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Predictive mechanistic model for the electrical impedance and intensity-modulated photocurrent and photovoltage spectroscopic responses of an organic bulk heterojunction solar cell

: Set, Y.T.; Birgersson, E.; Luther, J.


Physical review applied 5 (2016), No.5, Art. 054002
ISSN: 2331-7019
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()

We develop a predictive and mechanistic model for the intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopic (IMPS), intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopic (IMVS), and electrical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) responses of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. Unlike the dominant analytical framework-equivalent circuit analysis-the model uses physical parameters that directly reflect the device's fundamental electronic mechanisms, eliminating the ambiguity associated with interpreting phenomenological parameters. Formulated in the frequency domain, the model is a computationally efficient tool for extracting parameters from the measured spectra. With a set of physical parameters representing a device, we predict the device's spectra (a) in techniques employing different methods of perturbing a device and (b) at different bias voltages and illumination intensities. The predicted spectra show good agreement with the measured ones. By quantifying the device's internal electric field and charge carrier concentration and relating them to the spectra, we determine that the IMPS responses at the short-circuit condition and the IMVS responses at the open-circuit condition directly reflect the charge carrier extraction and recombination, respectively. Furthermore, the EIS response indicates the device's recombination time scale at different bias voltages.