Effect of metal cathode reflectance on the exciton-dissociation efficiency in heterojunction organic solar cells

Ajay K. Pandey, Paul E. Shaw, Ifor D. W. Samuel, Jean-Michel Nunzi

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Abstract

Effects of different cathode metals, such as aluminum, calcium, and silver, and difference in their reflectivity on the photocurrent generation in pentacene-C-60 heterojunction solar cell are presented. Using optical transfer matrix calculations, we find that metal reflectivity has a profound impact on the electrical field confinement within the multilayer device structures. Silver as cathode offers better optical-field confinement close to the pentacene-C-60 interface over generally preferred aluminum cathode. External quantum efficiency measurements confirm higher exciton dissociation efficiency and high photocurrent generation ability of silver over aluminum cathode making the choice of cathode metal an important parameter in device optimization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103303
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume94
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2009

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