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PLASMONIC NANOSTRUCTURES FOR CONVERSION OF OPTICAL POWER TO ELECTRICAL POWER

United States Patent Application

20130133711
A1
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A plasmoelectric device for conversion of optical power to direct current (DC) electrical power includes a first plasmonic nanostructure having a first resonance value and a second plasmonic nanostructure having a second resonance value. The first and second plasmonic nanostructures are electrically coupled and the first plasmonic nanostructure is configured to receive irradiation at a first irradiation value and the second plasmonic nanostructure is configured to receive irradiation at a second irradiation value, to induce charge transfer between the first and second plasmonic nanostructures.
Sheldon, Matthew (Los Angeles, CA), Atwater, Harry A. (S. Pasadena, CA)
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena CA)
13/ 679,995
November 16, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under DE-SC0001293 (T-105355) awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.