We report an optical degradation of an InGaN/AlGaN double-heterostructure light-emitting diode (LED) on a sapphire substrate grown by metalorgonic chemical vapor deposition. Electroluminescence, electron-beam induced current, and cathodoluminescence observations have shown that the degraded InGaN/AlGaN LED exhibits formation and propagation of dark spots and a crescent-shaped dark patch, which act as nonradiative recombination centers. The values of degradation rate under injected current density of 0.1 kA/cm2 were determined to be 1.1×10-3, 1.9×10-3 and 3.9×10-3h-1 at ambient temperatures of 30, 50, and 80°C, respectively. The activation energy of degradation was also determined to be 0.23 eV.
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