27 September 2013 OLED emission zone measurement with high accuracy
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Highly efficient state of the art organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) comprise thin emitting layers with thicknesses in the order of 10 nm. The spatial distribution of the photon generation rate, i.e. the profile of the emission zone, inside these layers is of interest for both device efficiency analysis and characterization of charge recombination processes. It can be accessed experimentally by reverse simulation of far-field emission pattern measurements. Such a far-field pattern is the sum of individual emission patterns associated with the corresponding positions inside the active layer. Based on rigorous electromagnetic theory the relation between far-field pattern and emission zone is modeled as a linear problem. This enables a mathematical analysis to be applied to the cases of single and double emitting layers in the OLED stack as well as to pattern measurements in air or inside the substrate. From the results, guidelines for optimum emitter – cathode separation and for selecting the best experimental approach are obtained. Limits for the maximum spatial resolution can be derived.
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N. Danz, R. MacCiarnain, D. Michaelis, T. Wehlus, A. F. Rausch, C. A. Wächter, and T. C. G. Reusch "OLED emission zone measurement with high accuracy", Proc. SPIE 8829, Organic Light Emitting Materials and Devices XVII, 882923 (27 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023936; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023936

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