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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2012

Stephen Ducharme Publications

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The Sweep Rate Dependence Of The Electrical Control Of Magnetic Coercivity, Abhijit Mardana, Stephen Ducharme, Shireen Adenwalla Jan 2012

The Sweep Rate Dependence Of The Electrical Control Of Magnetic Coercivity, Abhijit Mardana, Stephen Ducharme, Shireen Adenwalla

Stephen Ducharme Publications

The sweep rate dependence of the coercive field in magnetic thin films is well-known. Here we present an experimental investigation of the dependence of electric field control of magnetization on the magnetic field sweep rate. Our sample is a ferroelectric/ferromagnetic heterostructure, with a soft polymer ferroelectric in contact with a transition metal ferromagnet, Co. Previous work on these heterostructures revealed a large change in coercive field and anisotropy when the ferroelectric polarization was switched from up to down. The present work shows that faster sweep rates increase the changes in coercive field that arise from switching the ferroelectric polarization ...


Understanding The Effect Of Ferroelectric Polarization On Power Conversion Efficiency Of Organic Photovoltaic Devices, Yongbo Yuan, Pankaj Sharma, Zhengguo Xiao, Shashi Poddar, Alexei Gruverman, Stephen Ducharme, Jinsong Huang Jan 2012

Understanding The Effect Of Ferroelectric Polarization On Power Conversion Efficiency Of Organic Photovoltaic Devices, Yongbo Yuan, Pankaj Sharma, Zhengguo Xiao, Shashi Poddar, Alexei Gruverman, Stephen Ducharme, Jinsong Huang

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It is demonstrated that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic photovoltaic devices can be increased by inserting an ultrathin film of a ferroelectric co-polymer, poly(vinylidenefluoridetrifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)), at the metal–organic interface, due to an enhancement of the charge extraction efficiency. Specifically, the effect of P(VDF-TrFE) crystallinity on its function in ferroelectric organic photovoltaic (FE-OPV) devices has been studied by several methods. Highly crystalline and amorphous P(VDF-TrFE) films have been prepared by the Langmuir–Blodgett method and spincoating from acetone solution, respectively. The polymer solar cell devices with a crystalline P(VDFTrFE) interfacial layer at the ...