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Resonant enhancement of dielectric and metal nanoparticle arrays for light trapping in solar cells

Wang, E; White, T. P.; Catchpole, K. R.


We numerically investigate the light trapping properties of two-dimensional diffraction gratings formed from silver disks or titanium dioxide pillars, placed on the rear of Si thin-film solar cells. In contrast to previous studies of front-surface gratings, we find that metal particles out-perform dielelectric ones when placed on the rear of the cell. By optimizing the grating geometry and the position of a planar reflector, we predict short circuit current enhancements of 45% and 67%...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012-06-04
Type: Journal article
Source: Optics express
DOI: 10.1364/OE.20.013226


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