Peter N. Saeta

Professor (1995)
PhD Harvard
Ultrafast physics, semiconductors, photovoltaics, energy and environment
Keck 1231
909-607-3939 (office)
909-621-8024 (department)
909-621-8887 (fax)

Photovoltaics are the fastest-growing renewable energy source over the last three years and have the potential to supply a significant fraction of our electricity needs. Conventional silicon cells are made of thick crystals because silicon is a weak absorber in the infrared and much of the visible. Thin solar cells require less energy and material to make and may lead more swiftly to widespread deployment of photovoltaics.

A challenge facing thin cells is to maximize the absorption of the solar spectrum. We explore the enhancements to absorption in thin-film cells made possible by metallic nanoparticles and other structures designed to scatter incident radiation into guided modes propagating parallel to the cell's surface.

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Recent Publications

William Lamb, Dallon E. Asnes, Jonathan G. Kupfer, Emma Grace Lickey, Jeremy Kenechukwu Bakken, Richard Campbell Haskell, Peter N. Saeta, and Qimin Yang

Real-Time Anticipation and Prevention of Hot Spots by Monitoring the Dynamic Conductance of Photovoltaic Panels

IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 12 (2022) 1051-1057.
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Madison Rae Blumer, Sophia Laurice Harris, Mengzhe Li, Luis Angel Martinez, Michael Untereiner, Peter N. Saeta, Timothy S. Carpenter, Helgi I. Ingólfsson, and W. F. Drew Bennett

Simulations of Asymmetric Membranes Illustrate Cooperative Leaflet Coupling and Lipid Adaptability

Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 8 (2020) 575.
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