Design Considerations for Plasmonic Photovoltaics

Authors

  • Vivian E. Ferry,

    1. Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (USA)
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  • Jeremy N. Munday,

    1. Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (USA)
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  • Harry A. Atwater

    Corresponding author
    1. Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (USA)
    • Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (USA).
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Abstract

This paper reviews the recent research progress in the incorporation of plasmonic nanostructures with photovoltaic devices and the potential for surface plasmon enhanced absorption. We first outline a variety of cell architectures incorporating metal nanostructures. We then review the experimental fabrication methods and measurements to date, as well as systematic theoretical studies of the optimal nanostructure shapes. Finally we discuss photovoltaic absorber materials that could benefit from surface plasmon enhanced absorption.

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