By: Sérgio Pereira
From: Universidade de Aveiro
At: Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar, Anfiteatro
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". In this presentation I will give a birdâ€™s eye view of the field of research regarding the materials, i.e. GaN related semiconductors, at the heart of this scientific and technological breakthrough. Moreover, I will attempt to give a brief overview regarding the implications of such development, as well as present some relevant contributions of the work carried out in our group in Aveiro in this field.