6 March 2018 On optical-absorption peaks in a nonhomogeneous thin-film solar cell with a two-dimensional periodically corrugated metallic backreflector
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The rigorous coupled-wave approach (RCWA) was implemented to investigate optical absorption in a triple-p-i-n-junction amorphous-silicon solar cell with a two-dimensional (2-D) metallic periodically corrugated backreflector (PCBR). Both total and useful absorptances were computed against the free-space wavelength λ0 for both s- and p-polarized polarization states. The useful absorptance in each of the three p-i-n junctions was also computed for normal as well as oblique incidence. Furthermore, two canonical boundary-value problems were solved for the prediction of guided-wave modes (GWMs): surface-plasmon-polariton waves and waveguide modes. Use of the doubly periodic PCBR enhanced both useful and total absorptances in comparison with a planar backreflector. The predicted GWMs were correlated with the peaks of the total and useful absorptances. The excitation of GWMs was mostly confined to λ0  <  700  nm and enhanced absorption. As excitation of certain GWMs could be correlated with the total absorptance but not with the useful absorptance, the useful absorptance should be studied while devising light-trapping strategies.
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Faiz Ahmad, Faiz Ahmad, Tom H. Anderson, Tom H. Anderson, Benjamin J. Civiletti, Benjamin J. Civiletti, Peter B. Monk, Peter B. Monk, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, } "On optical-absorption peaks in a nonhomogeneous thin-film solar cell with a two-dimensional periodically corrugated metallic backreflector," Journal of Nanophotonics 12(1), 016017 (6 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.12.016017 . Submission: Received: 20 October 2017; Accepted: 31 January 2018
Received: 20 October 2017; Accepted: 31 January 2018; Published: 6 March 2018
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