Theory of injection photovoltages in organic insulators

Bonham J.S. (1976) Theory of injection photovoltages in organic insulators. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 29 10: 2123-2136. doi:10.1071/CH9762123

Author Bonham J.S.
Title Theory of injection photovoltages in organic insulators
Journal name Australian Journal of Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-0038
Publication date 1976
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/CH9762123
Volume 29
Issue 10
Start page 2123
End page 2136
Total pages 14
Subject 1600 Chemistry
Abstract Development of an open-circuit photovoltage, U, in an organic insulator by photoinjection of charge carriers from the electrodes is treated theoretically. In the single-carrier case (both electrodes injecting the same carrier) it is shown that, in the absence of surface traps, U increases at a rate of 60 mV per decade of light intensity, II, above a threshold value of II. Photoinjection from the back (unilluminated) electrode by incompletely absorbed light causes U to become independent of ll at high light intensity. The same process may also cause U to change sign as the wavelength approaches an absorption minimum of the organic. Traps in the bulk of the insulator do not affect the single-carrier photovoltage, but traps at the surface may complicate the intensity dependence of U if they are involved in the injection mechanism. They may for example cause U to decrease and change sign at high n. Only shallow surface traps are considered. Possible effects of surface states are discussed briefly. The major assumption of this paper--neglect of all but injected charge carriers-breaks down in principle in the two-carrier case. However, if there are no sources of photovaltage in the bulk of the insulator the two-carrier case gives a stronger dependence of U on II, and no saturation or possibility of change of sign with wavelength variation. Predictions of the model are shown to agree with the results for a number of systems reported in the literature.
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