Photogenerated charge carrier recombination processes in CdS/P3OT solar cells: effect of structural and optoelectronic properties of CdS films
Centro de Investigación en Energía, UNAM, Priv. Xochicalco S/N, Temixco 62580, Morelos, Mexico
2 Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas, UAEM, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
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Accepted: 2 May 2011
Published online: 18 August 2011
Research and development activities in organic solar cells have been intensified in the last two decades, and the reported energy conversion efficiency in small cell samples is rapidly increased. However, the relation between cell performance and material preparation conditions is not fully understood. In this work charge carrier recombination processes in hybrid poly-3-octylthiophene (P3OT)/cadmium sulfide (CdS) photovoltaic cells were analyzed as a function of structural and optoelectronic properties of chemical bath deposited CdS thin films. The temperature of the bath solution varied between 60 and 80 °C, and the deposition time from 1 to 3 h. Charge carrier recombination times in CdS films were measured with photoconductance decay technique, whereas the same time in P3OT films was estimated by Time-of-Flight method. Charge carrier recombination rates at CdS/P3OT interface were determined by transient photovoltage technique. It is found that CdS films grown at lower solution temperature (60 °C) give a higher charge carrier recombination rate at CdS/P3OT interface and larger short-circuit current density and energy conversion efficiency values in the corresponding solar cells, in comparison with the 80 °C deposited ones. This improvement could come from the reduction of charge carrier trap density inside grains as well as at grain boundaries in lower temperature deposited CdS films.
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