Conductive element with lateral oxidation barrier

  • US 6,459,713 B2
  • Filed: 04/06/2001
  • Issued: 10/01/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/18/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A light emitting device comprising:

  • a light emitting active region;

    at least a first oxidizable layer located above said light emitting active region, said first oxidizable layer having a first region which is significantly oxidized and a second region which is not significantly oxidized;

    top and bottom electrical contacts disposed to communicate with said second region, said top electrical contact being located above said light emitting active region and said bottom electrical contact being located below said light emitting active region;

    interconnect metalization being in electrical communication with at least one of said top and bottom electrical contacts;

    at least one basin disposed in said light emitting device that extends sufficiently into said light emitting device to allow access to said first region by an oxidizing agent so as to oxidize said first region;

    a top mirror disposed above said light emitting active region; and

    a bottom mirror disposed below said light emitting active region.

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