Title: Modeling combined coherent and incoherent scattering structures for light trapping in solar cells
Authors: Abass, Aimi ×
Trompoukis, Christos
Leyre, Sven
Burgelman, Marc
Maes, Bjorn #
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Series Title: Journal of Applied Physics vol:114 issue:3
Article number: 033101
Abstract: Current structures for solar cells or LEDs often incorporate layers of various optical regimes, with a mixture of coherent, partially coherent or incoherent behavior. We developed a simple and efficient calculation method to study such combined solar cell structures with both wave and ray optics sections. These One-Pass Coherent calculations take wave effects into account where they matter the most, while avoiding a large computational domain to model rough structures. The method simulates a general diffuser by working directly with the reflected wavefronts, instead of using its geometry. We utilize this method to study thin film silicon solar cell structures with a grating on the front and a diffuser at the back. More absorption is obtained with the combined light trapping scheme of appropriate characteristics, compared with grating-only or diffuser-only counterparts. Finally, we report a significant effect of incoherence on the absorption of fairly thin (similar to 10 mu m) cells. We demonstrate that partially incoherent light can be more efficiently absorbed than fully coherent light on average over a broad wavelength range. It turns out that the scarcity of guided modes for fully coherent light can hinder the grating enhancement, leading to a consistently better performance when light coherence is limited or lost.
ISSN: 0021-8979
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:ESAT - ELECTA, Electrical Energy Computer Architectures
× corresponding author
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