Influence of organic active layer morphology on plasmonic light-trapping

Deirdre M. O'Carroll, Christopher E. Petoukhoff

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Abstract

Here, we show that the morphology of organic bulk-heterojuction (BJH) thin films strongly influences whether plasmonic modes supported by an electrode are absorbed or outcoupled (leaked) from the organic thin films. Using optical dark-field scattering, full-field electromagnetic modelling and grazing-incidence, wide-angle X-ray scattering, we find that more crystalline organic active layers, such as P3HT:PCBM trap surface plasmons while more amorphous organic thin films such as PTB7:PC70BM and PCDTBT:PC70BM facilitate leakage of surface plasmon polaritons. This is an important finding because it indicates that plasmonic light trapping can be improved in thin-film organic active layers using more crystalline active layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3208-3213
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056057
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Event44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017

Other

Other44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period6/25/176/30/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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