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.
Tsinghua University Press
Qi Han,Yongqi Fu,Lei Jin,Jingjing Zhao,Zongwei Xu,Fengzhou Fang,Jingsong Gao,Weixing Yu, Germanium nanopyramid arrays showing near-100% absorption in the visible regime. NanoRes.2015, 8(7): 2216–2222