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Exceeding Conventional Photovoltaic Efficiency Limits Using Colloidal Quantum Dots, Gregory F. Pach Apr 2017

Exceeding Conventional Photovoltaic Efficiency Limits Using Colloidal Quantum Dots, Gregory F. Pach

Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are a widely investigated field of research due to their highly tunable nature in which the optical and electronic properties of the nanocrystal can be manipulated by merely changing the nanocrystal’s size. Specifically, colloidal quantum dot solar cells (QDSCs) have become a promising candidate for future generation photovoltaic technology. Quantum dots exhibit multiple exciton generation (MEG) in which multiple electron-hole pairs are generated from a single high-energy photon. This process is not observed in bulk-like semiconductors and allows for QDSCs to achieve theoretical efficiency limits above the standard single-junction Shockley-Queisser limit. However, the fast expanding ...


Nanosphere Lithography And Its Application In Rapid And Economic Fabrication Of Plasmonic Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Devices, Chenlong Zhang Jan 2016

Nanosphere Lithography And Its Application In Rapid And Economic Fabrication Of Plasmonic Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Devices, Chenlong Zhang

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports

Solar photovoltaic (PV) devices harvest energy from solar radiation and convert it to electricity. PV technologies, as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, use clean and renewable energy while minimizing pollution. For decades researchers have been developing thin film solar cells as an important alternatives to the relatively expensive bulk crystal solar cell technology. Among those, hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells prevails for good efficiency, non-toxic and materially abundant nature. However, a-Si:H thickness must be minimized to prevent light induced degradation, so optical enhancement is necessary. Light manipulation has to be applied and carefully engineered to trap ...


Solar Cell Temperature Dependent Efficiency And Very High Temperature Efficiency Limits, John Robert Wilcox Oct 2013

Solar Cell Temperature Dependent Efficiency And Very High Temperature Efficiency Limits, John Robert Wilcox

Open Access Dissertations

Clean renewable solar energy is and will continue to be a critically important source of electrical energy. Solar energy has the potential of meeting all of the world's energy needs, and has seen substantial growth in recent years. Solar cells can convert sun light directly into electrical energy, and much progress has been made in making them less expensive and more efficient. Solar cells are often characterized and modeled at 25 °C, which is significantly lower than their peak operating temperature. In some thermal concentrating systems, solar cells operate above 300 °C. Since increasing the temperature drastically affects the ...


Diodes For Optical Rectennas, Sachit Grover Jan 2011

Diodes For Optical Rectennas, Sachit Grover

Electrical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Two types of ultra-fast diode are fabricated, characterized, and simulated for use in optical rectennas. A rectenna consists of an antenna connected to a diode in which the electromagnetic radiation received by the antenna is rectified in the diode. I have investigated metal/insulator/metal (MIM) tunnel diodes and a new, geometric diode for use in rectenna-based infrared detectors and solar cells. Factors influencing the performance of a rectenna are analyzed. These include DC and optical-frequency diode-characteristics, circuit parameters, signal amplitude, and coherence of incoming radiation.

To understand and increase the rectification response of MIM-based rectennas, I carry out an ...