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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 26 — Dec. 22, 2008
  • pp: 21793–21800

Plasmonic solar cells

K.R. Catchpole and A. Polman  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 26, pp. 21793-21800 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.021793


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Abstract

The scattering from metal nanoparticles near their localized plasmon resonance is a promising way of increasing the light absorption in thin-film solar cells. Enhancements in photocurrent have been observed for a wide range of semiconductors and solar cell configurations. We review experimental and theoretical progress that has been made in recent years, describe the basic mechanisms at work, and provide an outlook on future prospects in this area.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

History
Original Manuscript: September 9, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2008
Published: December 17, 2008

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K. R. Catchpole and A. Polman, "Plasmonic solar cells," Opt. Express 16, 21793-21800 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-26-21793


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