This book addresses electronics and the rise of photonics, and asks what the future holds in store for this technology. It highlights the latest research on all types of solar cells and photonic devices, and a new approach combining photonics and electronics. Beyond simply explaining the existing systems or providing a synthesis of the current state of knowledge, the book also offers readers new perspectives for their own research. Lastly, drawing on the interconnections between electronics and photonics, the book suggests a possible means of using solar energy directly with the aid of future photonic devices.
Mihaela Girtan is an Associate Professor in Materials Science at the University of Angers and head of the group Thin films for photovoltaic applications at the Photonics Laboratory, Angers, since 2005. Her research interests are on thin films, physical and chemical deposition methods, solar cell technology and optoelectronic devices.
New trends in solar cells research. - New trends in photonics research.- A parallel between electronics and photonics.- Energy conversion.- Solar energy application and use.