Polarization-independent efficiency enhancement of organic solar cells by using 3-dimensional plasmonic electrode

Xuanhua Li, Wallace C.H. Choy, Xingang Ren, Jianzhuo Xin, Peng Lin, Chi Wah Leung

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Plasmonic back reflectors have recently become a promising strategy for realizing efficient organic solar cell (OSCs). Since plasmonic effects are strongly sensitive to light polarization, it is highly desirable to simultaneously achieve polarization-independent response and enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) by designing the nanostructured geometry of plasmonic reflector electrode. Here, through a strategic analysis of 2-dimensional grating (2D) and 3-dimensional patterns (3D), with similar periodicity as a plasmonic back reflector, we find that the OSCs with 3D pattern achieve the best PCE enhancement by 24.6, while the OSCs with 2D pattern can offer 17.5 PCE enhancement compared to the optimized control OSCs. Importantly, compared with the 2D pattern, the 3D pattern shows a polarization independent plasmonic response, which will greatly extend its uses in photovoltaic applications. This work shows the significances of carefully selecting and designing geometry of plasmonic nanostructures in achieving high-efficient, polarization-independent plasmonic OSCs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number153304
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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