Optical characterization and optimization of OLEDs

Optics of organic LEDs

The quantitative optical description and general technical optimization of the upcoming, commercial light source organic LED require a profound knowledge of the active & passive optical properties of the system „OLED“.


Optical Characterization

  • Model free determination of thin film material dispersions n(λ)+ik(λ)
  • Measurement of layer thicknesses inside final OLED stacks
  • Measurement of polarized, angular & spectrally resolved emission pattern in air and substrate glass, respectively
  • Detailed optical modelling using in-house software („Radiating Slabs“)
  • Conclusion to properties of electrically pumped OLED emitting material


Emitter Properties

OLEDs comprising an adapted thin film stack (e.g. emitter – cathode – distance) enable to determine

  • internal electroluminescence spectrum,
  • emitter orientation distribution,
  • profile of the emission zone, and
  • quantum efficiency of excited state luminescence

by far-field radiation pattern measurement in conventional, electrically pumped operation and subsequent optical analysis.



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