The chemical potential of light in fluorescent solar collectors
Meyer, T.J.J. and Markvart, T. (2009) The chemical potential of light in fluorescent solar collectors. Journal of Applied Physics, 105, (6), 063110-[8pp.]. (doi:10.1063/1.3097328).
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The energetic aspect, discussed by the means of the chemical potential, involved into the absorption and radiation processes occurring in the operation of Fluorescent Solar Collectors is of interest in this publication. The chemical potential of the fluorescent light incident on the solar cell is characterised by studying the fluorescence spectrum emitted by a special type of fluorescent collector, where absorption and fluorescence take place in a liquid medium, in effect a liquid fluorescent collector.
It is shown that photon re-absorption (known also as photon recycling) gradually brings the emitted photon flux into thermal equilibrium with the collector. The fluorescence photon distribution is then characterised by a specific temperature, obtained from the Kennard-Stepanov law, and a chemical potential given by the generalised Plank’s law. We find that the chemical potential of the fluorescent light incident on the solar cell is nearly equal to the thermodynamical limits imposed by a detailed balance argument. This equality indicates that non radiative losses do not affect the chemical potential of the light escaping from the collector, a major benefit in comparison to simple semiconductor based solar cells where non-radiative losses significantly affect the open circuit voltage.
|Keywords:||chemical potential, photoluminescence, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, fluorescent solar collector, luminescent solar collector, detailed balance|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QC Physics
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Engineering Materials & Surface Engineering
|Date Deposited:||27 Mar 2009|
|Last Modified:||08 Jun 2012 12:41|
|Contributors:||Meyer, T.J.J. (Author)
Markvart, T. (Author)
|Date:||25 March 2009|
|Contact Email Address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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