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Keywords:

  • solar cells;
  • whispering gallery modes;
  • nanospheres;
  • photovoltaic devices;
  • thin films
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Freely propagating sunlight can be diffractively coupled and transformed into several guided whispering gallery modes within an array of wavelength scale dielectric spheres. Incident optical power is then transferred to the thin-film cell by leaky mode coupling into a thin solar cell absorber layer and significantly enhances its efficiency by increasing the fraction of incident light absorbed.