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Spatial control of the recombination zone in ambipolar light-emitting polymer transistors
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Ambipolar organic field-effect transistors (FET) are interesting as building blocks for low power complementary circuits in organic electronics. Another intriguing feature of ambipolar FETs is the recombination of holes and electrons within the channel, which leads to the formation of excitons that can relax radiatively and thus emit light. We have recently demonstrated that ambipolar charge transport is a generic feature in a wide range of polymer semiconductors when appropriate injection electrodes and trapfree dielectrics are used. Among these materials are those that are generally used in light-emitting diodes and thus show high photoluminescence efficiencies. Here we demonstrate ambipolar light-emitting field-effect transistors based on the conjugated polymer OC1C10-PPV (poly(2-methoxy-5-(3,7-dimethyloctoxy)-p-phenylenevinylene)) as the semiconducting and emissive layer. OC1C10- PPV shows efficient electron and hole transport with field-effect mobilities of 3⋅10-3 cm2/Vs and 6⋅10-4 cm2/Vs, respectively. Electrons and holes are injected from calcium and gold source and drain electrodes, respectively, and recombine radiatively within the transistor channel leading to visible light emission. We can actively control the position of the recombination zone through the applied gate and source-drain bias in both constant and variable current mode and thus move the emission zone from the source through the channel to the drain electrode and vice versa. The intensity of light emitted from the channel is proportional to the drain current with efficiencies comparable to those of LEDs based on OC1C10-PPV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6192, Organic Optoelectronics and Photonics II, 61920H (20 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.663600
Show Author Affiliations
Jana Zaumseil, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Carrie L. Donley, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Ji-Seon Kim, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Richard H. Friend, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Henning Sirringhaus, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6192:
Organic Optoelectronics and Photonics II
Paul L. Heremans; Michele Muccini; Eric A. Meulenkamp, Editor(s)

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