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A freeware program for precise optical analysis of the front surface of a solar cell

Baker-Finch, Simeon; McIntosh, Keith


This paper describes a freeware program that computes the optical losses associated with the front surface of a silicon solar cell. The optical losses are not trivial to assess because (i) the refractive index and extinction coefficient of silicon, antireflection coatings (ARCs), and encapsulants varies with wavelength; (ii) cells are usually textured such that the light reflects multiple times from the front surface; (iii) light can be polarised, particularly after the first 'bounce' from a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Conference paper
Source: Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2010.5616132


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