Nano Research

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Germanium nanopyramid arrays showing near-100% absorption in the visible regime


nanopyramid array, absorption coefficient, antireflection coatings, slow-light mode


Solar energy is regarded as one of the most plentiful sources of renewable energy. An extraordinary light-harvesting property of a germanium periodic nanopyramid array is reported in this Letter. Both our theoretical and experimental results demonstrate that the nanopyramid array can achieve perfect broadband absorption from 500- to 800-nm wavelength. Especially in the visible regime, the experimentally measured absorption can even reach 100%. Further analyses reveal that the intrinsic antireflection effect and slow-light waveguide mode play an important role in the ultra-high absorption, which is helpful for the research and development of photovoltaic devices.

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Tsinghua University Press