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Radial pn Junction, Wire Array Solar Cells Thesis by Brendan Melville Kayes In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California 2009 (Defended 6 August, 2008) ii c 2009 Brendan Melville Kayes All Rights Reserved iii To my father, Terence John Kayes, for instilling in me the curiosity that was necessary to get this far... iv Acknowledgements I was recently reminded of an email I sent to my parents wa
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  Radial pn Junction, Wire Array Solar Cells Thesis byBrendan Melville Kayes In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirementsfor the Degree of Doctor of PhilosophyCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadena, California2009(Defended 6 August, 2008)  iic  2009Brendan Melville KayesAll Rights Reserved  iiiTo my father, Terence John Kayes, for instilling in me the curiosity that was necessary toget this far...  iv Acknowledgements I was recently reminded of an email I sent to my parents way back in January 2003, in thecore of which I wrote “I just spoke to Harry Atwater on the phone while he was driving toBoston from NYC, and him [sic] and Nate have put their heads together and cooked me upwhat looks like a beauty of a research project. Basically, Harry wants me to design and workout how to build and I guess hopefully build a third generation silicon cell which will take themanufacturing experience of his silicon lab and marry it with the exciting new possibilitiesafforded by recent work in chemical solar cells. So, apparently, truly somewhere in betweenNate’s and Harry’s work, while still allowing me to keep my feet firmly planted in “AppliedPhysics” (and thus avoid that dirty world of Chemistry). He was talking [about] getting mean office, starting to review papers with me, learning semiconductor device physics over thesummer, . . .I’m super excited”. I make no claim to have worked on a “third generation” [1]device in this thesis, but other than that I’m struck by how little has changed since then(particularly with regards to Harry’s ever-busy travel schedule).First and foremost I would like to acknowledge the guidance and support of my twoadvisors, Harry Atwater and Nate Lewis. I don’t even know where to begin, except to saythat virtually everything I know about that which I’m now trying to make a career out of,namely semiconductors, solar energy conversion, etc. etc. etc., I owe it to these two men.Their encouragement, the challenges they have set for me, the insights, the opportunities -all have contributed to making me feel truly like a different person from who I was when Iarrived at Caltech.I would like to thank my candidacy and thesis committees, which, in addition to myadvisors, have been composed of Marc Bockrath, Oskar Painter, Ken Pickar, and RachidYazami in various combinations. I would also like to thank all of the other Caltech facultyfrom whom I took classes while here. Particularly I would like to acknowledge the greatteaching skills of Alan Weinstein, Oskar Painter, and Rob Phillips.I would like to acknowledge the financial support of BP Solar, the Department of EnergyOffice of Basic Energy Sciences, the Center for Science and Engineering of Materials (anNSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Caltech), the PIER EISG, theDARPA VHESC project, Sir William Pickering, the FWW Rhodes Memorial Fellowshipthrough Auckland Grammar School, and also my generous grandparents.
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