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Resonant nano-antennas for light trapping in plasmonic solar cells

Mokkapati, Sudha; Beck, Fiona; de Waele, R; Polman, Albert; Catchpole, Kylie


We investigate the influence of nanoparticle height on light trapping in thin-film solar cells covered with metal nanoparticles. We show that in taller nanoparticles the scattering cross-section is enhanced by resonant excitation of plasmonic standing waves. Tall nanoparticles have higher coupling efficiency when placed on the illuminated surface of the cell than on the rear of the cell due to their forward scattering nature. One of the major factors affecting the coupling efficiency of these...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/44/18/185101


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