Periodic dielectric structures for light-trapping in InGaAs/GaAs quantum well solar cells

S. Turner, S. Mokkapati, Greg Jolley, L. Fu, H. Tan, C.H. Jagadish

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    Abstract

    We study dielectric diffraction gratings for light-trapping in quantum well solar cells and compare their performance with plasmonic and Lambertian light-trapping structures. The optimum structural parameters are identified for symmetric uni-periodic, symmetric bi-periodic and asymmetric bi-periodic gratings. The enhancement in short-circuit current density from the quantum well region with respect to a reference cell with no diffraction grating is calculated. The ratio of this enhancement to the maximum achievable enhancement (i.e. no transmission losses) is 33%, 75% and 74%, respectively for these structures. The optimum asymmetric and symmetric bi-periodic structures perform closest to Lambertian light-trapping, while all three optimum grating structures outperform optimum plasmonic light-trapping. We show that the short-circuit current density from the quantum well region is further enhanced by incorporating a rear reflector. © 2013 Optical Society of America.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)A324-A335
    JournalOptics Express
    Volume21
    Issue numberSUPPL.3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Turner, S., Mokkapati, S., Jolley, G., Fu, L., Tan, H., & Jagadish, C. H. (2013). Periodic dielectric structures for light-trapping in InGaAs/GaAs quantum well solar cells. Optics Express, 21(SUPPL.3), A324-A335. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.00A324