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Optimal optical design of thin-film photovoltaic devices

Zhu, F., Jennings, P., Cornish, J., Hefter, G. and Lucsak, K. (1997) Optimal optical design of thin-film photovoltaic devices. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (1-4). pp. 163-169.

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In this paper we report the results of an effort to develop a design tool to optimise any solar cell with thin-film structure. An optical admittance analysis which takes into account the interference effects in the multilayer thin-film system is discussed. This method provides a technique for calculating the optical properties of a thin-film device with a multilayer configuration. It also allows us to explore the nature and magnitude of optical losses in p-i-n type single or multi-junction a-Si : H solar cells, and to optimise the structure of such cells to utilise enhanced interference effects to obtain the maximum possible utilisation of incident solar radiation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Chemical and Mathematical Science
Publisher: Elsevier BV
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