Biomimetic spiral grating for stable and highly efficient absorption in crystalline silicon thin-film solar cells

Jin Hou, Wei Hong, Xiaohang Li, Chunyong Yang, Shaoping Chen

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By emulating the phyllotaxis structure of natural plants, which has an efficient and stable light capture capability, a two-dimensional spiral grating is introduced on the surface of crystalline silicon solar cells to obtain both efficient and stable light absorption. Using the rigorous coupled wave analysis method, the absorption performance on structural parameter variations of spiral gratings is investigated firstly. Owing to diffraction resonance and excellent superficies antireflection, the integrated absorption of the optimal spiral grating cell is raised by about 77 percent compared with the conventional slab cell. Moreover, though a 15 percent deviation of structural parameters from the optimal spiral grating is applied, only a 5 percent decrease of the absorption is observed. This reveals that the performance of the proposed grating would tolerate large structural variations. Furthermore, the angular and polarization dependence on the absorption of the optimized cell is studied. For average polarizations, a small decrease of only 11 percent from the maximum absorption is observed within an incident angle ranging from −70 to 70 degrees. The results show promising application potentials of the biomimetic spiral grating in the solar cell.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A922
JournalOptics Express
Issue number20
StatePublished - Sep 12 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (11504435, 11147014); Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province (2013CFA052); Baseline BAS/1/1664-01-01 from KAUST.


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