Efficiency enhancement of amorphous-silicon tandem solar cell due to multiple surface-plasmon-polariton waves

Muhammad Faryad, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Abstract

The reflectances of a thin-film solar cell were computed, using the rigorous coupled-wave approach, as functions of the angle of incidence and the free-space wavelength for illumination by linearly polarized plane waves. The metallic back-reflector was taken to be periodically corrugated and the solar cell was considered to be a tandem solar cell made of amorphous-silicon alloys. Low-reflectance bands in the reflectance spectrums were correlated with the solutions of the underlying canonical boundary-value problem to delineate the excitation of surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves. The total reflectance was lowered in the near-infrared spectral regime when multiple SPP waves of both linear polarization states were excited, thereby enhancing the absorption of light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices II
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2013
Event2nd Symposium on Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 3 2013Feb 7 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8620
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

Other2nd Symposium on Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period2/3/132/7/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Faryad, M., & Lakhtakia, A. (2013). Efficiency enhancement of amorphous-silicon tandem solar cell due to multiple surface-plasmon-polariton waves. In Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices II [862005] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8620). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2003190