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Charge Recombination Suppressed by Destructive Quantum Interference in Heterojunction Materials

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posted on 30.12.2015, 16:49 by Roel Tempelaar, L. Jan Anton Koster, Remco W. A. Havenith, Jasper Knoester, Thomas L. C. Jansen
We show that charge recombination in ordered heterojunctions depends sensitively on the degree of coherent delocalization of charges at the donor–acceptor interface. Depending on the relative sign of the electron and hole transfer integrals, such delocalization can dramatically suppress recombination through destructive quantum interference. This could explain why measured recombination rates are significantly lower than predictions based on Langevin theory for a variety of organic bulk heterojunctions. Moreover, it opens up a design strategy for photovoltaic devices with enhanced efficiencies through coherently suppressed charge recombination.