Tetracene light-emitting transistors on flexible plastic substrates

Santato, C.; Manunza, I.; Bonfiglio, A.; Cicoira, F.; Cosseddu, P.; Zamboni, R.; Muccini, M.
April 2005
Applied Physics Letters;4/4/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 14, p141106
Academic Journal
We report on organic light-emitting (field-effect) transistors (LETs) fabricated on a flexible and transparent plastic foil (Mylar), acting both as substrate and gate dielectric. The foil is patterned on one side with bottom-contact gold source and drain electrodes, while a thin film of gold is evaporated on the opposite side of the foil to form the gate electrode. A vacuum sublimed tetracene film is employed as an active layer for charge transport and light emission. Atomic force microscopy shows that tetracene films have a good adhesion on Mylar and exhibit a granular structure. The transistor shows unipolar p-type behavior with mobilities typically of 5×10-4 cm2/V s. Drain-source current and electroluminescence have been simultaneously measured. Provided a suitable gate bias is applied, light emission occurs at drain-source voltages (Vds) above saturation. LETs on plastic substrates could open the way to flexible devices combining the switching function of a transistor and the light emission.


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