Now that I have decided on a research topic (tandem "rainbow" quantum dot solar cells) from a scientific literature search and pinpointed which paper I will segment for analysis, I want to outline what I plan to do. Essentially, this is a rough draft of my research plan; more casual, less finalized, and unconsolidated.
The purpose is to investigate how quantum dot capabilities, such as tuning to alter photon absorption properties, can be used to boost tandem solar cell efficiency. Literature shows that the concept of a "rainbow solar cell" that absorbs all wavelengths of the solar spectrum has been conceived and cursorily experimentally examined, and I will attempt to fill this gap by focusing on theoretically investigating the role of quantum dots in tandem solar cells.
My hypothesis is that I will be able to quantum mechanically predict quantum dot photon absorption probabilities and outcomes, and that I will be able to use Monte Carlo probabilistic calculations (which I will implement in the Java programming language with a random number generator and a deterministic equation in the form of a logic decision event) to simulate the interaction of a high number of incoming photons with layers of the quantum dot tandem solar cell, both individually and synergized in some form. Moreover, I hypothesize that permutations (i.e. order), not only composition combinations, will affect quantum dot tandem solar cell efficiency, and that I will be able to investigate this effect quantum mechanically and programmatically.
I already covered some of my planned procedure above, but I will reiterate. I will be using quantum mechanical equations and modeling to examine high-volume photon interaction with quantum dot layers of tandem solar cells. I will further investigate these interactions with a Monte Carlo deterministic mechanism that I will program in Java. I will elaborate on this Monte Carlo determinism and on the progress of my Java programs in a future blog post, for the enhancement of my own understanding as well as for the reader's comprehension. Moreover, I will look at the combination v. permutation (order) synergy of quantum dot layers in tandem solar cells.
These are the steps I have drafted; I look forward to receiving and responding to feedback! Wonderful learning process there. The next line of duty is to finalize my research plan, analyze more literature (especially the Kamat paper I picked), and write a blog post on the Monte Carlo method, which will be a part of my research.
Thanks a bunch!