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Materials 2015, 8(7), 4565-4581; doi:10.3390/ma8074565

Current Approach in Surface Plasmons for Thin Film and Wire Array Solar Cell Applications

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Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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School of Computer and Information, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
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Department of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan, Kyounggi 426-791, Korea
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Academic Editor: Gururaj V. Naik
Received: 30 April 2015 / Revised: 1 July 2015 / Accepted: 14 July 2015 / Published: 22 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plasmonic Materials)
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Abstract

Surface plasmons, which exist along the interface of a metal and a dielectric, have been proposed as an efficient alternative method for light trapping in solar cells during the past ten years. With unique properties such as superior light scattering, optical trapping, guide mode coupling, near field concentration, and hot-electron generation, metallic nanoparticles or nanostructures can be tailored to a certain geometric design to enhance solar cell conversion efficiency and to reduce the material costs. In this article, we review current approaches on different kinds of solar cells, such as crystalline silicon (c-Si) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film solar cells, organic solar cells, nanowire array solar cells, and single nanowire solar cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: surface plasmons; silicon; silicon nanowire; solar cell; thin film solar cells; organic solar cells; optical losses; light scattering; optical trapping; nanoparticles; photovoltaics; hot electron; guide mode surface plasmons; silicon; silicon nanowire; solar cell; thin film solar cells; organic solar cells; optical losses; light scattering; optical trapping; nanoparticles; photovoltaics; hot electron; guide mode
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Zhou, K.; Guo, Z.; Liu, S.; Lee, J.-H. Current Approach in Surface Plasmons for Thin Film and Wire Array Solar Cell Applications. Materials 2015, 8, 4565-4581.

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