\”FDTD Solutions running on a new Intel Core i7 processor has provided up to a three-fold speed up of our simulations,\” according to Magued Boshra Nasr, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist at Boston-based solar cell start-up Lightwave Power, Inc. \”Lightwave Power is focused on commercializing breakthrough improvements to current solar cells in the form of inexpensive nano-patterned thin films that can improve their efficiency. FDTD Solutions allows us to quantify that improvement, and quickly generate results that agree with our experimental measurements.\”
The new parameterization capabilities of FDTD Solutions Release 6.5 will help researchers better understand how key parameters impact design performance. \”In our work designing plasmonic light trapping layers for silicon solar cells, we have recently shown that a silver nanoparticle array located on the back surface of a silicon solar cell can enhance light trapping near the silicon band edge where collection efficiency normally degrades,\” explained Fiona J. Beck, a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University. \”FDTD Solutions expedites the analysis of these systems greatly. The new features of version 6.5 will enable us to parameterize our designs, making it easier to investigate the behavior of these nanoparticles as we vary their geometry and local environment.\”
The ability to conduct systematic studies of how device geometry impacts collection efficiency, optical loss, and overall optical performance will enable research and development professionals to prototype new device concepts, and efficiently refine those initial designs.
\”The new features of FDTD Solutions version 6.5 will help me to generate optimized and readily manufacturable solar device designs for my clients,\” according to Kevin Keilbach, principal of Keilbach Consulting, Inc. \”In my engagements with established solar energy companies and start-ups alike, there is intense demand for rapid progress towards optimal component designs. The ability to parameterize design concepts and quickly assess their performance with FDTD Solutions 6.5 will allow me to better serve the solar cell industry in its search for higher efficiencies and more cost-effective technologies.\”
FDTD Solutions 6.5 enables you to efficiently prototype and refine nanophotonic designs. Enhanced broadband material modeling, an integrated search utility to connect you to 750+ topics in the FDTD Solutions Online Help knowledge base, and hierarchical and parameterized design capabilities facilitate rapid design assessment.
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