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Title: Photonic crystal microcrystalline silicon solar cells
Authors: Tanaka, Yoshinori
Ishizaki, Kenji  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Zoysa, Menaka De  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Umeda, Takami
Kawamoto, Yosuke
Fujita, Shoya
Noda, Susumu  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 田中, 良典
Keywords: photonic crystal
microcrystalline silicon
solar cell
Issue Date: Nov-2015
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Journal title: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume: 23
Issue: 11
Start page: 1475
End page: 1483
Abstract: Enhancing the absorption of thin-film microcrystalline silicon solar cells over a broadband range in order to improve the energy conversion efficiency is a very important challenge in the development of low cost and stable solar energy harvesting. Here, we demonstrate that a broadband enhancement of the absorption can be achieved by creating a large number of resonant modes associated with two-dimensional photonic crystal band edges. We utilize higher-order optical modes perpendicular to the silicon layer, as well as the band-folding effect by employing photonic crystal superlattice structures. We establish a method to incorporate photonic crystal structures into thin-film (~500 nm) microcrystalline silicon photovoltaic layers while suppressing undesired defects formed in the microcrystalline silicon. The fabricated solar cells exhibit 1.3 times increase of a short circuit current density (from 15.0 mA/cm2 to 19.6 mA/cm2) by introducing the photonic crystal structure, and consequently the conversion efficiency increases from 5.6% to 6.8%. Moreover, we theoretically analyze the absorption characteristics in the fabricated cell structure, and reveal that the energy conversion efficiency can be increased beyond 9.5% in a structure less than 1/400 as thick as conventional crystalline silicon solar cells with an efficiency of 24%.
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/210506
DOI(Published Version): 10.1002/pip.2577
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