Influence of localized surface plasmon excitation in silver nanoparticles on the performance of silicon solar cells

T. L. Temple, G. D K Mahanama, H. S. Reehal*, D. M. Bagnall

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    Abstract

    Silver nanoparticles have been fabricated on glass and silicon substrates, and silicon solar cells, by evaporation of 10 nm layers followed by thermal annealing. Distinct localized surface plasmon resonances are observed in the optical spectra of the annealed samples, and these strongly affect the cell reflectance and spectral response, both positively and negatively. At short wavelengths photocurrent is improved due to forward-scattering by quadrupolar modes, while at longer wavelengths photocurrent is deteriorated due to back-scattering by dipolar modes. Back-scattering is attributed to modification of the angular scattering distribution of the nanoparticles by the silicon substrate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1978-1985
    Number of pages8
    JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
    Volume93
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

    Keywords

    • Metal nanoparticles
    • Plasmonics
    • Silicon
    • Solar cell
    • Surface plasmon

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