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Broadband Enhancement in Thin-Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells Enabled by Nucleated Silver Nanoparticles

Overview of attention for article published in Nano Letters, February 2012
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Title
Broadband Enhancement in Thin-Film Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells Enabled by Nucleated Silver Nanoparticles
Published in
Nano Letters, February 2012
DOI 10.1021/nl203463z
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Authors

Xi Chen, Baohua Jia, Jhantu K. Saha, Boyuan Cai, Nicholas Stokes, Qi Qiao, Yongqian Wang, Zhengrong Shi, Min Gu

Abstract

Recently plasmonic effects have gained tremendous interest in solar cell research because they are deemed to be able to dramatically boost the efficiency of thin-film solar cells. However, despite of the intensive efforts, the desired broadband enhancement, which is critical for real device performance improvement, has yet been achieved with simple fabrication and integration methods appreciated by the solar industry. We propose in this paper a novel idea of using nucleated silver nanoparticles to effectively scatter light in a broadband wavelength range to realize pronounced absorption enhancement in the silicon absorbing layer. Since it does not require critical patterning, experimentally these tailored nanoparticles were achieved by the simple, low-cost and upscalable wet chemical synthesis method and integrated before the back contact layer of the amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells. The solar cells incorporated with 200 nm nucleated silver nanoparticles at 10% coverage density clearly demonstrate a broadband absorption enhancement and significant superior performance including a 14.3% enhancement in the short-circuit photocurrent density and a 23% enhancement in the energy conversion efficiency, compared with the randomly textured reference cells without nanoparticles. Among the measured plasmonic solar cells the highest efficiency achieved was 8.1%. The significant enhancement is mainly attributed to the broadband light scattering arising from the integration of the tailored nucleated silver nanoparticles.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 1%
Germany 3 <1%
United States 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Belgium 2 <1%
India 2 <1%
Latvia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Other 5 2%
Unknown 301 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 127 39%
Researcher 56 17%
Student > Master 44 14%
Professor > Associate Professor 22 7%
Professor 14 4%
Other 44 14%
Unknown 18 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 123 38%
Engineering 65 20%
Materials Science 56 17%
Chemistry 38 12%
Energy 4 1%
Other 12 4%
Unknown 27 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 September 2017.
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