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February 2018

Origins of Singlet Fission in an Organic Solar Cell

Scientific Achievement

Foundry staff and users have pinpointed the mechanism behind an ultrafast and efficient process that spawns several carriers of electrical charge from a single particle of light in organic solar cells.

Significance and Impact

The discovery will enable the design of materials that are better at harvesting light and lead to gains in solar cell efficiency.

Research Details

S. Refaely-Abramson, F.H. da Jornada, S.G. Louie, J.B. Neaton. Phys. Rev. Lett. 119: 276401 (2017). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.267401