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Organic solar cells with inverted layer sequence incorporating optical spacers

Simulation and experiment
: Zimmermann, B.; Glatthaar, M.; Niggemann, M.; Riede, M.K.; Ziegler, T.


Gombert, A. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Europe, Cardiff:
Photonics for solar energy systems : 5 - 6 April 2006, Strasbourg, France. Photonics Europe
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2006 (SPIE Proceedings Series 6197)
ISBN: 0-8194-6253-5
Paper 61970G
Photonics Europe Symposium <2006, Strasbourg>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ISE ()

In this paper we present detailed optical simulations of organic bulk-heteroj unction solar cells built with inverted layer sequence as compared to the commonly used setup which is based on indium tin oxide (ITO) covered glass or plastic substrates and where the metal electrode is evaporated on top of the active absorber blend. The inverted setup may have production related advantages over the conventional setup, as the metal electrode is first evaporated onto the substrate and afterwards only wet chemical processes are needed. Additionally ITO can be replaced with a suited module concept. The effects of light trapping with an optical spacer, namely a transparent conductive layer between the absorber and the metallic electrode are investigated for the inverted setup. The results show that the insertion of an optical spacer does not increase the maximal obtainable short circuit current density and is only beneficial if a decrease of film thickness of the active absorber results in a higher internal quantum efficiency, open circuit voltage or fill factor. In the experimental section we show that the inversion of the layer sequence can be realised without any loss in device efficiency as compared to devices with the conventional layer sequence.