Theoretical Design of a Three-Layered Structure Based on Left Handed Material for Absorption Enhancement in Solar Cells

Author(s): Bouchra Mokhtari*, Nour El Houda Hissi, Saida Bahsine, Noureddine Cherkaoui Eddeqaqi, Mohammed Musa.Shabat.

Journal Name: Micro and Nanosystems

Volume 9 , Issue 2 , 2017

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Background: A three-layered structure for solar cell model is designed. We consider a LHM film bounded by a glass superstrate and silicon/or silicon nitride substrate.

Objective: The aim of this paper is to study transmittance, reflectance and absorptance in a three-layers structure composed of a glass superstrate and LHM middle layer; and as a substrate, we will be using silicon which is one of the widely used materials to enhance light absorption in multilayer structures. We will also be alternating between silicon and silicon nitride substrates to show their influence on the optical parameters.

Method: Our analysis is based on the transfer matrix approach, which is a very powerful algorithm for optical parameters calculation in multilayer structures. The transmittance, reflectance and absorptance are formulated at some specific incidence angles, computed numerically as functions of the incident frequency and finally plotted using MATLAB software.

Results: Numerical results provide an extremely high absorption for a specific left-handed material. Thus, absorptance near 100% can be theoretically achieved within an ultra broad band if the negative index layer is sandwiched in a specifically designed structure.

Conclusion: It is shown that the proposed structures lead to absorptance improvement over wide ranges of frequency and incidence angles. It has been also noticed that the absorptance in a LHM between a glass cover and a silicon substrate, is better than the absorptance in a LHM between a glass cover and a silicon nitride substrate. With adjustable LHM layer thicknesses and for exact values of the refractive index, we can achieve high values of the absorptance coefficient that can reach 100%. These proposed structures can be designed and fabricated with existing and future nanotechnology to produce high efficiency solar cell devices.

Keywords: Negative refractive index materials, Left-Handed Materials (LHM), absorptance, reflectance, transmittance, transfer matrix method.

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Year: 2017
Page: [97 - 101]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1876402909666170828161308
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