Metal nanoparticle mediated space charge and its optical control in an organic hole-only device

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Ligorio, G. ; Nardi, M. V. ; Steyrleuthner, Robert ; Ihiawakrim, D. ; Crespo-Monteiro, N. ; Brinkmann, M. ; Neher, D. ; Koch, N. (2017)
  • Publisher: Freie Universität Berlin Universitätsbibliothek, Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1063/1.4945710
  • Subject: 530 Physik | 530 Physics
    • ddc: ddc:530
    arxiv: Quantitative Biology::Cell Behavior

We reveal the role of localized space charges in hole-only devices based on an organic semiconductor with embedded metal nanoparticles (MNPs). MNPs act as deep traps for holes and reduce the current density compared to a device without MNPs by a factor of 104 due to the build-up of localized space charge. Dynamic MNPs charged neutrality can be realized during operation by electron transfer from excitons created in the organic matrix, enabling light sensing independent of device bias. In contrast to the previous speculations, electrical bistability in such devices was not observed.
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