Simulation of Optical Properties of the Si/SiO2/Al Interface at the Rear of Industrially Fabricated Si Solar Cells
Y. Yang, and P. Altermatt[1,2]
Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), Emmerthal, Germany
Dep. Solar Energy Research, Inst. Solid-State Physics, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany
The specular and diffuse reflection properties of sunlight at the rear surface of silicon solar cells with various degrees of roughness are computed by solving the Maxwell and material equations in two dimensions, using the COMSOL RF Module. The model is tested on planar Si/SiO2/air interfaces and planar Si/SiO2/Al interfaces. The simulations show that for wavelengths of 800 nm, (i) maximum ...
J. Crompton, S. Yushanov, K. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA
The Mie solution to the scattering of electromagnetic waves by spherical particles has been examined using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The results assume elastic scattering only and do not include Brillouin or Raman scattering. The nature of the interaction has been considered for materials with three different properties: metallic, magnetic and dielectric. The solutions provide details of the ...
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received tremendous attention as alternative photon harvesting devices. While the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network attached with dye molecules achieves efficient photon absorption, the electrons have to diffuse through the long TiO2 network to reach the contact, resulting in a high electron density and thus increased recombination. Extensive research ...
H. Surdi, A. Singh, S. S. Prabhu 
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai,India
Since the advent of Terhertz(THz) technology, improving the THz emission power has been one of the major research goal. One of the methods to increase the THz emission power is to increase the coupling of excitation laser light to the dielectric substrate.The field of nano-plasmonics exploits light-matter interactions at nanometer scale. With the help of metallic nano-structure at ...
W. Raja, A. Alabastri, S. Tuccio, R. Proietti Zaccaria
Department of Nanostructures, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors proved themselves as a promising device for many kinds of applications such as optical biosensing, binding constant determinationor nanofilm thickness measurements. Here we simulate using COMSOL Multiphysics® the light-polaritons coupling for the two most commonly used SPR setups: Attenuated total reflection (Kretschmann configuration) and diffraction ...
A. Javadi, P. Lodahl
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
In this contribution we study how a planar photonic crystal waveguide (PhCW), created by introducing a line defect in the photonic crystal, can modify the projected local density of states (LDOS) for a dipole emitter. We use the COMSOL Multiphysics® RF Module to carry out eigenvalue calculations studies on PhCW. When the dipole is in resonance with the waveguide mode, the enhancement Fp of ...
Pennsylvania State University Electro-Optics Center, Freeport, Pennsylvania, USA
We demonstrate the use of COMSOL Multiphysics with MATLAB to model signal generation in wide-bandgap semiconductor radiation detectors. A quasi-hemispherical detector design is compared with a simple, planar detector. Results show that the quasi-hemispherical design can simply and effectively compensate for the poor hole transport of most compound semiconductor materials. In this paper we present ...
Cypress Semiconductor Corp., San Jose, CA, USA
We report an implementation of parallel computing on Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) for touch-sensor modeling. COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to simulate an electromagnetic field distribution in a capacitive sensor assembly. Multiple COMSOL jobs were deployed on separate AWS instances and were executed in parallel. The simulation results indicate that implementation of parallel computing for COMSOL ...
J. Crompton, S. Yushanov, L.T. Gritter, K.C. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies, Columbus, OH, USA
The resonance conditions for surface plasmons are influenced by the type and amount of material on a surface. Full insight into surface plasmon resonance requires quantum mechanics considerations. However, it can be also described in terms of classical electromagnetic theory by considering electromagnetic wave reflection, transmission, and absorption for the multi-layer medium. The two commonly ...
R. Millett, J. Wheeldon, T. Hall, and H. Schriemer [1,2]
 Centre for Research in Photonics, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada
 Centre for Research in Photonics, Dept. of Physics, University of Ottawa, Canada
A 2D multiphysics model has been developed to simulate heterojunctions separating abruptly doped semiconductor layers of different dopant concentrations. Numerical results are presented for the case of nN, pN and PpN heterojunctions, and a general procedure for simulating multiple heterojunctions is described.