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Title: Reaching optimal efficiencies using nanosized photoelectric devices
Authors: RUTTEN, Bob 
ESPOSITO, Massimiliano
CLEUREN, Bart 
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: AMER PHYSICAL SOC, ONE PHYSICS ELLIPSE, COLLEGE PK, MD 20740-3844 USA
Source: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 80(23). p. 235122-1-235122-5
Abstract: We study the thermodynamic efficiency of a nanosized photoelectric device and show that at maximum power output, the efficiency is bounded from above by a result closely related to the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency. We find that this upper bound can be attained in nanosized devices displaying strong coupling between the generated electron flux and the incoming photon flux from the sun.
Notes: Reprint Address: Rutten, B (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium - Addresses: 1. Hasselt Univ, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium 2. Univ Calif San Diego, Dept Chem & Biochem, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA 3. Univ Calif San Diego, Inst Nonlinear Sci, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA 4. Univ Libre Bruxelles, Ctr Nonlinear Phenomena & Complex Syst, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium - E-mail Addresses: bart.cleuren@uhasselt.be
Keywords: nanoelectronics; photoelectric devices; thermodynamics
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/10395
ISSN: 1098-0121
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.235122
ISI #: 000273228800043
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2011
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