The authors cover the physics, principles, concepts, technologies, and methods used, explaining how to increase the efficiency of solar cells by splitting or modifying the solar spectrum before they absorb the sunlight. In so doing, they present novel concepts and materials allowing for the cheaper, more flexible manufacture of solar cells and systems.
For educational purposes, the authors have split the reasons for photon management into spatial and spectral light management.
Bridging the gap between the photonics and the photovoltaics communities, this is an invaluable reference for materials scientists, physicists in industry, experimental physicists, lecturers in physics, Ph.D. students in physics and material sciences, engineers in power technology, applied and surface physicists.
Keywords: photovoltaics absorption diffraction scattering device upconversion, Solar Energy & Photovoltaics, Optical and Non-Linear Optical Materials, Solar Energy & Photovoltaics, Optical & Non-Linear Optical Materials