Faculté des sciences et de médecine

Hund excitations and the efficiency of Mott solar cells

Petocchi, Francesco ; Beck, Sophie ; Ederer, Claude ; Werner, Philipp

In: Physical Review B, 2019, vol. 100, no. 7, p. 075147

We study the dynamics of photoinduced charge carriers in semirealistic models of LaVO3 and YTiO3 polar heterostructures. It is shown that two types of impact ionization processes contribute to the carrier multiplication in these strongly correlated multiorbital systems: The first mechanism involves local spin state transitions, while the second mechanism involves the scattering of... More

Add to personal list
    Summary
    We study the dynamics of photoinduced charge carriers in semirealistic models of LaVO3 and YTiO3 polar heterostructures. It is shown that two types of impact ionization processes contribute to the carrier multiplication in these strongly correlated multiorbital systems: The first mechanism involves local spin state transitions, while the second mechanism involves the scattering of high-kinetic-energy carriers. Both processes act on the 10-fs timescale and play an important role in the harvesting of high-energy photons in solar cell applications. As a consequence, the optimal gap size for Mott solar cells is substantially smaller than for semiconductor devices.