Springer Theses

Diffractive Optics for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

Authors: Schuster, Christian Stefano

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  • 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
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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. 

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $139.99
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Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83028-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Diffractive Optics for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44278-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44278-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44277-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83028-5
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 114
Number of Illustrations
45 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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