Efficiency enhancement of ideal photovoltaic solar cells by photonic excitations in multi-intermediate band structures

Peng, R. W.; Mazzer, M.; Barnham, K. W. J.
July 2003
Applied Physics Letters;7/28/2003, Vol. 83 Issue 4, p770
Academic Journal
We present an efficiency analysis of ideal photovoltaic solar cells based on multi-intermediate band structures. It is shown that the difference between the thermodynamic limit of photovoltaic conversion and the limit of efficiency of traditional bulk semiconductor solar cells can be gradually bridged if an optimum energy band structure is achieved. Efficiency enhancement originates from photonic excitations among multiple energy bands. Several possible ways to design the optimum energy band structures are proposed.


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