Electromagnetic approach to ultrathin solar cell efficiencies

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

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Current methods for evaluating solar cell efficiencies cannot be applied to extremely thin cells where phenomena from the realm of near field optics prevail. We overcome this problem by offering a rigorous electromagnetic calculation of solar cell efficiencies based on the fluctuation dissipation theorem. Our approach is demonstrated by calculating the efficiency of a GaAs solar cell with an Au back reflector for thicknesses well below the typical wavelength of the solar flux. It is shown that near field optics affect the performance of low dimensional solar cells.
Original languageEnglish GB
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2011


  • cond-mat.mtrl-sci


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