Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Semiconductor nanowires: versatile building blocks in various novel optical applications
Bashouti, Muhammad; Brönstrup, Gerald; Christiansen Silke H.; Hoffmann, Björn; Kiometzis, Michael; Pietsch, Matthias; Sarau, George; Schmitt, Sebastian; Sivakov, Vladimir; Tessarek, Christian; Voigt, Felix
Optik und Information (Gerd Leuchs)
SummaryThe investigation of optical properties of semiconductor nanowires and their controlled modification has a wide range of potential applications in areas from sensing to photovoltaics. At the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light a wide variety of methods is used to advance this type of research. A noteworthy achievement is a working Silicon-nanowire based solar cell with efficiencies >9%. This result underlines the promising potential of semiconductor nanowires in efficient thin film photovoltaics.