15.7% Efficient 10-mu m-Thick Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells Using Periodic Nanostructures

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Branham M. S., HSU W., Yerci S., LOOMİS J., Boriskina S. V., Hoard B. R., ...More

ADVANCED MATERIALS, vol.27, no.13, pp.2182-2189, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/adma.201405511
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2182-2189
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Only ten micrometer thick crystalline silicon solar cells deliver a short-circuit current of 34.5 mA cm(-2) and power conversion efficiency of 15.7%. The record performance for a crystalline silicon solar cell of such thinness is enabled by an advanced light-trapping design incorporating a 2D inverted pyramid photonic crystal and a rear dielectric/reflector stack.