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On the light trapping mechanism in silicon solar cells with backside diffraction gratings
Author(s): Markus Wellenzohn; Rainer Hainberger
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Paper Abstract

In this numerical study, we investigate the light trapping mechanism in silicon solar cells with backside diffraction gratings. In order to obtain a clearer view on the physical mechanisms underlying the light trapping we employ a simulation scheme that combines ray tracing with rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA). This combined simulation approach treats the light propagation inside the silicon absorber layer incoherently and averages out Fabry-Perot resonances, which otherwise would obscure characteristic humps in the absorption spectra that are directly related to light trapping effect of the diffraction gratings. We provide an in-depth explanation for the origin of these characteristic humps and their interrelationship with the silicon absorber thickness. A major benefit of this combined RCWA/ray tracing approach compared to the fully electromagnetic simulation methods RCWA and finite difference time domain (FDTD) is the more efficient use of computational power accompanied by a gain in simulation precision, in particular for cells with an absorber thicker than 10 μm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8981, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices III, 89811O (7 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040094
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Markus Wellenzohn, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Austria)
Rainer Hainberger, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8981:
Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices III
Alexandre Freundlich; Jean-François Guillemoles, Editor(s)

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