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Nano Lett. 2012 Jun 13;12(6):2894-900. doi: 10.1021/nl300483y. Epub 2012 May 10.

Design of nanostructured solar cells using coupled optical and electrical modeling.

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  • 1Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, United States.


Nanostructured light trapping has emerged as a promising route toward improved efficiency in solar cells. We use coupled optical and electrical modeling to guide optimization of such nanostructures. We study thin-film n-i-p a-Si:H devices and demonstrate that nanostructures can be tailored to minimize absorption in the doped a-Si:H, improving carrier collection efficiency. This suggests a method for device optimization in which optical design not only maximizes absorption, but also ensures resulting carriers are efficiently collected.

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