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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S4 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: A585–A594

Modeling and analysis of high-performance, multicolored anti-reflection coatings for solar cells

Matthew P. Lumb, Woojun Yoon, Christopher G. Bailey, David Scheiman, Joseph G. Tischler, and Robert J. Walters  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S4, pp. A585-A594 (2013)

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In this work solar cell anti-reflection coatings tuned to give a specific hue under solar illumination are investigated. We demonstrate that it is possible to form patterned coatings with large color contrast and high transmittance. We use colorimetric and thin film optics models to explore the relationship between the color and performance of bilayer anti-reflection coatings on Si, and predict the photocurrent generation from an example Si solar cell. The colorimetric predictions were verified by measuring a series of coatings deposited on Si substrates. Finally, a patterned Si sample was produced using a simple, low-cost photolithography procedure to selectively etch only the top layer of a bilayer coating to demonstrate a high-performance anti-reflection coating with strong color contrast.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(310.1210) Thin films : Antireflection coatings
(330.1730) Vision, color, and visual optics : Colorimetry

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: January 18, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2013
Published: May 9, 2013

Matthew P. Lumb, Woojun Yoon, Christopher G. Bailey, David Scheiman, Joseph G. Tischler, and Robert J. Walters, "Modeling and analysis of high-performance, multicolored anti-reflection coatings for solar cells," Opt. Express 21, A585-A594 (2013)

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