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Light-sensing ambipolar organic transistors for optoelectronic applications
Author(s): Thomas D. Anthopoulos; Paul H Wöbkenberg; Donal D. C. Bradley
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Paper Abstract

Since their invention use of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) has been restricted to applications that explore their unifunctional, i.e. current switching, characteristics. Recently, however, OFETs with additional functionalities have been designed and demonstrated with most notable examples the light-emitting (LE-OFET)[1] and light-sensing (LS-OFET)[2] transistors. These devices are of particular significance since design and fabrication of a new type of organic circuits can now be envisioned. Here we report on electro-optical circuits based on ambipolar LS-OFETs and unipolar OFETs. By carefully tuning the ambipolar transport of LS-OFETs their photosensitivity can be controlled and optimised. By going a step further and integrating LS-OFETs with unipolar OFETs we are able to demonstrate various optoelectronic circuits including electro-optical switches and logic gates. A unique characteristic of these gates is that their input signal(s) can be designed to be either all-optical or electro-optical. An additional advantage of the technology is that LS-OFETs can be integrated with the driving electronics using the same number of processing steps, hence eliminating the need of additional fabrication costs. This is one of the first demonstrations of organic circuits where signal processing involves the use of both optical and electrical input signals. Such optoelectronic devices/circuits could one day be explored in various applications including electro-optical transceivers and optical sensor arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6999, Organic Optoelectronics and Photonics III, 69990X (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780858
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Paul H Wöbkenberg, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Donal D. C. Bradley, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6999:
Organic Optoelectronics and Photonics III
Paul L. Heremans; Michele Muccini; Eric A. Meulenkamp, Editor(s)

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