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Six not-so-easy pieces in intermediate band solar cell research
Author(s): Antonio Marti Vega; Elisa Antolin; Pablo G. Linares; Iñigo Ramiro; Irene Artacho; Esther López; Estela Hernández; Manuel J. Mendes; Alexander V. Mellor; Ignacio Tobías; David F. Marron; César Tablero; Ana B. Cristóbal; Christopher G. Bailey; Maria Gonzalez; Michael K. Yakes; Matthew P. Lumb; Robert J. Walters; Antonio Luque

Paper Abstract

The concept of intermediate band solar cell (IBSC) is, apparently, simple to grasp. However, since the idea was proposed, our understanding has improved and some concepts can now be explained more clearly than when the concept was initially introduced. Clarifying these concepts is important, even if they are well known for the advanced researcher, so that research efforts can be driven in the right direction from the start. The six pieces of this work are: Does a miniband need to be formed when the IBSC is implemented with quantum dots? What are the problems for each of the main practical approaches that exist today? What are the simplest experimental techniques to demonstrate whether an IBSC is working as such or not? What is the issue with the absorption coefficient overlap and the Mott’s transition? What would the best system be, if any?

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2013
PDF: 12 pages
J. Photon. Energy. 3(1) 031299 doi: 10.1117/1.JPE.3.031299
Published in: Journal of Photonics for Energy Volume 3, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Antonio Marti Vega, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Elisa Antolin, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Pablo G. Linares, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Iñigo Ramiro, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Irene Artacho, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Esther López, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Estela Hernández, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Manuel J. Mendes, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Alexander V. Mellor, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Ignacio Tobías, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
David F. Marron, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
César Tablero, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Ana B. Cristóbal, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Christopher G. Bailey, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Maria Gonzalez, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael K. Yakes, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Matthew P. Lumb, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert J. Walters, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Antonio Luque, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)


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