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Feature Issue of Optics Express

Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-State Lighting

Submission Opens: 1 October 2019
Submission Deadline: 1 November 2019

Optics Express welcomes submissions to a feature issue in conjunction with the Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-State Lighting meeting at the OSA Advanced Photonics Congress in Burlingame, CA from 29 July 2019 through 1 August 2019, which will be published in the Energy Express dedicated section of the journal. Whereas meeting participants are particularly encouraged to submit their work, the feature issue is open to all contributions in related areas.

This issue will cover the latest developments in nanophotonics and advanced materials for the next generation of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs). We will include all aspects of novel optical materials, nanostructures, and devices, ranging from surface coatings, textures, and diffraction gratings to topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, and quantum dots for application in solar cells and LEDs—both conventional and emerging types alike. We will also explore the range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming, and absorbing sunlight—particularly for concentrating solar power (CSP). As optical components typically constitute the largest fraction of cost of such systems, the scope of the issue includes research devoted to improving all optical aspects of solar systems to enhance the performance, such as reducing levelized costs and maximizing long-term reliability. Authors are encouraged to address overarching topics such as the techno-economic analysis of the impact of optics on solar and solid-state lighting systems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Optical nanostructures for solar and solid-state lighting applications, such as thin films, nanowires, and quantum dots
  • Modeling, design, and fabrication of light management and light outcoupling structures
  • Up and down conversion of photons
  • Optoelectronic materials and devices based on group IV, III-V, and II-VI semiconductors
  • Optoelectronic devices based on organic semiconductors and perovskites
  • Advanced characterization and measurement techniques
  • Reliability assessment and study of failure mechanisms
  • Lifecycle and economic analyses of solar and lighting products and systems
  • Optics for thermal management such as radiative cooling
  • Tandem and multi-junction solar cells
  • Advanced silicon-wafer-based solar cells and modules
  • Optics for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
  • Optics for concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • Field performance and reliability of concentrator optics, degradation, and soiling effects
  • Energy yield analysis of conventional and emerging PV technologies

All submissions need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer review processes of the journal. The standard Optics Express Article Processing Charges will apply to all published articles. To be eligible for publication, an expanded conference paper needs to add value to the original conference proceedings and the conference paper number must be included in the cover letter at submission. Please see OSA's guidelines on expanded conference papers for details.

Please prepare manuscripts according to the author instructions for submission to Optics Express and submit through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the feature issue on Optical Devices and Materials for Solar Energy and Solid-State Lighting.

Feature Editors

Peter Bermel, Purdue University, USA (Lead Editor)
Klaus Jaeger, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Rebecca Saive, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Seunghyup Yoo, KAIST, South Korea

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