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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 18, Iss. S4 — Nov. 8, 2010
  • pp: A522–A527

Simple approach for enhancement of light harvesting efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells by polymeric mirror

Jun Young Lee, Seungwoo Lee, Jung-Ki Park, Yongseok Jun, Young-Gi Lee, Kwang Man Kim, Jin Ho Yun, and Kuk Young Cho  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue S4, pp. A522-A527 (2010)

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A Polymeric mirror from 1D photonic crystal exhibiting full specular reflection is applied on the exterior of the counter electrode of a dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Reflection of exiting light from the cell allows for the reuse of the light and thereby significantly increases the efficiency of the DSSCs (from 8.07% to 8.85%). Furthermore, it is also found to be effective even with incorporation of an internal scattering layer, which is widely used within a TiO2 anode layer for enhancing light trapping in DSSCs (from 9.17% to 9.53%).

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

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Original Manuscript: August 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2010
Published: September 24, 2010

Jun Young Lee, Seungwoo Lee, Jung-Ki Park, Yongseok Jun, Young-Gi Lee, Kwang Man Kim, Jin Ho Yun, and Kuk Young Cho, "Simple approach for enhancement of light harvesting efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells by polymeric mirror," Opt. Express 18, A522-A527 (2010)

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