The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people in the optics industry interested in promoting the knowledge of optics for the local community.
Overview of Photovoltaic Research at Natcore
Talk by David Levy
The Rochester laboratory of Natcore has two major research programs: a low cost process for producing black silicon, and laser based doping of silicon to produce solar cells.Black silicon refers generally to a surface etch of silicon that produces very low reflection. Our black silicon process uses a metal assisted chemical etch that creates fine pores on the silicon, all at atmospheric conditions. The morphology of the resulting surface as well as full area cell performance will be discussed. The laser doping technology we are developing will enable lower temperature processing of silicon than is used in current solar cell production, and has good synergy with the black silicon antireflection technology. The concept and progress on laser processing will also be discussed.
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The Rochester Section is active in the support of optics education in area schools. The Rochester Section developed its Optics Suitcase in 1999. The Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to many of the concepts of optics as well as other sciences.
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For information on how to join, please see our new membership form online. We still support both online and traditional postal membership renewal methods. Miscellaneous questions can be answered by our secretary.