Title

Diffractive optical elements utilized for efficiency enhancement of photovoltaic modules

Authors

Authors

I. Mingareev; R. Berlich; T. J. Eichelkraut; H. Herfurth; S. Heinemann;M. C. Richardson

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Express

Keywords

FEMTOSECOND LASER; Optics

Abstract

Common solar cells used in photovoltaic modules feature metallic contacts which partially block the sunlight from reaching the semiconductor layer and reduce the overall efficiency of the modules. Diffractive optical elements were generated in the bulk glass of a photovoltaic module by ultrafast laser irradiation to direct light away from the contacts. Calculations of the planar electromagnetic wave diffraction and propagation were performed using the rigorous coupled wave analysis technique providing quantitative estimations for the potential efficiency enhancement of photovoltaic modules. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America

Journal Title

Optics Express

Volume

19

Issue/Number

12

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

11397

Last Page

11404

WOS Identifier

WOS:000292865500041

ISSN

1094-4087

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