Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Department of

 

Date of this Version

2007

Citation

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 90, 053509 (2007)

Comments

© 2007 American Institute of Physics

Abstract

An all-polymeric optocoupler has been demonstrated with a polymer light-emitting diode (PLED) as the light source (input unit) and a polymer/fullerene photodiode (PD) as the detector (output unit). The electroluminescence (EL) peak of the PLED is 560 nm, and the entire EL spectrum is within the response range of the PD. The optocoupler can work at low driving voltages, 5 V on the PLED and 0 V on the PD. The output photocurrent increases linearly with input current, and the current density transfer ratio reaches 1.5%. The frequency response of the optocoupler is at 500 kHz. With comparable performance to their inorganic counterparts, the all-polymeric optocouplers demonstrated here will bring the technology of organic photonic devices one step closer to commercialization.