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Nano Lett. 2007 Nov;7(11):3249-52. Epub 2007 Oct 10.

Analysis of optical absorption in silicon nanowire arrays for photovoltaic applications.

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  • 1Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.


This paper presents analysis of the optical absorption in silicon nanowire arrays that have potential applications in solar cells. The effects of wire diameter, length, and filling ratio on the absorptance of nanowire arrays are simulated. The study reveals that nanowire arrays with moderate filling ratio have much lower reflectance compared to thin films. In a high-frequency regime, nanowire arrays have higher absorptance than their thin film counterparts. In low-frequency regime, nanowire arrays absorb less but can be designed to approach that of the film by changing the filling ratio.

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