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Computationally efficient method for optical simulation of solar cells and their applications
Author(s): I. Semenikhin; M. Zanuccoli; C. Fiegna; V. Vyurkov; E. Sangiorgi
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents two novel implementations of the Differential method to solve the Maxwell equations in nanostructured optoelectronic solid state devices. The first proposed implementation is based on an improved and computationally efficient T-matrix formulation that adopts multiple-precision arithmetic to tackle the numerical instability problem which arises due to evanescent modes. The second implementation adopts the iterative approach that allows to achieve low computational complexity O(N logN) or better. The proposed algorithms may work with structures with arbitrary spatial variation of the permittivity. The developed two-dimensional numerical simulator is applied to analyze the dependence of the absorption characteristics of a thin silicon slab on the morphology of the front interface and on the angle of incidence of the radiation with respect to the device surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8700, International Conference Micro- and Nano-Electronics 2012, 870012 (8 January 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017154
Show Author Affiliations
I. Semenikhin, Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation)
M. Zanuccoli, Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)
C. Fiegna, Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)
V. Vyurkov, Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation)
E. Sangiorgi, Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8700:
International Conference Micro- and Nano-Electronics 2012
Alexander A. Orlikovsky, Editor(s)

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