Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV)

03 November 2013 – 06 November 2013 OSA Virtual Event

PV addresses all aspects of advanced and innovative nanophotonic concepts for photovoltaic applications.

This meeting brings together experts from the fields of nanophotonics and photovoltaics to address the issues and opportunities for merging these two technologies. The scope of the meeting covers all aspects of optical nanostructures for photovoltaic applications, from textured surfaces and diffraction gratings through to emerging areas topics such as plasmonic enhancement, spectrally split multiple cells and spectral flux management in multi-junction solar cells.

Neal R. Armstrong, University of Arizona, United StatesCritical Interfaces in Emerging Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies: From Basic Science to Policy and Economic Issues, plenary

Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United StatesDynamic Spectroscopy – a Critical Tool for Developing Artificial Photosynthesis, plenary

Doug Hall, U.S Department of Energy, United States, Invention and Innovation – Key to keeping Photovoltaic R&D in the United States, plenary

Eli Yablonovitch, University of California BerkeleyUnited StatesTo be Determined, Invited

Harry Atwater, California Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesDielectric Light-Trapping Structures for Ultrathin Silicon and Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells, Invited

Peter Bermel, Purdue UniversityUnited StatesPerformance Limits for GaAs-based Nanowire Photovoltaics, Invited

Joseph Berry, National Renewable Energy Laboratory United StatesMultidisciplinary Approach to Understanding Impact of Interfaces on Device Physics in Photovoltaics, Invited

Benedikt Bläsi, Fraunhofer Inst Solare EnergiesystemeGermanyGaAs Solar Cells Close to the Thermodynamic Limit, Invited

Gavin Conibeer, University of New South WalesAustraliaHot Carrier Solar Cells: Materials with Modulated Phonon Energy for Slowed Carrier Cooling, Invited

Olindo Isabella, Technische Universiteit DelftNetherlandsFront/Rear Decoupled Texturing in Refractive and Diffractive Regimes for Ultra-Thin Silicon-Based Solar Cells, Invited

Thomas Krauss, University of YorkUnited KingdomQuasirandom Nanostructures for Light Trapping, Invited

Falk Lederer, GermanyNovel Idealistic and Realistic Approaches for a Better Photon Management, Invited

Changhee Lee, Seoul National UniversitySouth KoreaImproved Polymer-QD Hybrid Solar Cells with Sequential Surface Treatment of CdSe QDs, Invited

Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland at College ParkUnited StatesNew Opportunities for PV Optics Using Quantum Dots, Nanowires, and Photonic Crystals, Invited

Jihun Oh, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & TechSouth Korea18.2% Efficient Nanostructured Si Solar Cells, Invited

Kui-Qing Peng, Beijing Normal UniversityChinaSilicon Nanostructures Prepared by Metal-catalyzed Electroless Etching for Photovoltaics, Invited

Thomas Pertsch, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaGermanyRIE Black Silicon for Photovoltaic Applications, Invited

Bryce Richards, Heriot-Watt UniversityUnited KingdomProgress Towards Enhancing the Performance of c-Si Photovoltaic Devices via Up- and Down-Conversion, Invited

Cody Schlenker, University of WashingtonUnited StatesStrategies for Kinetic Control in Organic Solar Cells, Invited

Alec Talin, Sandia National LaboratoriesUnited StatesMetal-Insultor-Semiconductor Tunnel Diodes for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production, Invited

Jinkyoung Yoo, Los Alamos National LaboratoryUnited StatesPhotovoltaic Performances of Three-dimensional Architecture Si Radial p-i-n Junction Nanowire Arrays, Invited

Huanping Zhou, University of California Los AngelesUnited StatesToward high performance Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells through nanocrystal precursors, Invited
Mark Brongersma, Stanford University, United States
Lan Fu, Australian National University, Australia
Erin Ratcliff, University of Arizona, United States
Ralf Wehrspohn, Fraunhofer IWM Halle, Germany

Program Chair
Alexander Sprafke, Martin-Luther University Halle, Germany

Lucio Andreani, Universita degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
Kylie Catchpole, Australian National University, Australia
Jan Goldschmidt, Fraunhofer Inst Solare Energiesysteme, Germany
Ewa Goldys, Macquarie University, Australia
Jung-Ho Lee, Hanyang University, South Korea
Paul Mulvaney, University of Melbourne, Australia
Carsten Rockstuhl, University of Jena, Germany
Hoe Tan, Australian National University, Australia
Carolin Ulbrich, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Thomas White, Australian National University, Australia
Congress Reception
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a 4 ft. × 8 ft. (1.22 m × 2.44 m) board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

General Session with Plenary Speakers

  • Neal R. Armstrong, University of Arizona, USACritical Interfaces in Emerging Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies: From Basic Science to Policy and Economic Issues
  • Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, Dynamic Spectroscopy – a Critical Tool for Developing Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Doug Hall, U.S Department of Energy, USAInvention and Innovation – Key to keeping Photovoltaic R&D in the United States

A Discussion on the Future Areas for Funding and Research for Solar
Sponsored by the OSA Optics for Energy Technical Group

The panel will discuss new directions in research for solar energy and possible funding sources. It will include a panelist from DOE and NREL, and industrial representative from Amonix and SOLON. The panel discussion will be guided to make it of general interest to all Congress attendees.

  • Harry Atwater, Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, USA
  • Ken Baldwin, Australian National Univ. Energy Change Institute, Australia
  • Matthew Fraser, Arizona State Univ./QESST, USA
  • Adam Plesniak, Amonix, USA
  • Andru Prescod, DOE CSP Program, USA
  • Bill Richarson, SOLON, USA

Topic Categories

  • Nano-textured surfaces of various types
  • Nanostructures for solar concentrators
  • Nanostructures for dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Nanostructures for thin-film solar cells
  • Materials for thermophotovoltaics
  • Tandem cells
  • Gratings, photonic crystals, and diffractive optics used with/on solar cells
  • Resonant and plasmonic enhancement of optical absorption
  • Spectral flux mamangement
  • Novel solar cell geometries
  • Light management with nanostructures
  • Optical nanostructures for solar hydrogen
  • Advances in material science for photovoltaic applications

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