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Title: Non-resonant below-bandgap two-photon absorption in quantum dot solar cells

We study the optically nonlinear sub-bandgap photocurrent generation facilitated by an extended tailing distribution of states in an InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) solar cell. The tailing states function as both the energy states for low energy photon absorption and the photocarriers extraction pathway. One of the biggest advantages of our method is that it can clearly differentiate the photocurrent due to one-photon absorption (1PA) process and two-photon absorption (2PA) process. Both 1PA and 2PA photocurrent generation efficiency in an InAs/GaAs QD device operated at 1550 nm have been quantitatively evaluated. A two-photon absorption coefficient β = 5.7 cm/GW is extracted.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22398946
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ABSORPTION; EFFICIENCY; GALLIUM ARSENIDES; INDIUM ARSENIDES; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PHOTOCURRENTS; PHOTONS; QUANTUM DOTS; SOLAR CELLS