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Near-field thermophotovoltaic energy conversion

Abstract : We report a quantitative model of a near-field thermophotovoltaic (TPV) device consisting in a thermal source located in the near field of a TPV cell. The enhanced radiative transfer at short distance leads to an increase of the photogeneration current. We analyze quantitatively other potential near-field effects, in particular, on the dark current. We also study the influence of the modification of the spectrum of the sources in the near field, comparing the case of a tungsten source with the case of a quasimonochromatic source. Our model leads to a quantitative evaluation of the near-field TPV device output electric power and efficiency.
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Marine Laroche, Rémi Carminati, Jean-Jacques Greffet. Near-field thermophotovoltaic energy conversion. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2006, 100, pp.No. 063704. ⟨hal-00114950⟩



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