Novel applications for surface plasmons in photovoltaics

K. R. Catchpole*, S. Pillai, K. L. Lin

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Recently discovered novel effects that occur when light interacts with metallic structures around its own wavelength offer a range of interesting possibilities for photovoltaics. Excitation of nanoscale metallic structures leads to oscillation of the conduction electrons, known as surface plasmons. The possible uses for surface plasmons in photovoltaics include improved absorption of light for very thin films, improved light emission for thermophotovoltaics and thermophotonics, and enhancement of the efficiency of frequency conversion materials. In this work the potential for surface plasmons to improve photovoltaic conversion efficiency is discussed and a simple technique for the fabrication of metallic nanostructures is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
Subtitle of host publicationJoint Conference of 13th PV Science & Engineering Conference, 30th IEEE PV Specialists Conference, 18th European PV Solar Energy Conference
EditorsKosuke Kurokawa, Lawrence L. Kazmerski, Bernard McNelis, Masafumi Yamaguchi, Christopher Wronski, Wim. C. Sinke
Place of PublicationJapan
PublisherWCPEC-3 Organizing Committee
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)499018162X, 9784990181604
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (3rd : 2003) - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 11 May 200318 May 2003
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceWorld Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (3rd : 2003)


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