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Opt Express. 2011 Sep 12;19 Suppl 5:A1165-74. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.0A1165.

Efficient optical absorption in thin-film solar cells.

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  • 1School of Energy and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, Nanjing, China.

Abstract

In order to improve the optical absorption of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film solar cells, a new structure consisted of ITO layer with the nonresonant nanoparticles embedded in it and a-Si:H layer, is proposed. By optimizing both the thickness of a-Si:H layer and nanoparticles size, the effects of Fabry-Perot resonance and the scattering of incident light are discussed and analyzed. It is demonstrated that the enhanced optical absorption can be achieved due to the coupling of incident light and nanostructure, simultaneously the proposed structure can be considered as gradient refractive index structure to restrain the reflection at the interface of ITO and a-Si:H thin film.

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