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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 22, Iss. S4 — Jun. 30, 2014
  • pp: A1128–A1136

Periodic anti-ring back reflectors for hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells

Po-Yuan Chen, Hui-Hsin Hsiao, Chung-I Ho, Chi-Chih Ho, Wei-Li Lee, Hung-Chun Chang, Si-Chen Lee, Jian-Zhang Chen, and I-Chun Cheng  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S4, pp. A1128-A1136 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.0A1128


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Abstract

Large and periodic anti-ring arrays are fabricated by using a monolayer of polymer/nanosphere hybrid technique and applied as back reflectors in substrate-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin-film solar cells. The structure of each anti-ring comprises a nanodome centered inside a nanohole. The excitation of Bloch wave surface plasmon polaritons is observed in the Ag-coated anti-ring arrays. The nanodomes of the anti-ring arrays turn out to enhance large-angle light scattering and increase the effective optical path in the solar cell. The resulting efficiency of an ultrathin a-Si:H (thickness: 150 nm) solar cell is enhanced by 39% compared to that with a flat back reflector and by 13% compared to that with a nanohole back reflector.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Light Trapping for Photovoltaics

History
Original Manuscript: April 3, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2014
Published: June 2, 2014

Citation
Po-Yuan Chen, Hui-Hsin Hsiao, Chung-I Ho, Chi-Chih Ho, Wei-Li Lee, Hung-Chun Chang, Si-Chen Lee, Jian-Zhang Chen, and I-Chun Cheng, "Periodic anti-ring back reflectors for hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells," Opt. Express 22, A1128-A1136 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-S4-A1128


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