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Light-assisted tunneling current spectroscopy: a new tool for nanoscale observation of organic semiconductors
Author(s): Fabrice Charra; Denis Fichou
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Paper Abstract

The photovoltaic effect in organic solar cells is a multistep process involving both bulk and interfacial phenomena. In order to probe the local mechanisms of photocurrent production in organic semiconductors, we studied the influence of light on the junction between the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and an organic thin film. We report here on the local through-space I-V and I-(Delta) Z characteristics ((Delta) Z=tip-sample distance) of pentacene (5A), a material with potential applications in photovoltaic solar cells. These systems behave as metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) tunnel junctions. The influence of light is investigated by coupling the organic nano-junctions to a laser beam. Monitoring the tip-sample distance (Delta) Z at the angstrom level (i.e. over the 0-20 angstrom range), allows to tune the I-V characteristics of these nanoscale organic tunnel junctions both in the dark and under illumination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4465, Organic Photovoltaics II, (21 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456925
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Fabrice Charra, CEA Saclay (France)
Denis Fichou, CEA Saclay and CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4465:
Organic Photovoltaics II
Zakya H. Kafafi; Denis Fichou, Editor(s)

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