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Title: Antireflection and self-cleaning structures for solar cells using laser interference nanolithography
Author: Zhao, Le
Awarding Body: University of Bedfordshire
Current Institution: University of Bedfordshire
Date of Award: 2015
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This research comprehensively reviews the properties of regular micro and nano structures fabricated by laser interference lithography and reports on their applications in the antireflection and self‐cleaning surface. The research systematically investigates the laser interference lithography technology taking into account its advantages and abilities to realize various potential applications. Multiple‐beam interference lithography systems are constructed. Laser interference interaction with silicon wafer is analysed and the optical and hydrophobic properties are obtained via measurements. In order to fabricate the extremely low reflection and very large contact angle for solar cells, fabrication methods of antireflection and self‐cleaning are surveyed and their advantages and disadvantages compared. The research investigates the effect of heat transfer and the radiation of laser interference plasma on silicon wafer surfaces and proposes equations of heat flow and radiation effects of laser plasma of interfering patterns in a four‐beam laser interference distribution. Following the irradiation, the silicon wafer surface is covered with a periodic array of micrometer and nanometer‐sized structures, which have the shape of grating, cone and hole. The research also investigates the effect of different laser parameters on the optical and hydrophobic properties of the structured silicon wafer surface. The results of periodic hexagonally‐distributed hole structures fabricated by three‐beam laser interference reveals excellent design guidelines for obtaining an extremely low solar‐weighted reflection, (SWR, 1.86%) and relatively large contact angle (140°) which can provide a strong self‐cleaning capability on the solar cell surface. In addition, the research creates a novel dual structure with antireflection and superhydrophobic properties fabricated by three‐beam laser interference lithography. The fabrication method is three‐beam laser interference combined with focused laser processing interacting on the silicon wafer surface. This kind of structure has a very low SWR (3.6 %) and extremely large contact angle which is more than 150° in the wavelength range from 380 nm to 780 nm. The research shows that the laser interference lithography technology can be employed and further developed to fabricate micro and nano structures of strong antireflection and self‐cleaning functions for applications in solar cells.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: antireflection ; self-cleaning ; solar cells ; laser interference nanolithography ; laser interference lithography ; J522 Photo-Lithography