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| EXPLORING THE INTERFACE OF LIGHT AND BIOMEDICINE

  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 3 — Feb. 29, 2012

Simulation and optimization of 1-D periodic dielectric nanostructures for light-trapping

Peng Wang and Rajesh Menon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1849-1855 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.001849


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Abstract

Light-trapping is essential to improve the performance of thin-film solar cells. In this paper, we perform a parametric optimization of 1-D square and sinusoidal grating structures that act as nanophotonic scatterers to increase light absorption in ultra-thin (10nm) solar cells. Our optimization reveals that the short-circuit current density in a device of active-layer thickness 10nm can be improved by a factor of ~5 in the presence of the scattering structure. More complex geometries allow for increased degrees of design freedom and potentially high enhancement of light absorption.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(310.6188) Thin films : Spectral properties
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Thin Films

History
Original Manuscript: November 11, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 29, 2011
Published: January 12, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Peng Wang and Rajesh Menon, "Simulation and optimization of 1-D periodic dielectric nanostructures for light-trapping," Opt. Express 20, 1849-1855 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-2-1849


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