Printed electronics, for example in solar cells, sensors or displays, are becoming increasingly popular on the mass market. Apart from the possibility of new functions and designs, productive deposition methods and the flexible materials used promise significant reductions in production costs.
Flexible OLED of Fraunhofer COMEDD, built upon and encapsulated with functional films of Fraunhofer POLO
The short lifetime of the products has often been an obstacle to their widespread commercialization up to now. The main reason for this is the high sensitivity of the electronic functional materials inside the devices, which can be damaged by water vapor and oxygen.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden develops vacuum processes to productively seal polymer films roll-to-roll with so-called high-barrier and functional layers. A standard polymer film would allow large amounts of water vapor and oxygen to pass through. Permeation barrier layers prevent gas diffusion and thus protect the active, organic materials. In addition to the barrier function, the film can also be enhanced through further, application-related functional layers. For example, the optical properties of the film can be adapted or transparent electrodes can be added on top of a barrier stack.
Bug-proof communication with entangled photons
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Spectrally narrow x-ray pulses may be “sharpened” by purely mechanical means. This sounds surprisingly, but a team of theoretical and experimental physicists developed and realized such a method. It is based on fast motions, precisely synchronized with the pulses, of a target interacting with the x-ray light. Thereby, photons are redistributed within the x-ray pulse to the desired spectral region.
A team of theoretical physicists from the MPI for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in Heidelberg has developed a novel method to intensify the spectrally broad x-ray...
Physicists working with researcher Oriol Romero-Isart devised a new simple scheme to theoretically generate arbitrarily short and focused electromagnetic fields. This new tool could be used for precise sensing and in microscopy.
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Strong light-matter coupling in these semiconducting tubes may hold the key to electrically pumped lasers
Light-matter quasi-particles can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University...
Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.
At first glance, the proximity sensor appears to be nothing special: a thin, elastic layer of silicone onto which black square surfaces are printed, but these...
3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects
A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient...
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