27 September 2013 Recent progress on the vacuum deposition of OLEDs with feature sizes ≤ 20 μm using a contact shadow mask patterned in-situ by laser ablation
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We report progress in the development of a new technique that has the potential to enable the vacuum deposition of OLEDs with feature sizes ≤ 20um, and hence high resolution OLED displays. An OLED device with 16um by 130um sub-pixel size has been successfully demonstrated utilizing the novel idea of the in-situ shadow mask patterning method showing the capability to achieve high resolution OLED patterning. In the approach proposed here, two sheets of polyimide film are mounted on the bottom electrode of an OLED. The top sheet of the two stacked sheets is patterned insitu by laser ablation to create apertures to function as a deposition shadow mask. The lower sheet, which serve as a protective layer to the electrode during the laser ablation step is then removed, and OLED materials are deposited through the now patterned top sheet. Since mask alignment is not required in this approach, the technique circumvents the resolution limitations imposed by the difficulty of aligning shadow masks in the conventional techniques, and allows achieving high resolution pixel patterning. Furthermore, shadow effects, another factor that limits resolution in conventional techniques, can be reduced due to the use of very thin polyimide film (~7.5um) that is directly held on the substrate by electrostatic force. In principle, by applying this technique to the standard three color side-by-side sub-pixel matrix scheme, a resolution and aperture ratio of 338ppi and 60%, respectively, can be expected, which is estimated based on the fact that the width of the deposited material is 25um for the 16um wide electrode.
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Yoshitaka Kajiyama, Yoshitaka Kajiyama, Kevin Joseph, Kevin Joseph, Koich Kajiyama, Koich Kajiyama, Syuji Kudo, Syuji Kudo, Hany Aziz, Hany Aziz, } "Recent progress on the vacuum deposition of OLEDs with feature sizes ≤ 20 μm using a contact shadow mask patterned in-situ by laser ablation", Proc. SPIE 8829, Organic Light Emitting Materials and Devices XVII, 882919 (27 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023308; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023308
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