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Design of photonic metamaterial multi-junction solar cells using rigorous coupled wave analysis
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a method to design multi-junction horizontally-oriented solar cells using single-layer photonic metamaterials. These metamaterial light harvesting templates are capable of separating white light into discrete wavelength ranges and trapping it efficiently into different, separately wired cavities. Any number of different wavelength-tailored charge separation complexes can be fixed to the walls of these tuned cavities. To design the metamaterials we have developed a coupled wave analysis of 2D periodic metamaterials. Past results with 1D gratings have shown that this is a very effective method for designing periodic structures and we have generalized the approach to 2D periodic cavities.

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Date Published: 30 August 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7772, Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion, 777205 (30 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861283
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Eli Lansey, The City College of New York (United States)
David T. Crouse, The City College of New York (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7772:
Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion
Loucas Tsakalakos, Editor(s)

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