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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 18, Iss. S2 — Jun. 21, 2010
  • pp: A207–A220

Absorption enhancement of an amorphous Si solar cell through surface plasmon-induced scattering with metal nanoparticles

Fu-Ji Tsai, Jyh-Yang Wang, Jeng-Jie Huang, Yean-Woei Kiang, and C. C. Yang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue S2, pp. A207-A220 (2010)

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The simulation results of absorption enhancement in an amorphous-Si (a-Si) solar cell by depositing metal nanoparticles (NPs) on the device top and embedding metal NPs in a layer above the Al back-reflector are demonstrated. The absorption increase results from the near-field constructive interference of electromagnetic waves in the forward direction such that an increased amount of sunlight energy is distributed in the a-Si absorption layer. Among the three used metals of Al, Ag, and Au, Al NPs show the most efficient absorption enhancement. Between the two used NP geometries, Al nanocylinder (NC) are more effective in absorption enhancement than Al nanosphere (NS). Also, a random distribution of isolated metal NCs can lead to higher absorption enhancement, when compared with the cases of periodical metal NC distributions. Meanwhile, the fabrication of both top and bottom Al NCs in a solar cell results in further absorption enhancement. Misalignments between the top and bottom Al NCs do not significantly reduce the enhancement percentage. With a structure of vertically aligned top and bottom Al NCs, solar cell absorption can be increased by 52%.

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(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

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Original Manuscript: February 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 1, 2010
Published: June 9, 2010

Fu-Ji Tsai, Jyh-Yang Wang, Jeng-Jie Huang, Yean-Woei Kiang, and C. C. Yang, "Absorption enhancement of an amorphous Si solar cell through surface plasmon-induced scattering with metal nanoparticles," Opt. Express 18, A207-A220 (2010)

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