Asymmetry in photocurrent enhancement by plasmonic nanoparticle arrays located on the front or on the rear of solar cells

F. J. Beck, S. Mokkapati, A. Polman, K. R. Catchpole

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Abstract

We show experimentally that there is asymmetry in photocurrent enhancement by Ag nanoparticle arrays located on the front or on the rear of solar cells. The scattering cross-section calculated for front- and rear-located nanoparticles can differ by up to a factor of 3.7, but the coupling efficiency remains the same. We attribute this to differences in the electric field strength and show that the normalized scattering cross-section of a front-located nanoparticle varies from two to eight depending on the intensity of the driving field. In addition, the scattering cross-section of rear-located particles can be increased fourfold using ultrathin spacer layers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033113
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume96
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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