Embodiments disclosed herein include photovoltaic absorber materials (302) and photovoltaic devices (300) having absorber materials (302) with intentionally increased permittivity. Alternative embodiments include methods (200) of producing thin film photovoltaic absorbers (302) from materials having increased permittivity or methods of producing devices having absorbers (302) with increased permittivity. In selected embodiments, the permittivity of an absorber material (302) is increased by incorporating a permittivity increasing material therein.
 The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the manager and operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.