Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering / Centre for Communications Engineering Research
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.
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: 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. Available here
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