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Numerical modeling of photon recycling in solar cells

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2 Author(s)
Durbin, S.M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; Gray, J.L.

The incorporation of a detailed model for the photon recycling effect into an exact numerical solar cell simulation code is described. The commonly encountered radiative lifetime multiplication factor is shown to have both a spatial and bias point dependence. Example simulations show that photon recycling can significantly reduce the effective recombination current and thereby have a large effect on the open circuit voltage of a solar cell. Possible ways to capitalize upon this effect are discussed

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Electron Devices, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 2 )