Measuring and structuring the spatial coherence length of organic light-emitting diodes

Jonathan Nylk
Monday 12 January 2015

Guohua Xie, Mingzhou Chen, Michael Mazilu, Shuyu Zhang, Ashu K. Bansal, Kishan Dholakia, and Ifor D. W. Samuel

Laser and Photonics Review doi: 10.1002/lpor.201500065 (2015)

doi: 10.1002/lpor.201500065

The spatial coherence of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) is an important parameter that has gained little attention to date. Here, we present a method for making quantitative measurements of the spatial coherence of OLEDs using a Young’s double-slit experiment. The usefulness of the method is demonstrated by making measurements on a range of OLEDs with different emitters (iridium and europium complexes) and architectures (bottom and top emitting) and the fringe visibility is further manipulated by gratings embedded in external diffractive optical elements. Based on the experiments and simulation of the results, we quantitatively determine the spatial coherence lengths of several OLEDs and find them to be a few micrometers. A 60% increase in the spatial coherence length was observed when using a narrow bandwidth emitter and a metal-coated grating.

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