Effect of nanoparticle size distribution on the performance of plasmonic thin-film solar cells: Monodisperse versus multidisperse arrays

Er Chien Wang, Sudha Mokkapati, Thomas Soderstrom, Sergey Varlamov, Kylie R. Catchpole

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The effect of the silver nanoparticle size distribution on the performance of plasmonic polycrystalline Si thin-film solar cells is studied. Monodisperse particle arrays are fabricated using nanoimprint lithography. Multidispersed particle arrays are fabricated using thermal evaporation followed by annealing. The short-circuit current enhancement for the cells without a back reflector is 24% and 18% with the multidisperse array and the monodispersed array, respectively. For the cells with a back reflector, the current enhancement increases to 34% and 30%, respectively, compared with 13% enhancement due to the reflector alone. Better performance of multidisperse Ag nanoparticle arrays is attributed to a broader scattering cross section of the array owing to a broad particle size distribution and a higher nanoparticle coverage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6298922
Pages (from-to)267-270
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Nanolithography
  • nanophotonics
  • photovoltaic cells
  • resonance light scattering

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