Invisible tags: Physicists write, read and erase using light

Nanowerk  February 1, 2019 Researchers in Germany introduced organic luminescent molecules plastic foils. In the beginning, these molecules are in an inactive, dark state. By locally using ultraviolet irradiation, it is possible to turn the dark state into an active, luminescent one. By mask illumination or laser writing, activated patterns can be printed and the imprinted information can be read. Ultraviolet radiation induces a chemical reaction which efficiently removes the oxygen from the layer activating the luminescent molecules. By illuminating with infrared light, the tag is erased completely, and new data can be written into it. The deactivation process is […]