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Near infrared up-conversion in organic photovoltaic devices using an efficient Yb3+:Ho3+ Co-doped Ln2BaZnO5 (Ln = Y, Gd) phosphor

Curry, RJ, adikaari, , silva, S, etchart, I, Guering, P, Berard, M and cheetham, A (2012) Near infrared up-conversion in organic photovoltaic devices using an efficient Yb3+:Ho3+ Co-doped Ln2BaZnO5 (Ln = Y, Gd) phosphor Journal of Applied Physics, 111 (9). ? - ?. ISSN 0021-8979

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Abstract

The first detailed study that combines the use of a new generation of high-efficiency Yb3+:Ho3+ co-doped Y2BaZnO5 near-infrared up-converting phosphors with organic photovoltaic devices is reported. We show that it is possible to obtain a Jsc of 16 µA / cm2 under 986 nm illumination (~390 mW / cm2 corresponding to ~37 suns) leading to an up-conversion external quantum efficiency (UC EQE) of 0.0052%. Through modification of the organic photovoltaic devices to incorporate transparent electrodes we show that UC EQE could be increased to 0.031 %, matching that achieved in amorphous-Si:H PV cells. Accounting for the full spectral range that may be absorbed by the phosphor(~870–1030 nm) yields an up-conversion power conversion efficiency (UC PCE) of 0.073% which again could be improved to 0.45% using transparent electrodes. This technique for utilizing the near-infrared spectral region may therefore offer a potential route to improving the performance of organic photovoltaic devices as research into discovering high-efficiency up-converting phosphors continues to provide improved materials.

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The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters, 111 (9) 094502 and may be found at R. J. Curry et al., Appl. Phys.Lett. 111, 094502 (2012)

Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Advanced Technology Institute > Nano-Electronics Centre
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 16:10
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/533328

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