In this paper, we investigate the electrical and optical properties of novel InGaAs nanowire solar cells. Key features like high optical absorption and excellent charge carrier mobility make them an attractive candidate to established solar cell technologies. The aim of our study is gain a deeper understanding of the underlying physics involved and to identify the limiting factors in the device under study. We perform a detailed simulation study of a fabricated nanowire structure under typical illumination conditions, extracting key figures of merit like efficiency, short-circuit current and open circuit voltage; our values are in good agreement with recently reported nanowire solar cells. After having validated our simulation approach, different optimization techniques are investigated in order to maximize the performance of the solar cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE-NANO 2015 - 15th International Conference on Nanotechnology
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781467381550
StatePublished - Jan 20 2016
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO 2015 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Jul 27 2015Jul 30 2015


Other15th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology, IEEE-NANO 2015


  • modeling
  • nanowire
  • numerical simulation
  • radial junction
  • solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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