Why OLED screen looks brighter than LCD screen? Tech Focus 8


New version Mobile phone, Laptop, TV etc uses OLED screen to give brighter screen display. The advantage of the display is that, the screen can be viewed from any angle without glare and the image will be more clear and sharp. OLED (Organic LED) is a 100 – 500 nanometers thick semiconductor film that emits light through Electrophosphorescence. OLED is also called as OELD (Organic Electro Luminescent Device) and made up of thin layers of organic materials that emit Red, Green, Blue and white light. The OLED screen is much thinner than the LCD screen.

The Organic material in the OLED consists of Amorphous and Crystalline molecules without a definite arrangement. These molecules are arranged in different layers. When a potential difference is applied between the anode and cathode of OLED, current flows through the organic layer of OLED. During the flow of current, cathode layer emits electrons to the emissive layer. Anode then gives electrons from the conductive layer creating holes. These electrons combine with the holes in junction between the emissive and conductive layers. When the electrons combine with holes, the energy of electrons is emitted as photons. Colour of the photons depends on the type of the organic material in the emissive layer.Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLED), also Light-Emitting Polymers (LEP), are used in electroluminescent conductive polymer. Typical polymers used in PLED displays include derivatives of Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) and Polyfluorene.

Organic LED is a solid state device like the LED but composed of several layers .OLED may have two or three layers of organic material along with other layers. The different layers of OLED are

1. Substrate layer-It supports OLED and is made up of transparent plastic or glass film

2. Anode layer – It is a transparent layer that removes electrons. Indium tin oxide is commonly used as the anode material.

3. Organic layer – Layer formed of organic polymers

4. Conductive layer – Transports holes from anode. Made up of organic plastic. Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLED), also light-emitting polymers (LEP), are used in electroluminescent conductive polymer. Typical polymers used in PLED displays include derivatives of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) and polyfluorene.

5. Emissive layer – Transports electrons from the cathode layer. It is made up of organic plastic

6. Cathode layer – Injects electrons. It may be transparent or not. Metals such as Aluminium
and Calcium are often used in the cathode

There are different types of OLED based on the construction.

1. Transparent OLED – They have all transparent components like anode, cathode and substrate.

2. Top emitting OLED – Substrate layer is reflective or opaque

3. White OLED – Emit white light. These can be made into large sheets to make fluorescent lamps

4. Foldable OLED – Substrate layer is flexible and foldable. Used in cell phones to avoid damage.

5. Active matrix OLED – They have all layers but the anode layer has a transistor array that determines the pixel of the display.

6. Passive OLED – Has strips of cathode and anode. External circuit determines the pixel in these devices.

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