Fabrication and characterization of multiband solar cells based on highly mismatched alloys

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Author(s)

  • N. López
  • A. F. Braña
  • C. García Núñez
  • M. J. Hernández
  • M. Cervera
  • M. Martínez
  • W. Walukiewicz
  • B. J. García

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Original languageEnglish
Article number12067
Journal / PublicationJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume647
Issue number1
Online published13 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Conference

Title19th International Conference on Electron Dynamics in Semiconductors, Optoelectronics and Nanostructures (EDISON'19)
PlaceSpain
CitySalamanca
Period29 June - 2 July 2015

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Abstract

Multiband solar cells are one type of third generation photovoltaic devices in which an increase of the power conversion efficiency is achieved through the absorption of low energy photons while preserving a large band gap that determines the open circuit voltage. The ability to absorb photons from different parts of the solar spectrum originates from the presence of an intermediate energy band located within the band gap of the material. This intermediate band, acting as a stepping stone allows the absorption of low energy photons to transfer electrons from the valence band to the conduction band by a sequential two photons absorption process. It has been demonstrated that highly mismatched alloys offer a potential to be used as a model material system for practical realization of multiband solar cells. Dilute nitride GaAs1-xNx highly mismatched alloy with low mole fraction of N is a prototypical multiband semiconductor with a well-defined intermediate band. Currently, we are using chemical beam epitaxy to synthesize dilute nitride highly mismatched alloys. The materials are characterized by a variety of structural and optical methods to optimize their properties for multiband photovoltaic devices.

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Fabrication and characterization of multiband solar cells based on highly mismatched alloys. / López, N.; Braña, A. F.; Núñez, C. García; Hernández, M. J.; Cervera, M.; Martínez, M.; Yu, K. M.; Walukiewicz, W.; García, B. J.

In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 647, No. 1, 12067, 2015.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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