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Ferroelectric photovoltaics

Ferroelectrics may have a bright future for solar-energy generation, following the report that the domain walls of such materials can be engineered to exhibit a photovoltaic effect with an impressively high voltage output.

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Figure 1: Principles of operation for a conventional solar cell and the ferroelectric alternative.


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Huang, H. Ferroelectric photovoltaics. Nature Photon 4, 134–135 (2010).

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