It is advantageous to optical engineers to have at least a basic knowledge of how these devices function, and of the important parameters that control their operation. Optoelectronics of Solar Cells is designed to be an overview for those in the fields of optics and optical engineering, as well as those who are interested in energy policy, economics, and the requirements for efficient photo-to-electric energy conversion.

Optoelectronics of Solar Cells is now available and can be ordered from SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.


Greg P. Smestad received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1994 on the topic of the Physical Chemistry of solar energy conversion. He received his Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1985 from Stanford University and his B. S. in Biology in 1983 from the University of Santa Clara, California. From 1995 to 2002, he was a part time professor in both the technical and policy arenas.