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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014, Article ID 827658, 8 pages
Research Article

Effects of Ag Nanocubes with Different Corner Shape on the Absorption Enhancement in Organic Solar Cells

1School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory of Micro-Inertial Instrument and Advanced Navigation Technology, Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210096, China
2Suzhou Key Laboratory of Metal Nano-Optoelectronic Technology, Suzhou Research Institute of Southeast University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123, China

Received 28 February 2014; Revised 24 April 2014; Accepted 24 April 2014; Published 19 May 2014

Academic Editor: Jing Chen

Copyright © 2014 Feng Shan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effects of corner shape of silver (Ag) nanocubes (NCs) on optical absorptions of organic solar cells (OSCs) are theoretically investigated by finite element method (FEM) calculations. The absorption of sun light in the active layer is calculated. Significant absorption enhancements have been demonstrated in metallic region with different shapes of Ag NCs, among them corner radius (R) is zero result in the best light absorption performance of up to 55% enhancement with respect to bare OSCs. The origins of increased absorption are believed to be the effects of the huge electric field enhancement and increased scattering upon the excitation of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Apart from using , we show that , 6, and 11.29 of Ag NCs in metallic region of active layer may also result in the maximum comparable absorption enhancement of 49%, 41%, and 28%, respectively. In addition, a significant effect of the period of NCs is observed.