Table 2

Aims and according requirements for efficient nanoparticle scattering and near fields with the special background of application in solar cells
Aims Metallic nanoparticles Dielectric nanoparticles Semiconductor nanoparticle
High scattering efficiency (low absorption) For big particles Dielectric or metal like behavior depending on the according properties dominating the dispersion
High near-field enhancement Improved at interface (see leaky modes below) Dielectric or metal like behavior depending on the according properties dominating the dispersion
High scattering into the solar cell Scattering towards higher n Dielectric or metal like behavior depending on the according properties dominating the dispersion
High scattering into large angles ✓On high-index substrate Dielectric or metal like behavior depending on the according properties dominating the dispersion
High scattering efficiency at interface Drop in scattering efficiency Dielectric or metal like behavior depending on the according properties dominating the dispersion
High local leaky modes ✓On low-index substrate Dielectric or metal like behavior depending on the according properties dominating the dispersion

Schmid et al.

Schmid et al. Nanoscale Research Letters 2014 9:50   doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-50

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