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Nano Lett. 2010 Nov 10;10(11):4651-6. doi: 10.1021/nl102867a.

High-efficiency ordered silicon nano-conical-frustum array solar cells by self-powered parallel electron lithography.

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  • 1School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, United States.


Nanostructured silicon thin film solar cells are promising, due to the strongly enhanced light trapping, high carrier collection efficiency, and potential low cost. Ordered nanostructure arrays, with large-area controllable spacing, orientation, and size, are critical for reliable light-trapping and high-efficiency solar cells. Available top-down lithography approaches to fabricate large-area ordered nanostructure arrays are challenging due to the requirement of both high lithography resolution and high throughput. Here, a novel ordered silicon nano-conical-frustum array structure, exhibiting an impressive absorbance of 99% (upper bound) over wavelengths 400-1100 nm by a thickness of only 5 μm, is realized by our recently reported technique self-powered parallel electron lithography that has high-throughput and sub-35-nm high resolution. Moreover, high-efficiency (up to 10.8%) solar cells are demonstrated, using these ordered ultrathin silicon nano-conical-frustum arrays. These related fabrication techniques can also be transferred to low-cost substrate solar energy harvesting device applications.

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