Metallic nanoparticles such as silver and gold show localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs), which are associated with near-field enhancement effects in the vicinity of nanoparticles. Therefore, strong light-matter interaction is induced by the near-field enhancement effects of LSPRs. Because the resonant wavelength of LSPRs can be easily controlled by the size and shape of the metallic nanoparticles in the visible and near-infrared wavelength range, LSPRs have received considerable attention as optical antennae for light energy conversion systems such as solar cells. LSPRs decay very quickly as a result of light scattering and excitation of electron-hole pairs in the metal itself. However, in addition to the near-field enhancement effect, this light scattering and electron-hole pair excitation, which are known to cause loss of LSPRs, can be utilized as a solar cell enhancement mechanism. Here, we focus on plasmonic solid-state solar cells. The mechanisms of the light scattering by LSPRs, near-field enhancement, and plasmon-induced charge separation based on electron-hole pair excitations can be clarified. We review the related studies from the viewpoint of these mechanisms rather than material science.
- POWER CONVERSION EFFICIENCY; EXTRAORDINARY OPTICAL-TRANSMISSION; CHARGE-CARRIER GENERATION; SURFACE-PLASMON; GOLD NANOPARTICLES; AU NANOPARTICLES; PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION; SILVER NANOPARTICLES; PHOTOCURRENT ENHANCEMENT; ABSORPTION ENHANCEMENT