Introduction to Light Trapping in Solar Cell and Photo-detector Devices

Introduction to Light Trapping in Solar Cell and Photo-detector Devices

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New Approaches to Light Trapping in Solar Cell Devices discusses in detail the use of photonic and plasmonic effects for light trapping in solar cells. It compares and contrasts texturing, the current method of light-trapping design in solar cells, with emerging approaches employing photonic and plasmonic phenomena. These new light trapping methods reduce the amount of absorber required in a solar cell, promising significant cost reduction and efficiency.

This book highlights potential advantages of photonics and plasmonics and describes design optimization using computer modeling of these approaches. Its discussion of ultimate efficiency possibilities in solar cells is grounded in a review of the Shockley-Queisser analysis; this includes an in-depth examination of recent analyses building on that seminal work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 5.08mm | 113.4g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0124166490
  • 9780124166493

Table of contents

Chapter 1: A Brief Overview of Phenomena Involved in Light Trapping

1.1. Interference
1.2. Scattering
1.3. Reflection
1.4. Diffraction
1.5. Plasmonics
1.6. Refraction

Chapter 2: Modes and Hybridization

2.1. Introductory comments
2.2. Radiation modes
2.3. Trapped traveling modes: guided modes
2.4. Trapped traveling modes: Bloch modes
2.5. Trapped localized modes: Mie modes and plasma modes

Chapter 3: Light-Trapping Structures

3.1. Introduction
3.2. Planar structures with ARCs
3.3. Planar structures with randomly textured surfaces
3.4. Structures with nanoelement arrays
3.5. Structures with plasmonic effects

Chapter 4: Summary

4.1. The current picture
4.2. Some future directions?
4.3. Overview

Appendix A: Yablonovitch Limit Derivation
Appendix B: Fresnel Equations for the Situation of Section 2.2
Appendix C: Index of Refraction, Permittivity, and Absorption Coefficient
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