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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S6 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: A1065–A1077

Role of surface recombination in affecting the efficiency of nanostructured thin-film solar cells

Yun Da and Yimin Xuan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S6, pp. A1065-A1077 (2013)

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Nanostructured light trapping is a promising way to improve the efficiency in thin-film solar cells recently. In this work, both the optical and electrical properties of thin-film solar cells with 1D periodic grating structure are investigated by using photoelectric coupling model. It is found that surface recombination plays a key role in determining the performance of nanostructured thin-film solar cells. Once the recombination effect is considered, the higher optical absorption does not mean the higher conversion efficiency as most existing publications claimed. Both the surface recombination velocity and geometric parameters of structure have great impact on the efficiency of thin-film solar cells. Our simulation results indicate that nanostructured light trapping will not only improve optical absorption but also boost the surface recombination simultaneously. Therefore, we must get the tradeoffs between optical absorption and surface recombination to obtain the maximum conversion efficiency. Our work makes it clear that both the optical absorption and electrical recombination response should be taken into account simultaneously in designing the nanostructured thin-film solar cells.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(040.6040) Detectors : Silicon
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films

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Original Manuscript: September 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2013
Published: October 25, 2013

Yun Da and Yimin Xuan, "Role of surface recombination in affecting the efficiency of nanostructured thin-film solar cells," Opt. Express 21, A1065-A1077 (2013)

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