15 May 2014 Computational analysis of triangular and honeycomb lattice-structured tapered nanoholes for enhanced light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells
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For an optimized light harvesting while using diverse periodic photonic light-trapping architectures in low cost thin film crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, it is also of prime importance to tune the features of their lattice point basis structure. In view of this, tapered nanoholes would be of importance for envisaged better light in-coupling due to graded index effect and also from the point of fabrication feasibility. Using a 3D finite element method based computational simulator, we investigate the basis structural influence of triangular as well as honeycomb lattice-structured experimentally feasible tapered air nanoholes in ~400 nm thick c-Si absorber on a glass substrate. We present a detailed convergence analysis of volume absorption in Si absorber with cylindrical as well as tapered nanoholes. For a wavelength rage of 300 nm to 1100 nm, we present the computed results on light absorption of the engineered Si nanoholes for a lattice periodicity of 600nm. In particular, we study the influence of tapering angle of engineered nano air holes in Si thin film for the absorption enhancement in photonic triangular and honeycomb lattice structured tapered nanoholes. Further we make a comparative analysis of cylindrical and tapered nanoholes for a range of light incident angles from 0° to 60°. For the presented triangular as well as honeycomb lattice structured nanoholes, we observe that in comparison to the cylindrical nanoholes, the tapered nanoholes perform better in terms of light trapping for enhanced light absorption in textured Si thin films even when the effective volume fraction of Si is lower in the absorber layer with tapered nanoholes in comparison to that of cylindrical ones. From the maximum achievable short circuit current density estimation in the present study, the performance of c-Si absorbing layer engineered with triangular lattice structured tapered air holes harvests light efficiently owing to its higher lattice symmetry among periodic structures as well as graded index effect of the tapered nanoholes.
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Jolly Xavier, Christiane Becker, "Computational analysis of triangular and honeycomb lattice-structured tapered nanoholes for enhanced light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells", Proc. SPIE 9140, Photonics for Solar Energy Systems V, 91401B (15 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2052800; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2052800

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