Influence of organic active layer morphology on plasmonic light-trapping

Deirdre M. O'Carroll, Christopher E. Petoukhoff

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Here, we show that the morphology of organic bulk-heterojuction (BJH) thin films strongly influences whether plasmonic modes supported by an electrode are absorbed or outcoupled (leaked) from the organic thin films. Using optical dark-field scattering, full-field electromagnetic modelling and grazing-incidence, wide-angle X-ray scattering, we find that more crystalline organic active layers, such as P3HT:PCBM trap surface plasmons while more amorphous organic thin films such as PTB7:PC70BM and PCDTBT:PC70BM facilitate leakage of surface plasmon polaritons. This is an important finding because it indicates that plasmonic light trapping can be improved in thin-film organic active layers using more crystalline active layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781509027248
StatePublished - Nov 18 2016
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Portland, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2016Jun 10 2016

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference


Other43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Influence of organic active layer morphology on plasmonic light-trapping'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this