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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S4 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: A714–A725

Enhanced efficiency of light-trapping nanoantenna arrays for thin-film solar cells

Constantin Simovski, Dmitry Morits, Pavel Voroshilov, Michael Guzhva, Pavel Belov, and Yuri Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S4, pp. A714-A725 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.00A714


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Abstract

We suggest a new type of efficient light-trapping structures for thin-film solar cells based on arrays of planar nanoantennas operating far from their plasmon resonances. The operation principle of our structures relies on the excitation of collective modes of the nanoantenna arrays whose electric field is localized between the adjacent metal elements. We calculate a substantial enhancement of the short-circuit photocurrent for photovoltaic layers as thin as 100–150 nm. We compare our light-trapping structures with conventional anti-reflecting coatings and demonstrate that our design approach is more efficient. We show that it may provide a general background for different types of broadband light-trapping structures compatible with large-area fabrication technologies for thin-film solar cells.

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OCIS Codes
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photovoltaics

History
Original Manuscript: April 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 7, 2013
Published: June 26, 2013

Citation
Constantin Simovski, Dmitry Morits, Pavel Voroshilov, Michael Guzhva, Pavel Belov, and Yuri Kivshar, "Enhanced efficiency of light-trapping nanoantenna arrays for thin-film solar cells," Opt. Express 21, A714-A725 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-S4-A714


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