Title

A simple method to experimentally determine the accurate RC-constant in nanosecond timescale transient photocurrent measurements on organic solar cells

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

RSC Advances

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

School

Electron Science Research Institute

RAS ID

21542

Comments

Originally published as: Xiang, J., Cai, L., Yao, Y. Q., Ding, B. F., Alameh, K., & Song, Q. L. (2015). A simple method to experimentally determine the accurate RC-constant in nanosecond timescale transient photocurrent measurements on organic solar cells. RSC Advances, 5(125), 103403-103409. Original publication available here

Abstract

Nanosecond timescale transient photocurrent (ns-TPC) measurements on organic solar cells (OSCs) are commonly used in combination with numerical simulation to study charge transport and recombination phenomenon in these devices. But the ns-TPC measurement itself is influenced by the RC-effects of the test circuit. Thus the RC-constant of the test circuit is needed to mathematically eliminate the RC-effects to reconstruct an accurate TPC signal. Nowadays, an estimated RC-constant is used by researchers to reconstruct the TPC signal. So, a reliable method is needed to experimentally determine the RC-constant accurately to reconstruct the accurate TPC signal. Here, a simple method, by analyzing the transient response of the test circuit after a square voltage pulse excitation, is used to experimentally determine the RC-constant in ns-TPC measurements on typical planar hetero-junction small-molecule organic solar cells and typical bulk hetero-junction polymer solar cells. In the meantime, in order to verify the correctness of the experimentally determined RC-constant, three verification methods, which are valid under specific conditions, are selectively adopted to verify whether the experimentally determined RC-constant is reliable. Finally, all the results given by the verification methods show that this simple method could be used as a reliable method to experimentally determine the correct RC-constant in ns-TPC measurements on OSCs.

DOI

10.1039/c5ra21098d

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