J. D. Meier

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We report on the design, fabrication, and measurement of ultrathin film a-Si:H solar cells with nanostructured plasmonic back contacts, which demonstrate enhanced short circuit current densities compared to cells having flat or randomly textured back contacts. The primary photocurrent enhancement occurs in the spectral range from 550 nm to 800 nm. We use(More)
We investigated the dispersion characteristics of submicron sized AlGaAs waveguides. Numerical simulations shows that the tight confinement of the optical waves in such nanowires leads to strong variations of the dispersion characteristics compared to classic, weakly guided waveguides of the same material system. We found numerically that the investigated(More)
Enhancements of the continuous-wave four-wave mixing conversion efficiency and bandwidth are accomplished through the application of plasma-assisted photoresist reflow to reduce the sidewall roughness of sub-square-micron-modal area waveguides. Nonlinear AlGaAs optical waveguides with a propagation loss of 0.56 dB/cm demonstrate continuous-wave four-wave(More)
We measured linear and quadratic dispersion on millimeter-length fibers, waveguides, and nanowires based on common-path spectral interferometry. We obtained the linear dispersion parameter, beta', with a relative precision of 1.45 x 10(-4), and extracted the quadratic dispersion parameter, beta'', from the Taylor expansion of beta' x beta'' values show a(More)
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