Carrier collection in optically resonant nanostructures for quantum dot solar cells

Stefan Wil Tabernig, Lin Yuan, Yijun Gao, Zhi Li Teh, Andrea Cordaro, Andreas Pusch, Robert Patterson, Shujuan Huang, Albert Polman

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One of the most interesting - but often underappreciated - absorber materials for solar cells are PbS quantum dot (QD) layers. In principle, the tuneable bandgap, that derives from quantum confinement, together with strong absorption, which allows for thin and flexible layers, as well as the ease of fabrication in form of solution deposition, are each strong arguments for thin-film-QD absorber layer based solar cells. However, so far, those advantages have been met with notable disadvantages which have hindered a faster and more enthusiastic uptake of QD absorber layers in the scientific community. A major hindrance is the low diffusion length of charge carriers in the absorber, limiting the maximum possible absorber thickness, thus requiring an unsatisfying compromise between short-circuit current density (J SC ) and open-circuit voltage (V OC ). In this work, we lay out a path on how to address this issue, by introducing a 3-dimensionally structured p-n heterojunction ( Fig. 1 ) that can increase charge carrier generation, as well as improve extraction in comparison to flat cell geometries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419222
ISBN (Print)9781665430180
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale


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