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Nanostructured Approaches to Light Management in Thin Silicon Solar Cells and Silicon-based Tandems


Abstract Semiconductor nanostructures are promising building blocks for light management in thin silicon solar cells and silicon-based tandems due their tunable optical properties. The present dissertation is organized along three main research areas: (1) characterization and modeling of III-V nanowires as active elements of solar cell tandems, (2) modeling of silicon nanopillars for reduced optical losses in ultra-thin silicon solar cells, and (3) characterization and modeling of nanoparticle-based optical coatings for light management.

First, the recombination mechanisms in polytype GaAs nanowires are studied through photoluminescence measurements coupled with rate equation analysis. When photons are absorbed in polytype nanowires, electrons and... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Vulic, Natasa (Author) / Goodnick, Stephen M (Advisor) / Honsberg, Christiana B (Committee member) / Holman, Zachary C (Committee member) / Smith, David J (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Nanotechnology / Optics / light management / nanoparticles / nanopillars / nanowires / semiconductor / solar cells
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 138 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Electrical Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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