Characterization of thin-film electroluminescent devices with multiple Ta2O5 interlayers incorporated into SrS:Pr,Ce phosphor

Ray-Hua Horng*, Dong Sing Wuu, Chung Yuan Kung

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A thin-film electroluminescent device (ELD) has been fabricated by incorporating multiple Ta2O5 interlayers into the SrS:Pr,Ce phosphor layer using rf-magnetron sputtering. X-ray measurement results confirm the enhanced crystallinity of the phosphor layer and can be explained by the extra thermal-cycle annealing due to the different deposition temperatures for Ta2O5 (100°C) and SrS (500°C). The inclusion of thin barrier films is expected to redistribute the internal field and introduce additional interface states in the ELD structure. Based on the results of Sawyer-Tower circuit measurements, it is found that the transferred charge density in the active layer can increase with the number of intermediate layers. This contributes to an increase in brightness and the reduction of the threshold voltage. Moreover, a stacked structure for SrS:Pr and SrS:Ce phosphor layers with window effects is proposed to alleviate the absorption problem in the SrS:Pr,Ce multi-barrier ELD structure. Details of the mechanism and the improvement in the chromaticity will also be described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7245-7249
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number12 A
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997


  • Extra thermal-cycle
  • Interlayers
  • SrS:Pr,Ce
  • Stacked structure
  • TaO
  • Thin-film electroluminescent device

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