Numerical analysis and demonstration of submicron antireflective textures for crystalline silicon solar cells

Hitoshi Sai, Homare Fujii, Yoshiaki Kanamori, Koji Arafune, Yoshio Ohshita, Hiroo Yugami, Masafumi Yamaguchi

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Abstract

Submicron surface textures were investigated to reduce the optical loss of Si solar cells. Numerical simulations based on the rigorous coupled-wave approach were performed to obtain the spectral reflectivity of pyramid-type Si textures with submicron period. The results showed that a low mean reflectivity below 3% can be obtained in a wide range of period, and that a suitable combination of period and aspect ratio exists to reduce the reflection loss effectively. Based on the calculation results, tapered subwavelength structures with the period of about 0.1 μm were fabricated on multi-crystalline Si as well as single crystalline Si wafers by fast atom beam etching with a porous alumina mask. A low reflectivity below 2% was successfully obtained from 0.35 to 1.0μm without AR coatings. Test cells with the SWS showed a gain on the short circuit current density due to the suppression of the optical loss.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1191-1194
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1424400163, 9781424400164
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1
Event2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: 2006 May 72006 May 12

Publication series

NameConference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
Volume1

Other

Other2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period06/5/706/5/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry

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