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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S3 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: A433–A439

Dual gratings for enhanced light trapping in thin-film solar cells by a layer-transfer technique

Christian S. Schuster, Piotr Kowalczewski, Emiliano R. Martins, Maddalena Patrini, Mark G. Scullion, Marco Liscidini, Liam Lewis, Christopher Reardon, Lucio C. Andreani, and Thomas F. Krauss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S3, pp. A433-A439 (2013)

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Thin film solar cells benefit significantly from the enhanced light trapping offered by photonic nanostructures. The thin film is typically patterned on one side only due to technological constraints. The ability to independently pattern both sides of the thin film increases the degrees of freedom available to the designer, as different functions can be combined, such as the reduction of surface reflection and the excitation of quasiguided modes for enhanced light absorption. Here, we demonstrate a technique based on simple layer transfer that allows us to independently pattern both sides of the thin film leading to enhanced light trapping. We used a 400 nm thin film of amorphous hydrogenated silicon and two simple 2D gratings for this proof-of-principle demonstration. Since the technique imposes no restrictions on the design parameters, any type of structure can be made.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Light Trapping in Solar Cells

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2013
Published: April 22, 2013

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Renewable Energy and the Environment (2013) Optics Express

Christian S. Schuster, Piotr Kowalczewski, Emiliano R. Martins, Maddalena Patrini, Mark G. Scullion, Marco Liscidini, Liam Lewis, Christopher Reardon, Lucio C. Andreani, and Thomas F. Krauss, "Dual gratings for enhanced light trapping in thin-film solar cells by a layer-transfer technique," Opt. Express 21, A433-A439 (2013)

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