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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 22, Iss. S5 — Aug. 25, 2014
  • pp: A1343–A1354

Mode-based analysis of silicon nanohole arrays for photovoltaic applications

Justin L. Donnelly, Björn C. P. Sturmberg, Kokou B. Dossou, Lindsay C. Botten, Ara A. Asatryan, Christopher G. Poulton, Ross C. McPhedran, and C. Martijn de Sterke  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S5, pp. A1343-A1354 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.0A1343


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Abstract

We investigate the optical properties of silicon nanohole arrays for application in photovoltaic cells in terms of the modes within the structure. We highlight three types of modes: fundamental modes, important at long wavelengths; guided resonance modes, which enhance absorption for wavelengths where the intrinsic absorption of silicon is low; and channeling modes, which suppress front-surface reflection. We use this understanding to explain why the parameters of optimized nanohole arrays occur in specific ranges even as the thickness is varied.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Light Trapping for Photovoltaics

History
Original Manuscript: June 3, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2014
Published: August 14, 2014

Citation
Justin L. Donnelly, Björn C. P. Sturmberg, Kokou B. Dossou, Lindsay C. Botten, Ara A. Asatryan, Christopher G. Poulton, Ross C. McPhedran, and C. Martijn de Sterke, "Mode-based analysis of silicon nanohole arrays for photovoltaic applications," Opt. Express 22, A1343-A1354 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-S5-A1343


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