, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 525–534 | Cite as

Plasmonic Scattering by Metal Nanoparticles for Solar Cells

  • Alessio Paris
  • Alessandro Vaccari
  • Antonino Calà Lesina
  • Enrico Serra
  • Lucia Calliari


We investigate on absorption and scattering from metal nanoparticles in view of possible applications to photovoltaic cells. The analysis, accounting for most of the parameters involved in the physical mechanism of scattering, is split into two parts. In the first part, scattering from a metallic sphere is treated analytically to investigate the dependence on sphere size, sphere metal, and surrounding medium. In the second part, scattering from a metallic particle is investigated as a function of particle shape (spheroids, hemispheres, and cylinders) via numerical simulations based on the finite-difference time-domain method. The aim of the work is to provide a systematic study on scattering and absorption by metal nanoparticles, exploring several combinations of material and geometrical parameters in order to identify those combinations that could play a key role in solar cell efficiency improvement.


Plasmonics Scattering Nanoparticles Solar cells FDTD 



This work is supported by the Fondazione Caritro through the project Mistico. In particular, A. P. recognizes that he is funded by the Fondazione Caritro under the same project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessio Paris
    • 1
  • Alessandro Vaccari
    • 2
  • Antonino Calà Lesina
    • 2
  • Enrico Serra
    • 1
  • Lucia Calliari
    • 1
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Computational Science (LISC)FBK-CMMTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Renewable Energies and Environmental Technologies (REET)FBK-CMMTrentoItaly

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