High definition in-situ electro-optical characterization for Roll to Roll printed electronics

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Resume: Printed electronics is emerging as a new, large scale and cost effective technology that will be disruptive in fields such as energy harvesting, consumer electronics and medical sensors. The performance of printed organic electronic devices relies principally on the carrier mobility and molecular packing of the polymer semiconductor material. Unfortunately, the analysis of such materials is generally performed with destructive techniques, which are hard to make compatible with in situ measurements, and pose a great obstacle for the mass production of printed electronics devices. A rapid, in situ, non-destructive and low-cost testing method is needed. In this study, we demonstrate that nonlinear optical microscopy is a promising technique to achieve this goal. Using ultrashort laser pulses we stimulate two-photon absorption in a roll coated polymer semiconductor and map the resulting two-photon induced photoluminescence (TPPL) and second harmonic response. We anticipate that this non-linear optical method will substantially contribute to the understanding of printed electronic devices and demonstrate it as a promising novel tool for non-destructive and facile testing of materials during printing of the device and at any moment during its lifespan. This will help the production and development of high quality printed technologies where the semiconductor material can be accessed by infrared light, such as solar cells, displays and sensors.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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SYMPOSIUM L: New materials for organic electronics: from synthesis to processing, characterization and device physics (abstract L. 1.6)


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