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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 6 — Mar. 12, 2012
  • pp: 5882–5890

Development of a polarization-insensitive thermophotovoltaic emitter with a binary grating

Nghia Nguyen-Huu, Yu-Bin Chen, and Yu-Lung Lo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 5882-5890 (2012)

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A wavelength-selective but polarization-insensitive thermophotovoltaic emitter was numerically developed with a binary tungsten grating and its appealing emittance spectra were demonstrated with analysis. Ranges of emitter dimensions were preliminarily confined with the excitation of the surface plasmon polariton, cavity resonance, and Wood’s anomaly at specified wavelengths. Then, a hybrid scheme (the rigorous coupled wave analysis together with a genetic algorithm) was able to finely tailor the grating profile such that emittance could be significantly enhanced in the near infrared region. The peak emittance at the transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarizations was 0.997 and 0.935, respectively. The emittance was actually almost twice that from a plain tungsten plate at short wavelengths but significantly reduced at long wavelengths. Moreover, such spectral emittance is insensitive to the polarization and 5% dimension modification, making the emitter ideal for thermophotovoltaic applications. Patterns of electromagnetic fields and Poynting vectors were able to confirm the excitation of physical mechanisms.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(260.3060) Physical optics : Infrared
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures
(290.6815) Scattering : Thermal emission

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: December 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 19, 2012
Published: February 27, 2012

Nghia Nguyen-Huu, Yu-Bin Chen, and Yu-Lung Lo, "Development of a polarization-insensitive thermophotovoltaic emitter with a binary grating," Opt. Express 20, 5882-5890 (2012)

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