemical systems used for LEDs are Group-III nitrides and Group-III phosphides. It is, however, possible that breakthroughs in a different material system, for example ZnO, will be important.
LEDs based on gallium nitride (GaN) and ternary alloys with indium […]