Journal article

Miniature power and data transceiver based on multimodal operation of a single photovoltaic device

Arman Ahnood, Jean Pierre Ndabakuranye, Shiqiang Li, Omid Kavehei, Steven Prawer

Engineering Research Express | IOP Publishing | Published : 2020


Wireless bi-directional data telemetry and power delivery are demonstrated using a single photovoltaic (PV) cell. The same cell functions as a light-emitting diode (LED), a power transducer, and a reverse-biased photodiode. This is achieved through the use of a simple inductor-capacitor resonator, with the cell’s junction providing the circuit’s capacitive element. We show that pulsed illumination at the circuit’s resonance frequency results in active switching of the PV cell between the three operating modes. Using this approach we demonstrate backward data transmission in the form of optical pulses generated by the PV cell, as well as enhanced forward data transmission and power generation..

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