Hot photons and open-circuit voltage in molecular absorbers

Dzurnak, Branislav and Feng, Tianxian and Danos, Lefteris and Markvart, Tomas (2019) Hot photons and open-circuit voltage in molecular absorbers. Semiconductor Science and Technology, 34 (12). ISSN 0268-1242

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Hot carrier solar cells have attracted interest for many years. Although no working exemplars exist today, the challenges to overcome have become clearer and a substantial research effort has been underway with a focus on inorganic semiconductors, including quantum wells. In this paper we propose a novel strategy to potentially exploit hot photons, based on organic absorbers. Our approach, when combined with photon management structures similar to photonic fluorescent collectors, can potentially enhance the efficiency of complete photovoltaic devices. We present a characterisation method of fluorescent collectors by evaluating the chemical potential and temperature of the emitted fluorescence photon flux. We report on observation of temperatures of the emitted photon flux well above the ambient temperature, indicating the presence of hot photons. We propose a theoretical background to describe how excess thermal energy carried by hot photons can be exploited to increase the chemical potential of the photon flux which is closely related to the open-circuit voltage of the solar cell.

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