Multi-striped Orthogonal Photon-photo Carrier-propagation Solar Cells (MOP3SCs) With New Asymmetric Redirection Waveguides | 92515
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In orthogonal photon-photo carrier propagation solar cell (MOP3SC), photons propagate in the direction orthogonal to
that of the photo carriers. Photons being absorbed in the direction vertical to that of the carrier drift/diffusion, tradeoff
between photon absorption and carrier collection can be lifted. We can set the stripe-width large enough to absorb all
the photons keeping the distance between the p/n electrode distance (= semiconductors layer thickness) short enough to
allow most of photo carriers to reach out to the contact metals. Further, by placing those multiple semiconductor stripes,
neighboring to each other, with different band-gaps in such an order that the incoming photons first encounter the widest gap
semiconductor, then medium-gap ones, and the narrowest at last, we can convert the whole solar spectrum into electricity
resulting in high conversion efficiency. The multi-striped solar cell structure is placed at the edge of redirection waveguide
in which 3D-propagation photons are redirected to be 2D photons propagating in the waveguide. The waveguide-coupled
MOP3SC serves as a concentration photovoltaic system typically operating under a few hundreds to a thousand suns. Using an
integrated-paraboloid-sheet as the first layer of the redirection waveguide, we can make the daytime sunlight virtually impinge
the rest of the waveguide structure at a right angle. Further, asymmetric waveguide-coupled MOP3SC serves as a highly efficient
concentration photovoltaic system thanks to the low temperature rise due to the minimal thermal dissipation and the diffusive
light convertibility thanks to the integrated-paraboloid-sheet. The system is also of interest as a high reliability system, because
those photons that can damage the bonding of the materials, being converted into electricity already at upstream, never go into
the medium or narrow gap semiconductors. Thus, the asymmetric waveguide-coupled MOP3SC would serve as an ultimate
high efficiency all-in-one system in the near future.
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Akira Ishibashi received the BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Physics in 1981, 1983, and 1990, respectively, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan. During 1982–1983, he was a Research Assistant at LBNL, Berkeley, USA. In 1983, he joined the Research Center of Sony Corporation, Yokohama. He was a Visiting Faculty at Loomis Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990-1991. In Sony he achieved world-first RT CW operation of blue/green laser diodes using ZnMgSSe, in 1993. He was a Visiting Professor at Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku University, Japan in 1998. Since 2003 he has been a full Professor in leading Nanostructure Physics Lab in RIES, Hokkaido University, Japan. In 2006, he started Hokkaido University Venture Company, C’sTEC Corp., based on Clean Unit System Platform (CUSP). His main target is to realize high-efficiency solar cells exploiting CUSP that helps people live in a high standard.