Design and global optimization of high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic systems.

  title={Design and global optimization of high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic systems.},
  author={Peter Bermel and Michael Ghebrebrhan and Walker R. Chan and Yi Xiang Yeng and Mohammad Araghchini and Rafif E. Hamam and C. H. Marton and Klavs F Jensen and Marin Solja{\vc}i{\'c} and John D. Joannopoulos and Steven G. Johnson and Ivan Celanovic},
  journal={Optics express},
  volume={18 Suppl 3},
Despite their great promise, small experimental thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems at 1000 K generally exhibit extremely low power conversion efficiencies (approximately 1%), due to heat losses such as thermal emission of undesirable mid-wavelength infrared radiation. Photonic crystals (PhC) have the potential to strongly suppress such losses. However, PhC-based designs present a set of non-convex optimization problems requiring efficient objective function evaluation and global optimization… CONTINUE READING
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