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light-emitting diode (LED)

Semiconductor (often a combination of gallium, arsenic and phosphorous or gallium and nitrogen) containing an n region (where electrons are more numerous than positive charges) separated from a p region (where positive charges are more numerous than negative charges). Upon application of a voltage, charges move and emission of ultraviolet, visible or infrared radiation is produced each time a charge recombination takes place. Although a LED emits incoherent monochromatic light, normally a very narrow frequency range is obtained.
  1. This effect is a form of electroluminescence.
  2. The colour depends on the semi-conducting material used, and can be ultraviolet, visible or infrared.
  3. Organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) contain diodes made of small molecules or made of polymeric materials. The latter are sometimes called PLEDs.
PAC, 2007, 79, 293 (Glossary of terms used in photochemistry, 3rd edition (IUPAC Recommendations 2006)) on page 364
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