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Rare-Earth Ion Doped Up-Conversion Materials for Photovoltaic Applications

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  • Hai-Qiao Wang,

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    1. Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
    • Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany.
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  • Miroslaw Batentschuk,

    1. Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
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  • Andres Osvet,

    1. Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
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  • Luigi Pinna,

    1. Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
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  • Christoph J. Brabec

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    1. Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
    2. Brabec, Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE-Bayern), Am Weichselgarten 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
    • Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen–Nürnberg, Martensstrasse 7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany.
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Abstract

With the aim of utilizing the infrared region of solar radiation to improve solar cell performance, significant progress, including theoretical analysis and experimental achievement, has been made in the field of up-conversion for photovoltaic applications. This Research News article reviews recent progress in the development of rear-earth (RE) ion doped up-conversion materials for solar cell applications. In addition, new trends for RE-ion-doped phosphors are briefly discussed, among them trivalent RE-ion-doped up-conversion materials for organic solar cell applications.

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