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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 18, Iss. S3 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: A335–A341

Comparison and optimization of randomly textured surfaces in thin-film solar cells

C. Rockstuhl, S. Fahr, K. Bittkau, T. Beckers, R. Carius, F.-J. Haug, T. Söderström, C. Ballif, and F. Lederer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue S3, pp. A335-A341 (2010)

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Using rigorous diffraction theory we investigate the scattering properties of various random textures currently used for photon management in thin-film solar cells. We relate the haze and the angularly resolved scattering function of these cells to the enhancement of light absorption. A simple criterion is derived that provides an explanation why certain textures operate more beneficially than others. Using this criterion we propose a generic surface profile that outperforms the available substrates. This work facilitates the understanding of the effect of randomly textured surfaces and provides guidelines towards their optimization.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

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Original Manuscript: May 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 2010
Published: August 3, 2010

C. Rockstuhl, S. Fahr, K. Bittkau, T. Beckers, R. Carius, F.-J. Haug, T. Söderström, C. Ballif, and F. Lederer, "Comparison and optimization of randomly textured surfaces in thin-film solar cells," Opt. Express 18, A335-A341 (2010)

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