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Luminescent solar concentrators based on polymer nanocomposite films made by open-air pulsed laser deposition
Author(s): Abdalla M. Darwish; Sergey S. Sarkisov; Jamaya Wilson; Muhamad Aziz; Kevin Thompson; Darayas N. Patel; Michael Johnson; Brent Koplitz; Xiaodong Zhang
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Paper Abstract

We report on the polymer nanocomposite coatings doped with the nanoparticles of rare-earth (RE)-doped fluoride phosphor NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ for luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). Concurrent multi-beam multi-target pulsed laser deposition (CMBMT-PLD) of the phosphor and a polymer conducted in open air was investigated as a candidate process for such coatings. Polymer poly(methyl methacrylate) known as PMMA was considered to be deposited on a glass substrate from a solid target using fundamental harmonic (1064 nm) of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser concurrently with the phosphor. The sun light was absorbed by the phosphor nanoparticles embedded in polymer film and converted into near-infrared (NIR) radiation via the mechanism of downconversion (quantum cutting). The NIR radiation propagated via the glass substrate as a light guide and was converted into electric power with photovoltaic cells attached to the edges of the glass plate. The polymer did not exhibit degradation during the open-air deposition process. The proposed method is capable to coat economically commercial window-size substrates. The polymer nanocomposite LSCs have broad absorption band covering a significant portion of the solar radiation spectrum, high spectral conversion efficiency, and low reabsorption due to minimal overlap between the absorption and emission spectra (large Stokes shift).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11123, Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications XIII, 1112302 (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2530359
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Abdalla M. Darwish, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Sergey S. Sarkisov, SSS Optical Technologies, LLC (United States)
Jamaya Wilson, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Muhamad Aziz, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Kevin Thompson, Dillard Univ. (United States)
Darayas N. Patel, Oakwood Univ. (United States)
Michael Johnson, Tulane Univ. (United States)
Brent Koplitz, Tulane Univ. (United States)
Xiaodong Zhang, Tulane Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11123:
Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications XIII
Shizhuo Yin; Ruyan Guo, Editor(s)

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