Thin-Film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Physics and Technology

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 14, 2003 - Science - 287 pages
This introduction to the physics of silicon solar cells focuses on thin cells, while reviewing and discussing the current status of the important technology. An analysis of the spectral quantum efficiency of thin solar cells is given as well as a full set of analytical models. This is the first comprehensive treatment of light trapping techniques for the enhancement of the optical absorption in thin silicon films.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PHYSICAL LOSS MECHANISMS
11
ADVANCED QUANTUM EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS
53
TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO THINFILM CELLS
91
WAFFLE CELLS FROM THE POROUS SI PSI PROCESS
121
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
157
APPENDICES
181
A2 Geometrical light trapping
187
Back surface reflector
200
B RECOMBINATION
209
Extended ShockleyReadHall recombination
220
Transport in polycrystalline thin films
231
QUANTUM EFFICIENCY
241
REFERENCES
259
INDEX
285
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Rolf Brendel studied Physics and Mathematics in Freiburg, Brighton (UK), and Heidelberg. After his Ph.D. in materials science at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg he worked for five years with the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. He is the head of the division for Thermosensorics and Photovoltaics at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern) and teaches Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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