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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 20, Iss. S4 — Jul. 2, 2012
  • pp: A545–A553

Simulation and analysis of the angular response of 1D dielectric nanophotonic light-trapping structures in thin-film photovoltaics

Peng Wang and Rajesh Menon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue S4, pp. A545-A553 (2012)

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Nanophotonics can guide the design of novel structures for light-trapping in ultra-thin photovoltaic cells. Here, we report on the systematic study of the effect of the angle of incidence of sunlight on the performance of such structures. We also conduct a parametric study of a sinusoidal grating and demonstrate that light intensity in the active region averaged over a range of input angles from 0° to 80° can be enhanced by more than 3 times compared to the bare device. Such a broadband light-trapping nanostructure can increase the total daily energy production of a fixed (non-tracking) device by over 60%, compared to a reference device with an anti-reflection coating.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(310.6188) Thin films : Spectral properties
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

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Original Manuscript: April 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 12, 2012
Published: June 25, 2012

Peng Wang and Rajesh Menon, "Simulation and analysis of the angular response of 1D dielectric nanophotonic light-trapping structures in thin-film photovoltaics," Opt. Express 20, A545-A553 (2012)

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