Luminescent solar concentrators doped with CdSe/CdS quantum dots provide a potentially low-cost and high-performance alternative to costly high-band-gap III-V semiconductor materials to serve as a top junction in multijunction photovoltaic devices for efficient utilization of blue photons. In this study, a photonic mirror was coupled with such a luminescent waveguide to form an optical cavity where emitted luminescence was trapped omnidirectionally. By mitigating escape cone and scattering losses, 82% of luminesced photons travel the length of the waveguide, creating a concentration ratio of 30.3 for blue photons in a waveguide with a geometric gain of 61. Further, we study the photon transport inside the luminescent waveguide, showing unimpeded photon collection across the entire length of the waveguide.
- light trapping
- luminescent solar concentrators
- quantum dots
- transfer printing