Theoretical and thermal characterization of a wideband perfect absorber for application in solar cells

Rufangura P., Sabah C.

APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING, vol.122, no.12, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 122 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00339-016-0520-y
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


This paper suggests a metamaterial (MTM) absorber structure to be used for efficiency improved solar cell. The proposed MTM absorber consists of the topmost three concentric circular ring resonators, and a ground metal plane sandwiched to the top layer with a dielectric spacer. Numerical simulation and theoretical (interference theory) studies on the proposed design show a wideband with near-perfect (>99%) absorption response in the visible frequency region of the solar spectrum. Thermal characterization of the suggested design is also conducted in order to investigate its absorption capability at different temperatures. The proposed MTM absorber design is believed to be an outstanding candidate toward high-efficiency solar photovoltaic cell.