Carrier Injection and Transport of Steady-State High Current Density Exceeding 1000 A/cm2 in Organic Thin Films

Wataru Yokoyama, Hiroyuki Sasabe, Chihaya Adachi

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We demonstrate carrier injection and transport of steady-state high current density into organic thin films. The maximum current density reaches J=1053A/cm2, the highest ever reported. We employ a 25 nm-thick Copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) thin film sandwiched between an indium-tin-oxide anode and a magnesium-silver alloy cathode with an active electrode dot-size (S) of S=2.0 × 10-5cm2 (radius: r=25 μm). We observed that the maximum current density depends on the organic materials used, and the device size and thickness. Decreasing the organic layer thickness significantly changes the current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics, demonstrating that the rate-limiting step of the J-V characteristics changes from the carrier transport process to the carrier injection process. Our achievement of high current density exceeding 1000 A/cm2 in organic thin films is a first step towards the development of organic laser diodes that need extremely high excitation intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L1353-L1355
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters
Issue number11 B
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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