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


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