Exotic Crystal Points To Better Solar Cells

Scientists at Rutgers University have found a unique way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics.


The discovery involves crystals called hybrid perovskites that consist of interlocking organic and inorganic materials. In addition to being viable use in solar cells, the finding could also lead to novel electronic displays, sensors, and other light-activated devices.

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The Rutgers-led team found a novel way to control light - known as photoluminescence - emitted when perovskites are excited by a laser. The intensity of light emitted by a hybrid perovskite crystal can be increased by up to 100 times simply by adjusting voltage applied to an electrode on the crystal surface.


Is your curiosity piqued? Anxious for greater illumination? If so, checkout an in-depth study from Science Direct.

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