The optimisation of the laser-induced forward transfer process for fabrication of polyfluorene-based organic light-emitting diode pixels
Laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) has already been used to fabricate various types of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and the process itself has been optimised and refined considerably since OLED pixels were first demonstrated. In particular, a dynamic release layer (DRL) of triazene polymer has been used, the environmental pressure has been reduced down to a medium vacuum, and the donor receiver gap has been controlled with the use of spacers. Insight into the LIFT process's effect upon OLED pixel performance is presented here, obtained through optimisation of three-colour polyfluorene-based OLEDs. A marked dependence of the pixel morphology quality on the cathode metal is observed, and the laser transfer fluence dependence is also analysed. The pixel device performances are compared to conventionally fabricated devices, and cathode effects have been looked at in detail. The silver cathode pixels show more heterogeneous pixel morphologies, and a correspondingly poorer efficiency characteristics. The aluminium cathode pixels have greater green electroluminescent emission than both the silver cathode pixels and the conventionally fabricated aluminium devices, and the green emission has a fluence dependence for silver cathode pixels. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.