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  1. Analysis of Charge Carrier Transport in Organic Photovoltaic Active Layers

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    Han, Xu; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2015-03-01

    We present a systematic analysis of charge carrier transport in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices based on phenomenological, deterministic charge carrier transport models. The models describe free electron and hole transport, trapping, and detrapping, as well as geminate charge-pair dissociation and geminate and bimolecular recombination, self-consistently with Poisson's equation for the electric field in the active layer. We predict photocurrent evolution in devices with active layers of P3HT, P3HT/PMMA, and P3HT/PS, as well as P3HT/PCBM blends, and photocurrent-voltage (I-V) relations in these devices at steady state. Charge generation propensity, zero-field charge mobilities, and trapping, detrapping, and recombination rate coefficients are determined by fitting the modeling predictions to experimental measurements. We have analyzed effects of the active layer morphology for layers consisting of both pristine drop-cast films and of nanoparticle (NP) assemblies, as well as effects on device performance of insulating NP doping in conducting polymers and of specially designed interlayers placed between an electrode and the active layer. The model predictions provide valuable input toward synthesis of active layers with prescribed morphology that optimize OPV device performance.

  2. Dispersive transport of charge carriers in disordered nanostructured materials

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    Sibatov, R. T.; Uchaikin, V. V.

    2015-07-01

    Dispersive transport of charge carriers in disordered nanostructured semiconductors is described in terms of integral diffusion equations nonlocal in time. Transient photocurrent kinetics is analyzed for different situations. Relation to the fractional differential approach is demonstrated. Using this relation provides specifications in interpretation of the time-of-flight data. Joint influence of morphology and energy distribution of localized states is described in frames of the trap-limited advection-diffusion on a comb structure modeling a percolation cluster.

  3. Morphology and charge carrier transport in eumelanin thin films

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    Santato, Clara; Wuensche, Julia; Rosei, Federico

    2012-02-01

    Eumelanin is a biomolecule with important functions in the human body, animals, and plants. However, several fundamental properties of eumelanin, such as the mechanism of charge carrier transport and the supramolecular structure, are still a matter of debate. This work is the first step of a study with the long-term goal to characterize structure and charge carrier transport of eumelanin in thin film form. We compared the most common synthesis routes and processing solvents for eumelanin observing the morphology (AFM) and chemical composition (XPS) of the prepared films. Eumelanin synthesized from tyrosine by oxidation with H2O2 and deposited from dimethyl sulfoxide yielded films with a RMS roughness below 0.4 nm and an elementary composition in agreement with the eumelanin building blocks suggested in literature. A more detailed AFM study revealed a layer-by-layer growth mode for solution-processed eumelanin films. The first electrical characterization of these films in a planar two-electrode configuration and a high-humidity environment demonstrated the high complexity of charge transport in eumelanin films. The planar device geometry permits imaging the changes in the optical or morphological properties of the eumelanin film by optical microscopy and AFM. Our measurements suggest that several processes, including electrochromism and electropolymerization, contribute to determine the electroactivity of eumelanin films, depending on the applied electrical bias. Current transients over several hours support the hypothesis that ions are involved in charge transport.

  4. Charge carrier transport properties in layer structured hexagonal boron nitride

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    Doan, T. C.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-10-01

    Due to its large in-plane thermal conductivity, high temperature and chemical stability, large energy band gap (˜ 6.4 eV), hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) has emerged as an important material for applications in deep ultraviolet photonic devices. Among the members of the III-nitride material system, hBN is the least studied and understood. The study of the electrical transport properties of hBN is of utmost importance with a view to realizing practical device applications. Wafer-scale hBN epilayers have been successfully synthesized by metal organic chemical deposition and their electrical transport properties have been probed by variable temperature Hall effect measurements. The results demonstrate that undoped hBN is a semiconductor exhibiting weak p-type at high temperatures (> 700 °K). The measured acceptor energy level is about 0.68 eV above the valence band. In contrast to the electrical transport properties of traditional III-nitride wide bandgap semiconductors, the temperature dependence of the hole mobility in hBN can be described by the form of μ ∝ (T/T0)-α with α = 3.02, satisfying the two-dimensional (2D) carrier transport limit dominated by the polar optical phonon scattering. This behavior is a direct consequence of the fact that hBN is a layer structured material. The optical phonon energy deduced from the temperature dependence of the hole mobility is ħω = 192 meV (or 1546 cm-1), which is consistent with values previously obtained using other techniques. The present results extend our understanding of the charge carrier transport properties beyond the traditional III-nitride semiconductors.

  5. Charge carrier transport in polycrystalline organic thin film based field effect transistors

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    Rani, Varsha; Sharma, Akanksha; Ghosh, Subhasis

    2016-05-01

    The charge carrier transport mechanism in polycrystalline thin film based organic field effect transistors (OFETs) has been explained using two competing models, multiple trapping and releases (MTR) model and percolation model. It has been shown that MTR model is most suitable for explaining charge carrier transport in grainy polycrystalline organic thin films. The energetic distribution of traps determined independently using Mayer-Neldel rule (MNR) is in excellent agreement with the values obtained by MTR model for copper phthalocyanine and pentacene based OFETs.

  6. Determination of charge carrier transport in radio frequency plasma polymerized aniline thin films

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    Sivaraman, Sajeev; Anantharaman, M. R.

    2010-02-01

    The carrier transport mechanism of polyaniline (PA) thin films prepared by radio frequency plasma polymerization is described in this paper. The mechanism of electrical conduction and carrier mobility of PA thin films for different temperatures were examined using the aluminium-PA-aluminium (Al-PA-Al) structure. It is found that the mechanism of carrier transport in these thin films is space charge limited conduction. J-V studies on an asymmetric electrode configuration using indium tin oxide (ITO) as the base electrode and Al as the upper electrode (ITO-PA-Al structure) show a diode-like behaviour with a considerable rectification ratio.

  7. Charge carrier transport and separation in pristine and nitrogen-doped graphene nanowiggle heterostructures

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    Lherbier, Aurélien; Liang, Liangbo; Charlier, Jean -Christophe; Meunier, Vincent

    2015-09-03

    Electronic structure methods are combined into a multiscale framework to investigate the electronic transport properties of recently synthesized pristine and nitrogen-doped graphene nanowiggles and their heterojunctions deposited on a substrate. The real-space Kubo-Greenwood transport calculations reveal that charge carrier mobilities reach values up to 1,000 cm2 V–1 s–1 as long as the amount of substrate impurities is sufficiently low. Owing to their type-II band alignment, atomically precise heterostructures between pristine and N-doped graphene nanowiggles are predicted to be excellent candidates for charge carrier separation devices with potential in photoelectric and photocatalytic water splitting applications.

  8. Charge carrier transport and separation in pristine and nitrogen-doped graphene nanowiggle heterostructures

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    Lherbier, Aurélien; Liang, Liangbo; Charlier, Jean -Christophe; Meunier, Vincent

    2015-09-03

    Electronic structure methods are combined into a multiscale framework to investigate the electronic transport properties of recently synthesized pristine and nitrogen-doped graphene nanowiggles and their heterojunctions deposited on a substrate. The real-space Kubo-Greenwood transport calculations reveal that charge carrier mobilities reach values up to 1,000 cm2 V–1 s–1 as long as the amount of substrate impurities is sufficiently low. Owing to their type-II band alignment, atomically precise heterostructures between pristine and N-doped graphene nanowiggles are predicted to be excellent candidates for charge carrier separation devices with potential in photoelectric and photocatalytic water splitting applications.

  9. A charge carrier transport model for donor-acceptor blend layers

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    Fischer, Janine; Widmer, Johannes; Kleemann, Hans; Tress, Wolfgang; Koerner, Christian; Riede, Moritz; Vandewal, Koen; Leo, Karl

    2015-01-01

    Highly efficient organic solar cells typically comprise donor-acceptor blend layers facilitating effective splitting of excitons. However, the charge carrier mobility in the blends can be substantially smaller than in neat materials, hampering the device performance. Currently, available mobility models do not describe the transport in blend layers entirely. Here, we investigate hole transport in a model blend system consisting of the small molecule donor zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) and the acceptor fullerene C60 in different mixing ratios. The blend layer is sandwiched between p-doped organic injection layers, which prevent minority charge carrier injection and enable exploiting diffusion currents for the characterization of exponential tail states from a thickness variation of the blend layer using numerical drift-diffusion simulations. Trap-assisted recombination must be considered to correctly model the conductivity behavior of the devices, which are influenced by local electron currents in the active layer, even though the active layer is sandwiched in between p-doped contacts. We find that the density of deep tail states is largest in the devices with 1:1 mixing ratio (Et = 0.14 eV, Nt = 1.2 × 1018 cm-3) directing towards lattice disorder as the transport limiting process. A combined field and charge carrier density dependent mobility model are developed for this blend layer.

  10. A charge carrier transport model for donor-acceptor blend layers

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    Fischer, Janine Widmer, Johannes; Koerner, Christian; Vandewal, Koen; Leo, Karl; Kleemann, Hans; Tress, Wolfgang; Riede, Moritz

    2015-01-28

    Highly efficient organic solar cells typically comprise donor-acceptor blend layers facilitating effective splitting of excitons. However, the charge carrier mobility in the blends can be substantially smaller than in neat materials, hampering the device performance. Currently, available mobility models do not describe the transport in blend layers entirely. Here, we investigate hole transport in a model blend system consisting of the small molecule donor zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) and the acceptor fullerene C{sub 60} in different mixing ratios. The blend layer is sandwiched between p-doped organic injection layers, which prevent minority charge carrier injection and enable exploiting diffusion currents for the characterization of exponential tail states from a thickness variation of the blend layer using numerical drift-diffusion simulations. Trap-assisted recombination must be considered to correctly model the conductivity behavior of the devices, which are influenced by local electron currents in the active layer, even though the active layer is sandwiched in between p-doped contacts. We find that the density of deep tail states is largest in the devices with 1:1 mixing ratio (E{sub t} = 0.14 eV, N{sub t} = 1.2 × 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3}) directing towards lattice disorder as the transport limiting process. A combined field and charge carrier density dependent mobility model are developed for this blend layer.

  11. Improvement of the charge-carrier transport property of polycrystalline CdTe for digital fluoroscopy

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    Oh, K. M.; Heo, Y. J.; Kim, D. K.; Kim, J. S.; Shin, J. W.; Lee, G. H.; Nam, S. H.

    2014-05-01

    Minimizing the radiation impact to the patient is currently an important issue in medical imaging. Particularly, in case of X-ray fluoroscopy, the patient is exposed to high X-ray dose because a large number of images is required in fluoroscopic procedures. In this regard, a direct-conversion X-ray sensor offers the advantages of high quantum efficiency, X-ray sensitivity, and high spatial resolution. In particular, an X-ray sensor in fluoroscopy operates at high frame rate, in the range from 30 to 60 image frames per second. Therefore, charge-carrier transport properties and signal lag are important factors for the development of X-ray sensors in fluoroscopy. In this study, in order to improve the characteristics of polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe), CdTe films were prepared by thermal evaporation and RF sputtering. The deposition was conducted to form a CdTeO3 layer on top of a CdTe film. The role of CdTeO3 is not only to improve the charge-carrier transport by increasing the life-time but also to reduce the leakage current of CdTe films by acting as a passivation layer. In this paper, to establish the effect of a thin oxide layer on top of a CdTe film, the morphological and electrical properties including charge-carrier transport and signal lag were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and resistivity measurements.

  12. Spiro-OMeTAD single crystals: Remarkably enhanced charge-carrier transport via mesoscale ordering.

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    Shi, Dong; Qin, Xiang; Li, Yuan; He, Yao; Zhong, Cheng; Pan, Jun; Dong, Huanli; Xu, Wei; Li, Tao; Hu, Wenping; Brédas, Jean-Luc; Bakr, Osman M

    2016-04-01

    We report the crystal structure and hole-transport mechanism in spiro-OMeTAD [2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)9,9'-spirobifluorene], the dominant hole-transporting material in perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Despite spiro-OMeTAD's paramount role in such devices, its crystal structure was unknown because of highly disordered solution-processed films; the hole-transport pathways remained ill-defined and the charge carrier mobilities were low, posing a major bottleneck for advancing cell efficiencies. We devised an antisolvent crystallization strategy to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, which allowed us to experimentally elucidate its molecular packing and transport properties. Electronic structure calculations enabled us to map spiro-OMeTAD's intermolecular charge-hopping pathways. Promisingly, single-crystal mobilities were found to exceed their thin-film counterparts by three orders of magnitude. Our findings underscore mesoscale ordering as a key strategy to achieving breakthroughs in hole-transport material engineering of solar cells. PMID:27152342

  13. Spiro-OMeTAD single crystals: Remarkably enhanced charge-carrier transport via mesoscale ordering

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    Shi, Dong; Qin, Xiang; Li, Yuan; He, Yao; Zhong, Cheng; Pan, Jun; Dong, Huanli; Xu, Wei; Li, Tao; Hu, Wenping; Brédas, Jean-Luc; Bakr, Osman M.

    2016-01-01

    We report the crystal structure and hole-transport mechanism in spiro-OMeTAD [2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)9,9′-spirobifluorene], the dominant hole-transporting material in perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Despite spiro-OMeTAD’s paramount role in such devices, its crystal structure was unknown because of highly disordered solution-processed films; the hole-transport pathways remained ill-defined and the charge carrier mobilities were low, posing a major bottleneck for advancing cell efficiencies. We devised an antisolvent crystallization strategy to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, which allowed us to experimentally elucidate its molecular packing and transport properties. Electronic structure calculations enabled us to map spiro-OMeTAD’s intermolecular charge-hopping pathways. Promisingly, single-crystal mobilities were found to exceed their thin-film counterparts by three orders of magnitude. Our findings underscore mesoscale ordering as a key strategy to achieving breakthroughs in hole-transport material engineering of solar cells. PMID:27152342

  14. Bulk charge carrier transport in push-pull type organic semiconductor.

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    Karak, Supravat; Liu, Feng; Russell, Thomas P; Duzhko, Volodimyr V

    2014-12-10

    Operation of organic electronic and optoelectronic devices relies on charge transport properties of active layer materials. The magnitude of charge carrier mobility, a key efficiency metrics of charge transport properties, is determined by the chemical structure of molecular units and their crystallographic packing motifs, as well as strongly depends on the film fabrication approaches that produce films with different degrees of anisotropy and structural order. Probed by the time-of-flight and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction techniques, bulk charge carrier transport, molecular packing, and film morphology in different structural phases of push-pull type organic semiconductor, 7,7'-(4,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)-4H-silolo[3,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl)bis(6-fluoro-4-(5'-hexyl-[2,2'-bithiophen]-5yl)benzo[c][1,2,5] thiadiazole), one of the most efficient small-molecule photovoltaic materials to-date, are described herein. In the isotropic phase, the material is ambipolar with high mobilities for a fluid state. The electron and hole mobilities at the phase onset at 210.78 °C are 1.0 × 10(-3) cm(2)/(V s) and 6.5 × 10(-4) cm(2)/(V s), respectively. Analysis of the temperature and electric field dependences of the mobilities in the framework of Gaussian disorder formalism suggests larger energetic and positional disorder for electron transport sites. Below 210 °C, crystallization into a polycrystalline film with a triclinic unit cell symmetry and high degree of anisotropy leads to a 10-fold increase of hole mobility. The mobility is limited by the charge transfer along the direction of branched alkyl side chains. Below 90 °C, faster cooling rates produce even higher hole mobilities up to 2 × 10(-2) cm(2)/(V s) at 25 °C because of the more isotropic orientations of crystalline domains. These properties facilitate in understanding efficient material performance in photovoltaic devices and will guide further development of materials and devices. PMID:25393015

  15. Direct Observation of the Hole Carriers in DNA Photoinduced Charge Transport.

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    Harris, Michelle A; Mishra, Ashutosh Kumar; Young, Ryan M; Brown, Kristen E; Wasielewski, Michael R; Lewis, Frederick D

    2016-05-01

    The excited state behavior of DNA hairpins possessing a diphenylacetylenedicarboxamide (DPA) linker separated from a single guanine-cytosine (G-C) base pair by zero-to-six adenine-thymine (A-T) base pairs has been investigated. In the case of hairpins with zero or one A-T separating DPA and G, formation of both DPA anion radical (DPA(-•)) and G cation radical (G(+•)) are directly observed and characterized by their transient absorption and stimulated Raman spectra. For hairpins with two or more intervening A-T, the transient absorption spectra of DPA(-•) and the adenine polaron (An(+•)) are observed. In addition to characterization of the hole carriers, the dynamics of each step in the charge separation and charge recombination process as well as the overall efficiency of charge separation have been determined, thus providing a complete account of the mechanism and dynamics of photoinduced charge transport in these DNA hairpins. PMID:27082662

  16. A new approach to calculate charge carrier transport mobility in organic molecular crystals from imaginary time path integral simulations

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    Song, Linze; Shi, Qiang

    2015-05-07

    We present a new non-perturbative method to calculate the charge carrier mobility using the imaginary time path integral approach, which is based on the Kubo formula for the conductivity, and a saddle point approximation to perform the analytic continuation. The new method is first tested using a benchmark calculation from the numerical exact hierarchical equations of motion method. Imaginary time path integral Monte Carlo simulations are then performed to explore the temperature dependence of charge carrier delocalization and mobility in organic molecular crystals (OMCs) within the Holstein and Holstein-Peierls models. The effects of nonlocal electron-phonon interaction on mobility in different charge transport regimes are also investigated.

  17. A new approach to calculate charge carrier transport mobility in organic molecular crystals from imaginary time path integral simulations

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    Song, Linze; Shi, Qiang

    2015-05-01

    We present a new non-perturbative method to calculate the charge carrier mobility using the imaginary time path integral approach, which is based on the Kubo formula for the conductivity, and a saddle point approximation to perform the analytic continuation. The new method is first tested using a benchmark calculation from the numerical exact hierarchical equations of motion method. Imaginary time path integral Monte Carlo simulations are then performed to explore the temperature dependence of charge carrier delocalization and mobility in organic molecular crystals (OMCs) within the Holstein and Holstein-Peierls models. The effects of nonlocal electron-phonon interaction on mobility in different charge transport regimes are also investigated.

  18. Deep localized distortion of alternating bonds and reduced transport of charged carriers in conjugated polymers under photoexcitation

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    Wang, Cong; Jiang, De-Yao; Chen, Ren-Ai; Li, Sheng; George, Thomas F.

    2014-12-01

    In a real bulk heterojunction polymer solar cell, after exciton separation in the heterojunction, the resulting negatively-charged carrier, a polaron, moves along the polymer chain of the acceptor, which is believed to be of significance for the charged carrier transport properties in a polymer solar cell. During the negative polaron transport, due to the external light field, the polaron, which is re-excited and induces deep localization, also forms a new local distortion of the alternating bonds. It is revealed that the excited polaron moves more slowly than the ground-state polaron. Furthermore, the velocity of the polaron moving along the polymer chain is crucially dependent on the photoexcitation. With an increase in the intensity of the optical field, the localization of the excited polaron will be deepened, with a decrease of the polaron's velocity. It is discovered that, for a charged carrier, photoexcitation is a significant factor in reducing the efficiency during the charged carrier transport in polymer solar cells. Mostly, the deep trapping effect of charged carrier in composite conjugated polymer solar cell presents an opportunity for the future application in nanoscale memory and imaging devices.

  19. Relationship between defect density and charge carrier transport in amorphous and microcrystalline silicon

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    Astakhov, Oleksandr; Carius, Reinhard; Finger, Friedhelm; Petrusenko, Yuri; Borysenko, Valery; Barankov, Dmytro

    2009-03-01

    The influence of dangling-bond defects and the position of the Fermi level on the charge carrier transport properties in undoped and phosphorous doped thin-film silicon with structure compositions all the way from highly crystalline to amorphous is investigated. The dangling-bond density is varied reproducibly over several orders of magnitude by electron bombardment and subsequent annealing. The defects are investigated by electron-spin-resonance and photoconductivity spectroscopies. Comparing intrinsic amorphous and microcrystalline silicon, it is found that the relationship between defect density and photoconductivity is different in both undoped materials, while a similar strong influence of the position of the Fermi level on photoconductivity via the charge carrier lifetime is found in the doped materials. The latter allows a quantitative determination of the value of the transport gap energy in microcrystalline silicon. The photoconductivity in intrinsic microcrystalline silicon is, on one hand, considerably less affected by the bombardment but, on the other hand, does not generally recover with annealing of the defects and is independent from the spin density which itself can be annealed back to the as-deposited level. For amorphous silicon and material prepared close to the crystalline growth regime, the results for nonequilibrium transport fit perfectly to a recombination model based on direct capture into neutral dangling bonds over a wide range of defect densities. For the heterogeneous microcrystalline silicon, this model fails completely. The application of photoconductivity spectroscopy in the constant photocurrent mode (CPM) is explored for the entire structure composition range over a wide variation in defect densities. For amorphous silicon previously reported linear correlation between the spin density and the subgap absorption is confirmed for defect densities below 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3}. Beyond this defect level, a sublinear relation is found i

  20. Facet-selective charge carrier transport, deactivation mechanism and stabilization of a Cu2O photo-electro-catalyst.

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    Li, Yang; Yun, Xiaogang; Chen, Hong; Zhang, Wenqin; Li, Yongdan

    2016-03-14

    A facet-dependent photo-deactivation mechanism of Cu2O was verified and reported, which is caused by the facet-dependent charge carrier transport. During irradiation, the {100} and {110} crystal facets are selectively corroded by the photo-generated holes, while the {111} facets are comparatively stable. PMID:26898270

  1. Insights from transport modeling of unusual charge carrier behavior of PDTSiTzTz:PC71BM bulk heterojunction materials

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    Slobodyan, Oleksiy; Moench, Sarah; Liang, Kelly; Danielson, Eric; Holliday, Bradley; Dodabalapur, Ananth

    2015-03-01

    Development of hole-transporting copolymers for use in bulk heterojunctions (BHJs) has significantly improved organic solar cell performance. Despite advances on the materials side, the physics of charge carrier transport remains unsettled. Intrigued by its ability to maintain high fill factors in thick active layers, we studied the copolymer poly[2-(5-(4,4-dioctyl-4H-silolo[3,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophen-2-yl)-3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)- 5-(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole] (PDTSiTzTz) blended with PC71BM. Results show mobilities which are carrier-concentration-dependent and characterized by a negative Poole-Frenkel effect. Such behavior is not described by current carrier transport models. Established transport mechanisms like multiple-trap-and-release or variable range hopping yield dependence of mobility on carrier concentration. However, a more basic model like Gaussian distribution model (GDM) is needed to produce the negative Poole-Frenkel effect, though GDM cannot describe carrier-concentration-dependent mobility. We have combined key aspects of existing models to create a unified transport model capable of describing phenomena observed in PDTSiTzTz:PC71BM. This model can be used to address open questions about transport physics of organic BHJ materials. U.S. Department of Energy, Award Number DE-SC0001091.

  2. Electric field dependence of charge carrier hopping transport within the random energy landscape in an organic field effect transistor

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    Fishchuk, I. I.; Kadashchuk, A.; Ullah, Mujeeb; Sitter, H.; Pivrikas, A.; Genoe, J.; Bässler, H.

    2012-07-01

    We extended our analytical effective medium theory [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO0163-182910.1103/PhysRevB.81.045202 81, 045202 (2010)] to describe the temperature-dependent hopping charge carrier mobility at arbitrary electric fields in the large carrier density regime. Special emphasis was made to analyze the influence of the lateral electric field on the Meyer-Neldel (MN) phenomenon observed when studying the charge mobilities in thin-film organic field-effect transistors (OFET). Our calculations are based on the average hopping transition time approach, generalized for large carrier concentration limit finite fields, and taking into account also spatial energy correlations. The calculated electric field dependences of the hopping mobility at large carrier concentrations are in good agreement with previous computer simulations data. The shift of the MN temperature in an OFET upon applied electric field is shown to be a consequence of the spatial energy correlation in the organic semiconductor film. Our calculations show that the phenomenological Gill equation is clearly inappropriate for describing conventional charge carrier transport at low carrier concentrations. On the other hand a Gill-type behavior has been observed in a temperature range relevant for measurements of the charge carrier mobility in OFET structures. Since the present model is not limited to zero-field mobility, it allows a more accurate evaluation of important material parameters from experimental data measured at a given electric field. In particular, we showed that both the MN and Gill temperature can be used for estimating the width of the density of states distribution.

  3. A new approach to calculate charge carrier transport mobility in organic molecular crystals from imaginary time path integral simulations.

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    Song, Linze; Shi, Qiang

    2015-05-01

    We present a new non-perturbative method to calculate the charge carrier mobility using the imaginary time path integral approach, which is based on the Kubo formula for the conductivity, and a saddle point approximation to perform the analytic continuation. The new method is first tested using a benchmark calculation from the numerical exact hierarchical equations of motion method. Imaginary time path integral Monte Carlo simulations are then performed to explore the temperature dependence of charge carrier delocalization and mobility in organic molecular crystals (OMCs) within the Holstein and Holstein-Peierls models. The effects of nonlocal electron-phonon interaction on mobility in different charge transport regimes are also investigated. PMID:25956086

  4. A quantitative model for charge carrier transport, trapping and recombination in nanocrystal-based solar cells

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    Bozyigit, Deniz; Lin, Weyde M. M.; Yazdani, Nuri; Yarema, Olesya; Wood, Vanessa

    2015-01-01

    Improving devices incorporating solution-processed nanocrystal-based semiconductors requires a better understanding of charge transport in these complex, inorganic-organic materials. Here we perform a systematic study on PbS nanocrystal-based diodes using temperature-dependent current-voltage characterization and thermal admittance spectroscopy to develop a model for charge transport that is applicable to different nanocrystal-solids and device architectures. Our analysis confirms that charge transport occurs in states that derive from the quantum-confined electronic levels of the individual nanocrystals and is governed by diffusion-controlled trap-assisted recombination. The current is limited not by the Schottky effect, but by Fermi-level pinning because of trap states that is independent of the electrode-nanocrystal interface. Our model successfully explains the non-trivial trends in charge transport as a function of nanocrystal size and the origins of the trade-offs facing the optimization of nanocrystal-based solar cells. We use the insights from our charge transport model to formulate design guidelines for engineering higher-performance nanocrystal-based devices.

  5. A quantitative model for charge carrier transport, trapping and recombination in nanocrystal-based solar cells

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    Bozyigit, Deniz; Lin, Weyde M. M.; Yazdani, Nuri; Yarema, Olesya; Wood, Vanessa

    2015-01-01

    Improving devices incorporating solution-processed nanocrystal-based semiconductors requires a better understanding of charge transport in these complex, inorganic–organic materials. Here we perform a systematic study on PbS nanocrystal-based diodes using temperature-dependent current–voltage characterization and thermal admittance spectroscopy to develop a model for charge transport that is applicable to different nanocrystal-solids and device architectures. Our analysis confirms that charge transport occurs in states that derive from the quantum-confined electronic levels of the individual nanocrystals and is governed by diffusion-controlled trap-assisted recombination. The current is limited not by the Schottky effect, but by Fermi-level pinning because of trap states that is independent of the electrode–nanocrystal interface. Our model successfully explains the non-trivial trends in charge transport as a function of nanocrystal size and the origins of the trade-offs facing the optimization of nanocrystal-based solar cells. We use the insights from our charge transport model to formulate design guidelines for engineering higher-performance nanocrystal-based devices. PMID:25625647

  6. FOB-SH: Fragment orbital-based surface hopping for charge carrier transport in organic and biological molecules and materials

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    Spencer, J.; Gajdos, F.; Blumberger, J.

    2016-08-01

    We introduce a fragment orbital-based fewest switches surface hopping method, FOB-SH, designed to efficiently simulate charge carrier transport in strongly fluctuating condensed phase systems such as organic semiconductors and biomolecules. The charge carrier wavefunction is expanded and the electronic Hamiltonian constructed in a set of singly occupied molecular orbitals of the molecular sites that mediate the charge transfer. Diagonal elements of the electronic Hamiltonian (site energies) are obtained from a force field, whereas the off-diagonal or electronic coupling matrix elements are obtained using our recently developed analytic overlap method. We derive a general expression for the exact forces on the adiabatic ground and excited electronic state surfaces from the nuclear gradients of the charge localized electronic states. Applications to electron hole transfer in a model ethylene dimer and through a chain of ten model ethylenes validate our implementation and demonstrate its computational efficiency. On the larger system, we calculate the qualitative behaviour of charge mobility with change in temperature T for different regimes of the intermolecular electronic coupling. For small couplings, FOB-SH predicts a crossover from a thermally activated regime at low temperatures to a band-like transport regime at higher temperatures. For higher electronic couplings, the thermally activated regime disappears and the mobility decreases according to a power law. This is interpreted by a gradual loss in probability for resonance between the sites as the temperature increases. The polaron hopping model solved for the same system gives a qualitatively different result and underestimates the mobility decay at higher temperatures. Taken together, the FOB-SH methodology introduced here shows promise for a realistic investigation of charge carrier transport in complex organic, aqueous, and biological systems.

  7. Photogeneration and transport of charge carriers in hybrid materials of conjugated polymers and dye-sensitized TiO2

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    Däubler, T. K.; Glowacki, I.; Scherf, U.; Ulanski, J.; Hörhold, H.-H.; Neher, D.

    1999-12-01

    Steady state photoconductivity and current-voltage (I-V) experiments are performed on solid films of organic/inorganic composites of dye-sensitized TiO2 in combination with poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK), a ladder-type PPP and a soluble PPV derivative. The I-V characteristics of the composites in the dark are explained by the formation of percolation networks of nanoparticles between the electrodes. Photoaction spectra of the devices prove that the photogeneration of charge carriers is significantly enhanced and spectrally broadened only if electron transfer from the polymer to the dye is possible. Increasing the concentration of the nanoparticles in the hybrid materials changes the spectral shape of the photoresponse. For high TiO2 contents signatures due to the absorption of the Ruthenium dye can be observed. The different electronic properties of anatase/brookite TiO2 and rutile TiO2 have only minor effects on the generation of charge carriers and on the shape of the photoaction spectra. Indeed, photocurrents are more related to the Brunauer—Emmett-Teller surface area of the nanoparticles and thus, to the amount of dye adsorbed. Charge collection efficiencies exceeding 100%, observed for both bias directions, can be explained by photoconductivity gain. It is proposed that recombination is reduced by transport of the oppositely charged carriers in two different phases.

  8. Localized Charge Carrier Transport Properties of Zn1- x Ni x O/NiO Two-Phase Composites

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    Joshi, D. C.; Dasari, K.; Nayak, S.; Palai, R.; Suresh, P.; Thota, S.

    2016-04-01

    We report the localized charge carrier transport of two-phase composite Zn1- x Ni x O/NiO (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) using the temperature dependence of ac-resistivity ρ ac(T) across the Néel temperature T N (= 523 K) of nickel oxide. Our results provide strong evidence to the variable range hopping of charge carriers between the localized states through a mechanism involving spin-dependent activation energies. The temperature variation of carrier hopping energy ɛ h(T) and nearest-neighbor exchange-coupling parameter J ij(T) evaluated from the small poleron model exhibits a well-defined anomaly across T N. For all the composite systems, the average exchange-coupling parameter (J ij)AVG nearly equals to 70 meV which is slightly greater than the 60-meV exciton binding energy of pure zinc oxide. The magnitudes of ɛ h (˜0.17 eV) and J ij (˜11 meV) of pure NiO synthesized under oxygen-rich conditions are consistent with the previously reported theoretical estimation based on Green's function analysis. A systematic correlation between the oxygen stoichiometry and, ɛ h(T) and J ij(T) is discussed.

  9. Thermal influence on charge carrier transport in solar cells based on GaAs PN junctions

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    Osses-Márquez, Juan; Calderón-Muñoz, Williams R.

    2014-10-01

    The electron and hole one-dimensional transport in a solar cell based on a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) PN junction and its dependency with electron and lattice temperatures are studied here. Electrons and heat transport are treated on an equal footing, and a cell operating at high temperatures using concentrators is considered. The equations of a two-temperature hydrodynamic model are written in terms of asymptotic expansions for the dependent variables with the electron Reynolds number as a perturbation parameter. The dependency of the electron and hole densities through the junction with the temperature is analyzed solving the steady-state model at low Reynolds numbers. Lattice temperature distribution throughout the device is obtained considering the change of kinetic energy of electrons due to interactions with the lattice and heat absorbed from sunlight. In terms of performance, higher values of power output are obtained with low lattice temperature and hot energy carriers. This modeling contributes to improve the design of heat exchange devices and thermal management strategies in photovoltaic technologies.

  10. Thermal influence on charge carrier transport in solar cells based on GaAs PN junctions

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    Osses-Márquez, Juan; Calderón-Muñoz, Williams R.

    2014-10-21

    The electron and hole one-dimensional transport in a solar cell based on a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) PN junction and its dependency with electron and lattice temperatures are studied here. Electrons and heat transport are treated on an equal footing, and a cell operating at high temperatures using concentrators is considered. The equations of a two-temperature hydrodynamic model are written in terms of asymptotic expansions for the dependent variables with the electron Reynolds number as a perturbation parameter. The dependency of the electron and hole densities through the junction with the temperature is analyzed solving the steady-state model at low Reynolds numbers. Lattice temperature distribution throughout the device is obtained considering the change of kinetic energy of electrons due to interactions with the lattice and heat absorbed from sunlight. In terms of performance, higher values of power output are obtained with low lattice temperature and hot energy carriers. This modeling contributes to improve the design of heat exchange devices and thermal management strategies in photovoltaic technologies.

  11. Charge-carrier transport and recombination in heteroepitaxial CdTe

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    Kuciauskas, Darius Farrell, Stuart; Dippo, Pat; Moseley, John; Moutinho, Helio; Li, Jian V.; Allende Motz, A. M.; Kanevce, Ana; Zaunbrecher, Katherine; Gessert, Timothy A.; Levi, Dean H.; Metzger, Wyatt K.; Colegrove, Eric; Sivananthan, S.

    2014-09-28

    We analyze charge-carrier dynamics using time-resolved spectroscopy and varying epitaxial CdTe thickness in undoped heteroepitaxial CdTe/ZnTe/Si. By employing one-photon and nonlinear two-photon excitation, we assess surface, interface, and bulk recombination. Two-photon excitation with a focused laser beam enables characterization of recombination velocity at the buried epilayer/substrate interface, 17.5 μm from the sample surface. Measurements with a focused two-photon excitation beam also indicate a fast diffusion component, from which we estimate an electron mobility of 650 cm² (Vs)⁻¹ and diffusion coefficient D of 17 cm² s⁻¹. We find limiting recombination at the epitaxial film surface (surface recombination velocity Ssurface = (2.8 ± 0.3) × 10⁵cm s ⁻¹) and at the heteroepitaxial interface (interface recombination velocity Sinterface = (4.8 ± 0.5) × 10⁵ cm s⁻¹). The results demonstrate that reducing surface and interface recombination velocity is critical for photovoltaic solar cells and electronic devices that employ epitaxial CdTe.

  12. The Effect of Dynamical Image Forces on The Transport Properties of Charge Carriers and Excitons in Metal-Semiconductor Nanostructures

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    Cherqui, Charles

    We examine coupled metal nanoparticle/semiconductor hybrid nano-stuctures and analyze the effect that the surface response metal nanoparticles (MNP) has on the transport properties of the system. This analysis is accomplished by treating surface plasmons as quantum oscillators. We find that charge carriers traveling in the nearby semiconductors experience a repulsion due to the ground state energy of the quantum SP (QSP). This effect is shown to be the quantum analogue of the ponderomotive effect found in plasma physics. We then extend the theory to examine the transport properties of carbon nano-tube excitons in the presence of localized SPs and show that this system maps onto a Fano-Anderson Hamiltonian. Through numerical simulation, we show that the emission patterns of the system are severely modified by the presence of localized surface plasmons.

  13. Carrier separation and charge transport characteristics of reduced graphene oxide supported visible-light active photocatalysts.

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    Vinoth, Ramalingam; Karthik, Peramaiah; Muthamizhchelvan, Chellamuthu; Neppolian, Bernaurdshaw; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2016-02-21

    Extending the absorption to the visible region by tuning the optical band-gap of semiconductors and preventing charge carrier recombination are important parameters to achieve a higher efficiency in the field of photocatalysis. The inclusion of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) support in photocatalysts is one of the key strategies to address the above-mentioned issues. In this study, rGO supported AgI-mesoTiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized using a sonochemical approach. The physical effects of ultrasound not only improved the crystallinity of AgI-mesoTiO2 but also increased the surface area and loading of the AgI-mesoTiO2 nanocomposite on rGO sheets. The low intense oxygen functionalities (C-O-C and COOH groups) peak observed in the high resolution C1s spectrum of a hybrid AgI-mesoTiO2-rGO photocatalyst clearly confirmed the successful reduction of graphene oxide (GO) to rGO. The interfacial charge transfer between the rGO and the p-n junction of heterostructured photocatalysts has decreased the band-gap of the photocatalyst from 2.80 to 2.65 eV. Importantly, the integration of rGO into AgI-mesoTiO2 composites serves as a carrier separation centre and provides further insight into the electron transfer pathways of heterostructured nanocomposites. The individual effects of photo-generated electrons and holes over rGO on the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of rhodamine (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) using AgI-mesoTiO2-rGO photocatalysts were also studied. Our experimental results revealed that photo-generated superoxide (O2(-)˙) radicals are the main reactive species for the degradation of MO, whereas photo-generated holes (h(+)) are responsible for the degradation of RhB. As a result, 60% enhancement in MO degradation was observed in the presence of rGO in comparison to that of the pure AgI-mesoTiO2 photocatalyst. This is due to the good electron acceptor and the ultrafast electron transfer properties of rGO that can effectively reduce the molecular oxygen to

  14. Theoretical investigation of fluorination effect on the charge carrier transport properties of fused anthra-tetrathiophene and its derivatives.

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    Yin, Jun; Chaitanya, Kadali; Ju, Xue-Hai

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structures of known anthra-tetrathiophene (ATT) and its three fluorinated derivatives (ATT1, ATT2 and ATT3) were predicted by the Monte Carlo-simulated annealing method with the embedded electrostatic potential (ESP) charges. The most stable crystal structures were further optimized by the density functional theory with the dispersion energy (DFT-D) method. In addition, the effect of the electron-withdrawing fluorine atoms on the molecular geometry, molecular stacking, electronic and transport properties of title compounds were investigated by the density functional theory and the incoherent charge-hopping model. The calculated results show that the introduction of fluorine atoms does not affect the molecular planarity but decreases the HOMO-LUMO gap, which is beneficial to electron injection and provides more charge carrier stabilization. The improved electron mobility from ATT to ATT3 is attributed to the favorable molecular packing with strong π-π interaction and the short stacking distance. ATT2 and ATT3 exhibit remarkable angular dependence of mobilities and anisotropic behaviors. The band structures reveal that all the paths with larger transfer integrals are along the directions of large dispersions in the valence band (VB) and conduction band (CB). ATT3 has the largest electron mobility (0.48 cm(2)V(-1)s(-1)) among the four compounds, indicating that fluorination is an effective approach to improve electron transport. PMID:26774641

  15. Charge Carrier Transport Through the Interface Between Hybrid Electrodes and Organic Materials in Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diodes.

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    Zhou, Huanyu; Cheong, Hahn-Gil; Park, Jin-Woo

    2016-05-01

    We investigated the electronic properties of composite-type hybrid transparent conductive electrodes (h-TCEs) based on Ag nanowire networks (AgNWs) and indium tin oxide (ITO). These h-TCEs were developed to replace ITO, and their mechanical flexibility is superior to that of ITO. However, the characteristics of charge carriers and the mechanism of charge-carrier transport through the interface between the h-TCE and an organic material are not well understood when the h-TCE is used as the anode in a flexible organic light-emitting diode (f-OLED). AgNWs were spin coated onto polymer substrates, and ITO was sputtered atop the AgNWs. The electronic energy structures of h-TCEs were investigated by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. f-OLEDs were fabricated on both h-TCEs and ITO for comparison. The chemical bond formation at the interface between the h-TCE and the organic layer in f-OLEDs was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The performances of f-OLEDs were compared based on the analysis results. PMID:27483896

  16. Charge carrier transport mechanisms in perovskite CdTiO{sub 3} fibers

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    Imran, Z.; Rafiq, M. A. Hasan, M. M.

    2014-06-15

    Electrical transport properties of electrospun cadmium titanate (CdTiO{sub 3}) fibers have been investigated using ac and dc measurements. Air annealing of as spun fibers at 1000 °C yielded the single phase perovskite fibers having diameter ∼600 nm - 800 nm. Both the ac and dc electrical measurements were carried out at temperatures from 200 K – 420 K. The complex impedance plane plots revealed a single semicircular arc which indicates the interfacial effect due to grain boundaries of fibers. The dielectric properties obey the Maxwell-Wagner theory of interfacial polarization. In dc transport study at low voltages, data show Ohmic like behavior followed by space charge limited current (SCLC) with traps at higher voltages at all temperatures (200 K – 420 K). Trap density in our fibers system is N{sub t} = 6.27 × 10{sup 17} /cm{sup 3}. Conduction mechanism in the sample is governed by 3-D variable range hopping (VRH) from 200 K – 300 K. The localized density of states were found to be N(E{sub F}) = 5.51 × 10{sup 21} eV{sup −1} cm{sup −3} at 2 V. Other VRH parameters such as hopping distance (R{sub hop}) and hopping energy (W{sub hop}) were also calculated. In the high temperature range of 320 K – 420 K, conductivity follows the Arrhenius law. The activation energy found at 2 V is 0.10 eV. Temperature dependent and higher values of dielectric constant make the perovskite CdTiO{sub 3} fibers efficient material for capacitive energy storage devices.

  17. Anisotropic charge carrier transport in free-standing hexagonal boron nitride thin films

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    Dahal, Rajendra; Ahmed, Kawser; Woei Wu, Jia; Weltz, Adam; Jian-Qiang Lu, James; Danon, Yaron; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2016-06-01

    The in-plane and out-of-plane mobility–lifetime products of electrons and holes in free-standing hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) films are extracted from current–voltage characteristics of metal–hBN–metal structures measured under external excitations. The in-plane mobility–lifetime products for electrons and holes are ∼2.8 × 10‑5 and ∼4.85 × 10‑6 cm2/V, measured from lateral carrier collection, whereas the out-of-plane mobility–lifetime products for electrons and holes are ∼5.8 × 10‑8 and ∼6.1 × 10‑9 cm2/V, measured from vertical carrier collection, respectively. The mobility–lifetime product is a few orders of magnitude higher along the plane than along the out of plane in hBN films.

  18. Charge carrier transport in thin films of colloidal CdSe quantum rods

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    Persano, A.; Leo, G.; Manna, L.; Cola, A.

    2008-10-01

    Phototransport properties of organically capped colloidal CdSe quantum rod thin films deposited by spin coating are studied in air at room temperature in planar electrode configuration. Under optical excitation, the observed current-voltage characteristics and current transients are well described by a resonant tunneling model. A significant and irreversible current quenching of the photoresponse occurs with either the aging of the samples or the flowing of the current itself when above few picoamperes. The process, which is still interpreted in the frame of the model, can be attributed to the charge trapping by the defect states at the barrier between rods with a consequent increase in the barrier height.

  19. Analysis of carrier transport and carrier trapping in organic diodes with polyimide-6,13-Bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene double-layer by charge modulation spectroscopy and optical second harmonic generation measurement

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    Lim, Eunju E-mail: taguchi.d.aa@m.titech.ac.jp; Taguchi, Dai E-mail: taguchi.d.aa@m.titech.ac.jp Iwamoto, Mitsumasa E-mail: taguchi.d.aa@m.titech.ac.jp

    2014-08-18

    We studied the carrier transport and carrier trapping in indium tin oxide/polyimide (PI)/6,13-Bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene (TIPS-pentacene)/Au diodes by using charge modulation spectroscopy (CMS) and time-resolved electric field induced optical second harmonic generation (TR-EFISHG) measurements. TR-EFISHG directly probes the spatial carrier behaviors in the diodes, and CMS is useful in explaining the carrier motion with respect to energy. The results clearly indicate that the injected carriers move across TIPS-pentacene thorough the molecular energy states of TIPS-pentacene and accumulate at the PI/TIPS-pentacene interface. However, some carriers are trapped in the PI layers. These findings take into account the capacitance-voltage and current-voltage characteristics of the diodes.

  20. Charge-carrier transport mechanisms in composites containing carbon-nanotube inclusions

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    Usanov, D. A. Skripal’, A. V.; Romanov, A. V.

    2015-12-15

    From the microwave-radiation transmittance and reflectance spectra, the temperature dependence of the complex permittivity of carbon nanotubes, subjected to high-temperature annealing, and composite materials produced on their basis is determined. The electron transport mechanisms in composites with inclusions of unannealed carbon nanotubes and nanotubes subjected to high-temperature annealing are determined. The influence of the annealing temperature on the parameters that are characteristic of these mechanisms and control the temperature dependence of the conductivity of multiwall carbon nanotubes is established.

  1. Effective Charge Carrier Utilization in Photocatalytic Conversions.

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    Zhang, Peng; Wang, Tuo; Chang, Xiaoxia; Gong, Jinlong

    2016-05-17

    Continuous efforts have been devoted to searching for sustainable energy resources to alleviate the upcoming energy crises. Among various types of new energy resources, solar energy has been considered as one of the most promising choices, since it is clean, sustainable, and safe. Moreover, solar energy is the most abundant renewable energy, with a total power of 173 000 terawatts striking Earth continuously. Conversion of solar energy into chemical energy, which could potentially provide continuous and flexible energy supplies, has been investigated extensively. However, the conversion efficiency is still relatively low since complicated physical, electrical, and chemical processes are involved. Therefore, carefully designed photocatalysts with a wide absorption range of solar illumination, a high conductivity for charge carriers, a small number of recombination centers, and fast surface reaction kinetics are required to achieve a high activity. This Account describes our recent efforts to enhance the utilization of charge carriers for semiconductor photocatalysts toward efficient solar-to-chemical energy conversion. During photocatalytic reactions, photogenerated electrons and holes are involved in complex processes to convert solar energy into chemical energy. The initial step is the generation of charge carriers in semiconductor photocatalysts, which could be enhanced by extending the light absorption range. Integration of plasmonic materials and introduction of self-dopants have been proved to be effective methods to improve the light absorption ability of photocatalysts to produce larger amounts of photogenerated charge carriers. Subsequently, the photogenerated electrons and holes migrate to the surface. Therefore, acceleration of the transport process can result in enhanced solar energy conversion efficiency. Different strategies such as morphology control and conductivity improvement have been demonstrated to achieve this goal. Fine-tuning of the

  2. Mean carrier transport properties and charge collection dynamics of single-crystal, natural type IIa diamonds from ion-induced conductivity measurements

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    Han, S.S.

    1993-09-01

    Ion-induced conductivity has been used to investigate the detector characteristics of diamond detectors. Both integrated-charge, and time-resolved current measurements were performed to examine the mean carrier transport properties of diamond and the dynamics of charge collection under highly-localized and high-density excitation conditions. The integrated-charge measurements were conducted with a standard pulse-counting system with {sup 241}Am radioactivity as the excitation source for the detectors. The time-resolved current measurements were performed using a 70 GHz random sampling oscilloscope with the detectors incorporated into high-speed microstrip transmission lines and the excitation source for these measurements was an ion beam of either 5-MeV He{sup +} or 10-MeV Si{sup 3+}. The detectors used in both experiments can be described as metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) devices where a volume of the detector material is sandwiched between two metal plates. A charge collection model was developed to interpret the integrated-charge measurements which enabled estimation of the energy required to produce an electron-hole pair ({epsilon}{sub di}) and the mean carrier transport properties in diamond, such as carrier mobility and lifetime, and the behavior of the electrical contacts to diamond.

  3. Localized charge carriers in graphene nanodevices

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    Bischoff, D. Varlet, A.; Simonet, P.; Eich, M.; Overweg, H. C.; Ihn, T.; Ensslin, K.

    2015-09-15

    Graphene—two-dimensional carbon—is a material with unique mechanical, optical, chemical, and electronic properties. Its use in a wide range of applications was therefore suggested. From an electronic point of view, nanostructured graphene is of great interest due to the potential opening of a band gap, applications in quantum devices, and investigations of physical phenomena. Narrow graphene stripes called “nanoribbons” show clearly different electronical transport properties than micron-sized graphene devices. The conductivity is generally reduced and around the charge neutrality point, the conductance is nearly completely suppressed. While various mechanisms can lead to this observed suppression of conductance, disordered edges resulting in localized charge carriers are likely the main cause in a large number of experiments. Localized charge carriers manifest themselves in transport experiments by the appearance of Coulomb blockade diamonds. This review focuses on the mechanisms responsible for this charge localization, on interpreting the transport details, and on discussing the consequences for physics and applications. Effects such as multiple coupled sites of localized charge, cotunneling processes, and excited states are discussed. Also, different geometries of quantum devices are compared. Finally, an outlook is provided, where open questions are addressed.

  4. Localized charge carriers in graphene nanodevices

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    Bischoff, D.; Varlet, A.; Simonet, P.; Eich, M.; Overweg, H. C.; Ihn, T.; Ensslin, K.

    2015-09-01

    Graphene—two-dimensional carbon—is a material with unique mechanical, optical, chemical, and electronic properties. Its use in a wide range of applications was therefore suggested. From an electronic point of view, nanostructured graphene is of great interest due to the potential opening of a band gap, applications in quantum devices, and investigations of physical phenomena. Narrow graphene stripes called "nanoribbons" show clearly different electronical transport properties than micron-sized graphene devices. The conductivity is generally reduced and around the charge neutrality point, the conductance is nearly completely suppressed. While various mechanisms can lead to this observed suppression of conductance, disordered edges resulting in localized charge carriers are likely the main cause in a large number of experiments. Localized charge carriers manifest themselves in transport experiments by the appearance of Coulomb blockade diamonds. This review focuses on the mechanisms responsible for this charge localization, on interpreting the transport details, and on discussing the consequences for physics and applications. Effects such as multiple coupled sites of localized charge, cotunneling processes, and excited states are discussed. Also, different geometries of quantum devices are compared. Finally, an outlook is provided, where open questions are addressed.

  5. Charge-Carrier-Scattering Spectroscopy With BEEM

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    Hecht, Michael H.; Bell, Lloyd D.; Kaiser, William J.

    1992-01-01

    Ballistic-electron-emission microscopy (BEEM) constitutes basis of new spectroscopy of scattering of electrons and holes. Pointed tip electrode scans near surface of metal about 100 angstrom thick on semiconductor. Principle similar to scanning tunneling microscope, except metal acts as third electrode. Used to investigate transport phenomena, scattering phenomena, and creation of hot charge carriers in Au/Si and Au/GaAs metal/semiconductor microstructures.

  6. Self-assembly and charge carrier transport of solution-processed conjugated polymer monolayers on dielectric surfaces with controlled sub-nanometer roughness.

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    Li, Mengmeng; Hinkel, Felix; Müllen, Klaus; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-04-28

    In recent years organic field-effect transistors have received extensive attention, however, it is still a great challenge to fabricate monolayer-based devices of conjugated polymers. In this study, one single layer of poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) is directly dip-coated, and its self-assembly is precisely tuned from nanofibers to granular aggregates by controlling the dielectric roughness on a sub-nanometer scale. The charge carrier transport of the monolayer transistor exhibits a strong dependence on the dielectric roughness, which is attributed to the roughness-induced effects of higher densities of grain boundaries and charge trapping sites as well as surface scattering. These results mark a great advance in the bottom-up fabrication of organic electronics. PMID:27080325

  7. Role of Sub-Nanometer Dielectric Roughness on Microstructure and Charge Carrier Transport in α,ω-Dihexylsexithiophene Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Li, Mengmeng; Marszalek, Tomasz; Müllen, Klaus; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-06-29

    The effect of dielectric roughness on the microstructure evolution of thermally evaporated α,ω-dihexylsexithiophene (α,ω-DH6T) thin films from a single molecular layer to tens of monolayers (ML) is studied. Thereby, the surface roughness of dielectrics is controlled within a sub-nanometer range. It is found that the grain size of an α,ω-DH6T ML is affected by dielectric roughness, especially for 1.5 ML, whereby the transistor performance is barely influenced. This can be attributed to a domain interconnection in the second layer over a long-range formed on the rough surface. With deposition of more layers, both microstructure and charge carrier transport exhibit a roughness-independent behavior. The structural characterization of α,ω-DH6T 10 ML by grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering reveals that the interlayer distance is slightly decreased from 3.30 to 3.15 nm due to a higher roughness, while an unchanged π-stacking distance is in excellent agreement with the roughness-independent hole mobility. This study excludes the influence of molecular-solvent interaction and preaggregation taking place during solution deposition, and provides further evidence that the microstructure of the interfacial layer of organic semiconductors has only minor impact on the bulk charge carrier transport in thicker films. PMID:27280702

  8. Self-assembly and charge carrier transport of solution-processed conjugated polymer monolayers on dielectric surfaces with controlled sub-nanometer roughness

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    Li, Mengmeng; Hinkel, Felix; Müllen, Klaus; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-04-01

    In recent years organic field-effect transistors have received extensive attention, however, it is still a great challenge to fabricate monolayer-based devices of conjugated polymers. In this study, one single layer of poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) is directly dip-coated, and its self-assembly is precisely tuned from nanofibers to granular aggregates by controlling the dielectric roughness on a sub-nanometer scale. The charge carrier transport of the monolayer transistor exhibits a strong dependence on the dielectric roughness, which is attributed to the roughness-induced effects of higher densities of grain boundaries and charge trapping sites as well as surface scattering. These results mark a great advance in the bottom-up fabrication of organic electronics.In recent years organic field-effect transistors have received extensive attention, however, it is still a great challenge to fabricate monolayer-based devices of conjugated polymers. In this study, one single layer of poly(2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) is directly dip-coated, and its self-assembly is precisely tuned from nanofibers to granular aggregates by controlling the dielectric roughness on a sub-nanometer scale. The charge carrier transport of the monolayer transistor exhibits a strong dependence on the dielectric roughness, which is attributed to the roughness-induced effects of higher densities of grain boundaries and charge trapping sites as well as surface scattering. These results mark a great advance in the bottom-up fabrication of organic electronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01082b

  9. Electrical transport in a disordered medium: NMR measurement of diffusivity and electrical mobility of ionic charge carriers.

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    Heil, S R; Holz, M

    1998-11-01

    Electrical transport in porous media plays an important role in many fields of pure and applied science. The basic microscopic processes of the charge transport have attracted considerable theoretical interest for a long time. However, on a microscopic level there was up to now no experimental access to this problem. In the present paper we demonstrate, by using a suited porous system, that two combined NMR methods can offer such a first experimental access. We apply common PFG NMR methods and the special electrophoretic NMR (ENMR) technique for the measurement of self-diffusion coefficient D+ and electric mobility u+ of a cation ((C4H9)+4) in a disordered gel-like medium (Sephadex LH-20) filled with electrolyte solution. We find a, qualitatively expected, observation time-dependence of D+, but for the first time such a time-dependence is also observed for u+, which means the detection of the phenomenon of "anomalous field assisted diffusion" or "anomalous mobility." For the measurement of the short-time behavior of the mobility a new pulse sequence is presented. The time-dependent mobilities were measured at three different external electrical fields E. From the long-time behavior of D+, u+, and DH2O three independent values for the tortuosity T of the porous system could be derived. We find equality of the tortuosities T(D+) and T(u+), which represents a first experimental proof of the validity of the Einstein relation (D+ approximately u+) in a disordered medium. Finally, we discuss advantages of the possible use of "anomalous field assisted diffusion" over the commonly used "anomalous diffusion" in morphology studies by dynamic imaging in porous media. PMID:9799669

  10. Correlation of film morphology and defect content with the charge-carrier transport in thin-film transistors based on ZnO nanoparticles

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    Polster, S.; Jank, M. P. M.; Frey, L.

    2016-01-01

    The correlation of defect content and film morphology with the charge-carrier transport in field-effect devices based on zinc oxide nanoparticles was investigated. Changes in the defect content and the morphology were realized by annealing and sintering of the nanoparticle thin films. Temperature-dependent electrical measurements reveal that the carrier transport is thermally activated for both the unsintered and sintered thin films. Reduced energetic barrier heights between the particles have been determined after sintering. Additionally, the energetic barrier heights between the particles can be reduced by increasing the drain-to-source voltage and the gate-to-source voltage. The changes in the barrier height are discussed with respect to information obtained by scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence measurements. It is found that a reduction of surface states and a lower roughness at the interface between the particle layer and the gate dielectric lead to lower barrier heights. Both surface termination and layer morphology at the interface affect the barrier height and thus are the main criteria for mobility improvement and device optimization.

  11. Charge carrier mobility in hybrid halide perovskites

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    Motta, Carlo; El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Sanvito, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    The charge transport properties of hybrid halide perovskites are investigated with a combination of density functional theory including van der Waals interaction and the Boltzmann theory for diffusive transport in the relaxation time approximation. We find the mobility of electrons to be in the range 5–10 cm2V−1s−1 and that for holes within 1–5 cm2V−1s−1, where the variations depend on the crystal structure investigated and the level of doping. Such results, in good agreement with recent experiments, set the relaxation time to about 1 ps, which is the time-scale for the molecular rotation at room temperature. For the room temperature tetragonal phase we explore two possible orientations of the organic cations and find that the mobility has a significant asymmetry depending on the direction of the current with respect to the molecular axis. This is due mostly to the way the PbI3 octahedral symmetry is broken. Interestingly we find that substituting I with Cl has minor effects on the mobilities. Our analysis suggests that the carrier mobility is probably not a key factor in determining the high solar-harvesting efficiency of this class of materials. PMID:26235910

  12. Measurement of the Charge Carrier Mobility Distribution in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Seifter, Jason; Sun, Yanming; Choi, Hyosung; Lee, Byoung Hoon; Nguyen, Thanh Luan; Woo, Han Young; Heeger, Alan J

    2015-09-01

    Charge carrier transport through organic solar cells is fundamentally dispersive due to the disordered structure and complex film morphology within the photoactive layer. A novel application of transient photocurrent and short-circuit variable time-delayed collection field measurements is used to reconstruct the complete charge carrier mobility distribution for the photogenerated carriers in optimized organic solar cells. PMID:26199190

  13. Ferroelectric polarization driven optical absorption and charge carrier transport in CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2-based photovoltaic cells

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    Feng, Hong-Jian

    2015-09-01

    Time-dependent density-functional theory(TD-DFT) calculations show that photogenerated electrons accumulate at the interface of CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2. Electrons transport from CH3NH3PbI3 side to TiO2 side, and the recombination of charge carriers is significantly reduced in this heterostructure. This can unambiguously explain why the power conversion efficiency and the open-circuit voltage are so high in the mesoporous TiO2 with an ultrathin layer of the hybrid halide perovskites. The calculated absorption spectrum of CH3NH3PbI3 agrees well with the experimental measurements. Our TD-DFT calculations confirm the connection between the ferroelectric polarization and the optical absorption. The polarization is caused by the combination of stereochemical activity of the lone pair of Pb-6s2 and the distortions of the organic moieties. Ti-3d states play crucial role in the formation of electron-hole pairs and make TiO2 as an electron transport material.

  14. Charge transport in disordered materials

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    Gagorik, Adam Gerald

    This thesis is focused on on using Monte Carlo simulation to extract device relevant properties, such as the current voltage behavior of transistors and the efficiency of photovoltaics, from the hopping transport of molecules. Specifically, simulation is used to study organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and organic photo-voltaics (OPVs). For OFETs, the current was found to decrease with increasing concentration of traps and barriers in the system. As the barrier/trap concentration approaches 100%, the current recovers as carrier begin to travel through the manifold of connected trap states. Coulomb interactions between like charges are found to play a role in removing carriers from trap states. The equilibrium current in OFETs was found to be independent of charge injection method, however, the finite size of devices leads to an oscillatory current. Fourier transforms of the electrical current show peaks that vary non-linearly with device length, while being independent of device width. This has implications for the mobility of carriers in finite sized devices. Lastly, the presence of defects and high barriers (> 0.4 eV) was found to produce negative differential resistance in the saturation region of OFET curves, unlike traps. While defects and barriers prohibit carriers from reaching the drain at high voltages, the repulsive interaction between like charged carriers pushes charges around the defects. For OPVs, the effects of device morphology and charge delocalization were studied. Fill factors increased with domain size in monolayer isotropic morphologies, but decreased for band morphologies. In single-phase systems without Coulomb interactions, astonishingly high fill factors (. 70%) were found. In multilayer OPVs,a complex interplay of domain size, connectivity, tortuosity, interface trapping, and delocalization determined efficiency.

  15. Transport of charge carriers through the thin base of a heterobipolar transistor under the impact of radiation

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    Puzanov, A. S. Obolenskii, S. V. Kozlov, V. A.

    2015-01-15

    The transport of electrons in heterobipolar transistors with radiation defects is studied under conditions where the characteristic sizes of defect clusters and the distances between them can be comparable or can even exceed the sizes of the device base. It is shown that, under some levels of irradiation, neutron radiation can bring about a decrease in the time of flight of hot electrons through the base, which retards the degradation of the transistor parameters.

  16. Charge carrier coherence and Hall effect in organic semiconductors

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    Yi, H. T.; Gartstein, Y. N.; Podzorov, V.

    2016-01-01

    Hall effect measurements are important for elucidating the fundamental charge transport mechanisms and intrinsic mobility in organic semiconductors. However, Hall effect studies frequently reveal an unconventional behavior that cannot be readily explained with the simple band-semiconductor Hall effect model. Here, we develop an analytical model of Hall effect in organic field-effect transistors in a regime of coexisting band and hopping carriers. The model, which is supported by the experiments, is based on a partial Hall voltage compensation effect, occurring because hopping carriers respond to the transverse Hall electric field and drift in the direction opposite to the Lorentz force acting on band carriers. We show that this can lead in particular to an underdeveloped Hall effect observed in organic semiconductors with substantial off-diagonal thermal disorder. Our model captures the main features of Hall effect in a variety of organic semiconductors and provides an analytical description of Hall mobility, carrier density and carrier coherence factor. PMID:27025354

  17. Charge carrier coherence and Hall effect in organic semiconductors

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    Yi, H. T.; Gartstein, Y. N.; Podzorov, V.

    2016-03-01

    Hall effect measurements are important for elucidating the fundamental charge transport mechanisms and intrinsic mobility in organic semiconductors. However, Hall effect studies frequently reveal an unconventional behavior that cannot be readily explained with the simple band-semiconductor Hall effect model. Here, we develop an analytical model of Hall effect in organic field-effect transistors in a regime of coexisting band and hopping carriers. The model, which is supported by the experiments, is based on a partial Hall voltage compensation effect, occurring because hopping carriers respond to the transverse Hall electric field and drift in the direction opposite to the Lorentz force acting on band carriers. We show that this can lead in particular to an underdeveloped Hall effect observed in organic semiconductors with substantial off-diagonal thermal disorder. Our model captures the main features of Hall effect in a variety of organic semiconductors and provides an analytical description of Hall mobility, carrier density and carrier coherence factor.

  18. Charge carrier coherence and Hall effect in organic semiconductors.

    PubMed

    Yi, H T; Gartstein, Y N; Podzorov, V

    2016-01-01

    Hall effect measurements are important for elucidating the fundamental charge transport mechanisms and intrinsic mobility in organic semiconductors. However, Hall effect studies frequently reveal an unconventional behavior that cannot be readily explained with the simple band-semiconductor Hall effect model. Here, we develop an analytical model of Hall effect in organic field-effect transistors in a regime of coexisting band and hopping carriers. The model, which is supported by the experiments, is based on a partial Hall voltage compensation effect, occurring because hopping carriers respond to the transverse Hall electric field and drift in the direction opposite to the Lorentz force acting on band carriers. We show that this can lead in particular to an underdeveloped Hall effect observed in organic semiconductors with substantial off-diagonal thermal disorder. Our model captures the main features of Hall effect in a variety of organic semiconductors and provides an analytical description of Hall mobility, carrier density and carrier coherence factor. PMID:27025354

  19. On the nature of photo charge carriers in ice

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    Petrenko, V. F.; Khusnatdinov, N. N.

    1994-06-01

    A method of photoelectromotive force (PEMF) was developed to find the charge sign, mobility, and lifetime of photo charge carriers in ice generated by photons with energy hν≳6.5 eV. It was determined that the most mobile photo charge carriers are negative ones, with mobility μ increasing from 2×10-3 cm2/V s at T=-10 °C to 4×10-2 cm2/V s at T=-30 °C, and with their lifetime decreasing from 30 to 10 s in the same temperature range. Activation energies of the mobility and the lifetime are Eμ=-0.77 eV and Eτ=0.32 eV, respectively. In addition to the negative photo charge carriers positive ones arise with mobility μ=2.3×10-4 cm2/V s and lifetime τ=26 min at T=-15 °C. We suggest that the negative photo charge carriers in ice are mobile complexes of an electron, vacancy and D-defect (e-+V+D). To take into account a specific mechanism of charge transport in ice, configurational vector Ω, and the generation of complexes (e-+V+D), a reaction of ``autoionization'' was modified for ice, 2H2O+hν→H3O++OH•int(e-+V+D).

  20. Solid state cloaking for electrical charge carrier mobility control

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    Zebarjadi, Mona; Liao, Bolin; Esfarjani, Keivan; Chen, Gang

    2015-07-07

    An electrical mobility-controlled material includes a solid state host material having a controllable Fermi energy level and electrical charge carriers with a charge carrier mobility. At least one Fermi level energy at which a peak in charge carrier mobility is to occur is prespecified for the host material. A plurality of particles are distributed in the host material, with at least one particle disposed with an effective mass and a radius that minimize scattering of the electrical charge carriers for the at least one prespecified Fermi level energy of peak charge carrier mobility. The minimized scattering of electrical charge carriers produces the peak charge carrier mobility only at the at least one prespecified Fermi level energy, set by the particle effective mass and radius, the charge carrier mobility being less than the peak charge carrier mobility at Fermi level energies other than the at least one prespecified Fermi level energy.

  1. Selective modulation of charge-carrier transport of a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell by a graphitized fullerene interfacial layer.

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    Park, Sun-Young; Lim, Dong Chan; Hong, Eun Mi; Lee, Joo-Yeoul; Heo, Jinhee; Lim, Jae Hong; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Young Dok; Mul, Guido

    2015-01-01

    We show that a graphitic carbon interfacial layer, derived from C70 by annealing at 500 °C, results in a significant increase in the attainable photocurrent of a photoelectrochemical cell that contains a WO3 -functionalized fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) photoanode. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, photoconductive atomic force microscopy, Hall measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy show that the increase in photocurrent is the result of fast and selective electron transport from optically excited WO3 through the graphitic carbon interfacial layer to the FTO-coated glass electrode. Thus the energy efficiency of perspective solar-to-fuel devices can be improved by modification of the interface of semiconductors and conducting substrate electrodes by using graphitized fullerene derivatives. PMID:25410298

  2. Determining charge carrier mobility in Schottky contacted single-carrier organic devices by impedance spectroscopy

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    Tang, Ying; Peng, Yingquan; Sun, Lei; Wei, Yi; Xu, Sunan

    2015-10-01

    Impedance spectroscopy (IS) is one of the most important methods for analyzing transport properties of semiconducting thin films. At present carrier mobility can be determined by IS methods only for Ohmic contacted single-carrier devices, which hinders the use of the IS method for determining the carrier mobility of thin films with high-lying lowest unoccupied molecular orbits or low-lying highest occupied molecular orbits. Based on the theory of space charge limited current conduction and thermionic emission at metal-organic interface, we developed a numerical IS model for single-carrier organic devices with Schottky injection contact. With the help of this model, a concise empirical formula is obtained from which the carrier mobility can be determined from the characteristic frequency of the negative differential susceptance and the Schottky energy barrier height at the injection contact.

  3. Columnar mesophases of hexabenzocoronene derivatives. II. Charge carrier mobility.

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    Kirkpatrick, James; Marcon, Valentina; Kremer, Kurt; Nelson, Jenny; Andrienko, Denis

    2008-09-01

    Combining atomistic molecular dynamic simulations, Marcus-Hush theory description of charge transport rates, and master equation description of charge dynamics, we correlate the temperature-driven change of the mesophase structure with the change of charge carrier mobilities in columnar phases of hexabenzocoronene derivatives. The time dependence of fluctuations in transfer integrals shows that static disorder is predominant in determining charge transport characteristics. Both site energies and transfer integrals are distributed because of disorder in the molecular arrangement. It is shown that the contributions to the site energies from polarization and electrostatic effects are of opposite sign for positive charges. We look at three mesophases of hexabenzocoronene: herringbone, discotic, and columnar disordered. All results are compared to time resolved microwave conductivity data and show excellent agreement with no fitting parameters. PMID:19044876

  4. Dynamic Charge Carrier Trapping in Quantum Dot Field Effect Transistors.

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    Zhang, Yingjie; Chen, Qian; Alivisatos, A Paul; Salmeron, Miquel

    2015-07-01

    Noncrystalline semiconductor materials often exhibit hysteresis in charge transport measurements whose mechanism is largely unknown. Here we study the dynamics of charge injection and transport in PbS quantum dot (QD) monolayers in a field effect transistor (FET). Using Kelvin probe force microscopy, we measured the temporal response of the QDs as the channel material in a FET following step function changes of gate bias. The measurements reveal an exponential decay of mobile carrier density with time constants of 3-5 s for holes and ∼10 s for electrons. An Ohmic behavior, with uniform carrier density, was observed along the channel during the injection and transport processes. These slow, uniform carrier trapping processes are reversible, with time constants that depend critically on the gas environment. We propose that the underlying mechanism is some reversible electrochemical process involving dissociation and diffusion of water and/or oxygen related species. These trapping processes are dynamically activated by the injected charges, in contrast with static electronic traps whose presence is independent of the charge state. Understanding and controlling these processes is important for improving the performance of electronic, optoelectronic, and memory devices based on disordered semiconductors. PMID:26099508

  5. Charge transport network dynamics in molecular aggregates.

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    Jackson, Nicholas E; Chen, Lin X; Ratner, Mark A

    2016-08-01

    Due to the nonperiodic nature of charge transport in disordered systems, generating insight into static charge transport networks, as well as analyzing the network dynamics, can be challenging. Here, we apply time-dependent network analysis to scrutinize the charge transport networks of two representative molecular semiconductors: a rigid n-type molecule, perylenediimide, and a flexible p-type molecule, [Formula: see text] Simulations reveal the relevant timescale for local transfer integral decorrelation to be [Formula: see text]100 fs, which is shown to be faster than that of a crystalline morphology of the same molecule. Using a simple graph metric, global network changes are observed over timescales competitive with charge carrier lifetimes. These insights demonstrate that static charge transport networks are qualitatively inadequate, whereas average networks often overestimate network connectivity. Finally, a simple methodology for tracking dynamic charge transport properties is proposed. PMID:27439871

  6. Non-contact, non-destructive, quantitative probing of interfacial trap sites for charge carrier transport at semiconductor-insulator boundary

    SciTech Connect

    Choi, Wookjin; Miyakai, Tomoyo; Sakurai, Tsuneaki; Saeki, Akinori; Yokoyama, Masaaki; Seki, Shu

    2014-07-21

    The density of traps at semiconductor–insulator interfaces was successfully estimated using microwave dielectric loss spectroscopy with model thin-film organic field-effect transistors. The non-contact, non-destructive analysis technique is referred to as field-induced time-resolved microwave conductivity (FI-TRMC) at interfaces. Kinetic traces of FI-TRMC transients clearly distinguished the mobile charge carriers at the interfaces from the immobile charges trapped at defects, allowing both the mobility of charge carriers and the number density of trap sites to be determined at the semiconductor-insulator interfaces. The number density of defects at the interface between evaporated pentacene on a poly(methylmethacrylate) insulating layer was determined to be 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2}, and the hole mobility was up to 6.5 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} after filling the defects with trapped carriers. The FI-TRMC at interfaces technique has the potential to provide rapid screening for the assessment of interfacial electronic states in a variety of semiconductor devices.

  7. Nanofaceting as a stamp for periodic graphene charge carrier modulations

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    Vondráček, M.; Kalita, D.; Kučera, M.; Fekete, L.; Kopeček, J.; Lančok, J.; Coraux, J.; Bouchiat, V.; Honolka, J.

    2016-01-01

    The exceptional electronic properties of monatomic thin graphene sheets triggered numerous original transport concepts, pushing quantum physics into the realm of device technology for electronics, optoelectronics and thermoelectrics. At the conceptual pivot point is the particular two-dimensional massless Dirac fermion character of graphene charge carriers and its volitional modification by intrinsic or extrinsic means. Here, interfaces between different electronic and structural graphene modifications promise exciting physics and functionality, in particular when fabricated with atomic precision. In this study we show that quasiperiodic modulations of doping levels can be imprinted down to the nanoscale in monolayer graphene sheets. Vicinal copper surfaces allow to alternate graphene carrier densities by several 1013 carriers per cm2 along a specific copper high-symmetry direction. The process is triggered by a self-assembled copper faceting process during high-temperature graphene chemical vapor deposition, which defines interfaces between different graphene doping levels at the atomic level. PMID:27040365

  8. Nanofaceting as a stamp for periodic graphene charge carrier modulations

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    Vondráček, M.; Kalita, D.; Kučera, M.; Fekete, L.; Kopeček, J.; Lančok, J.; Coraux, J.; Bouchiat, V.; Honolka, J.

    2016-04-01

    The exceptional electronic properties of monatomic thin graphene sheets triggered numerous original transport concepts, pushing quantum physics into the realm of device technology for electronics, optoelectronics and thermoelectrics. At the conceptual pivot point is the particular two-dimensional massless Dirac fermion character of graphene charge carriers and its volitional modification by intrinsic or extrinsic means. Here, interfaces between different electronic and structural graphene modifications promise exciting physics and functionality, in particular when fabricated with atomic precision. In this study we show that quasiperiodic modulations of doping levels can be imprinted down to the nanoscale in monolayer graphene sheets. Vicinal copper surfaces allow to alternate graphene carrier densities by several 1013 carriers per cm2 along a specific copper high-symmetry direction. The process is triggered by a self-assembled copper faceting process during high-temperature graphene chemical vapor deposition, which defines interfaces between different graphene doping levels at the atomic level.

  9. Carrier transport and collection in fully depleted semiconductors by a combined action of the space charge field and the field due to electrode voltages

    DOEpatents

    Rehak, Pavel; Gatti, Emilio

    1987-01-01

    A semiconductor charge transport device and method for making same, characterized by providing a thin semiconductor wafer having rectifying junctions on its opposing major surfaces and including a small capacitance ohmic contact, in combination with bias voltage means and associated circuit means for applying a predetermined voltage to effectively deplete the wafer in regions thereof between the rectifying junctions and the ohmic contact. A charge transport device of the invention is usable as a drift chamber, a low capacitance detector, or a charge coupled device each constructed according to the methods of the invention for making such devices. Detectors constructed according to the principles of the invention are characterized by having significantly higher particle position indicating resolution than is attainable with prior art detectors, while at the same time requiring substantially fewer readout channels to realize such high resolution.

  10. Carrier transport and collection in fully depleted semiconductors by a combined action of the space charge field and the field due to electrode voltages

    DOEpatents

    Rehak, P.; Gatti, E.

    1987-08-18

    A semiconductor charge transport device and method for making same are disclosed, characterized by providing a thin semiconductor wafer having rectifying junctions on its opposing major surfaces and including a small capacitance ohmic contact, in combination with bias voltage means and associated circuit means for applying a predetermined voltage to effectively deplete the wafer in regions thereof between the rectifying junctions and the ohmic contact. A charge transport device of the invention is usable as a drift chamber, a low capacitance detector, or a charge coupled device each constructed according to the methods of the invention for making such devices. Detectors constructed according to the principles of the invention are characterized by having significantly higher particle position indicating resolution than is attainable with prior art detectors, while at the same time requiring substantially fewer readout channels to realize such high resolution. 16 figs.

  11. Carrier transport and collection in fully depleted semiconductors by a combined action of the space charge field and the field due to electrode voltages

    DOEpatents

    Rehak, P.; Gatti, E.

    1984-02-24

    A semiconductor charge transport device and method for making same, characterized by providing a thin semiconductor wafer having rectifying functions on its opposing major surfaces and including a small capacitance ohmic contact, in combination with bias voltage means and associated circuit means for applying a predetermined voltage to effectively deplete the wafer in regions thereof between the rectifying junctions and the ohmic contact. A charge transport device of the invention is usable as a drift chamber, a low capacitance detector, or a charge coupled device each constructed according to the methods of the invention for making such devices. Detectors constructed according to the principles of the invention are characterized by having significantly higher particle position indicating resolution than is attainable with prior art detectors, while at the same time requiring substantially fewer readout channels to realize such high resolution.

  12. Charge carrier coherence and Hall effect in organic semiconductors

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    Yi, H. T.; Gartstein, Y. N.; Podzorov, V.

    2016-03-30

    Hall effect measurements are important for elucidating the fundamental charge transport mechanisms and intrinsic mobility in organic semiconductors. However, Hall effect studies frequently reveal an unconventional behavior that cannot be readily explained with the simple band-semiconductor Hall effect model. Here, we develop an analytical model of Hall effect in organic field-effect transistors in a regime of coexisting band and hopping carriers. The model, which is supported by the experiments, is based on a partial Hall voltage compensation effect, occurring because hopping carriers respond to the transverse Hall electric field and drift in the direction opposite to the Lorentz force actingmore » on band carriers. We show that this can lead in particular to an underdeveloped Hall effect observed in organic semiconductors with substantial off-diagonal thermal disorder. Lastly, our model captures the main features of Hall effect in a variety of organic semiconductors and provides an analytical description of Hall mobility, carrier density and carrier coherence factor.« less

  13. Spectroscopy of Charge Carriers and Traps in Field-Doped Single Crystal Organic Semiconductors

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    Zhu, Xiaoyang

    2014-12-10

    The proposed research aims to achieve quantitative, molecular level understanding of charge carriers and traps in field-doped crystalline organic semiconductors via in situ linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy, in conjunction with transport measurements and molecular/crystal engineering. Organic semiconductors are emerging as viable materials for low-cost electronics and optoelectronics, such as organic photovoltaics (OPV), organic field effect transistors (OFETs), and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Despite extensive studies spanning many decades, a clear understanding of the nature of charge carriers in organic semiconductors is still lacking. It is generally appreciated that polaron formation and charge carrier trapping are two hallmarks associated with electrical transport in organic semiconductors; the former results from the low dielectric constants and weak intermolecular electronic overlap while the latter can be attributed to the prevalence of structural disorder. These properties have lead to the common observation of low charge carrier mobilities, e.g., in the range of 10-5 - 10-3 cm2/Vs, particularly at low carrier concentrations. However, there is also growing evidence that charge carrier mobility approaching those of inorganic semiconductors and metals can exist in some crystalline organic semiconductors, such as pentacene, tetracene and rubrene. A particularly striking example is single crystal rubrene (Figure 1), in which hole mobilities well above 10 cm2/Vs have been observed in OFETs operating at room temperature. Temperature dependent transport and spectroscopic measurements both revealed evidence of free carriers in rubrene. Outstanding questions are: what are the structural features and physical properties that make rubrene so unique? How do we establish fundamental design principles for the development of other organic semiconductors of high mobility? These questions are critically important but not comprehensive, as the nature of

  14. NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells

    SciTech Connect

    2016-01-01

    NREL scientists studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells by determining the junction structure across the solar device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. The distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates a p-n junction structure at the interface between titanium dioxide and perovskite. In addition, minority-carrier transport within the devices operates under diffusion/drift. Clarifying the fundamental junction structure provides significant guidance for future research and development. This NREL study points to the fact that improving carrier mobility is a critical factor for continued efficiency gains in perovskite solar cells.

  15. Molecular length dictates the nature of charge carriers in single-molecule junctions of oxidized oligothiophenes.

    PubMed

    Dell, Emma J; Capozzi, Brian; Xia, Jianlong; Venkataraman, Latha; Campos, Luis M

    2015-03-01

    To develop advanced materials for electronic devices, it is of utmost importance to design organic building blocks with tunable functionality and to study their properties at the molecular level. For organic electronic and photovoltaic applications, the ability to vary the nature of charge carriers and so create either electron donors or acceptors is critical. Here we demonstrate that charge carriers in single-molecule junctions can be tuned within a family of molecules that contain electron-deficient thiophene-1,1-dioxide (TDO) building blocks. Oligomers of TDO were designed to increase electron affinity and maintain delocalized frontier orbitals while significantly decreasing the transport gap. Through thermopower measurements we show that the dominant charge carriers change from holes to electrons as the number of TDO units is increased. This results in a unique system in which the charge carrier depends on the backbone length, and provides a new means to tune p- and n-type transport in organic materials. PMID:25698329

  16. Dynamics of charge carriers on hexagonal nanoribbons with vacancy defects

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    Ferreira da Cunha, Wiliam; de Oliveira Neto, Pedro Henrique; Terai, Akira; Magela e Silva, Geraldo

    2016-07-01

    We develop a general model to investigate the dynamics of charge carriers in vacancy endowed honeycomb two-dimensional nanolattices. As a fundamental application, results concerning the influence of vacancies placed on different sites of semiconducting armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNR) over the transport of polarons are presented. It is observed that the positioning of vacancies plays a major role over the scattering of the charge carriers, in the sense that their overall mobility is determined by where the defect is allocated. By considering different structural configurations of the system, the arising polaron can either move freely or be reflected. Therefore, our work provides a phenomenological understanding of the underlying mechanism responsible for the change of conductivity experienced by systems in which structural defects are present, a fact that has been reported for different nanostructures of the same symmetry. Because vacancies are one of the most common kinds of defects and are, in practice, unavoidable, the kind of description proposed in the present paper is crucial to correctly address transport and electronic properties in more realistic electronic devices based on two-dimensional nanolattices.

  17. Anomalous Charge Transport in Disordered Organic Semiconductors

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    Muniandy, S. V.; Woon, K. L.; Choo, K. Y.

    2011-03-30

    Anomalous charge carrier transport in disordered organic semiconductors is studied using fractional differential equations. The connection between index of fractional derivative and dispersion exponent is examined from the perspective of fractional Fokker-Planck equation and its link to the continuous time random walk formalism. The fractional model is used to describe the bi-scaling power-laws observed in the time-of flight photo-current transient data for two different types of organic semiconductors.

  18. Anisotropic charged impurity-limited carrier mobility in monolayer phosphorene

    SciTech Connect

    Ong, Zhun-Yong; Zhang, Gang; Zhang, Yong Wei

    2014-12-07

    The room temperature carrier mobility in atomically thin 2D materials is usually far below the intrinsic limit imposed by phonon scattering as a result of scattering by remote charged impurities in its environment. We simulate the charged impurity-limited carrier mobility μ in bare and encapsulated monolayer phosphorene. We find a significant temperature dependence in the carrier mobilities (μ ∝ T{sup −γ}) that results from the temperature variability of the charge screening and varies with the crystal orientation. The anisotropy in the effective mass leads to an anisotropic carrier mobility, with the mobility in the armchair direction about one order of magnitude larger than in the zigzag direction. In particular, this mobility anisotropy is enhanced at low temperatures and high carrier densities. Under encapsulation with a high-κ overlayer, the mobility increases by up to an order of magnitude although its temperature dependence and its anisotropy are reduced.

  19. Low-field carrier transport properties in biased bilayer graphene

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    Hu, Bo

    2014-07-01

    Based on a semiclassical Boltzmann transport equation in random phase approximation, we develop a theoretical model to understand low-field carrier transport in biased bilayer graphene, which takes into account the charged impurity scattering, acoustic phonon scattering, and surface polar phonon scattering as three main scattering mechanisms. The surface polar optical phonon scattering of carriers in supported bilayer graphene is thoroughly studied using the Rode iteration method. By considering the metal-BLG contact resistance as the only one free fitting parameter, we find that the carrier density dependence of the calculated total conductivity agrees well with that observed in experiment under different temperatures. The conductivity results also suggest that in high carrier density range, the metal-BLG contact resistance can be a significant factor in determining the BLG conductivity at low temperature, and both acoustic phonon scattering and surface polar phonon scattering play important roles at higher temperature, especially for BLG samples with a low doping concentration, which can compete with charged impurity scattering.

  20. Dependence of charge transfer reorganization energy on carrier localisation in organic molecular crystals.

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    Bromley, Stefan T; Illas, Francesc; Mas-Torrent, Marta

    2008-01-01

    Taking the organic molecular material dithiophene-tetrathiafulvalene (DT-TTF) as an example of a high mobility organic molecular material, we use density functional calculations to calculate the dependency of the reorganization energy associated with charge carrier transport on: (i) the geometric and electronic responsiveness of the local molecular crystal environment, and, (ii) the local spatial extent of the charge carrier. We find that in our most realistic extended models the charge transfer reorganization energy is strongly dependent on carrier localization. In particular, whereas highly localized carriers are found to be highly susceptible to their charge transfer efficiency being affected by changes in the local crystal environment, more delocalized carriers are better able to maintain their low reorganization energies. Considering that maintaining a relatively small charge transfer reorganization energy magnitude is an important factor in achieving high carrier mobilities, we suggest that those materials better able to sustain carriers with short-range thermally resistant intermolecular delocalisation should be sought for device applications. PMID:18075690

  1. 47 CFR 69.153 - Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... (PICC). 69.153 Section 69.153 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) COMMON... § 69.153 Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC). (a) A charge expressed in dollars and cents... maximum of $4.31 per line per month. In the event the ceilings on the PICC prevent the PICC...

  2. 47 CFR 69.153 - Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... (PICC). 69.153 Section 69.153 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) COMMON... § 69.153 Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC). (a) A charge expressed in dollars and cents... maximum of $4.31 per line per month. In the event the ceilings on the PICC prevent the PICC...

  3. 47 CFR 69.153 - Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... (PICC). 69.153 Section 69.153 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) COMMON... § 69.153 Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC). (a) A charge expressed in dollars and cents... maximum of $4.31 per line per month. In the event the ceilings on the PICC prevent the PICC...

  4. 47 CFR 69.153 - Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... (PICC). 69.153 Section 69.153 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) COMMON... § 69.153 Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC). (a) A charge expressed in dollars and cents... maximum of $4.31 per line per month. In the event the ceilings on the PICC prevent the PICC...

  5. 47 CFR 69.153 - Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... (PICC). 69.153 Section 69.153 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) COMMON... § 69.153 Presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (PICC). (a) A charge expressed in dollars and cents... maximum of $4.31 per line per month. In the event the ceilings on the PICC prevent the PICC...

  6. Slower carriers limit charge generation in organic semiconductor light-harvesting systems.

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    Stolterfoht, Martin; Armin, Ardalan; Shoaee, Safa; Kassal, Ivan; Burn, Paul; Meredith, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Blends of electron-donating and -accepting organic semiconductors are widely used as photoactive materials in next-generation solar cells and photodetectors. The yield of free charges in these systems is often determined by the separation of interfacial electron-hole pairs, which is expected to depend on the ability of the faster carrier to escape the Coulomb potential. Here we show, by measuring geminate and non-geminate losses and key transport parameters in a series of bulk-heterojunction solar cells, that the charge-generation yield increases with increasing slower carrier mobility. This is in direct contrast with the well-established Braun model where the dissociation rate is proportional to the mobility sum, and recent models that underscore the importance of fullerene aggregation for coherent electron propagation. The behaviour is attributed to the restriction of opposite charges to different phases, and to an entropic contribution that favours the joint separation of both charge carriers. PMID:27324720

  7. Slower carriers limit charge generation in organic semiconductor light-harvesting systems

    PubMed Central

    Stolterfoht, Martin; Armin, Ardalan; Shoaee, Safa; Kassal, Ivan; Burn, Paul; Meredith, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Blends of electron-donating and -accepting organic semiconductors are widely used as photoactive materials in next-generation solar cells and photodetectors. The yield of free charges in these systems is often determined by the separation of interfacial electron–hole pairs, which is expected to depend on the ability of the faster carrier to escape the Coulomb potential. Here we show, by measuring geminate and non-geminate losses and key transport parameters in a series of bulk-heterojunction solar cells, that the charge-generation yield increases with increasing slower carrier mobility. This is in direct contrast with the well-established Braun model where the dissociation rate is proportional to the mobility sum, and recent models that underscore the importance of fullerene aggregation for coherent electron propagation. The behaviour is attributed to the restriction of opposite charges to different phases, and to an entropic contribution that favours the joint separation of both charge carriers. PMID:27324720

  8. Charging up Transportation.

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    Vail, Kathleen R.

    1994-01-01

    In Antelope Valley, California, a regional transportation consortium, cooperatively run by six adjacent school districts, is operating an electric-powered school bus as a pilot project. Although the prototype bus cost nearly six times more than a traditional school bus, lower operating and maintenance expenses and safety factors appeal to many…

  9. Photogeneration of charge carriers in titanium oxides

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    Itoh, Chihiro; Iwahashi, Kuniaki; Kan'no, Ken-ichi

    2002-05-01

    We have measured action spectra of the photoconductivity of rutile crystal at ˜4 K. The photoconductivity spectrum shows a keen rise at 3.0 eV and shows a peak at 3.2 eV and a shoulder around 3.7 eV. The threshold energy of the photoconductivity excitation well agrees with the onset of the fundamental optical absorption. This result indicates that the carriers contributing to the photoconductivity are generated by the fundamental excitation of the crystal. We have found that the photoconductivity shows remarkable field dependence. Below 5 V/mm, the photoconductivity was almost field independent. On the other hand, increasing the field strength in the range from 5 to 25 V/mm strongly enhanced the photoconductivity and varied the shape of the action spectrum. The origin of the field dependence is discussed.

  10. Spatial variation of charge carrier density in graphene under a large bias current

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    Pan, Jie; Zhang, Haijing; Zheng, Yuan; Zhang, Bing; Zhang, Ting; Sheng, Ping

    2016-03-01

    By carrying out the Hall measurements under a large bias current, we have directly observed the spatial variation of the carrier density in graphene. This carrier density variation is found to depend on the bias direction; hence it cannot be caused by the heating effect, which should be independent of the bias current direction. A simple back-gate tuning model, involving a self-consistent calculation on longitudinal transport coupled with carrier density variation, is shown to explain the experimental results very well. Various implications of this phenomenon, including the shift of charge neutrality point under a large bias, are investigated and discussed.

  11. Charge carrier transport and lifetimes in n-type and p-type phosphorene as 2D device active materials: an ab initio study.

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    Tea, E; Hin, C

    2016-08-10

    In this work, we provide a detailed analysis of phosphorene's performance as an n-type and p-type active material. This study is based on first principles calculations of the phosphorene electronic structure, and the resulting electron and hole scattering rates and lifetimes. Emphasis is put on extreme regimes commonly found in semiconductor devices, i.e. high electric fields and heavy doping, where impact ionization and Auger recombination can occur. We found that electron-initiated impact ionization is weaker than the hole-initiated process, when compared to carrier-phonon interaction rates, suggesting resilience to impact ionization initiated breakdown. Moreover, calculated minority electron lifetimes are limited by radiative recombination only, not by Auger processes, suggesting that phosphorene could achieve good quantum efficiencies in optoelectronic devices. The provided scattering rates and lifetimes are critical input data for the modeling and understanding of phosphorene-based device physics. PMID:27479904

  12. Assessing charge carrier trapping in silicon nanowires using picosecond conductivity measurements.

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    Ulbricht, Ronald; Kurstjens, Rufi; Bonn, Mischa

    2012-07-11

    Free-standing semiconductor nanowires on bulk substrates are increasingly being explored as building blocks for novel optoelectronic devices such as tandem solar cells. Although carrier transport properties, such as mobility and trap densities, are essential for such applications, it has remained challenging to quantify these properties. Here, we report on a method that permits the direct, contact-free quantification of nanowire carrier diffusivity and trap densities in thin (∼25 nm wide) silicon nanowires-without any additional processing steps such as transfer of wires onto a substrate. The approach relies on the very different terahertz (THz) conductivity response of photoinjected carriers within the silicon nanowires from those in the silicon substrate. This allows quantifying both the picosecond dynamics and the efficiency of charge carrier transport from the silicon nanowires into the silicon substrate. Varying the excitation density allows for quantification of nanowire trap densities: for sufficiently low excitation fluences the diffusion process stalls because the majority of charge carriers become trapped at nanowire surface defects. Using a model that includes these effects, we determine both the diffusion constant and the nanowire trap density. The trap density is found to be orders of magnitude larger than the charge carrier density that would be generated by AM1.5 sunlight. PMID:22738182

  13. Charge-carrier relaxation in disordered organic semiconductors studied by dark injection: Experiment and modeling

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    Mesta, M.; Schaefer, C.; de Groot, J.; Cottaar, J.; Coehoorn, R.; Bobbert, P. A.

    2013-11-01

    Understanding of stationary charge transport in disordered organic semiconductors has matured during recent years. However, charge-carrier relaxation in nonstationary situations is still poorly understood. Such relaxation can be studied in dark injection experiments, in which the bias applied over an unilluminated organic semiconductor device is abruptly increased. The resulting transient current reveals both charge-carrier transport and relaxation characteristics. We performed such experiments on hole-only devices of a polyfluorene-based organic semiconductor. Modeling the dark injection by solving a one-dimensional master equation using the equilibrium carrier mobility leads to a too-slow current transient, since this approach does not account for carrier relaxation. Modeling by solving a three-dimensional time-dependent master equation does take into account all carrier transport and relaxation effects. With this modeling, the time scale of the current transient is found to be in agreement with experiment. With a disorder strength somewhat smaller than extracted from the temperature-dependent stationary current-voltage characteristics, also the shape of the experimental transients is well described.

  14. Comprehensive approach to intrinsic charge carrier mobility in conjugated organic molecules, macromolecules, and supramolecular architectures.

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    Saeki, Akinori; Koizumi, Yoshiko; Aida, Takuzo; Seki, Shu

    2012-08-21

    Si-based inorganic electronics have long dominated the semiconductor industry. However, in recent years conjugated polymers have attracted increasing attention because such systems are flexible and offer the potential for low-cost, large-area production via roll-to-roll processing. The state-of-the-art organic conjugated molecular crystals can exhibit charge carrier mobilities (μ) that nearly match or even exceed that of amorphous silicon (1-10 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)). The mean free path of the charge carriers estimated from these mobilities corresponds to the typical intersite (intermolecular) hopping distances in conjugated organic materials, which strongly suggests that the conduction model for the electronic band structure only applies to μ > 1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for the translational motion of the charge carriers. However, to analyze the transport mechanism in organic electronics, researchers conventionally use a disorder formalism, where μ is usually less than 1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and dominated by impurities, disorders, or defects that disturb the long-range translational motion. In this Account, we discuss the relationship between the alternating-current and direct-current mobilities of charge carriers, using time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) and other techniques including field-effect transistor, time-of-flight, and space-charge limited current. TRMC measures the nanometer-scale mobility of charge carriers under an oscillating microwave electric field with no contact between the semiconductors and the metals. This separation allows us to evaluate the intrinsic charge carrier mobility with minimal trapping effects. We review a wide variety of organic electronics in terms of their charge carrier mobilities, and we describe recent studies of macromolecules, molecular crystals, and supramolecular architecture. For example, a rigid poly(phenylene-co-ethynylene) included in permethylated cyclodextrin shows a high intramolecular hole mobility of 0.5 cm(2) V

  15. Charge Transport in Synthetic Metals

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    Emery, V. J.; Kivelson, S. A.; Muthukumar, V. N.

    1999-01-15

    The phenomenology of charge transport in synthetic metals is reviewed. It is argued that the conventional quasiparticle picture and Boltzmann transport theory do not apply to these materials. The central ideas of Fermi liquid theory are reviewed, and the significant corrections produced by quasiparticle scattering from ferromagnetic spin fluctuations in liquid {sup 3}He are described. It is shown that Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} does not display the symptoms of a nearly-ferromagnetic Fermi liquid, so the source of its odd angular momentum pairing remains to be understood. The solution of an assisted-tunneling model of charge transport in quasi-one dimensional materials is described. This model has a quantum critical point and gives a resistivity that is linear in temperature or frequency, whichever is greater.

  16. Charge transport in desolvated DNA

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    Wolter, Mario; Elstner, Marcus; Kubař, Tomáš

    2013-09-01

    The conductivity of DNA in molecular junctions is often probed experimentally under dry conditions, but it is unclear how much of the solvent remains attached to the DNA and how this impacts its structure, electronic states, and conductivity. Classical MD simulations show that DNA is unstable if the solvent is removed completely, while a micro-hydrated system with few water molecules shows similar charge transport properties as fully solvated DNA does. This surprising effect is analyzed in detail by mapping the density functional theory-based electronic structure to a tight-binding Hamiltonian, allowing for an estimate of conductivity of various DNA sequences with snapshot-averaged Landauer's approach. The characteristics of DNA charge transport turn out to be determined by the nearest hydration shell(s), and the removal of bulk solvent has little effect on the transport.

  17. Light pulse propagation and charge carrier scattering in semiconductor amplifiers

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    Binder, R.; Knorr, A.; Koch, S.W.

    1994-12-31

    The carrier dynamics in inverted semiconductors (optical amplifiers) and light pulse propagations in optical amplifiers have been studied extensively both theoretically and experimentally. Light induced carrier heating processes, which are caused, for example, by two-photon absorption and free carrier absorption, have been studied mainly on the basis of phenomenological models. The full microscopic theory of these processes and their influence on light pulse propagation is still an unsolved problem. Here, the authors present theoretical results on light pulse propagation in inverted semiconductors and semiconductor laser diodes. The theory is based on the semiconductor Maxwell Bloch equations and includes incoherent phenomena due to charge-carrier scattering based on the solution of the appropriate Boltzman equation.

  18. Ab initio charge-carrier mobility model for amorphous molecular semiconductors

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    Massé, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Liu, Feilong; Nitsche, Robert; Coehoorn, Reinder; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Bobbert, Peter A.

    2016-05-01

    Accurate charge-carrier mobility models of amorphous organic molecular semiconductors are essential to describe the electrical properties of devices based on these materials. The disordered nature of these semiconductors leads to percolative charge transport with a large characteristic length scale, posing a challenge to the development of such models from ab initio simulations. Here, we develop an ab initio mobility model using a four-step procedure. First, the amorphous morphology together with its energy disorder and intermolecular charge-transfer integrals are obtained from ab initio simulations in a small box. Next, the ab initio information is used to set up a stochastic model for the morphology and transfer integrals. This stochastic model is then employed to generate a large simulation box with modeled morphology and transfer integrals, which can fully capture the percolative charge transport. Finally, the charge-carrier mobility in this simulation box is calculated by solving a master equation, yielding a mobility function depending on temperature, carrier concentration, and electric field. We demonstrate the procedure for hole transport in two important molecular semiconductors, α -NPD and TCTA. In contrast to a previous study, we conclude that spatial correlations in the energy disorder are unimportant for α -NPD. We apply our mobility model to two types of hole-only α -NPD devices and find that the experimental temperature-dependent current density-voltage characteristics of all devices can be well described by only slightly decreasing the simulated energy disorder strength.

  19. Charge transport in disordered semiconducting polymers driven by nuclear tunneling

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    van der Kaap, N. J.; Katsouras, I.; Asadi, K.; Blom, P. W. M.; Koster, L. J. A.; de Leeuw, D. M.

    2016-04-01

    The current density-voltage (J -V ) characteristics of hole-only diodes based on poly(2-methoxy, 5-(2' ethyl-hexyloxy)-p -phenylene vinylene) (MEH-PPV) were measured at a wide temperature and field range. At high electric fields the temperature dependence of the transport vanishes, and all J -V sweeps converge to a power law. Nuclear tunneling theory predicts a power law at high fields that scales with the Kondo parameter. To model the J -V characteristics we have performed master-equation calculations to determine the dependence of charge carrier mobility on electric field, charge carrier density, temperature, and Kondo parameter, using nuclear tunneling transfer rates. We demonstrate that nuclear tunneling, unlike other semiclassical models, provides a consistent description of the charge transport for a large bias, temperature, and carrier density range.

  20. Bipolar Charge Transport Properties of Poly(imide-thienyl(thienylenevinylene))

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    Lafalce, Evan; Jiang, Xiaomei; Zhang, Cheng

    2014-03-01

    The charge transport properties of π-conjugated polymers are of interest from a fundamental perspective and also because they are a limiting factor for many optoelectronic device applications. In this work, we study the charge carrier mobility and recombination in Poly(imide-thienyl(thienylenevinylene)) (imide-PTV), a novel PTV derivative with imide side group. The electron and hole mobility are determined separately through the Space Charge Limited Current (SCLC) analysis of single carrier diodes. These devices are fabricated using interfacial layers that provide carrier selective contacts. A mobility asymmetry factor of approximately 20 that favors hole transport is observed, with the hole mobility of the order of 10-5 [cm2/V*s]. Similar results are obtained from the analysis of the intensity dependence of photoconductivity. Complimentary analysis of the ambipolar carrier mobility through carrier extraction under linearly increasing voltage (CELIV) and double injection transient techniques are also presented. The effects of carrier recombination and trapping are discussed. We conclude that the hole transport is not the limiting factor for power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic device based on imide-PTV and PCBM.

  1. High charge-carrier mobility enables exploitation of carrier multiplication in quantum-dot films

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    Sandeep, C. S. Suchand; Cate, Sybren ten; Schins, Juleon M.; Savenije, Tom J.; Liu, Yao; Law, Matt; Kinge, Sachin; Houtepen, Arjan J.; Siebbeles, Laurens D. A.

    2013-01-01

    Carrier multiplication, the generation of multiple electron–hole pairs by a single photon, is of great interest for solar cells as it may enhance their photocurrent. This process has been shown to occur efficiently in colloidal quantum dots, however, harvesting of the generated multiple charges has proved difficult. Here we show that by tuning the charge-carrier mobility in quantum-dot films, carrier multiplication can be optimized and may show an efficiency as high as in colloidal dispersion. Our results are explained quantitatively by the competition between dissociation of multiple electron–hole pairs and Auger recombination. Above a mobility of ~1 cm2 V−1 s−1, all charges escape Auger recombination and are quantitatively converted to free charges, offering the prospect of cheap quantum-dot solar cells with efficiencies in excess of the Shockley–Queisser limit. In addition, we show that the threshold energy for carrier multiplication is reduced to twice the band gap of the quantum dots. PMID:23974282

  2. Identification of the Charge Carriers in Cerium Phosphate Ceramics

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    Ray, Hannah L.; Jonghe, Lutgard C. De

    2010-06-02

    The total conductivity of Sr-doped cerium orthophosphate changes by nearly two orders of magnitude depending on the oxygen and hydrogen content of the atmosphere. The defect model for the system suggests that this is because the identity of the dominant charge carrier can change from electron holes to protons when the sample is in equilibrium with air vs. humidified hydrogen. In this work are presented some preliminary measurements that can help to clarify this exchange between carriers. The conduction behavior of a 2percent Sr-doped CePO4 sample under symmetric atmospheric conditions is investigated using several techniques, including AC impedance, H/D isotope effects, and chronoamperometry.

  3. Charge transport in semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots

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    Mentzel, Tamar Shoshana

    In this thesis, we study charge transport in arrays of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots. Nanocrystals are synthesized in solution, and an organic ligand on the surface of the nanocrystal creates a potential barrier that confines charges in the nanocrystal. Optical absorption measurements reveal discrete electronic energy levels in the nanocrystals resulting from quantum confinement. When nanocrystals are deposited on a surface, they self-assemble into a close-packed array forming a nanocrystal solid. We report electrical transport measurements of a PbSe nanocrystal solid that serves as the channel of an inverted field-effect transistor. We measure the conductance as a function of temperature, source-drain bias and. gate voltage. The data indicates that holes are the majority carriers; the Fermi energy lies in impurity states in the bandgap of the nanocrystal; and charges hop between the highest occupied valence state in the nanocrystals (the 1S h states). At low source-drain voltages, the activation energy for hopping is given by the energy required to generate holes in the 1Sh state plus activation over barriers resulting from site disorder. The barriers from site disorder are eliminated with a sufficiently high source-drain bias. From the gate effect, we extract the Thomas-Fermi screening length and a density of states that is consistent with the estimated value. We consider variable-range hopping as an alternative model, and find no self-consistent evidence for it. Next, we employ charge sensing as an alternative to current measurements for studying transport in materials with localized sites. A narrow-channel MOSFET serves as a charge sensor because its conductance is sensitive to potential fluctuations in the nearby environment caused by the motion of charge. In particular, it is sensitive to the fluctuation of single electrons at the silicon-oxide interface within the MOSFET. We pattern a strip of amorphous germanium within 100 nm of the transistor. The

  4. Carrier transport in magnesium diboride: Role of nano-inclusions

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    Awasthi, A. M.; Bhardwaj, S.; Awana, V. P. S.; Figini Albisetti, A.; Giunchi, G.; Narlikar, A. V.

    2013-09-01

    Anisotropic-gap and two-band effects smear out the superconducting transition (Tc) in literature reported thermal conductivity of MgB2, where large electronic contributions also suppress anomaly-manifestation in their negligible phononic-parts. Present thermal transport results on scarcely explored specimens featuring nano-inclusions exhibit a small but clear Tc-signature, traced to relatively appreciable phononic conduction, and its dominant electronic-scattering. The self-formed MgO as extended defects strongly scatter the charge carriers and minutely the phonons with their longer-mean-free-path near Tc. Conversely, near room temperature, the shorter-dominant-wavelength phonon's transport is hugely affected by these nanoparticles, undergoing ballistic to diffusive crossover and eventually entering the Ioffe-Regel mobility threshold regime.

  5. Charge carrier recombination dynamics in perovskite and polymer solar cells

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    Paulke, Andreas; Stranks, Samuel D.; Kniepert, Juliane; Kurpiers, Jona; Wolff, Christian M.; Schön, Natalie; Snaith, Henry J.; Brenner, Thomas J. K.; Neher, Dieter

    2016-03-01

    Time-delayed collection field experiments are applied to planar organometal halide perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) based solar cells to investigate charge carrier recombination in a fully working solar cell at the nanosecond to microsecond time scale. Recombination of mobile (extractable) charges is shown to follow second-order recombination dynamics for all fluences and time scales tested. Most importantly, the bimolecular recombination coefficient is found to be time-dependent, with an initial value of ca. 10-9 cm3/s and a progressive reduction within the first tens of nanoseconds. Comparison to the prototypical organic bulk heterojunction device PTB7:PC71BM yields important differences with regard to the mechanism and time scale of free carrier recombination.

  6. Giant Reduction of Charge Carrier Mobility in Strained Graphene

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    Shah, Raheel; Mohiuddin, Tariq M. G.; Singh, Ram N.

    2013-01-01

    Impact of induced strain on charge carrier mobility is investigated for a monolayer graphene sheet. The unsymmetrical hopping parameters between nearest neighbor atoms which emanate from induced strain are included in the density of states description. Mobility is then computed within the Born approximation by including three scattering mechanisms; charged impurity, surface roughness and lattice phonons interaction. Unlike its strained silicon counterpart, simulations reveal a significant drop in mobility for graphene with increasing strain. Additionally, mobility anisotropy is observed along the zigzag and armchair orientations. The prime reason for the drop in mobility can be attributed to the change in Fermi velocity due to strain induced distortions in the graphene honeycomb lattice.

  7. Spontaneous Charge Carrier Localization in Extended One-Dimensional Systems

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    Vlček, Vojtěch; Eisenberg, Helen R.; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd; Neuhauser, Daniel; Rabani, Eran; Baer, Roi

    2016-05-01

    Charge carrier localization in extended atomic systems has been described previously as being driven by disorder, point defects, or distortions of the ionic lattice. Here we show for the first time by means of first-principles computations that charge carriers can spontaneously localize due to a purely electronic effect in otherwise perfectly ordered structures. Optimally tuned range-separated density functional theory and many-body perturbation calculations within the G W approximation reveal that in trans-polyacetylene and polythiophene the hole density localizes on a length scale of several nanometers. This is due to exchange-induced translational symmetry breaking of the charge density. Ionization potentials, optical absorption peaks, excitonic binding energies, and the optimally tuned range parameter itself all become independent of polymer length as it exceeds the critical localization length. Moreover, we find that lattice disorder and the formation of a polaron result from the charge localization in contrast to the traditional view that lattice distortions precede charge localization. Our results can explain experimental findings that polarons in conjugated polymers form instantaneously after exposure to ultrafast light pulses.

  8. Flexible cobalt-phthalocyanine thin films with high charge carrier mobility

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    Singh, Ajay; Kumar, Arvind; Kumar, Ashwini; Samanta, Soumen; Debnath, Anil K.; Jha, Purushottam; Prasad, Rajeshwar; Salmi, Zakaria; Nowak, Sophie; Chehimi, Mohamed M.; Aswal, Dinesh K.; Gupta, Shiv K.

    2012-11-01

    The structural and charge transport characteristics of cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) films deposited on flexible bi-axially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) substrates are investigated. CoPc films exhibited a preferential (200) orientation with charge carrier mobility of ˜118 cm2 V-1 s-1 (at 300 K). These films exhibited a reversible resistance changes upon bending them to different radius of curvature. The charge transport in CoPc films is governed by a bias dependent crossover from ohmic (J-V) to trap-free space-charge limited conduction (J-V2). These results demonstrate that CoPc films on flexible BOPET having high mobility and high mechanical flexibility are a potential candidate for flexible electronic devices.

  9. Flexible cobalt-phthalocyanine thin films with high charge carrier mobility

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    Singh, Ajay; Kumar, Arvind; Kumar, Ashwini; Samanta, Soumen; Debnath, Anil K.; Jha, Purushottam; Prasad, Rajeshwar; Aswal, Dinesh K.; Gupta, Shiv K.; Salmi, Zakaria; Nowak, Sophie; Chehimi, Mohamed M.

    2012-11-26

    The structural and charge transport characteristics of cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) films deposited on flexible bi-axially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) substrates are investigated. CoPc films exhibited a preferential (200) orientation with charge carrier mobility of {approx}118 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} (at 300 K). These films exhibited a reversible resistance changes upon bending them to different radius of curvature. The charge transport in CoPc films is governed by a bias dependent crossover from ohmic (J-V) to trap-free space-charge limited conduction (J-V{sup 2}). These results demonstrate that CoPc films on flexible BOPET having high mobility and high mechanical flexibility are a potential candidate for flexible electronic devices.

  10. Transport and Structure of Charge Density Waves

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    Dicarlo, David Anthony

    Experimental studies are presented concerning the transport properties and structure of charge-density waves (CDWs) in rm NbSe_3 and rm K_{0.3}MoO_3. Transport measurements were performed to determine how charged impurities affect the CDW and how the narrow -band noise is created in sliding CDWs. Ti-doped rm NbSe_3 is shown to have a weakly pinned CDW even though Ti is incorporated as a charged impurity. The narrow-band-noise amplitude versus sample volume and impurity concentration is consistent with the narrow-band-noise being generated in the bulk by impurities and a weakly pinned CDW. X-ray scattering measurements were performed to determine how impurities, temperature, normal carriers, and electric fields affect the CDW structure. The periodic CDW scatters x-rays and the sharpness of the scattering is a reflection of the CDW structure. The CDW correlation function and its characteristic length are determined through the competition between the disordering impurity forces and the ordering elastic forces. Added impurities and high temperatures decrease the correlations by increasing the disorder forces and decreasing the CDW order parameter Delta , respectively. For rm NbSe_3, the correlation length l was much greater than the average impurity spacing and depends on impurity density n _{i} and temperature as l ~ Delta^2/n_{i}. In addition, the CDW correlation function decays exponentially in real space; ~ e^{-| {bf r}| /l}. These results are consistent with weak pinning. In rm K_{0.3}MoO _3, the CDW exhibits a different structure than that in rm NbSe_3. Changes occur in the correlation function and peak width at low temperatures. These are possibly due to the freeze out of normal carriers in semiconducting rm K _{0.3}MoO_3.. Longitudinal CDW deformations are observed when the CDW was driven by an external electric field. The electric field, temperature, and position dependence of these deformations are consistent with those required for CDW

  11. Scaling properties of charge transport in polycrystalline graphene.

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    Van Tuan, Dinh; Kotakoski, Jani; Louvet, Thibaud; Ortmann, Frank; Meyer, Jannik C; Roche, Stephan

    2013-04-10

    Polycrystalline graphene is a patchwork of coalescing graphene grains of varying lattice orientations and size, resulting from the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth at random nucleation sites on metallic substrates. The morphology of grain boundaries has become an important topic given its fundamental role in limiting the mobility of charge carriers in polycrystalline graphene, as compared to mechanically exfoliated samples. Here we report new insights to the current understanding of charge transport in polycrystalline geometries. We created realistic models of large CVD-grown graphene samples and then computed the corresponding charge carrier mobilities as a function of the average grain size and the coalescence quality between the grains. Our results reveal a remarkably simple scaling law for the mean free path and conductivity, correlated to atomic-scale charge density fluctuations along grain boundaries. PMID:23448361

  12. Monte Carlo simulations of charge transport in heterogeneous organic semiconductors

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    Aung, Pyie Phyo; Khanal, Kiran; Luettmer-Strathmann, Jutta

    2015-03-01

    The efficiency of organic solar cells depends on the morphology and electronic properties of the active layer. Research teams have been experimenting with different conducting materials to achieve more efficient solar panels. In this work, we perform Monte Carlo simulations to study charge transport in heterogeneous materials. We have developed a coarse-grained lattice model of polymeric photovoltaics and use it to generate active layers with ordered and disordered regions. We determine carrier mobilities for a range of conditions to investigate the effect of the morphology on charge transport.

  13. Niosomal carriers enhance oral bioavailability of carvedilol: effects of bile salt-enriched vesicles and carrier surface charge

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    Arzani, Gelareh; Haeri, Azadeh; Daeihamed, Marjan; Bakhtiari-Kaboutaraki, Hamid; Dadashzadeh, Simin

    2015-01-01

    Carvedilol (CRV) is an antihypertensive drug with both alpha and beta receptor blocking activity used to preclude angina and cardiac arrhythmias. To overcome the low, variable oral bioavailability of CRV, niosomal formulations were prepared and characterized: plain niosomes (without bile salts), bile salt-enriched niosomes (bilosomes containing various percentages of sodium cholate or sodium taurocholate), and charged niosomes (negative, containing dicetyl phosphate and positive, containing hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide). All formulations were characterized in terms of encapsulation efficiency, size, zeta potential, release profile, stability, and morphology. Various formulations were administered orally to ten groups of Wistar rats (n=6 per group). The plasma levels of CRV were measured by a validated high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method and pharmacokinetic properties of different formulations were characterized. Contribution of lymphatic transport to the oral bioavailability of niosomes was also investigated using a chylomicron flow-blocking approach. Of the bile salt-enriched vesicles examined, bilosomes containing 20% sodium cholate (F2) and 30% sodium taurocholate (F5) appeared to give the greatest enhancement of intestinal absorption. The relative bioavailability of F2 and F5 formulations to the suspension was estimated to be 1.84 and 1.64, respectively. With regard to charged niosomes, the peak plasma concentrations (Cmax) of CRV for positively (F7) and negatively charged formulations (F10) were approximately 2.3- and 1.7-fold higher than after a suspension. Bioavailability studies also revealed a significant increase in extent of drug absorption from charged vesicles. Tissue histology revealed no signs of inflammation or damage. The study proved that the type and concentration of bile salts as well as carrier surface charge had great influences on oral bioavailability of niosomes. Blocking the lymphatic absorption pathway

  14. Spectroscopy of Charge Carriers and Traps in Field-Doped Organic Semiconductors

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    Zhu, Xiaoyang; Frisbie, C Daniel

    2012-08-13

    This research project aims to achieve quantitative and molecular level understanding of charge carriers and traps in field-doped organic semiconductors via in situ optical absorption spectroscopy, in conjunction with time-resolved electrical measurements. During the funding period, we have made major progress in three general areas: (1) probed charge injection at the interface between a polymeric semiconductor and a polymer electrolyte dielectric and developed a thermodynamic model to quantitatively describe the transition from electrostatic to electrochemical doping; (2) developed vibrational Stark effect to probe electric field at buried organic semiconductor interfaces; (3) used displacement current measurement (DCM) to study charge transport at organic/dielectric interfaces and charge injection at metal/organic interfaces.

  15. Correlated charge transport in bilinear tunnel junction arrays

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    Walker, Kelly A.; Cole, Jared H.

    2013-12-01

    We study theoretically the nature of correlations in space and time of the current in a one-dimensional bilinear array of tunnel junctions in the normal conduction limit, using the kinetic Monte Carlo method. The bilinear array consists of two parallel rows of tunnel junctions, capacitively coupled in a ladder configuration. The electrostatic potential landscape and the charge-charge interaction length both depend on the circuit capacitances, which in turn influence transport and charge correlations in the array. We observe the formation of stationary charge states when only one rail is voltage biased. When a symmetric bias is applied to both rails, the site at which the positive and negative charge carriers recombine can drift throughout the array. We also calculate charge densities and auto- and cross-correlation functions.

  16. Carrier-mediated transport of peptides by the kidney

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    Skopicki, H.A.

    1988-01-01

    Small peptide transport was characterized to determine if: (1) Multiple carriers are present in the luminal membrane of renal proximal tubular cells; (2) Carrier-mediated peptide transport is limited by size; and (3) Gentamicin inhibits carrier-mediated reabsorption of peptides. Uptake of glycyl-({sup 3}H)proline (Gly-Pro) into renal brush border membrane vesicles demonstrated a dual affinity carrier system. Whether multiple carriers are present was further investigated by characterizing the uptake of ({sup 3}H)pyroglutamyl-histidine. To determine if carrier-mediated transport of peptides is limited by size of the molecule, uptake of the hydrolytically resistant tripeptide, ({sup 3}H)pryroglutamyl-histidyl-tryptophan (pGlu-His-Trp), and tetrapeptide, ({sup 3}H)pyroglutamyl-histidyl-tryptophyl-serine (pGlu-His-Trp-Ser) were assessed. These data indicate: multiple carriers exist on the luminal membrane of renal proximal tubular cells for the transport of dipeptides, and tripeptide pGlu-His-Trp and the tetrapeptide pGlu-His-Trp-Ser are not taken up by a carrier-mediated mechanism, suggesting that the carrier may be limited by the size of the substrate.

  17. Charge transport in nanoscale junctions.

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    Albrecht, Tim; Kornyshev, Alexei; Bjørnholm, Thomas

    2008-09-01

    Understanding the fundamentals of nanoscale charge transfer is pivotal for designing future nano-electronic devices. Such devices could be based on individual or groups of molecular bridges, nanotubes, nanoparticles, biomolecules and other 'active' components, mimicking wire, diode and transistor functions. These have operated in various environments including vacuum, air and condensed matter, in two- or three-electrode configurations, at ultra-low and room temperatures. Interest in charge transport in ultra-small device components has a long history and can be dated back to Aviram and Ratner's letter in 1974 (Chem. Phys. Lett. 29 277-83). So why is there a necessity for a special issue on this subject? The area has reached some degree of maturity, and even subtle geometric effects in the nanojunction and noise features can now be resolved and rationalized based on existing theoretical concepts. One purpose of this special issue is thus to showcase various aspects of nanoscale and single-molecule charge transport from experimental and theoretical perspectives. The main principles have 'crystallized' in our minds, but there is still a long way to go before true single-molecule electronics can be implemented. Major obstacles include the stability of electronic nanojunctions, reliable operation at room temperature, speed of operation and, last but not least, integration into large networks. A gradual transition from traditional silicon-based electronics to devices involving a single (or a few) molecule(s) therefore appears to be more viable from technologic and economic perspectives than a 'quantum leap'. As research in this area progresses, new applications emerge, e.g. with a view to characterizing interfacial charge transfer at the single-molecule level in general. For example, electrochemical experiments with individual enzyme molecules demonstrate that catalytic processes can be studied with nanometre resolution, offering a route towards optimizing biosensors at

  18. Polaron mass of charge carriers in semiconductor quantum wells

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    Maslov, A. Yu. Proshina, O. V.

    2015-10-15

    A theory of the interaction of charge carriers with optical phonons in a quantum well is developed with consideration for interface optical phonons. The dependence of the polaron effective mass on the quantum-well dimensions and dielectric characteristics of barriers is analyzed in detail. It is shown that, in narrow quantum wells, a quasi-two-dimensional polaron can be formed. In this case, however, the interaction parameters are defined by the charge-carrier effective mass in the quantum well and by the frequencies of interface optical phonons. If barriers are made of a nonpolar material, the polaron effective mass depends on the quantum-well width. As the quantum-well width is increased, a new mechanism of enhancement of the electron–phonon interaction develops. The mechanism is implemented, if the optical phonon energy is equal to the energy of one of the electronic transitions. This condition yields an unsteady dependence of the polaron effective mass on the quantum-well width.

  19. Charge Injection and Transport in Conjugated Polymers.

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    Malliaras, George

    2007-03-01

    We will overview the state-of-the-art in our understanding of charge injection and transport in conjugated polymers. We start by discussing the identifying characteristics of this class of materials, especially in relation with their structure and morphology. We follow by reviewing the advantages and limitations of experimental techniques that are used to probe charge transport. We then embark on a discussion of the fundamentals of charge transport in organics. We follow a didactic approach, where we start from transport in crystalline semiconductors and gradually introduce corrections for space charge effects, for the influence of disorder on mobility, for high charge densities, and for electric field-dependent charge densities. We compare with experimental data from polyfluorenes. We then shift our attention to charge injection. We review some of the recent theories and compared their predictions to experimental data, again from polyfluorenes. We close by proposing directions for future work.

  20. Optical detection of charge carriers in multilayer organic light-emitting diodes: Experiment and theory

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    Book, K.; Nikitenko, V. R.; Bässler, H.; Elschner, A.

    2001-03-01

    We have investigated a multilayer organic light-emitting diode with 1,3,5-tris (N,N-bis-(4-methoxyphenyl)aminophenyl)-benzene acting as the hole transporting layer (HTL) and tris (8-hydroxy-quinolinolato) aluminum (Alq3) as the electron transporting layer. Positive charge carriers in the HTL were detected optically as a function of the applied bias. It was found that a hole injecting layer, consisting of 3,4 polyethylene-dioxy-thiophene doped with polystyrenesulfonate, forms an ohmic contact to the HTL by inducing a thin layer of holes in the interfacial region. An analytical model is developed to describe the observed carrier concentrations as well as the current-brightness-voltage characteristics quantitatively.

  1. Minority carrier transport in GaN and related materials

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    Chernyak, Leonid; Osinsky, Andrei; Schulte, Alfons

    2001-09-01

    Minority carrier transport properties are an indicator of AlGaN quality. This characteristic is particularly of significant importance for AlGaN-based bipolar devices. The goal of this review is to discuss different factors - temperature, doping level, dislocation density, electron current density - which affect minority carrier mobility, lifetime, and diffusion length, and to relate the changes in AlGaN transport properties to the functionality of electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  2. Charge transport in single crystal organic semiconductors

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    Xie, Wei

    high-quality single crystals and exhibit large ambipolar mobilities. Nevertheless, a gap remains between the theory-predicted properties and this preliminary result, which itself is another fundamental challenge. This is further addressed by appropriate device optimization, and in particular, contact engineering approach to improve the charge injection efficiencies. The outcome is not only the achievement of new record ambipolar mobilities in one of the derivatives, namely, 4.8 cm2V-1s-1 for holes and 4.2 cm2V-1s-1 for electrons, but also provides a comprehensive and rational pathway towards the realization of high-performance organic semiconductors. Efforts to achieve high mobility in other organic single crystals are also presented. The second challenge is tuning the transition of electronic ground states, i.e., semiconducting, metallic and superconducting, in organic single crystals. Despite an active research area since four decades ago, we aim to employ the electrostatic approach instead of chemical doping for reversible and systematic control of charge densities within the same crystal. The key material in this study is the high-capacitance electrolyte, such as ionic liquids (ILs), whose specific capacitance reaches ~ μF/cm2, thus allowing accumulation of charge carrier above 1013 cm-2 when novel transport phenomena, such as insulator-metal transition and superconductivity, are likely to occur. This thesis addresses the electrical characterization, device physics and transport physics in electrolyte-gated single crystals, in the device architecture known as the electrical double layer transistor (EDLT). A detailed characterization scheme is first demonstrated for accurate determination of several key parameters, e.g., carrier mobility and charge density, in organic EDLTs. Further studies, combining both experiments and theories, are devoted to understanding the unusual charge density dependent channel conductivity and gate-to-channel capacitance behaviors. In

  3. Structural influences on charge carrier dynamics for small-molecule organic photovoltaics

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    Wang, Zhiping Shibata, Yosei; Yamanari, Toshihiro; Matsubara, Koji; Yoshida, Yuji; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Saeki, Akinori; Seki, Shu; Zhou, Ying

    2014-07-07

    We investigated the structural influences on the charge carrier dynamics in zinc phthalocyanine/fullerene (ZnPc/C{sub 60}) photovoltaic cells by introducing poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) and 2,5-bis(4-biphenylyl)-bithiophene (BP2T) between indium tin oxide and ZnPc layers. ZnPc films can be tuned to be round, long fiber-like, and short fiber-like structure, respectively. Time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements reveal that charge carrier lifetime in ZnPc/C{sub 60} bilayer films is considerably affected by the intra-grain properties. Transient photocurrent of ZnPc single films indicated that the charge carriers can transport for a longer distance in the long fiber-like grains than that in the round grains, due to the greatly lessened grain boundaries. By carefully controlling the structure of ZnPc films, the short-circuit current and fill factor of a ZnPc/C{sub 60} heterojunction solar cell with BP2T are significantly improved and the power conversion efficiency is increased to 2.6%, which is 120% larger than the conventional cell without BP2T.

  4. Structural influences on charge carrier dynamics for small-molecule organic photovoltaics

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    Wang, Zhiping; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Saeki, Akinori; Zhou, Ying; Seki, Shu; Shibata, Yosei; Yamanari, Toshihiro; Matsubara, Koji; Yoshida, Yuji

    2014-07-01

    We investigated the structural influences on the charge carrier dynamics in zinc phthalocyanine/fullerene (ZnPc/C60) photovoltaic cells by introducing poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) and 2,5-bis(4-biphenylyl)-bithiophene (BP2T) between indium tin oxide and ZnPc layers. ZnPc films can be tuned to be round, long fiber-like, and short fiber-like structure, respectively. Time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements reveal that charge carrier lifetime in ZnPc/C60 bilayer films is considerably affected by the intra-grain properties. Transient photocurrent of ZnPc single films indicated that the charge carriers can transport for a longer distance in the long fiber-like grains than that in the round grains, due to the greatly lessened grain boundaries. By carefully controlling the structure of ZnPc films, the short-circuit current and fill factor of a ZnPc/C60 heterojunction solar cell with BP2T are significantly improved and the power conversion efficiency is increased to 2.6%, which is 120% larger than the conventional cell without BP2T.

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  10. Charge Transport across DNA-Based Three-Way Junctions.

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    Young, Ryan M; Singh, Arunoday P N; Thazhathveetil, Arun K; Cho, Vincent Y; Zhang, Yuqi; Renaud, Nicolas; Grozema, Ferdinand C; Beratan, David N; Ratner, Mark A; Schatz, George C; Berlin, Yuri A; Lewis, Frederick D; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2015-04-22

    DNA-based molecular electronics will require charges to be transported from one site within a 2D or 3D architecture to another. While this has been shown previously in linear, π-stacked DNA sequences, the dynamics and efficiency of charge transport across DNA three-way junction (3WJ) have yet to be determined. Here, we present an investigation of hole transport and trapping across a DNA-based three-way junction systems by a combination of femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations. Hole transport across the junction is proposed to be gated by conformational fluctuations in the ground state which bring the transiently populated hole carrier nucleobases into better aligned geometries on the nanosecond time scale, thus modulating the π-π electronic coupling along the base pair sequence. PMID:25822073

  11. Order induced charge carrier mobility enhancement in columnar liquid crystal diodes.

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    Eccher, Juliana; Faria, Gregório C; Bock, Harald; von Seggern, Heinz; Bechtold, Ivan H

    2013-11-27

    Discotic molecules comprising a rigid aromatic core and flexible side chains have been promisingly applied in OLEDs as self-organizing organic semiconductors. Due to their potentially high charge carrier mobility along the columns, device performance can be readily improved by proper alignment of columns throughout the bulk. In the present work, the charge mobility was increased by 5 orders of magnitude due to homeotropic columnar ordering induced by the boundary interfaces during thermal annealing in the mesophase. State-of-the-art diodes were fabricated using spin-coated films whose homeotropic alignment with formation of hexagonal germs was observed by polarizing optical microscopy. The photophysical properties showed drastic changes at the mesophase-isotropic transition, which is supported by the gain of order observed by X-ray diffraction. The electrical properties were investigated by modeling the current-voltage characteristics by a space-charge-limited current transport with a field dependent mobility. PMID:24191748

  12. Charge carrier rearrangement in spinel crystals irradiated at low temperatures

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    Gritsyna, V. T.; Afanasyev-Charkin, I. V.; Kobyakov, V. A.; Voitsenya, T. I.; Sickafus, K. E.

    2000-05-01

    The results of an investigation of thermoluminescence (TL) in nominally pure MgAl2O4 spinel single crystals in the temperature range between 80-670 K are presented. For a heating rate of 0.21 K/s, TL spectra exhibit glow peaks in three distinct temperature ranges: 100-160, 270-370 and 470-670 K. The most prominent peaks are at 115, 140, 305, 335, 525, 570 and 605 K. The locations of the temperature maxima, as well as the intensity of the peaks, vary depending on the treatment of the crystals, the type of irradiation and the temperature of irradiation. Measurements of the glow peaks at different emission wavelengths and the use of partial bleaching and isothermal decay techniques for TL, allowed us to propose mechanisms for charge carrier rearrangement at lattice defects and impurity ions, during irradiation and subsequent heating.

  13. Intrinsic Charge Carrier Mobility in Single-Layer Black Phosphorus

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    Rudenko, A. N.; Brener, S.; Katsnelson, M. I.

    2016-06-01

    We present a theory for single- and two-phonon charge carrier scattering in anisotropic two-dimensional semiconductors applied to single-layer black phosphorus (BP). We show that in contrast to graphene, where two-phonon processes due to the scattering by flexural phonons dominate at any practically relevant temperatures and are independent of the carrier concentration n , two-phonon scattering in BP is less important and can be considered negligible at n ≳1013 cm-2 . At smaller n , however, phonons enter in the essentially anharmonic regime. Compared to the hole mobility, which does not exhibit strong anisotropy between the principal directions of BP (μx x/μy y˜1.4 at n =1013 cm-2 and T =300 K ), the electron mobility is found to be significantly more anisotropic (μx x/μy y˜6.2 ). Absolute values of μx x do not exceed 250 (700 ) cm2 V-1 s-1 for holes (electrons), which can be considered as an upper limit for the mobility in BP at room temperature.

  14. Intrinsic Charge Carrier Mobility in Single-Layer Black Phosphorus.

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    Rudenko, A N; Brener, S; Katsnelson, M I

    2016-06-17

    We present a theory for single- and two-phonon charge carrier scattering in anisotropic two-dimensional semiconductors applied to single-layer black phosphorus (BP). We show that in contrast to graphene, where two-phonon processes due to the scattering by flexural phonons dominate at any practically relevant temperatures and are independent of the carrier concentration n, two-phonon scattering in BP is less important and can be considered negligible at n≳10^{13}  cm^{-2}. At smaller n, however, phonons enter in the essentially anharmonic regime. Compared to the hole mobility, which does not exhibit strong anisotropy between the principal directions of BP (μ_{xx}/μ_{yy}∼1.4 at n=10^{13} cm^{-2} and T=300  K), the electron mobility is found to be significantly more anisotropic (μ_{xx}/μ_{yy}∼6.2). Absolute values of μ_{xx} do not exceed 250 (700)  cm^{2} V^{-1} s^{-1} for holes (electrons), which can be considered as an upper limit for the mobility in BP at room temperature. PMID:27367397

  15. Plasmonic Hot Carrier Transport and Collection in Nanostructures

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    Jermyn, Adam; Sundararaman, Ravishankar; Narang, Prineha; Goddard, William; Atwater, Harry; Joint CenterArtificial Photosynthesis Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Plasmonic resonances provide a promising pathway for efficiently capturing photons from solar radiation and improving photo-catalytic activity via hot carrier generation. Previous calculations have provided the prompt energy-momentum distributions of hot carriers, but have left open the question of their transport to collection surfaces [Accepted in Nature Communications]. As the overall efficiency of plasmonic devices is dependent not just on how many carriers are collected but also on their energy distribution, a transport model which tracks this distribution is of key importance. Here, we provide a first-principles model of this transport based upon at the linearized Boltzmann equation with the diffusive and ballistic regimes handled separately, and investigate the role of geometry on plasmonic hot carrier collection.

  16. Carrier Transport Mechanism in Single Crystalline Organic Semiconductor Thin Film Elucidated by Visualized Carrier Motion.

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    Matsubara, Kohei; Abe, Kentaro; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2016-04-01

    Time-resolved microscopic second harmonic generation (TRM-SHG) measurement was conducted to evaluate temperature dependence of the anisotropic carrier transport process in 6,13-Bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl) (TIPS) pentacene single crystalline domains for two orthogonal directions. Enhancement of the electric field induced SHG (EFI-SHG) signal at the electrode edge at low temperature suggests the presence of potential drop in the injection process. We directly evaluated temperature dependence of the carrier mobility by taking into account the potential drop, and concluded that the Marcus theory is appropriate to interpret the carrier transport in anisotropic TIPS pentacene thin film. TRM-SHG method is a facile and effective way to directly visualize transport process in anisotropic materials and to evaluate injection and transport processes simultaneously. PMID:27451638

  17. Thermodynamic picture of ultrafast charge transport in graphene

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    Mics, Zoltán; Tielrooij, Klaas-Jan; Parvez, Khaled; Jensen, Søren A.; Ivanov, Ivan; Feng, Xinliang; Müllen, Klaus; Bonn, Mischa; Turchinovich, Dmitry

    2015-07-01

    The outstanding charge transport properties of graphene enable numerous electronic applications of this remarkable material, many of which are expected to operate at ultrahigh speeds. In the regime of ultrafast, sub-picosecond electric fields, however, the very high conduction properties of graphene are not necessarily preserved, with the physical picture explaining this behaviour remaining unclear. Here we show that in graphene, the charge transport on an ultrafast timescale is determined by a simple thermodynamic balance maintained within the graphene electronic system acting as a thermalized electron gas. The energy of ultrafast electric fields applied to graphene is converted into the thermal energy of its entire charge carrier population, near-instantaneously raising the electronic temperature. The dynamic interplay between heating and cooling of the electron gas ultimately defines the ultrafast conductivity of graphene, which in a highly nonlinear manner depends on the dynamics and the strength of the applied electric fields.

  18. Intrinsic slow charge response in the perovskite solar cells: Electron and ion transport

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    Shi, Jiangjian; Xu, Xin; Zhang, Huiyin; Luo, Yanhong; Li, Dongmei; Meng, Qingbo

    2015-10-19

    The intrinsic charge response and hysteresis characteristic in the perovskite solar cell has been investigated by an electrically modulated transient photocurrent technology. An ultraslow charge response process in the timescale of seconds is observed, which can be well explained by the ion migration in the perovskite CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} film driven by multiple electric fields derived from the heterojunction depletion charge, the external modulation, and the accumulated ion charge. Furthermore, theoretical calculation of charge transport reveals that the hysteresis behavior is also significantly influenced by the interfacial charge extraction velocity and the carrier transport properties inside the cell.

  19. Bimodal behaviour of charge carriers in graphene induced by electric double layer

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    Tsai, Sing-Jyun; Yang, Ruey-Jen

    2016-07-01

    A theoretical investigation is performed into the electronic properties of graphene in the presence of liquid as a function of the contact area ratio. It is shown that the electric double layer (EDL) formed at the interface of the graphene and the liquid causes an overlap of the conduction bands and valance bands and increases the density of state (DOS) at the Fermi energy (EF). In other words, a greater number of charge carriers are induced for transport and the graphene changes from a semiconductor to a semimetal. In addition, it is shown that the dependence of the DOS at EF on the contact area ratio has a bimodal distribution which responses to the experimental observation, a pinnacle curve. The maximum number of induced carriers is expected to occur at contact area ratios of 40% and 60%. In general, the present results indicate that modulating the EDL provides an effective means of tuning the electronic properties of graphene in the presence of liquid.

  20. Charge Transport in Hybrid Halide Perovskite Field-Effect Transistors

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    Jurchescu, Oana

    Hybrid organic-inorganic trihalide perovskite (HTP) materials exhibit a strong optical absorption, tunable band gap, long carrier lifetimes and fast charge carrier transport. These remarkable properties, coupled with their reduced complexity processing, make the HTPs promising contenders for large scale, low-cost thin film optoelectronic applications. But in spite of the remarkable demonstrations of high performance solar cells, light-emitting diodes and field-effect transistor devices, all of which took place in a very short time period, numerous questions related to the nature and dynamics of the charge carriers and their relation to device performance, stability and reliability still remain. This presentation describes the electrical properties of HTPs evaluated from field-effect transistor measurements. The electrostatic gating of provides an unique platform for the study of intrinsic charge transport in these materials, and, at the same time, expand the use of HTPs towards switching electronic devices, which have not been explored previously. We fabricated FETs on SiO2 and polymer dielectrics from spin coating, thermal evaporation and spray deposition and compare their properties. CH3NH3PbI3-xClx can reach balanced electron and hole mobilities of 10 cm2/Vs upon tuning the thin-film microstructure, injection and the defect density at the semiconductor/dielectric interface. The work was performed in collaboration with Yaochuan Mei (Wake Forest University), Chuang Zhang, and Z. Valy Vardeny (University of Utah). The work is supported by ONR Grant N00014-15-1-2943.

  1. Low temperature carrier transport properties in isotopically controlled germanium

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    Itoh, K.

    1994-12-01

    Investigations of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors often require specimens with extremely homogeneous dopant distributions and precisely controlled net-carrier concentrations and compensation ratios. The previous difficulties in fabricating such samples are overcome as reported in this thesis by growing high-purity Ge single crystals of controlled {sup 75}Ge and {sup 70}Ge isotopic compositions, and doping these crystals by the neutron transmutation doping (NTD) technique. The resulting net-impurity concentrations and the compensation ratios are precisely determined by the thermal neutron fluence and the [{sup 74}Ge]/[{sup 70}Ge] ratios of the starting Ge materials, respectively. This method also guarantees unprecedented doping uniformity. Using such samples the authors have conducted four types of electron (hole) transport studies probing the nature of (1) free carrier scattering by neutral impurities, (2) free carrier scattering by ionized impurities, (3) low temperature hopping conduction, and (4) free carrier transport in samples close to the metal-insulator transition.

  2. Carrier Transport in Epitaxial Multi-layer Graphene

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    Lin, Yu-Ming; Dimitrakopoulos, Christos; Farmer, Damon; Han, Shu-Jen; Wu, Yanqing; Zhu, Wenjuan; Gaskill, D. Kurt; Tedesco, Joseph; Myers-Ward, Rachael; Eddy, Charles, Jr.; Grill, Alfred; Avouris, Phaedon; Ibm Team; Nrl Team

    2011-03-01

    Significant attention has been focused recently on the electrical properties of graphene grown epitaxially on SiC substrates, because it offers an ideal platform for carbon-based electronics using conventional top-down lithography techniques. The transport properties of graphene are usually studied via Hall effect measurements, which provide information on the carrier mobility and density. Hall measurements performed at a single magnetic field yield a weighted average of carrier mobility and density, and are strictly applicable to homogeneous samples. In this study, we performed variable-field Hall and resistivity measurements on epitaxial graphene, and the results were analyzed with a multi-carrier model. Good agreements were obtained between experimental data and the model, providing further evidence of multi-carrier transport in the C-face grown MLG. This work is supported by DARPA under contract FA8650-08-C-7838 through the CERA program and by the Office of Naval Research.

  3. Mechanisms of Carrier Transport Induced by a Microswimmer Bath

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    Kaiser, Andreas; Sokolov, Andrey; Aranson, Igor S.; Lowen, Hartmut

    2015-04-01

    Recently, it was found that a wedgelike microparticle (referred to as ”carrier”) which is only allowed to translate but not to rotate exhibits a directed translational motion along the wedge cusp if it is exposed to a bath of microswimmers. Here we model this effect in detail by resolving the microswimmers explicitly using interaction models with different degrees of mutual alignment. Using computer simulations we study the impact of these interactions on the transport efficiency of V-shaped carrier. We show that the transport mechanisms itself strongly depends on the degree of alignment embodied in the modelling of the individual swimmer dynamics. For weak alignment, optimal carrier transport occurs in the turbulent microswimmer state and is induced by swirl depletion inside the carrier. For strong aligning interactions, optimal transport occurs already in the dilute regime and is mediated by a polar cloud of swimmers in the carrier wake pushing the wedge-particle forward. We also demonstrate that the optimal shape of the carrier leading to maximal transport speed depends on the kind of interaction model used.

  4. Comparison of conventional molecularly doped polymeric photoreceptors and novel liquid-crystalline systems: charge injection and charge transport

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    Adam, Dieter; Swienty, Horst; Pinsler, Heinz; Lutz, Manfred; Bondkowski, Jens; Bleyl, Ingo; Haarer, Dietrich

    1997-10-01

    Charge-carrier transport and charge-carrier injection in mono-layers and two-layer photoreceptors with both "conventional", i. e., molecularly doped polymeric (MDP) transport layers and novel liquid-crystalline (LC) transport systems have been investigated by time-of-flight (TOF) experiments. As compared to the MDP materials, the LC model compounds showed a considerable potential towards high-speed xerographic application due to a charge-carrier mobility as high as 0,1 cm2/V s for the hexa(hexyltho)triphenylene (HHTT). In two-layer systems with MDP CTL, the formation of a sharp and well-defined interface between CGL and TL is impossible, a bulky intermediate layer is inevitable due to the wet-coating process. This results in a delayed charge-carrier injection due to space-charge effects originating from the intermediate layer. Two-layer systems with a LC CTL allow to investigate two novel aspects: (i) Since preparation of a LC CU is feasible in a solvent-free process, the formation of an ideal, i.e., sharp interface between CU and CGL is possible. Hence, charge-carrier injection from a well-defined interface can be studied. The results can be explained (i) by taking into account the different extrinsic charge-generation mechanisms for azo pigments (Azo) and phthalocyanine pigments and (ii) the different HOMO levels of Azo and phthalocyanine as compared to the HOMO-level of HHTT (ii) Due to the high charge carrier mobility, the LC CU is a "fast enough probe" to monitor time resolved injection phenomena.

  5. Ultrafast charge carrier dynamics in Au/semiconductor nanoheterostructures

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    Lambright, Scott

    The charge carrier dynamics in several Au/semiconductor core/shell heterostructures were examined. Firstly, Au/CdS core/shell nanocomposites were synthesized in a four step procedure culminating in a cation exchange performed on the shell. Previous studies of the ultrafast carrier dynamics in Au/CdS nanocomposites with epitaxial boundary regions reported the suppression of plasmon character in transient absorption spectra accompanied by broadband photoinduced absorption. The coupling of electron wavefunctions with lattice defects at the boundary of the two domains has been blamed for these phenomena. In the current study, transmission electron micrographs of Au/CdS synthesized using cation exchange showed no evidence of strain on the lattice of either component, while femtosecond transient absorption data show the retention of bleach regions attributed to CdS's 1S(e)-1S3/2(h) transition and Au's plasmon resonance. Accelerated rates of bleach recovery for both excitations ( tauexiton ≈ 300 ps, tauplasmon ≈ .7 ps) indicated that the interaction of Au and CdS domains leads to faster relaxation to their respective photoexcitations when compared to relaxation times in isolated Au and CdS nanoparticles. It was believed that the Au/CdS boundary was non-epitaxial in the presented core/shell nanocomposites. Secondly, these non-epitaxial Au/CdS core/shells were subsequently used to demonstrate near-field energy transfer from 5 nm diameter Au cores to CdS-encapsulated CdSe quantum dots. To this end, Au/CdS and CdSe/CdS nanocrystals were embedded in semiconductor-matrix-encapsulated-nanocrystal-arrays (SMENA) together. The encapsulation of both domains in the high band-gap semiconductor CdS was a means to suppress charge transfer between the two nanoparticles. The fluorescence intensity in these films was enhanced 6-fold in some cases as a result of the presence of Au domains. It was also demonstrated that the fluorescence enhancement was independent of the potential

  6. Ambipolar charge transport in microcrystalline silicon thin-film transistors

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    Knipp, Dietmar; Marinkovic, M.; Chan, Kah-Yoong; Gordijn, Aad; Stiebig, Helmut

    2011-01-15

    Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si:H) is a promising candidate for thin-film transistors (TFTs) in large-area electronics due to high electron and hole charge carrier mobilities. We report on ambipolar TFTs based on {mu}c-Si:H prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at temperatures compatible with flexible substrates. Electrons and holes are directly injected into the {mu}c-Si:H channel via chromium drain and source contacts. The TFTs exhibit electron and hole charge carrier mobilities of 30-50 cm{sup 2}/V s and 10-15 cm{sup 2}/V s, respectively. In this work, the electrical characteristics of the ambipolar {mu}c-Si:H TFTs are described by a simple analytical model that takes the ambipolar charge transport into account. The analytical expressions are used to model the transfer curves, the potential and the net surface charge along the channel of the TFTs. The electrical model provides insights into the electronic transport of ambipolar {mu}c-Si:H TFTs.

  7. Charge and spin transport in mesoscopic superconductors

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    Wolf, M J; Hübler, F; Kolenda, S

    2014-01-01

    Summary Background: Non-equilibrium charge transport in superconductors has been investigated intensely in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in the vicinity of the critical temperature. Much less attention has been paid to low temperatures and the role of the quasiparticle spin. Results: We report here on nonlocal transport in superconductor hybrid structures at very low temperatures. By comparing the nonlocal conductance obtained by using ferromagnetic and normal-metal detectors, we discriminate charge and spin degrees of freedom. We observe spin injection and long-range transport of pure, chargeless spin currents in the regime of large Zeeman splitting. We elucidate charge and spin transport by comparison to theoretical models. Conclusion: The observed long-range chargeless spin transport opens a new path to manipulate and utilize the quasiparticle spin in superconductor nanostructures. PMID:24605283

  8. Electric Properties of Obsidian: Evidence for Positive Hole Charge Carriers

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    Nordvik, R.; Freund, F. T.

    2012-12-01

    The blackness of obsidian is due to the presence of oxygen anions in the valence state 1-, creating broad energy levels at the upper edge of the valence band, which absorb visible light over a wide spectral range. These energy states are associated with defect electrons in the oxygen anion sublattice, well-known from "smoky quartz", where Al substituting for Si captures a defect electron in the oxygen anion sublattice for charge compensation [1]. Such defect electrons, also known as positive holes, are responsible for the increase in electrical conductivity in igneous rocks when uniaxial stresses are applied, causing the break-up of pre-existing peroxy defects, Si-OO-Si [2]. Peroxy defects in obsidian cannot be so easily activated by mechanical stress because the glassy matrix will break before sufficiently high stress levels can be reached. If peroxy defects do exist, however, they can be studied by activating them thermally [3]. We describe experiments with rectangular slabs of obsidian with Au electrodes at both ends. Upon heating one end, we observe (i) a thermopotential and (ii) a thermocurrent developing at distinct temperatures around 250°C and 450°C, marking the 2-step break-up of peroxy bonds. [1] Schnadt, R., and Schneider, J.: The electronic structure of the trapped-hole center in smoky quartz, Zeitschrift Physik B Condensed Matter 11, 19-42, 1970. [2] Freund, F. T., Takeuchi, A., and Lau, B. W.: Electric currents streaming out of stressed igneous rocks - A step towards understanding pre-earthquake low frequency EM emissions, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 31, 389-396, 2006. [3] Freund, F., and Masuda, M. M.: Highly mobile oxygen hole-type charge carriers in fused silica, Journal Material Research, 8, 1619-1622, 1991.

  9. Effects of Disorder on Carrier Transport in Cu2 SnS3

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    Baranowski, Lauryn L.; McLaughlin, Kevin; Zawadzki, Pawel; Lany, Stephan; Norman, Andrew; Hempel, Hannes; Eichberger, Rainer; Unold, Thomas; Toberer, Eric S.; Zakutayev, Andriy

    2015-10-01

    Cu2SnS3 is a promising absorber material that has attracted significant interest in recent years. However, similar to Cu2 ZnSn (S ,Se )4 (CZTS), Cu2 SnS3 displays cation disorder, which complicates the scientific understanding and technological applications of these materials. In this work, we use postdeposition annealing to convert disordered Cu2 SnS3 thin films to the ordered structure. After annealing, we observe crystal structure changes and detect improvements in the majority carrier (hole) transport. However, when the minority carrier (electron) transport is investigated by using optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy, minimal differences are observed in the lifetimes of the photoexcited charge carriers in the ordered and disordered Cu2 SnS3 . By combining the experimental data with theoretical results from first-principles calculations and Monte Carlo simulations, we are able to conclude that even ostensibly "ordered" Cu2 SnS3 displays minority carrier transport properties corresponding to the disordered structure. Transmission electron microscopy investigations reveal only a very low density of planar defects (stacking faults and/or twins) in the annealed film, suggesting that these imperfections can dominate minority carrier transport even at low levels. The results of this study highlight some of the challenges in the development of Cu2 SnS3 -based photovoltaics and have implications for other disordered multinary semiconductors such as CZTS.

  10. The transport mechanism of the mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier.

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    Kunji, Edmund R S; Aleksandrova, Antoniya; King, Martin S; Majd, Homa; Ashton, Valerie L; Cerson, Elizabeth; Springett, Roger; Kibalchenko, Mikhail; Tavoulari, Sotiria; Crichton, Paul G; Ruprecht, Jonathan J

    2016-10-01

    The mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier imports ADP from the cytosol and exports ATP from the mitochondrial matrix, which are key transport steps for oxidative phosphorylation in eukaryotic organisms. The transport protein belongs to the mitochondrial carrier family, a large transporter family in the inner membrane of mitochondria. It is one of the best studied members of the family and serves as a paradigm for the molecular mechanism of mitochondrial carriers. Structurally, the carrier consists of three homologous domains, each composed of two transmembrane α-helices linked with a loop and short α-helix on the matrix side. The transporter cycles between a cytoplasmic and matrix state in which a central substrate binding site is alternately accessible to these compartments for binding of ADP or ATP. On both the cytoplasmic and matrix side of the carrier are networks consisting of three salt bridges each. In the cytoplasmic state, the matrix salt bridge network is formed and the cytoplasmic network is disrupted, opening the central substrate binding site to the intermembrane space and cytosol, whereas the converse occurs in the matrix state. In the transport cycle, tighter substrate binding in the intermediate states allows the interconversion of conformations by lowering the energy barrier for disruption and formation of these networks, opening and closing the carrier to either side of the membrane in an alternating way. Conversion between cytoplasmic and matrix states might require the simultaneous rotation of three domains around a central translocation pathway, constituting a unique mechanism among transport proteins. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Mitochondrial Channels edited by Pierre Sonveaux, Pierre Maechler and Jean-Claude Martinou. PMID:27001633

  11. Charge-Carrier Dynamics in Organic-Inorganic Metal Halide Perovskites.

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    Herz, Laura M

    2016-05-27

    Hybrid organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites have recently emerged as exciting new light-harvesting and charge-transporting materials for efficient photovoltaic devices. Yet knowledge of the nature of the photogenerated excitations and their subsequent dynamics is only just emerging. This article reviews the current state of the field, focusing first on a description of the crystal and electronic band structure that give rise to the strong optical transitions that enable light harvesting. An overview is presented of the numerous experimental approaches toward determining values for exciton binding energies, which appear to be small (a few milli-electron volts to a few tens of milli-electron volts) and depend significantly on temperature because of associated changes in the dielectric function. Experimental evidence for charge-carrier relaxation dynamics within the first few picoseconds after excitation is discussed in terms of thermalization, cooling, and many-body effects. Charge-carrier recombination mechanisms are reviewed, encompassing trap-assisted nonradiative recombination that is highly specific to processing conditions, radiative bimolecular (electron-hole) recombination, and nonradiative many-body (Auger) mechanisms. PMID:26980309

  12. Hall effect and band-like carrier transport in high mobility polymer transistors

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    Yamashita, Yu; Hinkel, Felix; Marszalek, Tomasz; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Baumgarten, Martin; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Müllen, Klaus; Takeya, Jun; Takeya group Team, Prof.; Müllen group Team, Prof.

    A microscopic understanding of charge carrier transport in polymeric semiconductors is essential to improve the state of the art of flexible or printed electronic devices. In particular, thin-film field-effect transistors based on donor-acceptor polymers are in the focus of current literature reaching high charge-carrier mobility. In this work, we demonstrate the Hall effect and the temperature dependence of the charge carrier mobility based on uniaxially ordered CDT-BTZ donor-acceptor copolymer films. Uniaxially ordered films of CDT-BTZ with hexadecyl (C16) and eicosyl (C20) sidechains showed mobility of 5.6 cm2/Vs and 11.4 cm2/Vs respectively. The activation energy of the mobility decreased with the increasing carrier density, and finally the negative temperature dependence of the mobility was observed. Both polymers showed Hall effect, which also indicates the presence of extended electronic states. The temperature and carrier density dependence will be further discussed in the presentation.

  13. Drift of charge carriers in crystalline organic semiconductors.

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    Dong, Jingjuan; Si, Wei; Wu, Chang-Qin

    2016-04-14

    We investigate the direct-current response of crystalline organic semiconductors in the presence of finite external electric fields by the quantum-classical Ehrenfest dynamics complemented with instantaneous decoherence corrections (IDC). The IDC is carried out in the real-space representation with the energy-dependent reweighing factors to account for both intermolecular decoherence and energy relaxation by which conduction occurs. In this way, both the diffusion and drift motion of charge carriers are described in a unified framework. Based on an off-diagonal electron-phonon coupling model for pentacene, we find that the drift velocity initially increases with the electric field and then decreases at higher fields due to the Wannier-Stark localization, and a negative electric-field dependence of mobility is observed. The Einstein relation, which is a manifestation of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, is found to be restored in electric fields up to ∼10(5) V/cm for a wide temperature region studied. Furthermore, we show that the incorporated decoherence and energy relaxation could explain the large discrepancy between the mobilities calculated by the Ehrenfest dynamics and the full quantum methods, which proves the effectiveness of our approach to take back these missing processes. PMID:27083750

  14. Drift of charge carriers in crystalline organic semiconductors

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    Dong, Jingjuan; Si, Wei; Wu, Chang-Qin

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the direct-current response of crystalline organic semiconductors in the presence of finite external electric fields by the quantum-classical Ehrenfest dynamics complemented with instantaneous decoherence corrections (IDC). The IDC is carried out in the real-space representation with the energy-dependent reweighing factors to account for both intermolecular decoherence and energy relaxation by which conduction occurs. In this way, both the diffusion and drift motion of charge carriers are described in a unified framework. Based on an off-diagonal electron-phonon coupling model for pentacene, we find that the drift velocity initially increases with the electric field and then decreases at higher fields due to the Wannier-Stark localization, and a negative electric-field dependence of mobility is observed. The Einstein relation, which is a manifestation of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, is found to be restored in electric fields up to ˜105 V/cm for a wide temperature region studied. Furthermore, we show that the incorporated decoherence and energy relaxation could explain the large discrepancy between the mobilities calculated by the Ehrenfest dynamics and the full quantum methods, which proves the effectiveness of our approach to take back these missing processes.

  15. Transport-reaction model for defect and carrier behavior within displacement cascades in gallium arsenide

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    Wampler, William R.; Myers, Samuel M.

    2014-02-01

    A model is presented for recombination of charge carriers at displacement damage in gallium arsenide, which includes clustering of the defects in atomic displacement cascades produced by neutron or ion irradiation. The carrier recombination model is based on an atomistic description of capture and emission of carriers by the defects with time evolution resulting from the migration and reaction of the defects. The physics and equations on which the model is based are presented, along with details of the numerical methods used for their solution. The model uses a continuum description of diffusion, field-drift and reaction of carriers and defects within a representative spherically symmetric cluster. The initial radial defect profiles within the cluster were chosen through pair-correlation-function analysis of the spatial distribution of defects obtained from the binary-collision code MARLOWE, using recoil energies for fission neutrons. Charging of the defects can produce high electric fields within the cluster which may influence transport and reaction of carriers and defects, and which may enhance carrier recombination through band-to-trap tunneling. Properties of the defects are discussed and values for their parameters are given, many of which were obtained from density functional theory. The model provides a basis for predicting the transient response of III-V heterojunction bipolar transistors to pulsed neutron irradiation.

  16. Charge carrier dynamics in organic semiconductors and their donor-acceptor composites: Numerical modeling of time-resolved photocurrent

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    Johnson, Brian; Kendrick, Mark J.; Ostroverkhova, Oksana

    2013-09-01

    We present a model that describes nanosecond (ns) time-scale photocurrent dynamics in functionalized anthradithiophene (ADT) films and ADT-based donor-acceptor (D/A) composites. By fitting numerically simulated photocurrents to experimental data, we quantify contributions of multiple pathways of charge carrier photogeneration to the photocurrent, as well as extract parameters that characterize charge transport (CT) in organic films including charge carrier mobilities, trap densities, hole trap depth, and trapping and recombination rates. In pristine ADT films, simulations revealed two competing charge photogeneration pathways: fast, occurring on picosecond (ps) or sub-ps time scales with efficiencies below 10%, and slow, which proceeds at the time scale of tens of nanoseconds, with efficiencies of about 11%-12%, at the applied electric fields of 40-80 kV/cm. The relative contribution of these pathways to the photocurrent was electric field dependent, with the contribution of the fast process increasing with applied electric field. However, the total charge photogeneration efficiency was weakly electric field dependent exhibiting values of 14%-20% of the absorbed photons. The remaining 80%-86% of the photoexcitation did not contribute to charge carrier generation at these time scales. In ADT-based D/A composites with 2 wt.% acceptor concentration, an additional pathway of charge photogeneration that proceeds via CT exciton dissociation contributed to the total charge photogeneration. In the composite with the functionalized pentacene (Pn) acceptor, which exhibits strong exciplex emission from a tightly bound D/A CT exciton, the contribution of the CT state to charge generation was small, ˜8%-12% of the total number of photogenerated charge carriers, dependent on the electric field. In contrast, in the composite with PCBM acceptor, the CT state contributed about a half of all photogenerated charge carriers. In both D/A composites, the charge carrier mobilities were

  17. Measuring charge carrier mobility in photovoltaic devices with micron-scale resolution

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    Ashraf, A.; Dissanayake, D. M. N. M.; Eisaman, M. D.

    2015-03-16

    We present a charge-extraction technique, micron-scale charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage, which enables simultaneous spatially resolved measurements of charge carrier mobility and photocurrent in thin-film photovoltaic devices with micron-scale resolution. An intensity-modulated laser with beam diameter near the optical diffraction limit is scanned over the device, while a linear voltage ramp in reverse bias is applied at each position of illumination. We calculate the majority carrier mobility, photocurrent, and number of photogenerated charge carriers from the resulting current transient. We demonstrate this technique on an organic photovoltaic device, but it is applicable to a wide range of photovoltaic materials.

  18. The nature of free-carrier transport in organometal halide perovskites

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    Hakamata, Tomoya; Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-01-19

    Organometal halide perovskites are attracting great attention as promising material for solar cells because of their high power conversion efficiency. The high performance has been attributed to the existence of free charge carriers and their large diffusion lengths, but the nature of carrier transport at the atomistic level remains elusive. Here, nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics simulations elucidate the mechanisms underlying the excellent free-carrier transport in CH3NH3PbI3. Pb and I sublattices act as disjunct pathways for rapid and balanced transport of photoexcited electrons and holes, respectively, while minimizing efficiency-degrading charge recombination. On the other hand, CH3NH3 sublattice quickly screens out electrostaticmore » electron-hole attraction to generate free carriers within 1 ps. Together this nano-architecture lets photoexcited electrons and holes dissociate instantaneously and travel far away to be harvested before dissipated as heat. As a result, this work provides much needed structure-property relationships and time-resolved information that potentially lead to rational design of efficient solar cells.« less

  19. The nature of free-carrier transport in organometal halide perovskites.

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    Hakamata, Tomoya; Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Kalia, Rajiv K; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-01-01

    Organometal halide perovskites are attracting great attention as promising material for solar cells because of their high power conversion efficiency. The high performance has been attributed to the existence of free charge carriers and their large diffusion lengths, but the nature of carrier transport at the atomistic level remains elusive. Here, nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics simulations elucidate the mechanisms underlying the excellent free-carrier transport in CH3NH3PbI3. Pb and I sublattices act as disjunct pathways for rapid and balanced transport of photoexcited electrons and holes, respectively, while minimizing efficiency-degrading charge recombination. On the other hand, CH3NH3 sublattice quickly screens out electrostatic electron-hole attraction to generate free carriers within 1 ps. Together this nano-architecture lets photoexcited electrons and holes dissociate instantaneously and travel far away to be harvested before dissipated as heat. This work provides much needed structure-property relationships and time-resolved information that potentially lead to rational design of efficient solar cells. PMID:26781627

  20. The nature of free-carrier transport in organometal halide perovskites

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    Hakamata, Tomoya; Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-01-01

    Organometal halide perovskites are attracting great attention as promising material for solar cells because of their high power conversion efficiency. The high performance has been attributed to the existence of free charge carriers and their large diffusion lengths, but the nature of carrier transport at the atomistic level remains elusive. Here, nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics simulations elucidate the mechanisms underlying the excellent free-carrier transport in CH3NH3PbI3. Pb and I sublattices act as disjunct pathways for rapid and balanced transport of photoexcited electrons and holes, respectively, while minimizing efficiency-degrading charge recombination. On the other hand, CH3NH3 sublattice quickly screens out electrostatic electron-hole attraction to generate free carriers within 1 ps. Together this nano-architecture lets photoexcited electrons and holes dissociate instantaneously and travel far away to be harvested before dissipated as heat. This work provides much needed structure-property relationships and time-resolved information that potentially lead to rational design of efficient solar cells.

  1. The nature of free-carrier transport in organometal halide perovskites

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    Hakamata, Tomoya; Shimamura, Kohei; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2016-01-01

    Organometal halide perovskites are attracting great attention as promising material for solar cells because of their high power conversion efficiency. The high performance has been attributed to the existence of free charge carriers and their large diffusion lengths, but the nature of carrier transport at the atomistic level remains elusive. Here, nonadiabatic quantum molecular dynamics simulations elucidate the mechanisms underlying the excellent free-carrier transport in CH3NH3PbI3. Pb and I sublattices act as disjunct pathways for rapid and balanced transport of photoexcited electrons and holes, respectively, while minimizing efficiency-degrading charge recombination. On the other hand, CH3NH3 sublattice quickly screens out electrostatic electron-hole attraction to generate free carriers within 1 ps. Together this nano-architecture lets photoexcited electrons and holes dissociate instantaneously and travel far away to be harvested before dissipated as heat. This work provides much needed structure-property relationships and time-resolved information that potentially lead to rational design of efficient solar cells. PMID:26781627

  2. Stacking dependence of carrier transport properties in multilayered black phosphorous.

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    Sengupta, A; Audiffred, M; Heine, T; Niehaus, T A

    2016-02-24

    We present the effect of different stacking orders on carrier transport properties of multi-layer black phosphorous. We consider three different stacking orders AAA, ABA and ACA, with increasing number of layers (from 2 to 6 layers). We employ a hierarchical approach in density functional theory (DFT), with structural simulations performed with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the bandstructure, carrier effective masses and optical properties evaluated with the meta-generalized gradient approximation (MGGA). The carrier transmission in the various black phosphorous sheets was carried out with the non-equilibrium green's function (NEGF) approach. The results show that ACA stacking has the highest electron and hole transmission probabilities. The results show tunability for a wide range of band-gaps, carrier effective masses and transmission with a great promise for lattice engineering (stacking order and layers) in black phosphorous. PMID:26809017

  3. Stacking dependence of carrier transport properties in multilayered black phosphorous

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    Sengupta, A.; Audiffred, M.; Heine, T.; Niehaus, T. A.

    2016-02-01

    We present the effect of different stacking orders on carrier transport properties of multi-layer black phosphorous. We consider three different stacking orders AAA, ABA and ACA, with increasing number of layers (from 2 to 6 layers). We employ a hierarchical approach in density functional theory (DFT), with structural simulations performed with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the bandstructure, carrier effective masses and optical properties evaluated with the meta-generalized gradient approximation (MGGA). The carrier transmission in the various black phosphorous sheets was carried out with the non-equilibrium green’s function (NEGF) approach. The results show that ACA stacking has the highest electron and hole transmission probabilities. The results show tunability for a wide range of band-gaps, carrier effective masses and transmission with a great promise for lattice engineering (stacking order and layers) in black phosphorous.

  4. Superexchange Charge Transport in Loaded Metal Organic Frameworks.

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    Neumann, Tobias; Liu, Jianxi; Wächter, Tobias; Friederich, Pascal; Symalla, Franz; Welle, Alexander; Mugnaini, Veronica; Meded, Velimir; Zharnikov, Michael; Wöll, Christof; Wenzel, Wolfgang

    2016-07-26

    In the past, nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been mostly studied for their huge potential with regard to gas storage and separation. More recently, the discovery that the electrical conductivity of a widely studied, highly insulating MOF, HKUST-1, improves dramatically when loaded with guest molecules has triggered a huge interest in the charge carrier transport properties of MOFs. The observed high conductivity, however, is difficult to reconcile with conventional transport mechanisms: neither simple hopping nor band transport models are consistent with the available experimental data. Here, we combine theoretical results and new experimental data to demonstrate that the observed conductivity can be explained by an extended hopping transport model including virtual hops through localized MOF states or molecular superexchange. Predictions of this model agree well with precise conductivity measurements, where experimental artifacts and the influence of defects are largely avoided by using well-defined samples and the Hg-drop junction approach. PMID:27359160

  5. Carrier-mediated ion transport in lipid bilayer membranes.

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    Laprade, R; Grenier, F; Pagé-Dansereau, M; Dansereau, J

    1984-08-01

    The electrical properties predicted by a widely accepted model for carrier-mediated ion transport in lipid bilayers are described. The different steps leading to ion transport and their associated rate constants are reaction at the interface between an ion in the aqueous phase and a carrier in the membrane (kRi), followed by translocation of the ion-carrier complex across the membrane interior (kis) and its dissociation at the other interface (kDi) after which the free carrier crosses back the membrane interior (ks). Results on glyceryl monooleate (GMO) membranes for a family of homologue carriers, the macrotetralide actin antibiotics (nonactin, monactin, dinactin, trinactin, and tetranactin) and a variety of ions (Na+, Cs+, Rb+, K+, NH4+, and Tl+) are presented. Internally consistent data obtained from steady-state electrical measurements (zero-current potential and conductance, current-voltage relationship) allow us to obtain the equilibrium permeability ratios for the different ions and show that for a given carrier kRi is relatively invariant from one ion to the other, except for Tl+ (larger), which implies that the ionic selectivity is controlled by the dissociation of the complex. The values of the individual rate constants obtained from current relaxation experiments are also presented and confirm the findings from steady-state measurements, as well as the isostericity concept for complexes of different ions with the same carrier (kis invariant). These also allow us to determine the aqueous phase membrane and torus membrane partition coefficients. Finally, the observed increase in kis from nonactin to tetranactin and, for all homologues, from GMO-decane to solvent-free GMO membranes, together with the concomitant decrease in kDi, can be explained in terms of modifications of electrostatic energy profiles induced by variations in carrier size and membrane thickness. PMID:6498590

  6. An alternative approach to charge transport in semiconducting electrodes

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    Thomchick, J.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1980-01-01

    The excess-carrier charge transport through the space-charge region of a semiconducting electrode is analyzed by a technique known as the flux method. In this approach reflection and transmission coefficients appropriate for a sheet of uniform semiconducting material describe its transport properties. A review is presented of the flux method showing that the results for a semiconductor electrode reduce in a limiting case to those previously found by Gaertner if the depletion layer is treated as a perfectly transmitting medium in which scattering and recombination are ignored. Then, in the framework of the flux method the depletion layer is considered more realistically by explicitly taking into account scattering and recombination processes which occur in this region.

  7. Understanding the dependence of transport parameters on carrier concentration within a Gaussian density of states in molecular organic semiconductors

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    Sharma, A.; Kumar, P.; Rani, V.; Ray, N.; Ghosh, S.

    2016-06-01

    We study charge transport in molecular organic semiconductors using two terminal and three terminal field effect transistor devices. Using phthalocyanines as examples, we achieve unification of carrier mobility between the different configurations in a Gaussian density of states. We find that the current density–voltage characteristics for two terminal devices can be understood by introducing a concentration dependence of the carrier mobility, as described by Oelerich et al (2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 226403, 2010 Appl. Phys. Lett. 97 143302). Studying the evolution of the activation energy with the carrier density, we find results consistent with a percolation picture and a density dependent transport energy.

  8. Understanding the dependence of transport parameters on carrier concentration within a Gaussian density of states in molecular organic semiconductors.

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    Sharma, A; Kumar, P; Rani, V; Ray, N; Ghosh, S

    2016-06-15

    We study charge transport in molecular organic semiconductors using two terminal and three terminal field effect transistor devices. Using phthalocyanines as examples, we achieve unification of carrier mobility between the different configurations in a Gaussian density of states. We find that the current density-voltage characteristics for two terminal devices can be understood by introducing a concentration dependence of the carrier mobility, as described by Oelerich et al (2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 226403, 2010 Appl. Phys. Lett. 97 143302). Studying the evolution of the activation energy with the carrier density, we find results consistent with a percolation picture and a density dependent transport energy. PMID:27160656

  9. Picosecond dynamics of free carrier populations, space- charge fields, and photorefractive nonlinearities in zincblende semiconductors

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    Stark, Thomas Spencer

    Generally, nonlinear optics studies investigate optically-induced changes in refraction or absorption, and their application to spectroscopy or device fabrication. The photorefractive effect is a nonlinear optical effect that occurs in solids, where transport of an optically-induced free-carrier population results in an internal space-charge field, which produces an index change via the linear electrooptic effect. The photorefractive effect has been widely studied for a variety of materials and device applications, mainly because it allows large index changes to be generated with laser beams having only a few milliwatts of average power. Compound semiconductors are important photorefractive materials because they offer a near-infrared optical response, and because their carrier transport properties allow the index change to be generated quickly and efficiently. While many researchers have attempted to measure the fundamental temporal dynamics of the photorefractive effect in semiconductors using continuous-wave, nanosecond- and picosecond-pulsed laser beams, these investigations have been unsuccessful. However, studies with this goal are of clear relevance because they provide information about the fundamental physical processes that produce this effect, as well as the material's speed and efficiency limitations for device applications. In this dissertation, for the first time, we time-resolve the temporal dynamics of the photorefractive nonlinearities in two zincblende semiconductors, semi- insulating GaAs and undoped CdTe. While CdTe offers a lattice-match to the infrared material HgxCd1-xTe, semi-insulating GaAs has been widely used in optoelectronic and high- speed electronic applications. We use a novel transient- grating experimental method that allows picosecond temporal resolution and high sensitivity. Our results provide a clear and detailed picture of the picosecond photorefractive response of both materials, showing nonlinearities due to hot-carrier

  10. Interfacial Study To Suppress Charge Carrier Recombination for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Adhikari, Nirmal; Dubey, Ashish; Khatiwada, Devendra; Mitul, Abu Farzan; Wang, Qi; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Iefanova, Anastasiia; Zai, Jiantao; Qian, Xuefeng; Kumar, Mukesh; Qiao, Qiquan

    2015-12-01

    We report effects of an interface between TiO2-perovskite and grain-grain boundaries of perovskite films prepared by single step and sequential deposited technique using different annealing times at optimum temperature. Nanoscale kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) measurement shows that charge transport in a perovskite solar cell critically depends upon the annealing conditions. The KPFM results of single step and sequential deposited films show that the increase in potential barrier suppresses the back-recombination between electrons in TiO2 and holes in perovskite. Spatial mapping of the surface potential within perovskite film exhibits higher positive potential at grain boundaries compared to the surface of the grains. The average grain boundary potential of 300-400 mV is obtained upon annealing for sequentially deposited films. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra indicate the formation of a PbI2 phase upon annealing which suppresses the recombination. Transient analysis exhibits that the optimum device has higher carrier lifetime and short carrier transport time among all devices. An optimum grain boundary potential and proper band alignment between the TiO2 electron transport layer (ETL) and the perovskite absorber layer help to increase the overall device performance. PMID:26579732

  11. Theoretical characterization of charge transport in organic molecular crystals

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    Sanchez-Carrera, Roel S.

    The rapid growth in the interest to explore new synthetic crystalline organic semiconductors and their subsequent device characterization has revived the debate on the development of theoretical models to better understand the intrinsic charge transport mechanisms in organic materials. At the moment, several charge-transport theories for organic molecular crystals have been proposed and have observed a comparable agreement with experimental results. However, these models are limited in scope and restricted to specific ranges of microscopic parameters and temperatures. A general description that is applicable in all parameter regimes is still unavailable. The first step towards a complete understanding of the problem associated with the charge transport in organic molecular crystals includes the development of a first-principles theoretical methodology to evaluate with high accuracy the main microscopic charge-transport parameters and their respective couplings with intra- and intermolecular vibrational degrees of freedom. In this thesis, we have developed a first-principles methodology to investigate the impact of electron-phonon interactions on the charge-carrier mobilities in organic molecular crystals. Well-known organic materials such as oligoacene and oligothienoacene derivatives were studied in detail. To predict the charge-transport phenomena in organic materials, we rely on the Marcus theory of electron-transfer reactions. Within this context, the nature of the intramolecular vibronic coupling in oligoacenes was studied using an approach that combines high-resolution gas-phase photo-electron spectroscopy measurements with first-principles quantum-mechanical calculations. This further led to investigation of the electron interactions with optical phonons in oligoacene single crystals. The lattice phonon modes were computed at both density functional theory (DFT) and empirical force field levels. The low-frequency optical modes are found to play a significant

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  13. Temperature dependence of charge carrier generation in organic photovoltaics.

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    Gao, Feng; Tress, Wolfgang; Wang, Jianpu; Inganäs, Olle

    2015-03-27

    The charge generation mechanism in organic photovoltaics is a fundamental yet heavily debated issue. All the generated charges recombine at the open-circuit voltage (V_{OC}), so that investigation of recombined charges at V_{OC} provides a unique approach to understanding charge generation. At low temperatures, we observe a decrease of V_{OC}, which is attributed to reduced charge separation. Comparison between benchmark polymer:fullerene and polymer:polymer blends highlights the critical role of charge delocalization in charge separation and emphasizes the importance of entropy in charge generation. PMID:25860774

  14. Carrier Transport and Related Effects in Detectors of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search

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    Sundqvist, Kyle Michael

    2012-01-01

    The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) is searching for weakly-interacting massive particles (WIMPS), which could explain the dark matter problem in cosmology and particle physics. By simultaneously measuring signals from deposited charge and the energy in nonequilibrium phonons created by particle interactions in intrinsic germanium crystals at a temperature of 40 mK, a signature response for each event is produced. This response, combined with phonon pulse-shape information, allows CDMS to actively discriminate candidate WIMP interactions with nuclei from electromagnetic radioactive background which interacts with electrons. The challenges associated with these techniques are unique. Carrier scattering is dominated by the spontaneous emission of Luke-Neganov phonons due to zeropoint fluctuations of the lattice ions. Drift fields are maintained at only a few V/cm, else these emitted phonons would dominate the phonons of the original interaction. The dominant systematic issues with CDMS detectors are due to the effects of space charge accumulation. It has been an open question how space charge accrues, and by which of several potential recombination and ionization processes. In this work, we have simulated the transport of electrons and holes in germanium under CDMS conditions. We have implemented both a traditional Monte Carlo technique based on carrier energy, followed later by a novel Monte Carlo algorithm with scattering rates defined and sampled by vector momentum. This vector-based method provides for a full anisotropic simulation of carrier transport including free-fight acceleration with an anisotropic mass, and anisotropic scattering rates. With knowledge of steady state carrier dynamics as a function of applied field, the results of our Monte Carlo simulations allow us to make a wide variety of predictions for energy dependent processes for both electrons and holes. Such processes include carrier capture by charged impurities, neutral impurities, static

  15. Carrier Transport and Related Effects in Detectors of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search

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    Sundqvist, Kyle Michael

    The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) is searching for weakly-interacting massive particles (WIMPS), which could explain the dark matter problem in cosmology and particle physics. By simultaneously measuring signals from deposited charge and the energy in non-equilibrium phonons created by particle interactions in intrinsic germanium crystals at a temperature of 40 mK, a signature response for each event is produced. This response, combined with phonon pulse-shape information, allows CDMS to actively discriminate candidate WIMP interactions with nuclei from electromagnetic radioactive background which interacts with electrons. The challenges associated with these techniques are unique. Carrier scattering is dominated by the spontaneous emission of Luke-Neganov phonons due to zero-point fluctuations of the lattice ions. Drift fields are maintained at only a few V/cm, else these emitted phonons would dominate the phonons of the original interaction. The dominant systematic issues with CDMS detectors are due to the effects of space charge accumulation. It has been an open question how space charge accrues, and by which of several potential recombination and ionization processes. In this work, we have simulated the transport of electrons and holes in germanium under CDMS conditions. We have implemented both a traditional Monte Carlo technique based on carrier energy, followed later by a novel Monte Carlo algorithm with scattering rates defined and sampled by vector momentum. This vector-based method provides for a full anisotropic simulation of carrier transport including free-flight acceleration with an anisotropic mass, and anisotropic scattering rates. With knowledge of steady state carrier dynamics as a function of applied field, the results of our Monte Carlo simulations allow us to make a wide variety of predictions for energy dependent processes for both electrons and holes. Such processes include carrier capture by charged

  16. Carrier transport in dichromatic color-coded semipolar (2021) and (2021) III-N LEDs

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    Kisin, Mikhail V.; Huang, Chih-Li; El-Ghoroury, Hussein S.

    2014-03-01

    Simulation of III-nitride color-coded multiple quantum well (MQW) LED structures was performed using as an experimental benchmark dichromatic semipolar LEDs grown in Ga-polar and N-polar crystallographic orientations (Y. Kawaguchi et.al, APL 100, 231110, 2012). Different QW depths in the color-coded LEDs and opposite interface polarization charges in Ga-polar and N-polar structures provide different conditions for carrier transport across the LED active regions. Combination of several effects was crucial for adequate reproduction of the emission spectra experimentally observed in color-coded structures with violet-aquamarine and aquamarine-violet active region layouts. A standard drift-diffusion transport model wascompleted with rate equations for nonequilibrium QW populations and several high-energy transport features, including the effects of QW carrier overshoot and Auger-assisted QW depopulation. COMSOL-based Optoelectronic Device Modeling Software (ODMS) developed at Ostendo Technologies Inc. was utilized for device simulation.

  17. Charge carrier identification in tunneling spectroscopy of core-shell nanocrystals

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    Nguyen, T. H.; Habinshuti, J.; Justo, Y.; Gomes, R.; Mahieu, G.; Godey, S.; Nys, J. P.; Carrillo, S.; Hens, Z.; Robbe, O.; Turrell, S.; Grandidier, B.

    2011-11-01

    Semiconductor PbSe/CdSe core-shell nanocrystals (NCs) in a double barrier tunnel junction have been investigated by means of scanning tunneling spectroscopy at low temperature. From the analysis of the differential conductance peak position as a function of the potential distribution in both potential barriers, we demonstrate a unipolar transport regime for a large amount of NCs. The same charge carriers are injected on both sides of the zero-conductance gap, and the peaks observed at higher energy arise from the charging of the NCs. Similar results are obtained for CdSe/CdS dot-in-rod NCs, indicating that the addition of a shell favors transitions between different charge states rather than single particle excited states. Further characterization of the PbSe/CdSe core-shell NCs by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy reveals that the variations in the transport properties from NC to NC are explained by the occurrence of unprotected PbSe facets that have different orientations in the junction.

  18. Conditions for charge transport without recombination in low mobility organic solar cells and photodiodes (Presentation Recording)

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    Stolterfoht, Martin; Armin, Ardalan; Philippa, Bronson; White, Ronald D.; Burn, Paul L.; Meredith, Paul; Juška, Gytis; Pivrikas, Almantas

    2015-10-01

    Organic semiconductors typically possess low charge carrier mobilities and Langevin-type recombination dynamics, which both negatively impact the performance of organic solar cells and photodetectors. Charge transport in organic solar cells is usually characterized by the mobility-lifetime product. Using newly developed transient and steady state photocurrent measurement techniques we show that the onset of efficiency limiting photocarrier recombination is determined by the charge that can be stored on the electrodes of the device. It is shown that significant photocarrier recombination can be avoided when the total charge inside the device, defined by the trapped, doping-induced and mobile charge carriers, is less than the electrode charge. Based upon this physics we propose the mobility-recombination coefficient product as an alternative and more convenient figure of merit to minimize the recombination losses. We validate the results in 3 different organic semiconductor-based light harvesting systems with very different charge transport properties. The findings allow the determination of the charge collection efficiency in fully operational devices. In turn, knowing the conditions under which non-geminate recombination is eliminated enables one to quantify the generation efficiency of free charge carriers. The results are relevant to a wide range of light harvesting systems, particularly those based upon disordered semiconductors, and require a rethink of the critical parameters for charge transport.

  19. Symposium GC: Nanoscale Charge Transport in Excitonic Solar Cells

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    Bommisetty, Venkat

    2011-06-23

    This paper provides a summary only and table of contents of the sessions. Excitonic solar cells, including all-organic, hybrid organic-inorganic and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), offer strong potential for inexpensive and large-area solar energy conversion. Unlike traditional inorganic semiconductor solar cells, where all the charge generation and collection processes are well understood, these excitonic solar cells contain extremely disordered structures with complex interfaces which results in large variations in nanoscale electronic properties and has a strong influence on carrier generation, transport, dissociation and collection. Detailed understanding of these processes is important for fabrication of highly efficient solar cells. Efforts to improve efficiency are underway at a large number of research groups throughout the world focused on inorganic and organic semiconductors, photonics, photophysics, charge transport, nanoscience, ultrafast spectroscopy, photonics, semiconductor processing, device physics, device structures, interface structure etc. Rapid progress in this multidisciplinary area requires strong synergetic efforts among researchers from diverse backgrounds. Such effort can lead to novel methods for development of new materials with improved photon harvesting and interfacial treatments for improved carrier transport, process optimization to yield ordered nanoscale morphologies with well defined electronic structures.

  20. Electrostatic Injection of Very Large 2D Charge Carrier Densities to Obtain Metallic Conductivities in Organic Semiconductors

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    Panzer, Matthew; Frisbie, C. Daniel

    2007-03-01

    The traditional choice of SiO2 for the gate dielectric material in organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) limits the amount of charge that one can induce via the field effect due to its relatively weak dielectric strength. In fact, the maximum 2D charge density achievable (near SiO2 breakdown, typically >100 V applied) is only ˜10^13 charges/cm^2, while the 2D molecular packing density of many common organic semiconductors is on the order of 5 x 10^14 molecules/cm^2. In order to achieve a higher fraction of charged semiconductor molecules in the 2D OFET channel, a dielectric layer with a higher capacitance is required. We have used a solid polymer electrolyte as an OFET dielectric in order to obtain 2D charge densities exceeding 10^14 charges/cm2 at operating voltages under 3 V in a variety of organic semiconductors. We have observed metallic conductivity values (˜1000 S/cm) and nearly temperature-independent resistance ratios in poly(3-hexylthiophene) films using a polymer electrolyte-gated OFET. In addition, conductivity maxima at carrier densities approaching 1 charge/molecule were observed in oligomeric, polymeric, and single-crystal organic semiconductors alike. This phenomenon may be caused by carrier correlations or a complete emptying of the semiconductor transport band at very high charge densities.

  1. Light-Emitting Quantum Dot Transistors: Emission at High Charge Carrier Densities

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    2015-01-01

    For the application of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots in optoelectronic devices, for example, solar cells and light-emitting diodes, it is crucial to understand and control their charge transport and recombination dynamics at high carrier densities. Both can be studied in ambipolar, light-emitting field-effect transistors (LEFETs). Here, we report the first quantum dot light-emitting transistor. Electrolyte-gated PbS quantum dot LEFETs exhibit near-infrared electroluminescence from a confined region within the channel, which proves true ambipolar transport in ligand-exchanged quantum dot solids. Unexpectedly, the external quantum efficiencies improve significantly with current density. This effect correlates with the unusual increase of photoluminescence quantum yield and longer average lifetimes at higher electron and hole concentrations in PbS quantum dot thin films. We attribute the initially low emission efficiencies to nonradiative losses through trap states. At higher carrier densities, these trap states are deactivated and emission is dominated by trions. PMID:25652433

  2. Light-emitting quantum dot transistors: emission at high charge carrier densities.

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    Schornbaum, Julia; Zakharko, Yuriy; Held, Martin; Thiemann, Stefan; Gannott, Florentina; Zaumseil, Jana

    2015-03-11

    For the application of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots in optoelectronic devices, for example, solar cells and light-emitting diodes, it is crucial to understand and control their charge transport and recombination dynamics at high carrier densities. Both can be studied in ambipolar, light-emitting field-effect transistors (LEFETs). Here, we report the first quantum dot light-emitting transistor. Electrolyte-gated PbS quantum dot LEFETs exhibit near-infrared electroluminescence from a confined region within the channel, which proves true ambipolar transport in ligand-exchanged quantum dot solids. Unexpectedly, the external quantum efficiencies improve significantly with current density. This effect correlates with the unusual increase of photoluminescence quantum yield and longer average lifetimes at higher electron and hole concentrations in PbS quantum dot thin films. We attribute the initially low emission efficiencies to nonradiative losses through trap states. At higher carrier densities, these trap states are deactivated and emission is dominated by trions. PMID:25652433

  3. Charge transport in conjugated materials: insight from quantum chemical calculations

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    Beljonne, David; Cornil, J. P.; Calbert, J. P.; Bredas, Jean-Luc

    2001-06-01

    The electronic structure of neutral and singly charged conjugated molecular clusters is investigated by means of quantum-chemical calculations. We first assess the influence of interchain interactions on the nature of the singly charged species (polarons) in organic conjugated polymers. In a two- chain model aggregate, the polaron is found to be delocalized over the two conjugated chains for short interchain separation. Such a delocalization strongly affects the geometric and electronic relaxation phenomena induced by charge injection, which in turn lead to a dramatic spectral redistribution of the linear absorption cross section. We then consider pentacene clusters built from the experimental crystal structure and compute the HOMO and LUMO bandwidths, which are decisive parameters for charge transport in the limiting case of band-like motion (i.e., complete delocalization of the excess charge over a large number of interacting molecules). Very large bandwidths are obtained, in agreement with the remarkable electron and hole charge-carrier mobilities reported recently for ultrahigh purity pentacene single crystals.

  4. Charge carrier dynamics in bulk MoS2 crystal studied by transient absorption microscopy

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    Kumar, Nardeep; He, Jiaqi; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng; Zhao, Hui

    2013-04-01

    We report a transient absorption microscopy study of charge carrier dynamics in bulk MoS2 crystals at room temperature. Charge carriers are injected by interband absorption of a 555-nm pulse, and probed by measuring differential reflection of a time-delayed and spatially scanned 660-nm pulse. We find an intervalley transfer time of about 0.35 ps, an energy relaxation time of hot carriers on the order of 50 ps, and a carrier lifetime of 180 ± 20 ps. By monitoring the spatiotemporal dynamics of carriers, we obtained a diffusion coefficient of thermalized electrons of 4.2 ± 0.5 cm2/s, corresponding to a mobility of 170 ± 20 cm2/Vs. We also observed a time-varying diffusion coefficient of hot carriers.

  5. Organic Semiconductors: A Molecular Picture of the Charge-Transport and Energy-Transport Processes.

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    Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2007-03-01

    Conjugated organic oligomer and polymer materials are being increasingly considered for their incorporation as the active semiconductor elements in devices such as photo-voltaic cells, light-emitting diodes, or field-effects transistors. In the operation of these devices, electron-transfer and energy-transfer processes play a key role, for instance in the form of charge transport (in the bulk or across interfaces), energy transport, charge separation, or charge recombination [1]. Here, we provide a theoretical description of electron-transfer phenomena based on electron-transfer theory, which allows us to provide a molecular, chemically-oriented understanding. In this presentation, we focus on the parameters that impact the mobility of charge carriers [2], that is the electronic coupling within chains and between adjacent chains and the reorganization energy of the chains upon ionization. Materials under study include conjugated oligomers such as oligoacenes, oligothiophene-acenes, oligothiophenes, and oligothienacenes. [1] J.L. Br'edas, D. Beljonne, V. Coropceanu, and J. Cornil, ``Charge-Transfer and Energy-Transfer Processes in pi-Conjugated Oligomers and Polymers'', Chemical Reviews, 104, 4971-5004 (2004). [2] V. Coropceanu, J. Cornil, D.A. da Silva Filho, Y. Olivier, R. Silbey, and J.L. Br'edas, ``Charge Transport in Organic Semiconductors'', Chemical Reviews, 107, xxx (2007).

  6. Study on temperature-dependent carrier transport for bilayer graphene

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    Liu, Yali; Li, Weilong; Qi, Mei; Li, Xiaojun; Zhou, Yixuan; Ren, Zhaoyu

    2015-05-01

    In order to investigate the temperature-dependent carrier transport property of the bilayer graphene, graphene films were synthesized on Cu foils by a home-built chemical vapor deposition (CVD) with C2H2. Samples regularity, transmittance (T) and layer number were analyzed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) images, transmittance spectra and Raman spectra. Van Der Pauw method was used for resistivity measurements and Hall measurements at different temperatures. The results indicated that the sheet resistance (Rs), carrier density (n), and mobility (μ) were 1096.20 Ω/sq, 0.75×1012 cm-2, and 7579.66 cm2 V-1 s-1 at room temperature, respectively. When the temperature increased from 0 °C to 240 °C, carrier density (n) increased from 0.66×1012 cm-2 to 1.55×1012 cm-2, sheet resistance (Rs) decreased from 1215.55 Ω/sq to 560.77 Ω/sq, and mobility (μ) oscillated around a constant value 7773.99 cm2 V-1 s-1. The decrease of the sheet resistance (Rs) indicated that the conductive capability of the bilayer graphene film increased with the temperature. The significant cause of the increase of carrier density (n) was the thermal activation of carriers from defects and unconscious doping states. Because the main influence on the carrier mobility (μ) was the lattice defect scattering and a small amount of impurity scattering, the carrier mobility (μ) was temperature-independent for the bilayer graphene.

  7. Raman scattering studies and charge transport in polyfluorenes

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    Arif, Mohammad Ali Iftekhar

    Organic semiconductors, such as short-chain oligomers and long-chain polymers, are now a core constituent in numerous organic and organic-inorganic hybrid technologies. Blue-emitting polyfluorenes (PFs) have emerged as especially attractive pi conjugated polymers (CP) due to their high luminescence efficiency and excellent electronic properties and thus great prospects for device applications. The performance of devices based on these polymers depends on side chain conformations, overall crystalline structure, and charge transport processes at the microscopic level. This project entails detailed Raman scattering studies and charge transport properties of two side chain substituted PFs: Poly(2,7-[9,9'-bis(2-ethylhexyl)] fluorene) (PF2/6) and Poly(9,9-(di-n,n-octyl) fluorene) (PF8). The structural properties of PFs are extremely sensitive to the choice of functionalizing side chains. PF8 adopts metastable structures that depend upon the thermal history and choice of solvents used in film forming conditions. Raman scattering techniques as a function of thermal cycling are used to monitor the changes in the backbone and side chain morphology of PF8. These studies establish a correlation between the conformational isomers and the side and main chain morphology. Theoretical modeling of the vibrational spectra of single chain oligomers in conjunction with the experimental results demonstrate the incompatibility of the beta phase, a low energy emitting chromophore, with the overall crystalline phase in PF8. Further, electroluminescence and photoluminescence measurements from PF-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are presented and discussed in terms of the crystalline phases and chain morphologies in the PFs. Charge carrier injection and transport properties of PF-based LEDs are presented using current-voltage (I--V) characteristic which is modeled by a space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC) for discrete and continuous traps. PF2/6 with a high level of molecular disorder is

  8. Universal carrier thermoelectric-transport model based on percolation theory in organic semiconductors

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    Lu, Nianduan; Li, Ling; Liu, Ming

    2015-05-01

    Recent measurements conducted over a large range of temperature and carrier density have found that the Seebeck coefficient exhibits an approaching disorder-free transport feature in high-mobility conjugated polymers [D. Venkateshvaran et al., Nature 515, 384 (2014), 10.1038/nature13854]. It is difficult for the current Seebeck coefficient model to interpret the feature of the charge transport approaching disorder-free transport. We present a general analytical model to describe the Seebeck effect for organic semiconductors based on the hopping transport and percolation theory. The proposed model can well explain the Seebeck feature of the polymers with approaching disorder-free transport, as well as that of the organic semiconductors with the general disorder. The simulated results imply that the Seebeck coefficient in the organic semiconductors would happen to transfer from temperature dependence to temperature independence with the decrease of the energetic disorder.

  9. High energetic excitons in carbon nanotubes directly probe charge-carriers

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    Soavi, Giancarlo; Scotognella, Francesco; Viola, Daniele; Hefner, Timo; Hertel, Tobias; Cerullo, Giulio; Lanzani, Guglielmo

    2015-01-01

    Theory predicts peculiar features for excited-state dynamics in one dimension (1D) that are difficult to be observed experimentally. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are an excellent approximation to 1D quantum confinement, due to their very high aspect ratio and low density of defects. Here we use ultrafast optical spectroscopy to probe photogenerated charge-carriers in (6,5) semiconducting SWNTs. We identify the transient energy shift of the highly polarizable S33 transition as a sensitive fingerprint of charge-carriers in SWNTs. By measuring the coherent phonon amplitude profile we obtain a precise estimate of the Stark-shift and discuss the binding energy of the S33 excitonic transition. From this, we infer that charge-carriers are formed instantaneously (<50 fs) even upon pumping the first exciton, S11. The decay of the photogenerated charge-carrier population is well described by a model for geminate recombination in 1D. PMID:25959462

  10. Excited carrier dynamics and transport in plasmonic nanostructures

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    Sundararaman, Ravishankar; Narang, Prineha; Jermyn, Adam; Atwater, Harry; Goddard, William, III

    Surface plasmon resonances provide a pathway to efficiently capture electromagnetic radiation in sub-wavelength structures for energy conversion and photodetection at the nano scale. The complete mechanism involves several microscopic steps spanning length scales from atomic dimensions to tens or hundreds of nanometers, posing challenges for experimental characterization and for first-principles predictions. To provide the basis for predicting and optimizing the complex interplay of materials and geometric effects in plasmon decay-induced excited carrier phenomena, we combined ab initio electronic structure calculations, electromagnetic simulations and Boltzmann transport models. In Au, Ag, Cu and Al nanostructures, we find that initial carrier distributions as well as their subsequent transport, relaxation and thermalization are sensitive to electronic structure, exhibiting strong asymmetries between electrons and holes. We predict energy-dependent spatially-resolved carrier distributions collected in plasmonic nanostructures with strong field inhomogeneities, and explore the possibility of tailoring materials and geometry to collect the carrier distributions needed for such applications as photochemically driven CO2 reduction and water splitting. This material is based upon work performed by JCAP, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, supported through the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Award Number DE-SC0004993.

  11. Temperature dependence of exciton and charge carrier dynamics in organic thin films

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    Platt, A. D.; Kendrick, M. J.; Loth, M.; Anthony, J. E.; Ostroverkhova, O.

    2011-12-01

    -TES-F films. In ADT-TES-F/ADT-TIPS-CN (2%) blends, an additional charge carrier photogeneration component was observed at room temperature at time scales of ˜20 ns due to exciplex dissociation. At ˜0.5-5 ns after photoexcitation, the carriers propagated via thermally and electric-field-activated hopping with an activation energy of ˜0.025 eV. At time scales longer than ˜5 ns, charge transport of carriers that are not frozen in traps proceeded through tunneling via isoenergetic sites.

  12. Understanding Charge Transport in Mixed Networks of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes

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    2016-01-01

    The ability to select and enrich semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) with high purity has led to a fast rise of solution-processed nanotube network field-effect transistors (FETs) with high carrier mobilities and on/off current ratios. However, it remains an open question whether it is best to use a network of only one nanotube species (monochiral) or whether a mix of purely semiconducting nanotubes but with different bandgaps is sufficient for high performance FETs. For a range of different polymer-sorted semiconducting SWNT networks, we demonstrate that a very small amount of narrow bandgap nanotubes within a dense network of large bandgap nanotubes can dominate the transport and thus severely limit on-currents and effective carrier mobility. Using gate-voltage-dependent electroluminescence, we spatially and spectrally reveal preferential charge transport that does not depend on nominal network density but on the energy level distribution within the network and carrier density. On the basis of these results, we outline rational guidelines for the use of mixed SWNT networks to obtain high performance FETs while reducing the cost for purification. PMID:26867006

  13. Understanding Charge Transport in Mixed Networks of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Rother, Marcel; Schießl, Stefan P; Zakharko, Yuriy; Gannott, Florentina; Zaumseil, Jana

    2016-03-01

    The ability to select and enrich semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) with high purity has led to a fast rise of solution-processed nanotube network field-effect transistors (FETs) with high carrier mobilities and on/off current ratios. However, it remains an open question whether it is best to use a network of only one nanotube species (monochiral) or whether a mix of purely semiconducting nanotubes but with different bandgaps is sufficient for high performance FETs. For a range of different polymer-sorted semiconducting SWNT networks, we demonstrate that a very small amount of narrow bandgap nanotubes within a dense network of large bandgap nanotubes can dominate the transport and thus severely limit on-currents and effective carrier mobility. Using gate-voltage-dependent electroluminescence, we spatially and spectrally reveal preferential charge transport that does not depend on nominal network density but on the energy level distribution within the network and carrier density. On the basis of these results, we outline rational guidelines for the use of mixed SWNT networks to obtain high performance FETs while reducing the cost for purification. PMID:26867006

  14. Charge injection and transport in fluorene-based copolymers.

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    Fong, Hon Hang; Malliaras, George G.; Lu, Tianjian; Dunlap, David

    2007-03-01

    Fluorene-based copolymer is considered to be one of the most promising hole transporting and blue light-emitting conjugated polymers used in polymeric light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). Time-of-flight (TOF) technique has been employed to evaluate the charge drift mobility under a temperature range between 200 - 400 K at the thick film regime (1-10 micron). Meanwhile, contact ohmicity is studied by Dark Current Space Charge Limited Conduction (DISCLC) technique. Charge injection efficiencies from different electrical contacts are also studied and the corresponding injection barriers are independently investigated by photoemission and electroabsorption spectroscopies. Results show that the copolymers exhibit non-dispersive charge transport behavior and possess superior mobilities of up to 0.01cm^2V-1s-1 while single-carrier devices from various electrical contacts such as PEDOT:PSS are varied, depending on the chemical structure of amine component in the fluorene-triarylamine copolymers. Results will shed light on the enhancement of device efficiency and stability in the future polymer electronic devices.

  15. Calculation of carrier transport in pseudo-quaternary alloys

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    Weil, T.; Vinter, B.

    1986-08-01

    We present results of a theoretical study of carrier transport in "graded gap superlattices" as employed in heterojunction photodiodes to reduce pile-up. For heavy holes the notion of a graded gap is invalid. Nevertheless, tunnelling and enhanced thermoemission are found to lead to improvements in decay times of current after tum-off of the light pulse of one order of magnitude. Structures with fewer interfaces having the same performances are proposed.

  16. [Is pneumatic sample transport system also a carrier for microorganisms?].

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    Alpat, Saygin Nayman; Ozgüneş, Ilhan; Aybey, Aşkin Derya; Ertem, Osman Turgut; Akşit, Filiz

    2009-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possible infection and contamination risk of the pneumatic system used in our hospital and to establish essential infection control measures. The study was conducted in a quaternary health care center with 1.000 bed capacity. A total of 614 specimens were taken 2 times weekly from the pneumatic transport system and its carriers at 22 wards, 5 intensive care units, 3 laboratories, 2 blood taking units, and pharmacy. Samples were also obtained from the fingertips of 33 subjects using the system, before and after contact with the carriers. A questionnaire that consisted of 8 questions was applied to 224 subjects who worked in those units, evaluating the degree of compliance to the obligations for the cleaning of the pneumatic system and carriers and their approach in case of visible pollution at the system. Bacterial growth was observed in 15.2% (45/296) of samples in the 1st week and 7.6% (18/238) of the samples in the 2nd week, making a total of 11.8% (63/534) bacterial growth. No growth was detected from the areas where the carriers were placed. Of these 69.8% were coagulase negative staphylococci, 11.1% diphteroids, 7.9% Acinetobacter Iwoffii, 4.8% Staphylococcus aureus, 4.8% Bacillus spp. and 1.6% Enterococcus durans. Acinetobacter baumannii and Aspergillus were detected at two fingertip samples taken before the contact with carriers, while again A. baumannii and Enterobacter cloacae were detected at the samples following contact. Moreover, 31.3% of the subjects noted that they cleaned the carriers only if any visible contamination was present. In addition, 14.3% reported that they have encountered broken or spilled up material in the system for more than 5 times, 10.3% reported that they followed the instructions in case of presence of infected material inside the carriers, 23.7% reported that they always washed their hands after any contact with the carriers, 9.8% noted that they always used gloves during contact

  17. Thermally activated charge transport in microbial protein nanowires

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    Lampa-Pastirk, Sanela; Veazey, Joshua P.; Walsh, Kathleen A.; Feliciano, Gustavo T.; Steidl, Rebecca J.; Tessmer, Stuart H.; Reguera, Gemma

    2016-01-01

    The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens requires the expression of conductive protein filaments or pili to respire extracellular electron acceptors such as iron oxides and uranium and to wire electroactive biofilms, but the contribution of the protein fiber to charge transport has remained elusive. Here we demonstrate efficient long-range charge transport along individual pili purified free of metal and redox organic cofactors at rates high enough to satisfy the respiratory rates of the cell. Carrier characteristics were within the orders reported for organic semiconductors (mobility) and inorganic nanowires (concentration), and resistivity was within the lower ranges reported for moderately doped silicon nanowires. However, the pilus conductance and the carrier mobility decreased when one of the tyrosines of the predicted axial multistep hopping path was replaced with an alanine. Furthermore, low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy demonstrated the thermal dependence of the differential conductance at the low voltages that operate in biological systems. The results thus provide evidence for thermally activated multistep hopping as the mechanism that allows Geobacter pili to function as protein nanowires between the cell and extracellular electron acceptors. PMID:27009596

  18. Thermally activated charge transport in microbial protein nanowires.

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    Lampa-Pastirk, Sanela; Veazey, Joshua P; Walsh, Kathleen A; Feliciano, Gustavo T; Steidl, Rebecca J; Tessmer, Stuart H; Reguera, Gemma

    2016-01-01

    The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens requires the expression of conductive protein filaments or pili to respire extracellular electron acceptors such as iron oxides and uranium and to wire electroactive biofilms, but the contribution of the protein fiber to charge transport has remained elusive. Here we demonstrate efficient long-range charge transport along individual pili purified free of metal and redox organic cofactors at rates high enough to satisfy the respiratory rates of the cell. Carrier characteristics were within the orders reported for organic semiconductors (mobility) and inorganic nanowires (concentration), and resistivity was within the lower ranges reported for moderately doped silicon nanowires. However, the pilus conductance and the carrier mobility decreased when one of the tyrosines of the predicted axial multistep hopping path was replaced with an alanine. Furthermore, low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy demonstrated the thermal dependence of the differential conductance at the low voltages that operate in biological systems. The results thus provide evidence for thermally activated multistep hopping as the mechanism that allows Geobacter pili to function as protein nanowires between the cell and extracellular electron acceptors. PMID:27009596

  19. On the nature of high field charge transport in reinforced silicone dielectrics: Experiment and simulation

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    Huang, Yanhui; Schadler, Linda S.

    2016-08-01

    The high field charge injection and transport properties in reinforced silicone dielectrics were investigated by measuring the time-dependent space charge distribution and the current under dc conditions up to the breakdown field and were compared with the properties of other dielectric polymers. It is argued that the energy and spatial distribution of localized electronic states are crucial in determining these properties for polymer dielectrics. Tunneling to localized states likely dominates the charge injection process. A transient transport regime arises due to the relaxation of charge carriers into deep traps at the energy band tails and is successfully verified by a Monte Carlo simulation using the multiple-hopping model. The charge carrier mobility is found to be highly heterogeneous due to the non-uniform trapping. The slow moving electron packet exhibits a negative field dependent drift velocity possibly due to the spatial disorder of traps.

  20. Electric field assisted charge carrier photogeneration in poly(spirobifluorene-co-benzothiadiazole)

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    Devizis, A.; Serbenta, A.; Peckus, D.; Thiessen, A.; Alle, R.; Meerholz, K.; Hertel, D.; Gulbinas, V.

    2010-10-28

    The dynamics of charge carrier generation in poly(spirobifluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) was investigated by electric field-induced fluorescence quenching and differential absorption measurements. Three different time domains of carrier generation have been identified: an ultrafast phase, a subnanosecond phase, and an entire lifetime phase. The charge generation efficiencies during the first and second phases were found to be almost independent of temperature, being about 25% and 10%, respectively, at an applied electric field of 1.3x10{sup 6} V/cm, while the generation efficiency during the third phase increases from 2% at 80 K to 10% at room temperature. The results of transient spectroscopy measurements and quantum chemical calculations suggest an intramolecular charge transfer for about 1 ps from the alkoxy-substituted fluorene side group to the benzothiadiazole subunit of the main chain. The formation and evolution of the resulting charge transfer states determine the way of charge carrier generation.

  1. Earthquake lights and the stress-activation of positive hole charge carriers in rocks

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    St-Laurent, F.; Derr, J.S.; Freund, F.T.

    2006-01-01

    Earthquake-related luminous phenomena (also known as earthquake lights) may arise from (1) the stress-activation of positive hole (p-hole) charge carriers in igneous rocks and (2) the accumulation of high charge carrier concentrations at asperities in the crust where the stress rates increase very rapidly as an earthquake approaches. It is proposed that, when a critical charge carrier concentration is reached, the p-holes form a degenerated solid state plasma that can break out of the confined rock volume and propagate as a rapidly expanding charge cloud. Upon reaching the surface the charge cloud causes dielectric breakdown at the air-rock interface, i.e. corona discharges, accompanied by the emission of light and high frequency electromagnetic radiation. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Temperature Dependent Kinetics DNA Charge Transport

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    Wohlgamuth, Chris; McWilliams, Marc; Slinker, Jason

    2012-10-01

    Charge transport (CT) through DNA has been extensively studied, and yet the mechanism of this process is still not yet fully understood. Besides the benefits of understanding charge transport through this fundamental molecule, further understanding of this process will elucidate the biological implications of DNA CT and advance sensing technology. Therefore, we have investigated the temperature dependence of DNA CT by measuring the electrochemistry of DNA monolayers modified with a redox-active probe. By using multiplexed electrodes on silicon chips, we compare square wave voltammetry of distinct DNA sequences under identical experimental conditions. We vary the probe length within the well matched DNA duplex in order to investigate distance dependent kinetics. This length dependent study is a necessary step to understanding the dominant mechanism behind DNA CT. Using a model put forth by O'Dea and Osteryoung and applying a nonlinear least squares analysis we are able to determine the charge transfer rates (k), transfer coefficients (α), and the total surface concentration (&*circ;) of the DNA monolayer. Arrhenius like behavior is observed for the multiple probe locations, and the results are viewed in light of and compared to the prominent charge transport mechanisms.

  3. 29 CFR 780.155 - Delivery “to carriers for transportation to market.”

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    2011-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Delivery âto carriers for transportation to market.â 780... “to carriers for transportation to market.” The term “delivery * * * to carriers for transportation to market” includes taking agricultural or horticultural commodities, dairy products, livestock, bees...

  4. 29 CFR 780.155 - Delivery “to carriers for transportation to market.”

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Delivery âto carriers for transportation to market.â 780... “to carriers for transportation to market.” The term “delivery * * * to carriers for transportation to market” includes taking agricultural or horticultural commodities, dairy products, livestock, bees...

  5. Charge Redistribution and Transport in Molecular Contacts

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    Corso, Martina; Ondráček, Martin; Lotze, Christian; Hapala, Prokop; Franke, Katharina J.; Jelínek, Pavel; Pascual, J. Ignacio

    2015-09-01

    The forces between two single molecules brought into contact, and their connection with charge transport through the molecular junction, are studied here using non contact AFM, STM, and density functional theory simulations. A carbon monoxide molecule approaching an acetylene molecule (C2 H2 ) initially feels weak attractive electrostatic forces, partly arising from charge reorganization in the presence of molecular . We find that the molecular contact is chemically passive, and protects the electron tunneling barrier from collapsing, even in the limit of repulsive forces. However, we find subtle conductance and force variations at different contacting sites along the C2 H2 molecule attributed to a weak overlap of their respective frontier orbitals.

  6. Transport in charged colloids driven by thermoelectricity.

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    Würger, Alois

    2008-09-01

    We study the thermal diffusion coefficient D{T} of a charged colloid in a temperature gradient, and find that it is to a large extent determined by the thermoelectric response of the electrolyte solution. The thermally induced salinity gradient leads in general to a strong increase with temperature. The difference of the heat of transport of coions and counterions gives rise to a thermoelectric field that drives the colloid to the cold or to the warm, depending on the sign of its charge. Our results provide an explanation for recent experimental findings on thermophoresis in colloidal suspensions. PMID:18851262

  7. Charge transport in strongly coupled quantum dot solids

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    Kagan, Cherie R.; Murray, Christopher B.

    2015-12-01

    The emergence of high-mobility, colloidal semiconductor quantum dot (QD) solids has triggered fundamental studies that map the evolution from carrier hopping through localized quantum-confined states to band-like charge transport in delocalized and hybridized states of strongly coupled QD solids, in analogy with the construction of solids from atoms. Increased coupling in QD solids has led to record-breaking performance in QD devices, such as electronic transistors and circuitry, optoelectronic light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices and photodetectors, and thermoelectric devices. Here, we review the advances in synthesis, assembly, ligand treatments and doping that have enabled high-mobility QD solids, as well as the experiments and theory that depict band-like transport in the QD solid state. We also present recent QD devices and discuss future prospects for QD materials and device design.

  8. The influence of negative charged centers on the hole transport in a typical molecularly doped polymer

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    Tyutnev, Andrey P.; Ikhsanov, Renat Sh.; Saenko, Vladimir S.; Pozhidaev, Evgenii D.

    2014-03-01

    We have studied effects of the negative charged centers on the time of flight (TOF) curves measured in a typical hole-conducting molecularly doped polymer. The main effects are the unusual TOF (surface generation) current rise in the preflight region (be it a flat plateau or a cusp) due to the accumulated space charge and the current reduction at all times because of the monomolecular recombination. TOF-2 (bulk generation) transients are less sensitive to charged centers. Analysis of these effects has proved that charged centers do not change the carrier mobility provided that the space charge field and bimolecular recombination are properly accounted for in terms of the proposed two-layer MT model. We have shown that combination of TOF, TOF-1a and TOF-2 variants of the electron-gun based technique allows one to establish definitively the character of the charge carrier transport in MDPs.

  9. Charge transport and injection in amorphous organic electronic materials

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    Tse, Shing Chi

    This thesis presents how we use various measuring techniques to study the charge transport and injection in organic electronic materials. Understanding charge transport and injection properties in organic solids is of vital importance for improving performance characteristics of organic electronic devices, including organic-light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), photovoltaic cells (OPVs), and field effect transistors (OFETs). The charge transport properties of amorphous organic materials, commonly used in organic electronic devices, are investigated by the means of carrier mobility measurements. Transient electroluminescence (EL) technique was used to evaluate the electron mobility of an electron transporting material--- tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3). The results are in excellent agreement with independent time-of-flight (TOF) measurements. Then, the effect of dopants on electron transport was also examined. TOF technique was also used to examine the effects of tertiary-butyl (t-Bu) substitutions on anthracene derivatives (ADN). All ADN compounds were found to be ambipolar. As the degree of t-Bu substitution increases, the carrier mobilities decrease progressively. The reduction of carrier mobilities with increasing t-butylation can be attributed to a decrease in the charge-transfer integral or the wavefunction overlap. In addition, from TOF measurements, two naphthylamine-based hole transporters, namely, N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(1-naphthyl)(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'diamine (NPB) and 4,4',4"-tris(n-(2-naphthyl)-n-phenyl-amino)-triphenylamine (2TNATA) were found to possess electron-transporting (ET) abilities. An organic light-emitting diode that employed NPB as the ET material was demonstrated. The electron conducting mechanism of NPB and 2TNATA in relation to the hopping model will be discussed. Furthermore, the ET property of NPB applied in OLEDs will also be examined. Besides transient EL and TOF techniques, we also use dark-injection space-charge-limited current

  10. Field dependent thermoelectric properties of organic semiconductors—A tool to determine the nature of charge transport in materials exhibiting thermally activated transport

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    Mendels, Dan; Tessler, Nir

    2015-03-01

    By implementing Monte Carlo simulations and employing the concept of effective temperature, we explore the effects of an applied field bias on the charge carrier statistics and Peltier coefficient in hopping systems subject to the parameter range applicable to disordered organic semiconductors. Distinct differences are found between the observed field dependences as obtained from systems in which energetic disorder is spatially correlated and those in which it is not. Considerable differences are also found between the charge carrier statistics and the Peltier coefficient's field dependence in systems in which charge is transported by bare charge carriers and systems in which it is propagated by polarons. Peltier coefficient field dependence investigations are, hence, proposed as a new tool for studying charge transport and thermoelectricity in disordered organic semiconductors and systems which exhibit thermally activated transport in general.

  11. 75 FR 18255 - Passenger Facility Charge Database System for Air Carrier Reporting

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    2010-04-09

    ... Federal Aviation Administration Passenger Facility Charge Database System for Air Carrier Reporting AGENCY... interested parties of the availability of the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) database system to report PFC... public agency. The FAA has developed a national PFC database system in order to more easily track the...

  12. Bimodal behaviour of charge carriers in graphene induced by electric double layer.

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    Tsai, Sing-Jyun; Yang, Ruey-Jen

    2016-01-01

    A theoretical investigation is performed into the electronic properties of graphene in the presence of liquid as a function of the contact area ratio. It is shown that the electric double layer (EDL) formed at the interface of the graphene and the liquid causes an overlap of the conduction bands and valance bands and increases the density of state (DOS) at the Fermi energy (EF). In other words, a greater number of charge carriers are induced for transport and the graphene changes from a semiconductor to a semimetal. In addition, it is shown that the dependence of the DOS at EF on the contact area ratio has a bimodal distribution which responses to the experimental observation, a pinnacle curve. The maximum number of induced carriers is expected to occur at contact area ratios of 40% and 60%. In general, the present results indicate that modulating the EDL provides an effective means of tuning the electronic properties of graphene in the presence of liquid. PMID:27464986

  13. Bimodal behaviour of charge carriers in graphene induced by electric double layer

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    Tsai, Sing-Jyun; Yang, Ruey-Jen

    2016-01-01

    A theoretical investigation is performed into the electronic properties of graphene in the presence of liquid as a function of the contact area ratio. It is shown that the electric double layer (EDL) formed at the interface of the graphene and the liquid causes an overlap of the conduction bands and valance bands and increases the density of state (DOS) at the Fermi energy (EF). In other words, a greater number of charge carriers are induced for transport and the graphene changes from a semiconductor to a semimetal. In addition, it is shown that the dependence of the DOS at EF on the contact area ratio has a bimodal distribution which responses to the experimental observation, a pinnacle curve. The maximum number of induced carriers is expected to occur at contact area ratios of 40% and 60%. In general, the present results indicate that modulating the EDL provides an effective means of tuning the electronic properties of graphene in the presence of liquid. PMID:27464986

  14. Carrier transport at the metal-MoS2 interface

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    Ahmed, Faisal; Choi, Min Sup; Liu, Xiaochi; Yoo, Won Jong

    2015-05-01

    This study illustrates the nature of electronic transport and its transition from one mechanism to another between a metal electrode and MoS2 channel interface in a field effect transistor (FET) device. Interestingly, measurements of the contact resistance (Rc) as a function of temperature indicate a transition in the carrier transport across the energy barrier from thermionic emission at a high temperature to tunneling at a low temperature. Furthermore, at a low temperature, the nature of the tunneling behavior is ascertained by the current-voltage dependency that helps us feature direct tunneling at a low bias and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at a high bias for a Pd-MoS2 contact due to the effective barrier shape modulation by biasing. In contrast, only direct tunneling is observed for a Cr-MoS2 contact over the entire applied bias range. In addition, simple analytical calculations were carried out to extract Rc at the gating range, and the results are consistent with the experimental data. Our results describe the transition in carrier transport mechanisms across a metal-MoS2 interface, and this information provides guidance for the design of future flexible, transparent electronic devices based on 2-dimensional materials.This study illustrates the nature of electronic transport and its transition from one mechanism to another between a metal electrode and MoS2 channel interface in a field effect transistor (FET) device. Interestingly, measurements of the contact resistance (Rc) as a function of temperature indicate a transition in the carrier transport across the energy barrier from thermionic emission at a high temperature to tunneling at a low temperature. Furthermore, at a low temperature, the nature of the tunneling behavior is ascertained by the current-voltage dependency that helps us feature direct tunneling at a low bias and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at a high bias for a Pd-MoS2 contact due to the effective barrier shape modulation by biasing. In contrast

  15. Charge transport in confined ionic liquids

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    Sangoro, Joshua; Iacob, Ciprian; Kipnusu, Wycliffe; Kremer, Friedrich

    2011-03-01

    Charge transport and glassy dynamics in neat and polymerized ionic liquids confined in nanoporous silica are investigated in a wide frequency and temperature ranges by a combination of Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and Pulsed Field Gradient Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (PFG NMR). By applying the Einstein-Smoluchowski relations to the dielectric spectra, diffusion coefficients are obtained in quantitative agreement with independent PFG NMR. The impact of geometrical confinement as well as the pore wall-ionic liquid interactions on the overall ionic mobility is explored for diverse categories of ionic liquids. The results are discussed within the framework of dynamic glass transition assisted charge transport in ionic liquids. Financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft under the DFG SPP 1191 Priority Program on Ionic Liquids is gratefully acknowledged.

  16. Variational multiscale models for charge transport

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    Wei, Guo-Wei; Zheng, Qiong; Chen, Zhan; Xia, Kelin

    2012-01-01

    This work presents a few variational multiscale models for charge transport in complex physical, chemical and biological systems and engineering devices, such as fuel cells, solar cells, battery cells, nanofluidics, transistors and ion channels. An essential ingredient of the present models, introduced in an earlier paper (Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 72, 1562-1622, 2010), is the use of differential geometry theory of surfaces as a natural means to geometrically separate the macroscopic domain from the microscopic domain, meanwhile, dynamically couple discrete and continuum descriptions. Our main strategy is to construct the total energy functional of a charge transport system to encompass the polar and nonpolar free energies of solvation, and chemical potential related energy. By using the Euler-Lagrange variation, coupled Laplace-Beltrami and Poisson-Nernst-Planck (LB-PNP) equations are derived. The solution of the LB-PNP equations leads to the minimization of the total free energy, and explicit profiles of electrostatic potential and densities of charge species. To further reduce the computational complexity, the Boltzmann distribution obtained from the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation is utilized to represent the densities of certain charge species so as to avoid the computationally expensive solution of some Nernst-Planck (NP) equations. Consequently, the coupled Laplace-Beltrami and Poisson-Boltzmann-Nernst-Planck (LB-PBNP) equations are proposed for charge transport in heterogeneous systems. A major emphasis of the present formulation is the consistency between equilibrium LB-PB theory and non-equilibrium LB-PNP theory at equilibrium. Another major emphasis is the capability of the reduced LB-PBNP model to fully recover the prediction of the LB-PNP model at non-equilibrium settings. To account for the fluid impact on the charge transport, we derive coupled Laplace-Beltrami, Poisson-Nernst-Planck and Navier-Stokes equations from the variational principle

  17. Charge-reversal nanoparticles: novel targeted drug delivery carriers.

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    Chen, Xinli; Liu, Lisha; Jiang, Chen

    2016-07-01

    Spurred by significant progress in materials chemistry and drug delivery, charge-reversal nanocarriers are being developed to deliver anticancer formulations in spatial-, temporal- and dosage-controlled approaches. Charge-reversal nanoparticles can release their drug payload in response to specific stimuli that alter the charge on their surface. They can elude clearance from the circulation and be activated by protonation, enzymatic cleavage, or a molecular conformational change. In this review, we discuss the physiological basis for, and recent advances in the design of charge-reversal nanoparticles that are able to control drug biodistribution in response to specific stimuli, endogenous factors (changes in pH, redox gradients, or enzyme concentration) or exogenous factors (light or thermos-stimulation). PMID:27471667

  18. Controlling the screening process of a nanoscaled space charge region by minority carriers

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    Kloth, Philipp; Kaiser, Katharina; Wenderoth, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The miniaturization of future electronic devices is intimately connected to the ability to control electric fields on the atomic scale. In a nanoscopic system defined by a limited number of charges, the combined dynamics of bound and free charges become important. Here we present a model system based on the electrostatic interaction between a metallic tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope and a GaAs(110) semiconductor surface. The system is driven out of equilibrium by optical excitation, which provides ambipolar free charge carriers, and by an optically induced unipolar tunnel current. This combination enables the active control of the density and spatial distribution of free and bound charge in the space-charge region, that is, modifying the screening processes. Temporal fluctuations of single dopants are modified, meaning we are able to control the noise of the system. It is found that free charge carriers suppress the noise level in field-controlled, nanoscopic systems. PMID:26728867

  19. Controlling the screening process of a nanoscaled space charge region by minority carriers.

    PubMed

    Kloth, Philipp; Kaiser, Katharina; Wenderoth, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The miniaturization of future electronic devices is intimately connected to the ability to control electric fields on the atomic scale. In a nanoscopic system defined by a limited number of charges, the combined dynamics of bound and free charges become important. Here we present a model system based on the electrostatic interaction between a metallic tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope and a GaAs(110) semiconductor surface. The system is driven out of equilibrium by optical excitation, which provides ambipolar free charge carriers, and by an optically induced unipolar tunnel current. This combination enables the active control of the density and spatial distribution of free and bound charge in the space-charge region, that is, modifying the screening processes. Temporal fluctuations of single dopants are modified, meaning we are able to control the noise of the system. It is found that free charge carriers suppress the noise level in field-controlled, nanoscopic systems. PMID:26728867

  20. Controlling the screening process of a nanoscaled space charge region by minority carriers

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    Kloth, Philipp; Kaiser, Katharina; Wenderoth, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The miniaturization of future electronic devices is intimately connected to the ability to control electric fields on the atomic scale. In a nanoscopic system defined by a limited number of charges, the combined dynamics of bound and free charges become important. Here we present a model system based on the electrostatic interaction between a metallic tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope and a GaAs(110) semiconductor surface. The system is driven out of equilibrium by optical excitation, which provides ambipolar free charge carriers, and by an optically induced unipolar tunnel current. This combination enables the active control of the density and spatial distribution of free and bound charge in the space-charge region, that is, modifying the screening processes. Temporal fluctuations of single dopants are modified, meaning we are able to control the noise of the system. It is found that free charge carriers suppress the noise level in field-controlled, nanoscopic systems.

  1. Understanding charge transport in molecular electronics.

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    Kushmerick, J J; Pollack, S K; Yang, J C; Naciri, J; Holt, D B; Ratner, M A; Shashidhar, R

    2003-12-01

    For molecular electronics to become a viable technology the factors that control charge transport across a metal-molecule-metal junction need to be elucidated. We use an experimentally simple crossed-wire tunnel junction to interrogate how factors such as metal-molecule coupling, molecular structure, and the choice of metal electrode influence the current-voltage characteristics of a molecular junction. PMID:14976024

  2. Particle Transport through Hydrogels Is Charge Asymmetric

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    Zhang, Xiaolu; Hansing, Johann; Netz, Roland R.; DeRouchey, Jason E.

    2015-01-01

    Transport processes within biological polymer networks, including mucus and the extracellular matrix, play an important role in the human body, where they serve as a filter for the exchange of molecules and nanoparticles. Such polymer networks are complex and heterogeneous hydrogel environments that regulate diffusive processes through finely tuned particle-network interactions. In this work, we present experimental and theoretical studies to examine the role of electrostatics on the basic mechanisms governing the diffusion of charged probe molecules inside model polymer networks. Translational diffusion coefficients are determined by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy measurements for probe molecules in uncharged as well as cationic and anionic polymer solutions. We show that particle transport in the charged hydrogels is highly asymmetric, with diffusion slowed down much more by electrostatic attraction than by repulsion, and that the filtering capability of the gel is sensitive to the solution ionic strength. Brownian dynamics simulations of a simple model are used to examine key parameters, including interaction strength and interaction range within the model networks. Simulations, which are in quantitative agreement with our experiments, reveal the charge asymmetry to be due to the sticking of particles at the vertices of the oppositely charged polymer networks. PMID:25650921

  3. Novel macrocyclic carriers for proton-coupled liquid membrane transport

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    Lamb, J.D.

    1991-06-10

    The objective of our research program is to elucidate the chemical principles which are responsible for the cation selectivity and permeability of liquid membranes containing macrocyclic carriers. Several new macrocyclic carriers were synthesized during the last three year period, including selenium-containing macrocycles, new crown-4 structures, and several new crown structures containing nitrogen based heterocycles as substituents in the principal macrocyclic ring. The cation binding properties of these macrocycles were investigated by potentiometric titration, calorimetric titration, solvent extraction, and NMR techniques. In addition, hydrophobic macrocycles were incorporated into dual hollow fiber membrane systems to investigate their membrane performance, especially in the proton-coupled transport mode. It was found that the dual hollow fiber system maintains the cation selectivity and permeability of supported liquid membranes, while enhancing membrane stability. The diffusion limited transport model was expanded to account for membrane solvent effects. Furthermore, Eu{sup 2+} transport was found to be similar to that of strontium and much higher than that of the lanthanides, in supported liquid membrane systems.

  4. Carrier transport at the metal-MoS2 interface.

    PubMed

    Ahmed, Faisal; Choi, Min Sup; Liu, Xiaochi; Yoo, Won Jong

    2015-05-28

    This study illustrates the nature of electronic transport and its transition from one mechanism to another between a metal electrode and MoS2 channel interface in a field effect transistor (FET) device. Interestingly, measurements of the contact resistance (Rc) as a function of temperature indicate a transition in the carrier transport across the energy barrier from thermionic emission at a high temperature to tunneling at a low temperature. Furthermore, at a low temperature, the nature of the tunneling behavior is ascertained by the current-voltage dependency that helps us feature direct tunneling at a low bias and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at a high bias for a Pd-MoS2 contact due to the effective barrier shape modulation by biasing. In contrast, only direct tunneling is observed for a Cr-MoS2 contact over the entire applied bias range. In addition, simple analytical calculations were carried out to extract Rc at the gating range, and the results are consistent with the experimental data. Our results describe the transition in carrier transport mechanisms across a metal-MoS2 interface, and this information provides guidance for the design of future flexible, transparent electronic devices based on 2-dimensional materials. PMID:25927942

  5. Charge carrier mobility and electronic properties of Al(Op)3: impact of excimer formation

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    Friederich, Pascal; Schäfer, Bernhard; Fattori, Valeria; Sun, Xiangnan; Strunk, Timo; Meded, Velimir; Hueso, Luis E; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Ruben, Mario

    2015-01-01

    Summary We have studied the electronic properties and the charge carrier mobility of the organic semiconductor tris(1-oxo-1H-phenalen-9-olate)aluminium(III) (Al(Op)3) both experimentally and theoretically. We experimentally estimated the HOMO and LUMO energy levels to be −5.93 and −3.26 eV, respectively, which were close to the corresponding calculated values. Al(Op)3 was successfully evaporated onto quartz substrates and was clearly identified in the absorption spectra of both the solution and the thin film. A structured steady state fluorescence emission was detected in solution, whereas a broad, red-shifted emission was observed in the thin film. This indicates the formation of excimers in the solid state, which is crucial for the transport properties. The incorporation of Al(Op)3 into organic thin film transistors (TFTs) was performed in order to measure the charge carrier mobility. The experimental setup detected no electron mobility, while a hole mobility between 0.6 × 10−6 and 2.1 × 10−6 cm2·V−1·s−1 was measured. Theoretical simulations, on the other hand, predicted an electron mobility of 9.5 × 10−6 cm2·V−1·s−1 and a hole mobility of 1.4 × 10−4 cm2·V−1·s−1. The theoretical simulation for the hole mobility predicted an approximately one order of magnitude higher hole mobility than was observed in the experiment, which is considered to be in good agreement. The result for the electron mobility was, on the other hand, unexpected, as both the calculated electron mobility and chemical common sense (based on the capability of extended aromatic structures to efficiently accept and delocalize additional electrons) suggest more robust electron charge transport properties. This discrepancy is explained by the excimer formation, whose inclusion in the multiscale simulation workflow is expected to bring the theoretical simulation and experiment into agreement. PMID:26171287

  6. Charge carrier mobility and electronic properties of Al(Op)3: impact of excimer formation.

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    Magri, Andrea; Friederich, Pascal; Schäfer, Bernhard; Fattori, Valeria; Sun, Xiangnan; Strunk, Timo; Meded, Velimir; Hueso, Luis E; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Ruben, Mario

    2015-01-01

    We have studied the electronic properties and the charge carrier mobility of the organic semiconductor tris(1-oxo-1H-phenalen-9-olate)aluminium(III) (Al(Op)3) both experimentally and theoretically. We experimentally estimated the HOMO and LUMO energy levels to be -5.93 and -3.26 eV, respectively, which were close to the corresponding calculated values. Al(Op)3 was successfully evaporated onto quartz substrates and was clearly identified in the absorption spectra of both the solution and the thin film. A structured steady state fluorescence emission was detected in solution, whereas a broad, red-shifted emission was observed in the thin film. This indicates the formation of excimers in the solid state, which is crucial for the transport properties. The incorporation of Al(Op)3 into organic thin film transistors (TFTs) was performed in order to measure the charge carrier mobility. The experimental setup detected no electron mobility, while a hole mobility between 0.6 × 10(-6) and 2.1 × 10(-6) cm(2)·V(-1)·s(-1) was measured. Theoretical simulations, on the other hand, predicted an electron mobility of 9.5 × 10(-6) cm(2)·V(-1)·s(-1) and a hole mobility of 1.4 × 10(-4) cm(2)·V(-1)·s(-1). The theoretical simulation for the hole mobility predicted an approximately one order of magnitude higher hole mobility than was observed in the experiment, which is considered to be in good agreement. The result for the electron mobility was, on the other hand, unexpected, as both the calculated electron mobility and chemical common sense (based on the capability of extended aromatic structures to efficiently accept and delocalize additional electrons) suggest more robust electron charge transport properties. This discrepancy is explained by the excimer formation, whose inclusion in the multiscale simulation workflow is expected to bring the theoretical simulation and experiment into agreement. PMID:26171287

  7. Effects of hole carrier injection and transport in organic light-emitting diodes

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    Antoniadis, H.; Miller, J.N.; Roitman, D.B.; Campbell, I.H.

    1997-08-01

    In this paper, the authors examine the effects of hole carrier injection and mobility on both the electroluminescence (EL) quantum efficiency and the operating voltage of bilayer organic light-emitting diodes (OLED`s). They find that hole-injection is limited by the nature of the hole injecting interface and significantly affects the operating voltage, but not the quantum efficiency of the OLED. Hole mobility is found not to affect the device quantum efficiency. They demonstrate the characteristics of an ideal ohmic contact by measuring space-charge-limited currents in a trap-free hole transporting polymer layer.

  8. Charge Transport and Glassy Dynamics in Ionic Liquids

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    Sangoro, Joshua R; Kremer, Friedrich

    2012-01-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) exhibit unique features such as low melting points, low vapor pressures, wide liquidus temperature ranges, high thermal stability, high ionic conductivity, and wide electrochemical windows. As a result, they show promise for use in variety of applications: as reaction media, in batteries and supercapacitors, in solar and fuel cells, for electrochemical deposition of metals and semiconductors, for protein extraction and crystallization, and many others. Because of the ease with which they can be supercooled, ionic liquids offer new opportunities to investigate long-standing questions regarding the nature of the dynamic glass transition and its possible link to charge transport. Despite the significant steps achieved from experimental and theoretical studies, no generally accepted quantitative theory of dynamic glass transition to date has been capable of reproducing all the experimentally observed features. In this Account, we discuss recent studies of the interplay between charge transport and glassy dynamics in ionic liquids as investigated by a combination of several experimental techniques including broadband dielectric spectroscopy, pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic mechanical spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. Based on EinsteinSmoluchowski relations, we use dielectric spectra of ionic liquids to determine diffusion coefficients in quantitative agreement with independent pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, but spanning a broader range of more than 10 orders of magnitude. This approach provides a novel opportunity to determine the electrical mobility and effective number density of charge carriers as well as their types of thermal activation from the measured dc conductivity separately. We also unravel the origin of the remarkable universality of charge transport in different classes of glass-forming ionic liquids.

  9. Charge transport and glassy dynamics in ionic liquids.

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    Sangoro, Joshua R; Kremer, Friedrich

    2012-04-17

    Ionic liquids (ILs) exhibit unique features such as low melting points, low vapor pressures, wide liquidus temperature ranges, high thermal stability, high ionic conductivity, and wide electrochemical windows. As a result, they show promise for use in variety of applications: as reaction media, in batteries and supercapacitors, in solar and fuel cells, for electrochemical deposition of metals and semiconductors, for protein extraction and crystallization, and many others. Because of the ease with which they can be supercooled, ionic liquids offer new opportunities to investigate long-standing questions regarding the nature of the dynamic glass transition and its possible link to charge transport. Despite the significant steps achieved from experimental and theoretical studies, no generally accepted quantitative theory of dynamic glass transition to date has been capable of reproducing all the experimentally observed features. In this Account, we discuss recent studies of the interplay between charge transport and glassy dynamics in ionic liquids as investigated by a combination of several experimental techniques including broadband dielectric spectroscopy, pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic mechanical spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. Based on Einstein-Smoluchowski relations, we use dielectric spectra of ionic liquids to determine diffusion coefficients in quantitative agreement with independent pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, but spanning a broader range of more than 10 orders of magnitude. This approach provides a novel opportunity to determine the electrical mobility and effective number density of charge carriers as well as their types of thermal activation from the measured dc conductivity separately. We also unravel the origin of the remarkable universality of charge transport in different classes of glass-forming ionic liquids. PMID:22082024

  10. Dust Charging and Transport on Surfaces

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    Wang, X.; Robertson, S.; Horányi, M.

    2011-11-01

    In this paper, we review laboratory studies of dust transport on surfaces in plasmas, performed for a number of different mechanisms: 1) Dust particles were levitated in plasma sheaths by electrostatic forces balancing the gravitational force. 2) Dust was observed to spread over and lift off a surface that repels electrons in a plasma. 3) Dust was transported on surfaces having different secondary electron yields in plasma with an electron beam as a consequence of differential charging. 4) We also report a mechanism of dust transport by electric fields occurring at electron beam impact/shadow boundaries. These processes are candidates to explain the formation of dust ponds that were recently observed in craters on the asteroid Eros by the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft.

  11. Tuning the charge carrier density in the thermoelectric colusite

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    Kim, Fiseong S.; Suekuni, Koichiro; Nishiate, Hirotaka; Ohta, Michihiro; Tanaka, Hiromi I.; Takabatake, Toshiro

    2016-05-01

    The colusite Cu26V2Sn6S32 has high potential as a thermoelectric material at medium-high temperatures because of a large Seebeck coefficient (S ≃ 220 μV/K) and rather small electrical resistivity (ρ ≃ 100 μΩm) at 660 K. To improve the thermoelectric performance, we have tuned the hole carrier density p by substituting Zn for Cu in Cu26-xZnxV2Sn6S32 (x = 1-3) and starting with Cu and Sn deficient compositions in Cu26-yV2Sn6S32 (y = 1, 2) and Cu26V2Sn6-zS32 (z = 0.25-1), respectively. Powder x-ray diffraction and electron-probe microanalysis showed that the Zn-substituted samples and Sn-deficient (z ≥ 0.5) samples are formed in a single phase, whereas the Cu26-yV2Sn6S32 samples are composed of two phases with slightly different compositions. Within these samples, the value of p at 300 K varies in the range between 3.6 × 1020 and 2.8 × 1021 cm-3. The relation between p and S led to the effective mass m* of 4-7m0 for the hole carriers. The large S of the colusite is therefore ascribed to the heavy mass carriers of the valence band top. The decreases in p with x and y reduced the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ZT, whereas the increase in p with z raised ZT from 0.56 (z = 0) to 0.62 (z = 0.5) at 660 K.

  12. Temperature dependent performance of Al/ZnCdS Schottky diode and charge transport analysis

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    Das, Mrinmay; Datta, Joydeep; Dey, Arka; Jana, Rajkumar; Ray, Partha Pratim

    2016-05-01

    Here we report the temperature dependent behaviour of Al/ZnCdS interface. In this regard, ZnCdS nanocomposite was synthesized by hydrothermal technique. Detailed study of schottky parameters including rectification ratio, ideality factor, series resistance and barrier height was performed. We explored the underlying charge transport phenomena through the Metal-semiconductor (MS) interface with the help of space charge limited current(SCLC) theory. A compartive analysis of carrier mobility and diffusion length was done.

  13. Stabilization of Charge Carriers in Picket-Fence Polythiophenes Using Dielectric Side Chains.

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    Zhao, Chunhui; Sakurai, Tsuneaki; Yoneda, Satoru; Seki, Shu; Sugimoto, Manabu; Oki, Choji; Takeuchi, Masayuki; Sugiyasu, Kazunori

    2016-08-19

    Insulated molecular wires (IMWs) are π-conjugated polymers that are molecularly sheathed with an insulating layer and are structurally analogous to electric power cords at the nanoscale. Such unique architectures are expected in molecular electronics and organic devices. Herein, we propose a new molecular design concept of IMWs, in which the sheaths can be customized, thereby enabling the modulation of the electronic properties of the interior π-conjugated systems. To this end, we focused our attention on the dielectric constant of the sheaths, as it governs the electrostatic interaction between charges. Upon doping, charge carriers, such as polaron and bipolaron, were generated regardless of the dielectric properties of the sheaths. Flash-photolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity measurements revealed that intrawire charge carrier mobility was independent of the sheaths. However, we found that the charge carriers could be stabilized by the sheaths with a high dielectric constant owing to the charge screening effect. We expect that IMWs designed in this way will be useful in a variety of applications, where the nature of charge carriers plays an important role, and particularly when redox switching is required (e.g., electrochromic, magnetic, and memory applications). PMID:27503254

  14. Observation of complete space-charge-limited transport in metal-oxide-graphene heterostructure

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    Chen, Wei; Wang, Fei; Fang, Jingyue; Wang, Guang; Qin, Shiqiao; Zhang, Xue-Ao E-mail: xazhang@nudt.edu.cn; Wang, Chaocheng; Wang, Li E-mail: xazhang@nudt.edu.cn

    2015-01-12

    The metal-oxide-graphene heterostructures have abundant physical connotations. As one of the most important physical properties, the electric transport property of the gold-chromium oxide-graphene heterostructure has been studied. The experimental measurement shows that the conductive mechanism is dominated by the space-charge-limited transport, a kind of bulk transport of an insulator with charge traps. Combining the theoretical analysis, some key parameters such as the carrier mobility and trap energy also are obtained. The study of the characteristics of the metal-oxide-graphene heterostructures is helpful to investigate the graphene-based electronic and photoelectric devices.

  15. Probing charge transfer and hot carrier dynamics in organic solar cells with terahertz spectroscopy

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    Cunningham, Paul D.; Lane, Paul A.; Melinger, Joseph S.; Esenturk, Okan; Heilweil, Edwin J.

    2016-04-01

    Time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy (TRTS) was used to explore charge generation, transfer, and the role of hot carriers in organic solar cell materials. Two model molecular photovoltaic systems were investigated: with zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) or alpha-sexathiophene (α-6T) as the electron donors and buckminsterfullerene (C60) as the electron acceptor. TRTS provides charge carrier conductivity dynamics comprised of changes in both population and mobility. By using time-resolved optical spectroscopy in conjunction with TRTS, these two contributions can be disentangled. The sub-picosecond photo-induced conductivity decay dynamics of C60 were revealed to be caused by auto-ionization: the intrinsic process by which charge is generated in molecular solids. In donor-acceptor blends, the long-lived photo-induced conductivity is used for weight fraction optimization of the constituents. In nanoscale multilayer films, the photo-induced conductivity identifies optimal layer thicknesses. In films of ZnPc/C60, electron transfer from ZnPc yields hot charges that localize and become less mobile as they thermalize. Excitation of high-lying Franck Condon states in C60 followed by hole-transfer to ZnPc similarly produces hot charge carriers that self-localize; charge transfer clearly precedes carrier cooling. This picture is contrasted to charge transfer in α-6T/C60, where hole transfer takes place from a thermalized state and produces equilibrium carriers that do not show characteristic signs of cooling and self-localization. These results illustrate the value of terahertz spectroscopic methods for probing charge transfer reactions.

  16. Unraveling Charge Carriers Generation, Diffusion, and Recombination in Formamidinium Lead Triiodide Perovskite Polycrystalline Thin Film.

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    Piatkowski, Piotr; Cohen, Boiko; Ponseca, Carlito S; Salado, Manuel; Kazim, Samrana; Ahmad, Shahzada; Sundström, Villy; Douhal, Abderrazzak

    2016-01-01

    We report on studies of the formamidinium lead triiodide (FAPbI3) perovskite film using time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy (TRTS) and flash photolysis to explore charge carriers generation, migration, and recombination. The TRTS results show that upon femtosecond excitation above the absorption edge, the initial high photoconductivity (∼75 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) remains constant at least up to 8 ns, which corresponds to a diffusion length of 25 μm. Pumping below the absorption edge results in a mobility of 40 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) suggesting lower mobility of charge carriers located at the bottom of the conduction band or shallow sub-bandgap states. Furthermore, analysis of the THz kinetics reveals rising components of <1 and 20 ps, reflecting dissociation of excitons having different binding energies. Flash photolysis experiments indicate that trapped charge carriers persist for milliseconds. PMID:26703885

  17. Charge Redistribution and Transport in Molecular Contacts.

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    Corso, Martina; Ondráček, Martin; Lotze, Christian; Hapala, Prokop; Franke, Katharina J; Jelínek, Pavel; Pascual, J Ignacio

    2015-09-25

    The forces between two single molecules brought into contact, and their connection with charge transport through the molecular junction, are studied here using non contact AFM, STM, and density functional theory simulations. A carbon monoxide molecule approaching an acetylene molecule (C_{2}H_{2}) initially feels weak attractive electrostatic forces, partly arising from charge reorganization in the presence of molecular . We find that the molecular contact is chemically passive, and protects the electron tunneling barrier from collapsing, even in the limit of repulsive forces. However, we find subtle conductance and force variations at different contacting sites along the C_{2}H_{2} molecule attributed to a weak overlap of their respective frontier orbitals. PMID:26451568

  18. Importance of Polaronic Effects for Charge Transport in CdSe Quantum Dot Solids.

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    Prodanović, Nikola; Vukmirović, Nenad; Ikonić, Zoran; Harrison, Paul; Indjin, Dragan

    2014-04-17

    We developed an accurate model accounting for electron-phonon interaction in colloidal quantum dot supercrystals that allowed us to identify the nature of charge carriers and the electrical transport regime. We find that in experimentally analyzed CdSe nanocrystal solids, the electron-phonon interaction is sufficiently strong that small polarons localized to single dots are formed. Charge-carrier transport occurs by small polaron hopping between the dots, with mobility that decreases with increasing temperature. While such a temperature dependence of mobility is usually considered as a proof of band transport, we show that the same type of dependence occurs in the system where transport is dominated by small polaron hopping. PMID:26269977

  19. Spatially resolved measurements of charge carrier lifetimes in CdTe solar cells

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    Kraft, C.; Hempel, H.; Buschmann, V.; Siebert, T.; Heisler, C.; Wesch, W.; Ronning, C.

    2013-03-01

    The lifetime of the minority charge carriers in polycrystalline Cadmium Telluride (pc-CdTe) for solar cell applications is a crucial material parameter and has been determined by analysis of the decay curves of the luminescence signal. Both the lateral and the transversal distributions of the carrier lifetime on the surface and in the bulk of pc-CdTe material as well as the respective solar cell characteristics were measured as a function of the deposition technique, the activation treatment, and the incorporation of additional group-V elements. The results are compared to prior studies. It was found that an activation process passivates grain boundaries and increases the carrier lifetime, which is then higher at the pn-junction than at the surface. Furthermore, nitrogen and phosphorus doping of the CdTe absorber material influences the charge carrier lifetime. The results show that the spatial resolved measurement of the carrier lifetime in pc-CdTe gives an important insight to the charge carrier dynamics of the material.

  20. The effect of interfaces on charge transport and recombination in polymeric solar cells

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    Osterbacka, Ronald; Sanden, Simon; Xu, Qian; Sandberg, Oskar; Nyman, Mathias; Smatt, Jan-Henrik; Juska, Gytis

    2013-03-01

    Charge-carrier transport and recombination in hybrid TiO2/P3HT:PCBM bulk-heterojunction solar cells (BHSCs) have been measured using photo-CELIV. We have fabricated hybrid devices in the form of indium tin oxide/titanium dioxide/P3HT:PCBM/Cu) to clarify the impact of the TiO2/P3HT:PCBM interface on the charge transport using the charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (CELIV) technique. We found that a large equilibrium charge reservoir is accumulated at negative offsets at the TiO2/P3HT:PCBM interface leading to space charge limited extraction current (SCLC) transients. We show analytically the SCLC transient response and compare the experimental data to calculated SCLC in a linearly increasing voltage. The theoretical calculations indicate that the large charge reservoir at negative offset voltages is due to thermally generated charges combined with poor hole extraction at the ITO/TiO2 contact, due to the hole blocking character of TiO2. In this presentation we will discuss how interfaces, both metal-organic but also organic-organic interfaces affect charge carrier transport and recombination measurements. Laboratory of Physical Chemistry

  1. Exciton transport, charge extraction, and loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics

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    Scully, Shawn Ryan

    the primary losses that puts stringent requirements on the charge carrier mobilities in these cells is the recombination losses due to space charge build up at the heterojunction. Because electrons are confined to the acceptor and holes to the donor, net charge density always exists even when mobilities are matched, in contrast to bulk heterojunctions wherein matched mobilities lead to zero net charge. This net charge creates an electric field which opposes the built-in field and limits the current that can be carried away from this heterojunction. Using simulations we show that for relevant current densities charge carrier mobilities must be higher than 10-4 cm2/V.s to avoid significant losses due to space charge formation. In the last part of this work, we will focus on the second class of architectures in which exciton harvesting is efficient. We will present a systematic analysis of one of the leading polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction cells to show that losses in this architecture are due to charge recombination. Using optical measurements and simulations, exciton harvesting measurements, and device characteristics we will show that the dominant loss is likely due to field-dependent geminate recombination of the electron and hole pair created immediately following exciton dissociation. No losses in this system are seen due to bimolecular recombination or space charge which provides information on charge-carrier mobility targets necessary for the future design of high efficiency organic photovoltaics.

  2. Unified electronic charge transport model for organic solar cells

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    Mottaghian, Seyyed Sadegh; Biesecker, Matt; Bayat, Khadijeh; Farrokh Baroughi, Mahdi

    2013-07-01

    This paper provides a comprehensive modeling approach for simulation of electronic charge transport in excitonic solar cells with organic and organic/inorganic structures. Interaction of energy carrying particles (electrons, holes, singlet excitons, and triplet excitons) with each other and their transformation in the bulk of the donor and acceptor media as well as the donor/acceptor interfaces are incorporated in form of coupling matrices into the continuity equations and interface boundary conditions. As a case study, the model is applied to simulate an organic bilayer photovoltaic (PV) device to quantify the effects of photo generation, recombination coefficient, carrier mobility, and electrode work function on its PV characteristics. The study proves that electron-hole recombination at the donor/acceptor interface is the dominant mechanism that limits open circuit voltage of the device.

  3. Charge-Carrier Dynamics and Mobilities in Formamidinium Lead Mixed-Halide Perovskites.

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    Rehman, Waqaas; Milot, Rebecca L; Eperon, Giles E; Wehrenfennig, Christian; Boland, Jessica L; Snaith, Henry J; Johnston, Michael B; Herz, Laura M

    2015-12-22

    The mixed-halide perovskite FAPb(Bry I1-y )3 is attractive for color-tunable and tandem solar cells. Bimolecular and Auger charge-carrier recombination rate constants strongly correlate with the Br content, y, suggesting a link with electronic structure. FAPbBr3 and FAPbI3 exhibit charge-carrier mobilities of 14 and 27 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and diffusion lengths exceeding 1 μm, while mobilities across the mixed Br/I system depend on crystalline phase disorder. PMID:26402226

  4. Critical Slowing Down of the Charge Carrier Dynamics at the Mott Metal-Insulator Transition

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    Hartmann, Benedikt; Zielke, David; Polzin, Jana; Sasaki, Takahiko; Müller, Jens

    2015-05-01

    We report on the dramatic slowing down of the charge carrier dynamics in a quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor, which can be reversibly tuned through the Mott metal-insulator transition (MIT). At the finite-temperature critical end point, we observe a divergent increase of the resistance fluctuations accompanied by a drastic shift of spectral weight to low frequencies, demonstrating the critical slowing down of the order parameter (doublon density) fluctuations. The slow dynamics is accompanied by non-Gaussian fluctuations, indicative of correlated charge carrier dynamics. A possible explanation is a glassy freezing of the electronic system as a precursor of the Mott MIT.

  5. Matrix engineering, state filling, and charge transport in PbSe quantum dot solids

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    Law, Matt

    Colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are attractive building blocks for solar photovoltaics (PV). In this talk, I will highlight our recent progress in designing PbX (X = S, Se, Te) QD thin film absorbers for next-generation PV. Basic requirements for QD absorber layers include efficient light absorption, charge separation, charge transport, and long-term stability. I begin by discussing QD film fabrication, charge transport physics, insights from theory, and evidence that the carrier diffusion length is short and limited by electronic states in the QD band gap. Studies of carrier mobility as a function of basic film parameters such as inter-QD spacing, QD size, and QD size distribution have led to a better understanding of charge transport within highly disordered QD films. Efforts to improve carrier mobility by enhancing inter-dot electronic coupling, passivating surface states, and implementing surface doping will be highlighted. Engineering the inter-QD matrix to produce QD/inorganic or QD/organic nanocomposites is presented as a powerful way to optimize coupling, remove surface states, eliminate hysteretic charge trapping and ion motion, and achieve long-term environmental stability for high-performance, robust QD films that feature good carrier multiplication efficiency. New results on the use of atomic layer deposition infilling of QD films to yield all-inorganic QD transistors free of the bias-stress effect will be presented, and the likely role of ion transport in QD optoelectronics discussed. The use of infrared transmission spectroscopy to understand state filling and study charge transport in QD thin film transistors will be presented.

  6. Charge Carrier Lifetimes Exceeding 15 μs in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Single Crystals.

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    Bi, Yu; Hutter, Eline M; Fang, Yanjun; Dong, Qingfeng; Huang, Jinsong; Savenije, Tom J

    2016-03-01

    The charge carrier lifetime in organic-inorganic perovskites is one of the most important parameters for modeling and design of solar cells and other types of devices. In this work, we use CH3NH3PbI3 single crystal as a model system to study optical absorption, charge carrier generation, and recombination lifetimes. We show that commonly applied photoluminescence lifetime measurements may dramatically underestimate the intrinsic carrier lifetime in CH3NH3PbI3, which could be due to severe charge recombination at the crystal surface and/or fast electron-hole recombination close to the surface. By using the time-resolved microwave conductivity technique, we investigated the lifetime of free mobile charges inside the crystals. Most importantly, we find that for homogeneous excitation throughout the crystal, the charge carrier lifetime exceeds 15 μs. This means that the diffusion length in CH3NH3PbI3 can be as large as 50 μm if it is no longer limited by the dimensions of the crystallites. PMID:26901658

  7. Elimination of charge carrier trapping in diluted semiconductors

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    Abbaszadeh, D.; Kunz, A.; Wetzelaer, G. A. H.; Michels, J. J.; Crăciun, N. I.; Koynov, K.; Lieberwirth, I.; Blom, P. W. M.

    2016-06-01

    In 1962, Mark and Helfrich demonstrated that the current in a semiconductor containing traps is reduced by N/Ntr, with N the amount of transport sites, Nt the amount of traps and r a number that depends on the trap energy distribution. For r > 1, the possibility opens that trapping effects can be nearly eliminated when N and Nt are simultaneously reduced. Solution-processed conjugated polymers are an excellent model system to test this hypothesis, because they can be easily diluted by blending them with a high-bandgap semiconductor. We demonstrate that in conjugated polymer blends with 10% active semiconductor and 90% high-bandgap host, the typical strong electron trapping can be effectively eliminated. As a result we were able to fabricate polymer light-emitting diodes with balanced electron and hole transport and reduced non-radiative trap-assisted recombination, leading to a doubling of their efficiency at nearly ten times lower material costs.

  8. Charge Carrier Dynamics in Transition Metal Oxides Studied by Femtosecond Transient Extreme Ultraviolet Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Chang-Ming

    With the ability to disentangle electronic transitions that occur on different elements and local electronic structures, time-resolved extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy has emerged as a powerful tool for studying ultrafast dynamics in condensed phase systems. In this dissertation, a visible-pump/XUV-probe transient absorption apparatus with femtosecond resolution was constructed to investigate the carrier relaxation dynamics in semiconductors after photo-excitation. This includes timescales for carrier thermalization by carrier-carrier and carrier-phonon scattering. The 30 -- 72 eV photon energy coverage (17 -- 40 nm wavelength) generated by a table-top XUV light source is suitable for probing the 3p-to-3d core level absorptions of various transition metal oxides (TMOs) with specificities to elements and oxidation states. In Chapter 1, a brief introduction to charge carrier dynamics in semiconductor-based materials is given. In addition, fundamentals of core-level spectroscopy and the high harmonic generation (HHG) process are also addressed in this introductory chapter. Specifications of the experimental apparatus that was constructed are summarized in Chapter 2, including the design concepts and characterization of performance. Chapter 3 presents the spectral tunability of the XUV pulses generated from a semi-infinite gas cell (SIGC), as well as the data acquisition procedures. Charge carrier relaxation dynamics in Co3O4 following the charge transfer excitation pathway at 400 nm are documented in Chapter 4. In Chapter 5, various visible pump wavelengths are used to excite Co3O4 and the differences in the carrier dynamics versus excitation wavelength are considered. After selectively photoexciting a Si/TiO2 heterojunction, the resulted electron transfer process is observed and reported in Chapter 6. The concluding remarks of the dissertation are made in Chapter 7, while several ongoing time-resolved experiments are addressed in the Appendix sections.

  9. Charge transport mechanisms in phthalocyanine thin films

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    Colesniuc, Corneliu; Sharoni, Amos; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2008-03-01

    Devices consisting of phthalocyanine thin films sandwiched between gold electrodes were fabricated by organic molecular beam deposition. Samples with different organic layer thickness were deposited on sapphire substrates in-situ, using a shadow mask and a mobile sample holder controlled manually. The structural asymmetry of the devices determined by the different metal-organic interfaces is reflected in the I-V curves at positive and negative voltages. The logarithmic scale I-V plots can be fitted with linear functions of different slopes corresponding to different conduction regimes. At low temperatures a transition from the ohmic regime to a slope two space charge limited conduction mechanism is followed at higher voltages by a high slope linear dependence that tends to saturate when the voltage reaches maximum values. At higher temperatures the intermediary space charge limited regime disappears and the transition is from ohmic to high slope space charge limited. Traps with different energy and energy distribution determine the different conduction regimes. Shallow traps located at discrete energy levels control the transport at intermediate voltages while exponentially distributed traps determine the high voltage behavior. Work supported by AFOSR-MURI.

  10. Preface: Charge transport in nanoscale junctions

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    Albrecht, Tim; Kornyshev, Alexei; Bjørnholm, Thomas

    2008-09-01

    Understanding the fundamentals of nanoscale charge transfer is pivotal for designing future nano-electronic devices. Such devices could be based on individual or groups of molecular bridges, nanotubes, nanoparticles, biomolecules and other 'active' components, mimicking wire, diode and transistor functions. These have operated in various environments including vacuum, air and condensed matter, in two- or three-electrode configurations, at ultra-low and room temperatures. Interest in charge transport in ultra-small device components has a long history and can be dated back to Aviram and Ratner's letter in 1974 (Chem. Phys. Lett. 29 277-83). So why is there a necessity for a special issue on this subject? The area has reached some degree of maturity, and even subtle geometric effects in the nanojunction and noise features can now be resolved and rationalized based on existing theoretical concepts. One purpose of this special issue is thus to showcase various aspects of nanoscale and single-molecule charge transport from experimental and theoretical perspectives. The main principles have 'crystallized' in our minds, but there is still a long way to go before true single-molecule electronics can be implemented. Major obstacles include the stability of electronic nanojunctions, reliable operation at room temperature, speed of operation and, last but not least, integration into large networks. A gradual transition from traditional silicon-based electronics to devices involving a single (or a few) molecule(s) therefore appears to be more viable from technologic and economic perspectives than a 'quantum leap'. As research in this area progresses, new applications emerge, e.g. with a view to characterizing interfacial charge transfer at the single-molecule level in general. For example, electrochemical experiments with individual enzyme molecules demonstrate that catalytic processes can be studied with nanometre resolution, offering a route towards optimizing biosensors at