A new analysis for solar cell efficiency: Rigorous electromagnetic approach

A. Niv, M. Gharghi, C. Gladden, Z. R. Abrams, X. Zhang

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Abstract

Current methods for the evaluation of solar cell efficiency cannot be applied to extremely thin cells where phenomena from the realm of near-field optics prevail. We use the fluctuation dissipation theorem to calculate the rate of power removal from a semiconductor/metal system. This establishes for the first time, to our knowledge, a rigorous electromagnetic basis for solar cell efficiency analysis. We demonstrate our approach by calculating the efficiency of a Si solar cell with an Au back reflector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgram - 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Pages2095-2099
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 201124 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Conference

Conference37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period19/06/1124/06/11

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