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Emission from outside of the emission layer in state-of-the-art phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes

 
: Mac Ciarnain, R.; Michaelis, D.; Wehlus, T.; Rausch, A.F.; Danz, N.; Bräuer, A.; Tünnermann, A.

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Organic Electronics 44 (2017), pp.115-119
ISSN: 1566-1199
English
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IOF ()

Abstract
The emission zone profile in an organic light-emitting diode was extracted by fitting the experimentally measured far-field angular electroluminescence spectrum of a purposely designed device. It is based on a thin 10 nm emission layer doped with the red emitting phosphor Ir(MDQ)2acac. We find strong indications for light emission originating from outside of the emission layer, even though the device has electron and hole blocking layers. These are commonly assumed to completely confine the charge carrier recombination and hence the light emission to the emission layer. Since the calculated internal spectrum of the emission matches the emitter photoluminescence spectrum well, diffusion of the emitter molecules outside of the emission layer is hypothesized.

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