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Volume 113, Issue 17, 07 May 2013
113(2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4803676View Description Hide Description
In this paper, a systematic design and analysis of thin film crystalline silicon solar cells incorporated with a new style of multilayer silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) array is presented. Using numerical simulations, we showed that multilayer Ag NPs provide better light trapping than single layer Ag NPs when the Ag NPs are located on the rear of the solar cell. Furthermore, Ag NP double layers on the rear achieved the best light absorption enhancement for solar cells. Ag NP double layers showed a 6.65% increase in intergraded quantum efficiency across the solar spectrum compared with single layer structures. The parasitic absorption occurring in Ag NP bottom layers was also discussed.