Nanoscale Antenna Design and Fabrication

Environment-friendly, renewable energy sources are required to meet the world's ever increasing energy demands. While conventional silicon-based photovoltaic solar cells provide an attractive alternative to fossil fuel based energy sources, their inherent high cost has limited their use. The optical rectenna solar cell (ORSC) represents a potential high efficiency, non-silicon based, economic alternative. This internship aims to investigate the design and fabrication of ORSC devices. These studies will involve the optimization of nanoscale materials and structures for the efficient capture of solar radiation and conversion to useful electrical power. The studies will make the use of state-of-the-art modeling methods and the fabrication and characterization of test structures based on these designs.

Murat Cetinbas
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Gary W. Leach
British Columbia