Single/Dual-Polarized Infrared Rectenna for Solar Energy Harvesting

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S. H. Zainud-Deen
N. A. Eltresy
H. A. Malhat
K. H. Awadalla


Single and dual linearly-polarized receiving mode nanoantennas are designed for solar energy harvesting at 28.3 THz. The infrared rectennas are used to harvest the solar energy and converting it to electrical energy.  The proposed infrared rectenna is a thin dipole made of gold and printed on a silicon dioxide substrate. Different shapes of the dipole arms have been investigated for maximum collected energy. The two poles of the dipole have been determined in a rectangular, circular and rhombus shapes. The rectenna dipole is used to concentrate the electromagnetic energy into a small localized area at the inner tips of the gap between the dipole arms. The dimensions of the different dipole shapes are optimized for maximum near electric field intensity at a frequency of 28.3 THz. A Metal Insulator Metal (MIM) diode is incorporated with the nanoantenna dipole to rectify the received energy. The receiving efficiency of the solar energy collector with integrated MIM diode has been investigated. A dual-polarized, four arms, rhombus shaped nanoantenna dipole for solar energy harvesting has been designed and optimized for 28.3 THz applications.


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Zainud-Deen, S. H., Eltresy, N. A., Malhat, H. A., & Awadalla, K. H. (2016). Single/Dual-Polarized Infrared Rectenna for Solar Energy Harvesting. Advanced Electromagnetics, 5(2), 1-9.
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