Advanced Optical Modeling of Thin-film Silicon Solar Cells with 1-D Periodic Gratings.


Design of one-dimensional periodic gratings is investigated for enhancing the light absorption in thin-film silicon solar cells due to scattering at rough interfaces that are introduced into solar cells by the gratings. A rigorous full-wave analysis is carried out in order to determine the optical properties of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon solar cells inPIN andNIP configurations, respectively. Optimal geometrical parameters of 1-D gratings for maximizing photocurrent density in thin-film silicon solar cells are determined.

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Solntsev, S., Isabella, O., Caratelli, D. et al. Advanced Optical Modeling of Thin-film Silicon Solar Cells with 1-D Periodic Gratings.. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1322, 819 (2011).

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