21 February 2012 Full device analysis of novel metamaterial coated PN and MIS solar cells using numerical methods
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In this work we describe how to model the efficiency of solar cells with novel metamaterial coatings optimized for light harvesting. Full device modeling is implemented using optical and electrical simulations. As a proof of concept, we simulate the operation of a metamaterial contact on a first generation monocrystalline silicon solar cell. We compare device characteristics and efficiencies to standard antireflective coatings applied to a grid contact cell. The effects of the metamaterial contact on silicon solar cell efficiencies is discussed for PN junction and metal-insulator-semiconductor cell structures. It is found that the metal-insulator-semiconductor solar cell designed performs better than the PN junction cell.
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Isroel Mandel, Isroel Mandel, Jonah N. Gollub, Jonah N. Gollub, Chris Sarantos, Chris Sarantos, Nafiseh Pishbin, Nafiseh Pishbin, David T. Crouse, David T. Crouse, } "Full device analysis of novel metamaterial coated PN and MIS solar cells using numerical methods", Proc. SPIE 8256, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices, 82561O (21 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.908801; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.908801
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