Photosynthesis versus photovoltaics

Alexander P. Kirk, David K. Ferry

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Abstract

The physics of photon absorption, exciton and free carrier generation, relaxation, transport, recombination, and collection is analyzed and compared, step-by-step, between photosynthetic complexes and photovoltaic cells. By unifying the physics of the biological photosynthesis process and the device physics of photovoltaic cells, it is shown that well-designed photovoltaic cells share many similarities with highly evolved photosynthetic complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Computational Electronics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 29 2017

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Keywords

  • Bio-inspired
  • Photosynthesis
  • Photovoltaics
  • Quantum coherence
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Photosynthesis versus photovoltaics. / Kirk, Alexander P.; Ferry, David K.

In: Journal of Computational Electronics, 29.08.2017, p. 1-6.

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Kirk, Alexander P. ; Ferry, David K. / Photosynthesis versus photovoltaics. In: Journal of Computational Electronics. 2017 ; pp. 1-6.
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