Angular constraint on light-trapping absorption enhancement in solar cells

Yu, Zongfu; Fan, Shanhui
January 2011
Applied Physics Letters;1/3/2011, Vol. 98 Issue 1, p011106
Academic Journal
Light trapping for solar cells can reduce production cost and improve energy conversion efficiency. Understanding some of the basic theoretical constraints on light trapping is therefore of fundamental importance. Here, we develop a general angular constraint on the absorption enhancement in light trapping. We show that there is an upper limit for the angular integration of absorption enhancement factors. This limit is determined by the number of accessible resonances supported by an absorber.


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