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Title: Characterization of plasmonic hole arrays as transparent electrical contacts for organic photovoltaics using high-brightness Fourier transform methods

Here we present a methodology for probing light-matter interactions in prototype photovoltaic devices consisting of an organic semiconductor active layer with a semitransparent metal electrical contact exhibiting surface plasmon-based enhanced optical transmission. We achieve high-spectral irradiance in a spot size of less than 100 μm using a high-brightness laser-driven light source and appropriate coupling optics. Spatially resolved Fourier transform photocurrent spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions allows us to measure external quantum efficiency with high sensitivity in small-area devices (<1 mm 2). Lastly, this allows for rapid fabrication of variable-pitch sub-wavelength hole arrays in metal films for use as transparent electrical contacts, and evaluation of the evanescent and propagating mode coupling to resonances in the active layer.
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Sustainable Energy Technologies; Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Condensed Matter Physics
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Modern Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 61; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 0950-0340
Taylor and Francis
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; high brightness spectroscopy; metal hole array; organic photovoltaic; Fourier transform photocurrent; laser-driven light source; plasmonic transparent contacts