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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S4 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: A888–A896

Bridging electromagnetic and carrier transport calculations for three-dimensional modelling of plasmonic solar cells

Xiaofeng Li, Nicholas P. Hylton, Vincenzo Giannini, Kan-Hua Lee, Ned J. Ekins-Daukes, and Stefan A. Maier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S4, pp. A888-A896 (2011)

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We report three-dimensional modelling of plasmonic solar cells in which electromagnetic simulation is directly linked to carrier transport calculations. To date, descriptions of plasmonic solar cells have only involved electromagnetic modelling without realistic assumptions about carrier transport, and we found that this leads to considerable discrepancies in behaviour particularly for devices based on materials with low carrier mobility. Enhanced light absorption and improved electronic response arising from plasmonic nanoparticle arrays on the solar cell surface are observed, in good agreement with previous experiments. The complete three-dimensional modelling provides a means to design plasmonic solar cells accurately with a thorough understanding of the plasmonic interaction with a photovoltaic device.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion

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Original Manuscript: April 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2011
Published: June 30, 2011

Xiaofeng Li, Nicholas P. Hylton, Vincenzo Giannini, Kan-Hua Lee, Ned J. Ekins-Daukes, and Stefan A. Maier, "Bridging electromagnetic and carrier transport calculations for three-dimensional modelling of plasmonic solar cells," Opt. Express 19, A888-A896 (2011)

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