Diffuse scattering from hemispherical nanoparticles at the air-silicon interface

Centeno, A. , Ahmed, B., Reehal, H. and Xie, F. (2013) Diffuse scattering from hemispherical nanoparticles at the air-silicon interface. Nanotechnology, 24(41), 415402. (doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/41/415402) (PMID:24045859)

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There has been much recent interest in the application of plasmonics to improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells. In this paper we use finite difference time domain calculations to investigate the placement of hemispherical gold nanoparticles on the rear surface of a silicon solar cell. The results indicate that nanoparticles protruding into the silicon, rather than into air, have a larger scattering efficiency and diffuse scattering into the semiconductor. This finding could lead to improved light trapping within a thin silicon solar cell device.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:F Xie is supported by the Imperial College JRF and a UK EPSRC Programme Grant (EP/G060940/1). A Centeno and F Xie gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the EPSRC International Research Collaborations funding scheme.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Centeno, Dr Anthony
Authors: Centeno, A., Ahmed, B., Reehal, H., and Xie, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Nanotechnology
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN (Online):1361-6528
Published Online:17 September 2013
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