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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 22, Iss. S1 — Jan. 13, 2014
  • pp: A35–A43

Monte Carlo study of PbSe quantum dots as the fluorescent material in luminescent solar concentrators

S. R. Wilton, M. R. Fetterman, J. J. Low, Guanjun You, Zhenyu Jiang, and Jian Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S1, pp. A35-A43 (2014)

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In this paper, Monte Carlo simulations were performed to determine the potential efficiencies of luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) systems using PbSe quantum dots (QDs) as the active fluorescent material. The simulation results suggest that PbSe QD LSCs display good absorption characteristics, but yield limited LSC power conversion efficiency due to self-absorption and down-conversion loss. It is proposed that the self-absorption loss can be reduced by utilizing Förster resonance energy transfer between two different sizes of PbSe QDs, yielding pronounced improvement in the optical efficiency of LSCs.

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OCIS Codes
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: May 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2013
Published: November 25, 2013

S. R. Wilton, M. R. Fetterman, J. J. Low, Guanjun You, Zhenyu Jiang, and Jian Xu, "Monte Carlo study of PbSe quantum dots as the fluorescent material in luminescent solar concentrators," Opt. Express 22, A35-A43 (2014)

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