Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1211.6232 (Matteo Burresi et al.)

Two-dimensional disorder for broadband, omnidirectional and
polarization-insensitive absorption

Matteo Burresi, Filippo Pratesi, Kevin Vynck, Mauro Prasciolu, Massimo Tormen, Diederik S. Wiersma
The surface of thin-film solar cells can be tailored with photonic nanostructures to allow light trapping in the absorbing medium. This in turn increases the optical thickness of the film and thus enhances their absorption. Such a coherent light trapping is generally accomplished with deterministic photonic architectures. Here, we experimentally explore the use of a different nanostructure, a disordered one, for this purpose. We show that the disorder-induced modes in the film allow improvements in the absorption over a broad range of frequencies and impinging angles.
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