We propose a new, optically coupled tandem architecture with a silicon 'PVMirror' as the bottom cell. A silicon PVMirror is a curved silicon module with an integrated dichroic mirror that transmits near-infrared light to the silicon cells and reflects and focuses visible light onto a GaAs receiver. Simulating such a system with record GaAs and silicon cells and an ideal dichroic mirror shows the tandem efficiency can reach over 36% with no diffuse light and over 30% with 20% diffuse light. A sensitivity analysis indicates that the PVMirror tandem is most sensitive to the GaAs cell performance and dichroic mirror cut-off wavelength but relatively insensitive to the silicon cell performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056057
StatePublished - 2017
Event44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017


Other44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Dichroic mirror
  • Multi-junction
  • Photovoltaic cell
  • Silicon
  • Solar cell
  • Spectrum-splitting
  • Tandem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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