Atomic force photovoltaic microscopy

Benjamin J. Leever*, Liam S C Pingree, Alexander W. Hains, Michael D. Irwin, Tobin Jay Marks, Mark Hersam

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A new conductive atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique, called atomic force photovoltaic microscopy, has been developed to characterize localized variations in the performance of organic photovoltaic devices. The technique works by illuminating microscopic solar cells with either broadband or narrowband light sources while injecting them with current through a conductive AFM probe. Sample biases ranging from -20V to +15 V have been applied in combination with simple lamps, lasers, and solar simulated light to generate current ranging from <1 pA to nearly 1 μ A. Simultaneous topographic and current maps are generated, and IV characteristics (including key figures of merit such as power conversion efficiency) can be determined for single cells. Preliminary data including evidence of localized variations in open circuit voltage are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication233rd ACS National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - Dec 28 2007
Event233rd ACS National Meeting - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2007Mar 29 2007


Other233rd ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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