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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 16 — Aug. 2, 2010
  • pp: 17477–17483

Increased OLED radiative efficiency using a directive optical antenna

S. McDaniel and S. Blair  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 16, pp. 17477-17483 (2010)

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We investigate the improvement in efficiency of organic light emitting diodes/displays (OLEDs) by embedding a typical OLED structure within a metallic patch grating resonator. A patch grating resonator is similar to the more familiar Fabry-Perot resonator, except that one mirror of the resonator is a metallic patch grating with a pitch ~ λ/2 that reduces lateral propagation of radiative emission. FDTD simulations of the proposed structure indicate a potential 71% increase in emitted power over that of a reference OLED structure, and an additional 5% gain from adding an ITO spacer adjacent to the metallic electrode layer (for a total 76% increase). Implementation of this structure requires little to no modification of the OLED manufacturing process.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 26, 2010
Published: July 30, 2010

S. McDaniel and S. Blair, "Increased OLED radiative efficiency using a directive optical antenna," Opt. Express 18, 17477-17483 (2010)

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