Effective medium analysis of plasmonic silver nanoparticle films

Rudi Santbergen*, Jeroen Sap, Tristan Temple, Serge Solntsev, Arno H M Smets, René Van Swaaij, Miro Zeman

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    Films of silver nanoparticles have optical properties that are useful for applications such as plasmonic light trapping in solar cells. We illustrate experimentally and by means of simulations how the particle shape affects the optical properties. In addition we show that these nanoparticle films can be represented by an effective medium layer with an almost identical reflectance and transmittance. The Bergman effective medium theory that we used provides a link between the nanoparticle shape and the optical properties. This insight can be used for the optical analysis of nanoparticle films and for further optimization of plasmonic solar cells.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication3rd-Generation and Emerging Solar-Cell Technologies
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event2011 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
    Duration: 25 Apr 201129 Apr 2011


    Other2011 MRS Spring Meeting
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco, CA


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