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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2013
  • pp: 2312–2319

Design and fabrication of a diffractive optical element as a spectrum-splitting solar concentrator for lateral multijunction solar cells

Qingli Huang, Jinze Wang, Baogang Quan, Qiulin Zhang, Dongxiang Zhang, Dongmei Li, Qingbo Meng, Li Pan, Yanqin Wang, and Guozhen Yang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 11, pp. 2312-2319 (2013)

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We have designed a single thin planar diffractive optical element (DOE) based on the principle of diffractive optics to simultaneously split and concentrate the incident light into several energy ranges for lateral multijunction solar cells. A prototype with the maximum thickness of 6.95 μm and 32 quantized levels in depth was fabricated by photolithographic technology. The spectrum-splitting and concentrating performance of the prototype, which were measured quantitatively, show good agreement with the simulation results. As mass production of a DOE can be produced by imprint technology, our design provides a feasible means for low-cost, large-scale, and high-efficiency photovoltaic applications.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(220.4298) Optical design and fabrication : Nonimaging optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: November 28, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 21, 2013
Published: April 4, 2013

Qingli Huang, Jinze Wang, Baogang Quan, Qiulin Zhang, Dongxiang Zhang, Dongmei Li, Qingbo Meng, Li Pan, Yanqin Wang, and Guozhen Yang, "Design and fabrication of a diffractive optical element as a spectrum-splitting solar concentrator for lateral multijunction solar cells," Appl. Opt. 52, 2312-2319 (2013)

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