Limit of light coupling strength in solar cells

We introduce a limit for the strength of coupling light into the modes of solar cells. This limit depends on both a cell’s thickness and its modal properties. For a cell with refractive index n and thickness d, we obtain a maximal coupling rate of $2c\sqrt{n^2-1}/d$, where c is speed of light. Our method can be used in the design of solar cells and in calculating their efficiency limits; besides, it can be applied to a broad variety of resonant phenomena and devices.

Published in:
Applied Physics Letters, 102, 13, 131113
Year:
2013
Publisher:
Melville, American Institute of Physics
ISSN:
0003-6951
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IMT-NE Number: 691
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