On the use of localized plasmon polaritons in solar cells

Florian Hallermann (Lead / Corresponding author), Carsten Rockstuhl, Stephan Fahr, Gerhard Seifert, Stefan Wackerow, Heinrich Graener, Gero V Plessen, Falk Lederer

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Abstract

We describe some fundamental properties of localized Plasmon polaritons in metallic nanoparticles, and discuss their use for enhancing solar cells efficiency by photon management. Two scenarios are detailed. The first is an example of spectral photon management utilizing localized plasmon polaritons to increase the up-conversion efficiency of ions embedded in a glass matrix comprising metallic nanoparticles. The second example details quantitatively how the strong field enhancement and the large scattering cross-section of plasmons at the resonance wavelength can be employed directly to enhance light absorption in thin-film solar cells. Preliminary experimental results on tailoring appropriate materials are also shown. Amplitude distribution of selected electric field components near a spherical nanoparticle upon exciting a localized surface plasmon polariton.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2844-2861
Number of pages18
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
Volume205
Issue number12
Early online date13 Nov 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2008

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