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Plasmonics for improved photovoltaic devices

Atwater, Harry A. and Polman, Albert (2010) Plasmonics for improved photovoltaic devices. Nature Materials, 9 (3). pp. 205-213. ISSN 1476-1122. doi:10.1038/nmat2629.

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The emerging field of plasmonics has yielded methods for guiding and localizing light at the nanoscale, well below the scale of the wavelength of light in free space. Now plasmonics researchers are turning their attention to photovoltaics, where design approaches based on plasmonics can be used to improve absorption in photovoltaic devices, permitting a considerable reduction in the physical thickness of solar photovoltaic absorber layers, and yielding new options for solar-cell design. In this review, we survey recent advances at the intersection of plasmonics and photovoltaics and offer an outlook on the future of solar cells based on these principles.

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Additional Information:© 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Published online: 19 February 2010. We thank M. Bonn, K. Catchpole, V. E. Ferry, J. Gomez Rivas, M. Hebbink, J. N. Munday, P. Saeta, W. C. Sinke, R. E. I. Schropp, K. Tanabe, E. Verhagen, M. A. Verschuuren, R. de Waele and E. T. Yu for discussions. This work is supported by the Global Climate and Energy Project. The FOM portion of this work is part of the research programme of FOM and of the Joint Solar Panel programme, which are both financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Caltech portion of this work was supported by the Department of Energy under grant number DOE DE-FG02-07ER46405.
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Subject Keywords:Optical, photonic and optoelectronic materials | Materials for energy | Nanoscale materials
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