Photo-induced negative differential resistance of organic thin film transistors using anthracene derivatives

Jin Sun Jung, Eun Hei Cho, Soyoung Jo, Kyung Hwan Kim, Dong Hoon Choi, Jinsoo Joo

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We fabricated organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) using soluble 5,50-(2,6-Bis((4-hexylphenyl) ethynyl)anthracene-9,10-diyl)bis(ethyne-2,1-diyl) bis(2-hexylthieno[3,2-b]thiophene (HTT-ant-THB) as an active layer. We studied the photo-responsive and the gate fielddependent charge transport characteristics of the HTT-ant-THB-based OTFTs. When light (λ ex = 505 nm) was irradiated on the OTFTs, negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior (i.e., negative slope of the current versus voltage curve) was observed in the reverse bias region of the source-drain current versus voltage characteristics. The NDR effect observed in this study is unique and is controlled by the wavelength and power of the incident light. The current hysteresis and NDR characteristics can be explained in terms of the trapping and releasing mechanism of the mobile charges at the interface between the electrodes and the organic layer. In addition, the NDR effect in the device disappeared on applying negative gate bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2204-2209
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic Electronics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (No. 2012R1A2A2A01045102 ).


  • Charge trap
  • Negative differential resistance
  • Organic small molecule
  • Organic thin film transistor
  • Photo-responsive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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