Photoinduced absorption spectroscopy on MDMO-PPV:PCBM solar cells under operation

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Near-steady-state photoinduced absorption (PIA) spectroscopy is employed to study the charge carrier dynamics in polymer:fullerene (poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1-4-phenylene vinylene]: 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)-propyl-1-phenyl-[6,6]C61; MDMO-PPV:PCBM) solar cells under operating conditions. Artifacts in the PIA spectra originating from thermal heating of the aluminum electrode and from interference of incoming and reflected light waves are analyzed. PIA signals from functioning devices are studied as a function of applied bias and temp. and complemented with photocurrent measurements under identical conditions. Comparison between photocurrent and PIA measurements shows that PIA mainly probes trapped cationic charge carriers while the photocurrent samples mobile carriers. The no. d. of trap sites is estd. at 1017 cm-3 and trapped carriers can be stabilized by applying a reverse bias potential over the device. [on SciFinder (R)]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-335
JournalOrganic Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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