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Diffractive Optics for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the University of York

  • Elaborates the physical picture of Lambertian light trapping in detail

  • Presents a material and thickness-independent figure of merit for light trapping

  • Includes do-it-yourself instructions for setting up nanoimprint and absorption measurement tools

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Springer Theses (Springer Theses)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    • Christian Stefano Schuster
    Pages 1-10
  3. Achievements

    • Christian Stefano Schuster
    Pages 65-86
  4. Conclusions and Outlook

    • Christian Stefano Schuster
    Pages 87-94
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 95-114

About this book

This thesis introduces a figure of merit for light trapping with photonic nanostructures and shows how different light trapping methods compare, irrespective of material, absorber thickness or type of nanostructure. It provides an overview of the essential aspects of light trapping, offering a solid basis for future designs.

Light trapping with photonic nanostructures is a powerful method of increasing the absorption in thin film solar cells. Many light trapping methods have been studied, but to date there has been no comprehensive figure of merit to compare these different methods quantitatively. This comparison allows us to establish important design rules for highly performing structures; one such rule is the structuring of the absorber layer from both sides, for which the authors introduce a novel and simple layer-transfer technique. A closely related issue is the question of plasmonic vs. dielectric nanostructures; the authors present an experimental demonstration, aided by a detailed theoretical assessment, highlighting the importance of considering the multipass nature of light trapping in a thin film, which is an essential effect that has been neglected in previous work and which allows us to quantify the parasitic losses. 

Keywords

  • Light Trapping in Nanostructures
  • Solar Cell Absorption
  • Absorption Enhancement
  • Enhanced Light Trapping
  • Multi-pass Light Trapping
  • Surface Structures
  • Surface Textures
  • Diffractive Structures
  • Diffractive Textures

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Physics, University of York , York, United Kingdom

    Christian Stefano Schuster

About the author

Christian Schuster started his studies in physics at Tuebingen (Germany), before continuing at Trento (Italy) with a BSc in nuclear physics. Due to the program being split between two universities, he received a German Diplom in nanotechnology and an Italian MSc in silicon electronics. Christian then moved to St Andrews (UK) to start his PhD project in silicon photonics as a Marie Curie Fellow; he finished this work at York, where he is still based.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Diffractive Optics for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

  • Authors: Christian Stefano Schuster

  • Series Title: Springer Theses

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44278-5

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-44277-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-83028-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-44278-5

  • Series ISSN: 2190-5053

  • Series E-ISSN: 2190-5061

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 114

  • Number of Illustrations: 45 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Laser, Energy Harvesting, Optical Materials, Nanophysics

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-44278-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)