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Nano-imprinted rear-side diffraction gratings for absorption enhancement in solar cells
Author(s): Alexander Mellor; Hubert Hauser; Aron Guttowski; Christine Wellens; Benedikt Bläsi; Ignacio Tobías; Antonio Martí; Antonio Luque
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Paper Abstract

As wafer-based solar cells become thinner, light-trapping textures for absorption enhancement will gain in importance. In this work, crystalline silicon wafers were textured with wavelength-scale diffraction grating surface textures by nanoimprint lithography using interference lithography as a mastering technology. This technique allows fine-tailored nanostructures to be realized on large areas with high throughput. Solar cell precursors were fabricated, with the surface textures on the rear side, for optical absorption measurements. Large absorption enhancements are observed in the wavelength range in which the silicon wafer absorbs weakly. It is shown experimentally that bi-periodic crossed gratings perform better than uni-periodic linear gratings. Optical simulations have been made of the fabricated structures, allowing the total absorption to be decomposed into useful absorption in the silicon and parasitic absorption in the rear reflector. Using the calculated silicon absorption, promising absorbed photocurrent density enhancements have been calculated for solar cells employing the nano-textures. Finally, first results are presented of a passivation layer deposition technique that planarizes the rear reflector for the purpose of reducing the parasitic absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8471, Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion III, 84710O (12 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929034
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Alexander Mellor, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Hubert Hauser, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany)
Aron Guttowski, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany)
Christine Wellens, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany)
Benedikt Bläsi, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany)
Ignacio Tobías, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Antonio Martí, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Antonio Luque, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8471:
Next Generation (Nano) Photonic and Cell Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion III
Loucas Tsakalakos, Editor(s)

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