Measurement of defect densities and Urbach energies of tail states in PTB7 solar cells

Mehran Samiee, Pranav Joshi, Damir Aidarkhanov, Vikram Dalal

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Poly[[4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-2,6-diyl][3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl) carbonyl]thieno[3,4-b]thiophenediyl]] (PTB7) is an important material for solar cells. We report on measurement of bulk and interfacial defects in PTB7 devices and measurement of Urbach energies of tail states near the HOMO and LUMO levels. The bulk defects and Urbach energies were measured using sub-gap quantum efficiency techniques and the donor/acceptor interfacial defects using capacitance techniques. Interfacial defects were found to peak at ∼0.7 eV above the HOMO level. Dark current-voltage curve indicated both interfacial and bulk recombination. Urbach energy for tail states near the HOMO level of PTB7 is 33 meV and near the LUMO level 55 meV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number133511
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Sep 29 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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