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Rectenna that converts infrared radiation to electrical energy

United States Patent

September 6, 2016
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Technologies pertaining to converting infrared (IR) radiation to DC energy are described herein. In a general embodiment, a rectenna comprises a conductive layer. A thin insulator layer is formed on the conductive layer, and a nanoantenna is formed on the thin insulator layer. The thin insulator layer acts as a tunnel junction of a tunnel diode.
Davids; Paul (Albuquerque, NM), Peters; David W. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 834,514
August 25, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.