Resonant and nonresonant plasmonic nanoparticle enhancement for thin-film silicon solar cells.

Computational Electronics and Photonics Programme, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore.
Nanotechnology (Impact Factor: 3.67). 06/2010; 21(23):235201. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/21/23/235201
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