OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters

| RAPID, SHORT PUBLICATIONS ON THE LATEST IN OPTICAL DISCOVERIES

  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 4868–4870

Engineering Gaussian disorder at rough interfaces for light trapping in thin-film solar cells

Piotr Kowalczewski, Marco Liscidini, and Lucio Claudio Andreani  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 23, pp. 4868-4870 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.004868


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (357 KB) Open Access





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

A theoretical study of randomly rough interfaces to obtain light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells is presented. Roughness is modeled as a surface with Gaussian disorder, described using the root mean square of height and the lateral correlation length as statistical parameters. The model is shown to describe commonly used rough substrates. Rigorous calculations, with short-circuit current density as a figure of merit, lead to an optimization of disorder parameters and to a significant absorption enhancement. The understanding and optimization of disorder is believed to be of general interest for various realizations of thin-film solar cells.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: September 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2012
Published: November 22, 2012

Citation
Piotr Kowalczewski, Marco Liscidini, and Lucio Claudio Andreani, "Engineering Gaussian disorder at rough interfaces for light trapping in thin-film solar cells," Opt. Lett. 37, 4868-4870 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-23-4868


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. R. Brendel, Thin-Film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells(Wiley-VCH, 2003).
  2. E. Yablonovitch, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 72, 899 (1982). [CrossRef]
  3. S. Fahr, C. Rockstuhl, and F. Lederer, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 171114 (2008). [CrossRef]
  4. D. Dominé, F.-J. Haug, C. Battaglia, and C. Ballif, J. Appl. Phys. 107, 044504 (2010). [CrossRef]
  5. C. Rockstuhl, S. Fahr, K. Bittkau, T. Beckers, R. Carius, F.-J. Haug, T. Söderström, C. Ballif, and F. Lederer, Opt. Express 18, A335 (2010). [CrossRef]
  6. X. Sheng, S. G. Johnson, J. Michel, and L. C. Kimerling, Opt. Express 19, A841 (2011). [CrossRef]
  7. S. Fahr, T. Kirchartz, C. Rockstuhl, and F. Lederer, Opt. Express 19, A865 (2011). [CrossRef]
  8. F. Lederer, S. Fahr, C. Rockstuhl, and T. Kirchartz, in MRS Proceedings (2012), Vol. 1391.
  9. I. Simonsen, Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics 181, 1 (2010). [CrossRef]
  10. A. A. Maradudin and T. Michel, J. Stat. Phys. 58, 485(1990). [CrossRef]
  11. V. Freilikher, E. Kanzieper, and A. Maradudin, Phys. Rep. 288, 127 (1997). [CrossRef]
  12. D. M. Whittaker and I. S. Culshaw, Phys. Rev. B 60, 2610 (1999). [CrossRef]
  13. M. Liscidini, D. Gerace, L. C. Andreani, and J. E. Sipe, Phys. Rev. B 77, 035324 (2008). [CrossRef]
  14. E. D. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids(Academic, 1985).
  15. V. Depauw, Y. Qiu, K. Van Nieuwenhuysen, I. Gordon, and J. Poortmans, Prog. Photovoltaics 19, 844 (2011). [CrossRef]
  16. A. Chutinan and S. John, Phys. Rev. A 78, 023825 (2008). [CrossRef]
  17. Z. Yu, A. Raman, and S. Fan, Opt. Express 18, A366 (2010). [CrossRef]
  18. C. Battaglia, C.-M. Hsu, K. Söderström, J. Escarré, F.-J. Haug, M. Charrière, M. Boccard, M. Despeisse, D. T. L. Alexander, M. Cantoni, Y. Cui, and C. Ballif, ACS Nano 6, 2790 (2012). [CrossRef]
  19. A. Oskooi, P. A. Favuzzi, Y. Tanaka, H. Shigeta, Y. Kawakami, and S. Noda, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 181110 (2012). [CrossRef]
  20. J. Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells (Imperial College, 2003).
  21. A. Bozzola, M. Liscidini, and L. C. Andreani, Opt. Express 20, A224 (2012). [CrossRef]
  22. D. Gerace and L. C. Andreani, Opt. Lett. 29, 1897 (2004). [CrossRef]
  23. S. Hughes, L. Ramunno, J. F. Young, and J. E. Sipe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 033903 (2005). [CrossRef]
  24. M. Berginski, J. Hüpkes, M. Schulte, G. Schöpe, H. Stiebig, B. Rech, and M. Wuttig, J. Appl. Phys. 101, 074903 (2007). [CrossRef]
  25. H. Sai, H. Fujiwara, M. Kondo, and Y. Kanamori, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 143501 (2008). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited