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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: 920–926

Optical absorption in a finite three-dimensional photonic crystal thin film solar cell

Chan Hoe Yip, Yet-Ming Chiang, and Chee Cheong Wong  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 920-926 (2010)

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We report the increase in optical absorption in a finite three-dimensional photonic crystal through the dependence of the crystal film’s thickness. Varying thicknesses of TiO 2 inverse opal electrodes were assembled in dye-sensitized solar cells and their optical properties were characterized. Through measuring the enhancement in the incident photon-to-electricity conversion efficiency over the reference cell, we show that optical absorption of a photosensitive dye coupled to a finite ordered structure can be influenced by the spatial properties of the structure. This report provides an insight into the changes in optical absorption of an atom when the space surrounding that atom is modified.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: January 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2010
Published: April 14, 2010

Chan Hoe Yip, Yet-Ming Chiang, and Chee Cheong Wong, "Optical absorption in a finite three-dimensional photonic crystal thin film solar cell," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 920-926 (2010)

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