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Near-field photometry for organic light-emitting diodes
Author(s): Rui Li; Krishnan Harikumar; Alexandar Isphording; Venkat Venkataramanan
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Paper Abstract

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology is rapidly maturing to be ready for next generation of light source for general lighting. The current standard test methods for solid state lighting have evolved for semiconductor sources, with point-like emission characteristics. However, OLED devices are extended surface emitters, where spatial uniformity and angular variation of brightness and colour are important. This necessitates advanced test methods to obtain meaningful data for fundamental understanding, lighting product development and deployment. In this work, a near field imaging goniophotometer was used to characterize lighting-class white OLED devices, where luminance and colour information of the pixels on the light sources were measured at a near field distance for various angles. Analysis was performed to obtain angle dependent luminous intensity, CIE chromaticity coordinates and correlated colour temperature (CCT) in the far field. Furthermore, a complete ray set with chromaticity information was generated, so that illuminance at any distance and angle from the light source can be determined. The generated ray set is needed for optical modeling and design of OLED luminaires. Our results show that luminance non-uniformity could potentially affect the luminaire aesthetics and CCT can vary with angle by more than 2000K. This leads to the same source being perceived as warm or cool depending on the viewing angle. As OLEDs are becoming commercially available, this could be a major challenge for lighting designers. Near field measurement can provide detailed specifications and quantitative comparison between OLED products for performance improvement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8641, Light-Emitting Diodes: Materials, Devices, and Applications for Solid State Lighting XVII, 86410A (4 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002110
Show Author Affiliations
Rui Li, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Krishnan Harikumar, Lumentra Inc. (Canada)
Alexandar Isphording, Philips Technologie GmbH (Germany)
Venkat Venkataramanan, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Lumentra Inc (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8641:
Light-Emitting Diodes: Materials, Devices, and Applications for Solid State Lighting XVII
Klaus P. Streubel; Heonsu Jeon; Li-Wei Tu; Martin Strassburg, Editor(s)

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