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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2013
  • pp: 3119–3122

Absorption efficiency enhancement in inorganic and organic thin film solar cells via plasmonic honeycomb nanoantenna arrays

Rüştü Umut Tok and Kürşat Şendur  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 16, pp. 3119-3122 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003119


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Abstract

We demonstrate theoretically that by embedding plasmonic honeycomb nanoantenna arrays into the active layers of inorganic (c-Si) and organic (P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS) thin film solar cells, absorption efficiency can be improved. To obtain the solar cell absorption spectrum that conforms to the solar radiation, spectral broadening is achieved by breaking the symmetry within the Wigner–Seitz unit cell on a uniform hexagonal grid. For optimized honeycomb designs, absorption efficiency enhancements of 106.2% and 20.8% are achieved for c-Si and P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS thin film solar cells, respectively. We have demonstrated that the transverse modes are responsible for the enhancement in c-Si solar cells, whereas both the longitudinal and transverse modes, albeit weaker, are the main enhancement mechanisms for P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS solar cells. For both inorganic and organic solar cells, the absorption enhancement is independent of polarization.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Solar Energy

History
Original Manuscript: May 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 22, 2013
Published: August 13, 2013

Citation
Rüştü Umut Tok and Kürşat Şendur, "Absorption efficiency enhancement in inorganic and organic thin film solar cells via plasmonic honeycomb nanoantenna arrays," Opt. Lett. 38, 3119-3122 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-16-3119


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