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Title: Surface plasmon-enhanced photovoltaic device

Photovoltaic devices are driven by intense photoemission of "hot" electrons from a suitable nanostructured metal. The metal should be an electron source with surface plasmon resonance within the visible and near-visible spectrum range (near IR to near UV (about 300 to 1000 nm)). Suitable metals include silver, gold, copper and alloys of silver, gold and copper with each other. Silver is particularly preferred for its advantageous opto-electronic properties in the near UV and visible spectrum range, relatively low cost, and simplicity of processing.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1160133
Report Number(s):
8,853,526
12/663,503
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2008 Jul 17
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY