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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: 9671–9676

Efficient broadband near-infrared quantum cutting for solar cells

Yu Teng, Jiajia Zhou, Xiaofeng Liu, Song Ye, and Jianrong Qiu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 9671-9676 (2010)

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Yb2+ and Yb3+ co-activated luminescent material that can cut one photon in ultraviolet and visible region into multi NIR photons could be used as a downconversion luminescent convertor in front of crystalline silicon solar cell panels to reduce thermalization loss of the solar cell. After a direct excitation of Yb2+ ions, an intense Yb3+ luminescence is observed based on a cooperative energy transfer process. The energy transfer process is discussed according to the dependence of Yb3+ luminescence intensity on the excitation power and the ambient temperature.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

ToC Category:
Solar Energy

Original Manuscript: March 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2010
Published: April 23, 2010

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Yu Teng, Jiajia Zhou, Xiaofeng Liu, Song Ye, and Jianrong Qiu, "Efficient broadband near-infrared quantum cutting for solar cells," Opt. Express 18, 9671-9676 (2010)

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