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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S4 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: A763–A771

Incident angle dependence of absorption enhancement in plasmonic solar cells

Meng Yang, Zhengping Fu, Feng Lin, and Xing Zhu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S4, pp. A763-A771 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.00A763


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Abstract

The enhancement of solar light absorption in a solar cell is a challenging issue. In this article we show that in a thin-film silicon solar cell covered with silver nanoparticles on the surface, the absorption of the incident light can be particularly enhanced at certain angular range and wavelength. Such absorption enhancements are associated with the resonant localized surface plasmon (LSP) modes of the nanoparticle and nanoparticle-induced local Fabry-Perot (FP) modes. Our simulations suggest that the spectral shift of the LSP modes due to changing the incident angle leads to an incident-angle-sensitive absorption enhancement of the solar cell. Selecting the incident angle in a well-defined range of 0° to 35° is essential for optimizing the performance of a thin-film solar cell.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(350.4990) Other areas of optics : Particles
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

ToC Category:
Photovoltaics

History
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2011
Published: June 3, 2011

Citation
Meng Yang, Zhengping Fu, Feng Lin, and Xing Zhu, "Incident angle dependence of absorption enhancement in plasmonic solar cells," Opt. Express 19, A763-A771 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-S4-A763


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