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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S4 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: A851–A858

On the interplay of waveguide modes and leaky modes in corrugated OLEDs

Julian Hauss, Tobias Bocksrocker, Boris Riedel, Uli Lemmer, and Martina Gerken  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S4, pp. A851-A858 (2011)

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Bragg gratings incorporated into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) establish a coupling between waveguide modes and useful light (leaky modes). Here we demonstrate that the net coupling direction depends on the OLED stack design. We fabricated two different device structures with gold Bragg gratings. Angle resolved electroluminescence spectra were recorded. For the first device peaks of enhanced emission due to the Bragg grating are observed corresponding to a net energy transfer in direction of the leaky modes. The second device, on the other hand, exhibits dips in the emission spectrum. This reversed direction of energy transfer from the leaky modes to the waveguide modes is explained considering transfer matrix simulations of modal intensity distributions and device emission simulations. An OLED efficiency enhancement is only achieved, if the waveguide mode extraction is dominant.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(250.3680) Optoelectronics : Light-emitting polymers

ToC Category:
Light-Emitting Diodes

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 3, 2011
Published: June 20, 2011

Julian Hauss, Tobias Bocksrocker, Boris Riedel, Uli Lemmer, and Martina Gerken, "On the interplay of waveguide modes and leaky modes in corrugated OLEDs," Opt. Express 19, A851-A858 (2011)

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