Resonant cavity enhanced light harvesting in flexible thin-film organic solar cells

Nicholas P. Sergeant, Bjoern Niesen, Albert S. Liu, Lee Boman, Chris Stoessel, Paul Heremans, Peter Peumans, Barry P. Rand, Shanhui Fan

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Dielectric/metal/dielectric (DMD) electrodes have the potential to significantly increase the absorption efficiency and photocurrent in flexible organic solar cells. We demonstrate that this enhancement is attributed to a broadband cavity resonance. Silver-based semitransparent DMD electrodes with sheet resistances below 10 ohm/sq. are fabricated on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates in a high-throughput roll-to-roll sputtering tool. We carefully study the effect of the semitransparent DMD electrode (here composed of ZnxSnyOz/Ag/InxSn yOz) on the optical device performance of a copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene (C60) bilayer cell and illustrate that a resonant cavity enhanced light trapping effect dominates the optical behavior of the device. © 2013 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1431
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 24 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-C1-015-21
Acknowledgements: This work was partially supported by the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (Award No. KUS-C1-015-21), made possible by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The authors thank Steve Smout for the patterning of the active device area.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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