Critical Dimensions in Small-Molecule Plasmonic Particle Solar Cells

  • Till Jägeler-HoheiselEmail author
  • Johannes Benduhn
  • Christian Körner
  • Karl Leo
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 272)


In this review, we summarize design principles of organic solar cells with plasmonic nanostructures. A process for scalable vacuum processing of silver nanoparticles is presented. Approximations for losses inside plasmonic structures are derived with respect to particle size and absorber material. We evaluate the characteristic length scales of plasmonic near-field enhancement and backscattering. The thickness of the absorber layers can be significantly reduced in plasmonic devices showing increased power conversion efficiency. The strongest plasmonic effects are observed in coupling particle structures.


Absorber layer thickness Absorption effciency Backscattering Charge extraction Coupling plasmonic particles Coupling of plasmonic particles to absorbing media Device stack Dipolar plasmonic resonance in dispersive media Dipolar resonance Extinction efficiency Fill factor Forward scattering Infra-red Inter-particle spacing Modified long-wavelength approach Morphology in plasmonic organic solar cells Nanotechnology Near-field effect Near-field enhancement Particle aspect ratio Particle density Particle growth Particle growth after seeding Particle position Particle size Passivation of plasmonic particles Phase of plasmonic resonance Photocurrent Plasmonic device concepts Plasmonic solar cell Polarizability Reflection Reflection at plasmonic particles Scattering efficiency Semiconductor bandgap Silver particle deposition Spectral overlap Splitting of plasmonic resonance Vollmer-weber growth 



We gratefully acknowledge L.M. Eng, M.C. Gather, and M. Riede for fruitful discussions, T. Günther and A. Wendel for sample preparation, S. Goldberg for SEM images, and the DFG for funding via SPP 1355.


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  • Till Jägeler-Hoheisel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Johannes Benduhn
    • 1
  • Christian Körner
    • 1
  • Karl Leo
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhotophysikTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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