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Conference Proceeding

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IEEE

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Computing, Health and Science

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School of Engineering (SOE)/Centre for Communications Engineering Research

RAS ID

10534

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This article was originally published as: Allwood, G. A., Wild, G., & Hinckley, S. (2010). Photovoltaic micro-cell design for distrubuted power in sensor networks. Proceedings of Optoelectronic and Microelectronic Materials and Devices (COMMAD). (pp. 129-130). Canberra, Australia. IEEE. Original article available here

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Abstract

We present a new study of power over optical fiber, for use in optical fiber smart sensor networks, using silicon-based photovoltaic micro-cells. A number of parameters in the design of the micro-cell for implementation in a power converter chip have been investigated. Matching the beam profile to the active region, as well as maximizing the contact area improves the device efficiency. The effect of doping profile and junction type on the device performance, suggests silicon is a cost effective and suitable material for this application.

DOI

10.1109/COMMAD.2010.5699696

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10.1109/COMMAD.2010.5699696