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Optical scattering by anodized aluminum oxide for light management in thin film photovoltaics
Author(s): Brian Roberts; Qi Chen; Pei-Cheng Ku
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the optical scattering properties of self-assembled nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) films, and propose integrating AAO as a backscattering layer for light management in thin film photovoltaics. Angle selective scattering and direction of light to extreme, near-horizontal angles can enable new functionality for semitransparent PV window coatings, allowing improved absorption of direct sunlight without sacrificing transparency in the normal direction. Scattering to extreme angles can also be exploited to aid light trapping in thin epitaxial semiconductor absorbers, without texturing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8981, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices III, 89811F (7 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040802
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Brian Roberts, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Qi Chen, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Pei-Cheng Ku, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

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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