Nanowires Suck Up Light from Around Them

New research conducted in Denmark and Switzerland is showing that nanowires absorb far more light than expected based on their size. These unusual optical properties could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar panels. The researchers built solar cells from individual nanowires and found that the cells behaved as if they were gathering light from an area eight times larger than their physical size.

Source: MIT Technology Review, 26 March 2013

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