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Title: Design of anti-ring back reflectors for thin-film solar cells based on three-dimensional optical and electrical modeling

The optical and electrical properties of a photonic-plasmonic nanostructure on the back contact of thin-film solar cells were investigated numerically through the three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference time-domain method and the 3D Poisson and drift-diffusion solver. The focusing effect and the Fabry-Perot resonances are identified as the main mechanisms for the enhancement of the optical generation rate as well as the short circuit current density. However, the surface topography of certain nanopattern structures is found to reduce the internal electrostatic field of the device, thus limiting charge collection. The optimized conditions for both optics and electronics have been analyzed in this paper.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)
  2. Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, and Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22317981
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CHARGE COLLECTION; CURRENT DENSITY; DESIGN; ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES; NANOSTRUCTURES; SOLAR CELLS; SURFACES; THIN FILMS; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS