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dc.contributor.advisor Halas, Naomi J.
dc.creatorCole, Joseph Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:42:55Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:42:55Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/17871
dc.description.abstract The plasmon resonance in metallic nanoshells can be used to efficiently harvest solar energy and convert it into thermal or electronic form. Possible applications include improved optical coupling into silicon photodiodes, solar water heaters, and photocatalysis. We use standard optimization algorithms to theoretically determine the best mixture of different nanoshell species ([core, shell] sizes) for two practical scenarios. We show that a mixture of nanoshell species [r1, r2] = [47, 58] nm and [r1, r2] = [28, 42] run in a 6:5 volume ratio is optimal for absorbing AM 1.5 sunlight when deposited on a silicon surface. Surprisingly, we find that a single particle species is very good for scattering AM 1.5 light on a glass surface, and that very little benefit is gained by mixing different shells. Assumptions and approximations made in the analysis are discussed.
dc.format.extent 48 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectElectronics
Electrical engineering
Physics
Electromagnetics
dc.title Optimization of nanoshell mixtures for solar applications
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Cole, Joseph Raymond. "Optimization of nanoshell mixtures for solar applications." (2006) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17871.


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