Carrier multiplication applicability for photovoltaics; A critical analysis

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The applicability of carrier multiplication (CM) in photovoltaics (PVs) is analysed based on the experimentally observed behaviour. In the analysis, detailed balance is used to estimate the upper efficiency limit for PVs including empirically approximated CM effects. It is found that practically CM enhancement is very insignificant using homogeneous quantum dots. Considering this besides the practical challenges to realize CM using such structures, its applicability to exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit is questionable and not practical.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125102
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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