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ITO, Si3N4 and ZnO: Al -- Simulation of Different Anti-reflection Coatings (ARC) for Thin Film a-Si:H Solar Cells  

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For thin film solar cells incorporating amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) as absorber materials, minimizing reflection from the top surface i.e. maximizing transmittance of the incoming light into the absorber for higher absorption plays an important role for ... Keywords: ARC, TCO, ITO, Si3N4, ZnO:Al, Solar cell

Kazi Islam; Aaesha Alnuaimi; Helmy Ally; Ammar Nayfeh

2013-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Modeling and control of thin film surface morphology: application to thin film solar cells  

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materials, thin film solar cell technology stands to benefitThin-film solar cells: Review of materials, technologies and

Huang, Jianqiao

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Manipulating hybrid structures of polymer/a-Si for thin film solar cells  

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A series of uniform polymer/amorphous silicon hybrid structures have been fabricated by means of solution-casting for polymer and radio frequency excited plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition for amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). Poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) functioned as a photoactive donor, while the silicon layer acted as an acceptor. It is found that matching the hole mobility of the polymer to the electron mobility of amorphous silicon is critical to improve the photovoltaic performance from hybrid cells. A three-layer p-i-n structure of ITO/PEDOT:PSS(200?nm)/i-Si(450?nm)/n-Si(200?nm)/Al with a power conversion efficiency of 4.78% under a standard test condition was achieved.

Peng, Ying; He, Zhiqun, E-mail: zhqhe@bjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: J.I.B.Wilson@hw.ac.uk; Zhang, Zhi; Liang, Chunjun [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Diyaf, Adel; Ivaturi, Aruna; Wilson, John I. B., E-mail: zhqhe@bjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: J.I.B.Wilson@hw.ac.uk [SUPA, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom)

2014-03-10T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film Solar Technologies | Open Energy Information  

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Jump to: navigation, search Name: Thin Film Solar Technologies Place: South Africa Product: Producers of thin-film copper, indium, gallium, sulphur, selenium modules....

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Metal Nanoparticles Enhanced Optical Absorption in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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The plasmonic enhanced absorption for thin film solar cells with silver nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on top of the amorphous silicon film (a-Si:H) solar cells and embedded inside the...

Xie, Wanlu; Liu, Fang; Qu, Di; Xu, Qi; Huang, Yidong

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Thin film solar energy collector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A multi-layer solar energy collector of improved stability comprising: (1) a substrate of quartz, silicate glass, stainless steel or aluminum-containing ferritic alloy; (2) a solar absorptive layer comprising silver, copper oxide, rhodium/rhodium oxide and 0-15% by weight of platinum; (3) an interlayer comprising silver or silver/platinum; and (4) an optional external anti-reflective coating, plus a method for preparing a thermally stable multi-layered solar collector, in which the absorptive layer is undercoated with a thin film of silver or silver/platinum to obtain an improved conductor-dielectric tandem.

Aykan, Kamran (Monmouth Beach, NJ); Farrauto, Robert J. (Westfield, NJ); Jefferson, Clinton F. (Millburn, NJ); Lanam, Richard D. (Westfield, NJ)

1983-11-22T23:59:59.000Z

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Plasmonic Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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A combined computational-experimental study optimizing plasmon-enhanced absorption in thin film solar cells presented. We investigate the effect of different geometries where...

Pala, Ragip; White, Justin; Brongersma, Mark

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Universality of non-Ohmic shunt leakage in thin-film solar cells S. Dongaonkar,1,a  

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Universality of non-Ohmic shunt leakage in thin-film solar cells S. Dongaonkar,1,a J. D. Servaites thin-film solar cell types: hydrogenated amorphous silicon a-Si:H p-i-n cells, organic bulk understanding of thin film solar cell device physics, including important module performance variability issues

Alam, Muhammad A.

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Design of plasmonic back structures for efficiency enhancement of thin-film amorphous Si solar cells  

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Metallic back structures with one-dimensional periodic nanoridges attached to a thin-film amorphous Si (a-Si) solar cell are numerically studied. At the interfaces between a-Si and...

Bai, Wenli; Gan, Qiaoqiang; Bartoli, Filbert; Zhang, Jing; Cai, Likang; Huang, Yidong; Song, Guofeng

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Dielectric back scattering patterns for light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells  

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Dielectric back scattering patterns for light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells M. van Lare,1 of dielectric and metallic backscattering patterns in thin-film a-Si:H solar cells. We compare devices. Zhu, C.-M. Hsu, Z. Yu, S. Fan, and Y. Cui, "Nanodome solar cells with efficient light management

Polman, Albert

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Thin films for solar control applications  

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...properly cited. Thin films for solar control applications Sapna Shrestha...performance of vacuum glazing. Solar Energy 81, 8. ( doi:10...mirrors produced by plasma ion assisted deposition. J. Non-Cryst...and cost of vacuum glazing. Solar Energy 55, 151. ( doi:10...

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Plasmonic Back Structures Designed for Efficiency Enhancement of Thin Film Solar Cells  

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Metallic back structures with one-dimensional periodic nanoridges attached to thin-film amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar cell are proposed to enhance the cell efficiency in a wide...

Bai, Wenli; Gan, Qiaoqiang; Bartoli, Filbert; Song, Guofeng

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Thin film absorber for a solar collector  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

This invention pertains to energy absorbers for solar collectors, and more particularly to high performance thin film absorbers. The solar collectors comprising the absorber of this invention overcome several problems seen in current systems, such as excessive hardware, high cost and unreliability. In the preferred form, the apparatus features a substantially rigid planar frame with a thin film window bonded to one planar side of the frame. An absorber in accordance with the present invention is comprised of two thin film layers that are sealed perimetrically. In a preferred embodiment, thin film layers are formed from a metal/plastic laminate. The layers define a fluid-tight planar envelope of large surface area to volume through which a heat transfer fluid flows. The absorber is bonded to the other planar side of the frame. The thin film construction of the absorber assures substantially full envelope wetting and thus good efficiency. The window and absorber films stress the frame adding to the overall strength of the collector.

Wilhelm, William G. (Cutchogue, NY)

1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nanoarrays for Light Management in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We report the use of plasmonic and photonic nanoarray to achieve light management in thin film solar cells. Theoretical and experimental data will be presented.

Ji, Jin; Nasr, Magued B; McCutcheon, Murray W; Herring, Cy

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Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators  

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Light Weight Thin Film Solar Concentrators PI: Gani B. Ganapathi (JPLCaltech) Other Contributors: L'Garde: Art Palisoc, Gyula Greschik, Koorosh Gidanian JPL: Bill Nesmith,...

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Modeling of thin-film solar thermoelectric generators  

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Recent advances in solar thermoelectric generator (STEG) performance have raised their prospect as a potential technology to convert solar energy into electricity. This paper presents an analysis of thin-film STEGs. ...

Weinstein, Lee Adragon

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DISSERTATION DEVICE PHYSICS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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DISSERTATION DEVICE PHYSICS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Submitted by Markus Gloeckler PHYSICS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS BE ACCEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS OF Cu(In,Ga)Se2 THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Thin-film solar cells have the potential to be an important

Sites, James R.

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Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics  

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nanowire networks as window layers in thin film solar cells.window layer for fully solution-deposited thin filmITO) thin films by silver nanowire composite window layers

Chung, Choong-Heui

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Laser scribing of CIGS based thin films solar cells  

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Laser scribing tests on CIGS based thin films solar cells have been performed. The obtained high quality incisions show that laser scribing is a valuable tool for producing low-cost...

Sozzi, Michele; Menossi, Daniele; Bosio, Alessio; Cucinotta, Annamaria; Romeo, Nicola; Selleri, Stefano

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A Review of Thin Film Silicon for Solar Cell Applications  

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A Review of Thin Film Silicon for Solar Cell Applications May 99 Contents 1 Introduction 3 2 Low 2.2.3 Deposition onto foreign substrates with the intention of improving crystallographic nature Field Cells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 11

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Efficient light trapping structure in thin film silicon solar cells  

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Thin film silicon solar cells are believed to be promising candidates for continuing cost reduction in photovoltaic panels because silicon usage could be greatly reduced. Since silicon is an indirect bandgap semiconductor, ...

Sheng, Xing

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Flexible Solar-Energy Harvesting System on Plastic with Thin-film LC Oscillators Operating Above ft for  

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Flexible Solar-Energy Harvesting System on Plastic with Thin-film LC Oscillators Operating Above ft- This paper presents an energy-harvesting system consisting of amorphous-silicon (a-Si) solar cells and thin of the energy-harvesting system. The solar module consists of solar cells in series operating at an output

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Focused ion beam specimen preparation for electron holography of electrically biased thin film solar cells  

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, biased TEM specimen, thin film solar cell, FIB Thin films of hydrogenated Si (Si:H) can be used as active for electron holography of a thin film solar cell using conventional lift-out specimen preparation and a homeFocused ion beam specimen preparation for electron holography of electrically biased thin film

Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

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Mode Splitting for Efficient Plasmoinc Thin-film Solar Cell  

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We propose an efficient plasmonic structure consisting of metal strips and thin-film silicon for solar energy absorption. We numerically demonstrate the absorption enhancement in symmetrical structure based on the mode coupling between the localized plasmonic mode in Ag strip pair and the excited waveguide mode in silicon slab. Then we explore the method of symmetry-breaking to excite the dark modes that can further enhance the absorption ability. We compare our structure with bare thin-film Si solar cell, and results show that the integrated quantum efficiency is improved by nearly 90% in such thin geometry. It is a promising way for the solar cell.

Li, Tong; Jiang, Chun

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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DISSERTATION ELECTRON-REFLECTOR STRATEGY FOR CdTe THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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DISSERTATION ELECTRON-REFLECTOR STRATEGY FOR CdTe THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS Submitted by Kuo-Jui Hsiao ELECTRON- REFLECTOR STRATEGY FOR CdTe THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS BE ACCEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS SOLAR CELLS The CdTe thin-film solar cell has a large absorption coefficient and high theoretical

Sites, James R.

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Trend Detection on Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology Using Cluster Analysis and Modified Data Crystallization  

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Thin-film solar cell, one of green energies, is growing ... . To detect the potential trends of this technology is essential for companies and relevant industries ... patterns, the potential trends of thin-film solar

Tzu-Fu Chiu; Chao-Fu Hong; Yu-Ting Chiu

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Mechanics of thin-film transistors and solar cells on flexible substrates Helena Gleskova*  

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1 Mechanics of thin-film transistors and solar cells on flexible substrates Helena Gleskova* , I be minimized throughout the fabrication process. Amorphous silicon thin-film transistors and solar cells, thin-film transistor, solar cell, flexible electronics Phone: (609) 258-4626, Fax: (609) 258-3585, E

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EARTH ABUNDANT MATERIALS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY HETEROJUNCTION THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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EARTH ABUNDANT MATERIALS FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY HETEROJUNCTION THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS Yun Seog Lee 1; * Corresponding author: buonassisi@mit.edu; ABSTRACT We investigate earth abundant materials for thin- film solar cuprous oxide (Cu2O) as a prototype candidate for investigation as an absorber layer in thin film solar

Ceder, Gerbrand

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Plasmonic enhancement of thin-film solar cells using gold-black C.J. Fredricksena  

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Plasmonic enhancement of thin-film solar cells using gold-black coatings C.J. Fredricksena , D. R thin-film amorphous-silicon solar cells enhance the short-circuit current by 20% over a broad spectrum and locally enhance the field strength. Keywords: plasmonics, thin-film, solar cell, metallic nanoparticles

Peale, Robert E.

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Optimization of the absorption efficiency of an amorphous-silicon thin-film tandem solar cell  

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Optimization of the absorption efficiency of an amorphous-silicon thin-film tandem solar cell-wave approach was used to compute the plane-wave absorptance of a thin-film tandem solar cell with a metallic­4]. In this context, a basic idea is to periodically texture the metallic back reflector of a thin-film solar cell

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Metal-black scattering centers to enhance light harvesting by thin-film solar cells  

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Metal-black scattering centers to enhance light harvesting by thin-film solar cells Deep Panjwania as scattering centers to increase the effective optical thickness of thin-film solar cells. The particular type. Gold-black was deposited on commercial thin-film solar cells using a thermal evaporator in nitrogen

Peale, Robert E.

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LBIC ANALYSIS OF THIN-FILM POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELLS James R. Sites and Timothy J. Nagle  

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LBIC ANALYSIS OF THIN-FILM POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELLS James R. Sites and Timothy J. Nagle Physics response map, was developed and used to map defects in thin-film solar cells [4]. Improvements to the two) measurements are providing a direct link between the spatial non-uniformities inherent in thin-film

Sites, James R.

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High efficiency thin film silicon solar cells with novel light trapping : principle, design and processing  

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One major efficiency limiting factor in thin film solar cells is weak absorption of long wavelength photons due to the limited optical path length imposed by the thin film thickness. This is especially severe in Si because ...

Zeng, Lirong, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Junction Evolution During Fabrication of CdS/CdTe Thin-film PV Solar Cells (Presentation)  

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Discussion of the formation of CdTe thin-film PV junctions and optimization of CdTe thin-film PV solar cells.

Gessert, T. A.

2010-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Accounting for Localized Defects in the Optoelectronic Design of Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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Thin-film silicon solar cell technology," Progress insolar cells: modeling, materials and device technology.technologies competitive with traditional wafer based solar cells,

Deceglie, Michael G.

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Photon Management in Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We analyze the absorption enhancement in single and tandem solar-cells comprising nanostructures that increase the path of the photons inside the solar cell. For this purpose we...

Rockstuhl, Carsten; Fahr, Stephan; Paul, Thomas; Menzel, Christoph; Bittkau, Karsten; Beckers, Thomas; Carius, Reinhard; Lederer, Falk

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Light-soaking effects on photoconductivity in a-Si:H thin films  

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Metastable defects have been created by light exposure in thin films of a-Si:H. The samples have been characterized by Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy, Electron Spin Resonance, dark- and photo-conductivity. The experimental results are consistent with numerical calculations with a recombination model involving band tails and one class of correlated dangling-bond states. The effects of light-soaking on the light intensity and defect density dependences of photoconductivity are reproduced by the calculations. The model allows to explain the experimental trends by changes in the electronic occupation of the gap states produced by light-induced defects.

Morgado, E.; Da Silva, M.R.; Henriques, R.T.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Control of morphology for enhanced electronic transport in PECVD-grown a-Si : H Thin Films  

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Solar cells have become an increasingly viable alternative to traditional, pollution causing power generation methods. Although crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules make up most of the market, thin films such as hydrogenated ...

Castro Galnares, Sebastián

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Configuration Optimization of a Nanosphere Array on Top of a Thin Film Solar Cell  

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Configuration Optimization of a Nanosphere Array on Top of a Thin Film Solar Cell J. Grandidier on top of a solar cell can enhance light absorption and therefore increase its efficiency. Freely photocurrent of the solar cell. On a typical thin film amorphous silicon solar cell, a parametric analysis

Atwater, Harry

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Thin film solar cell including a spatially modulated intrinsic layer  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

One or more thin film solar cells in which the intrinsic layer of substantially amorphous semiconductor alloy material thereof includes at least a first band gap portion and a narrower band gap portion. The band gap of the intrinsic layer is spatially graded through a portion of the bulk thickness, said graded portion including a region removed from the intrinsic layer-dopant layer interfaces. The band gap of the intrinsic layer is always less than the band gap of the doped layers. The gradation of the intrinsic layer is effected such that the open circuit voltage and/or the fill factor of the one or plural solar cell structure is enhanced.

Guha, Subhendu (Troy, MI); Yang, Chi-Chung (Troy, MI); Ovshinsky, Stanford R. (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

1989-03-28T23:59:59.000Z

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Technological assessment of light-trapping technology for thin-film Si solar cell.  

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??The proposed light trapping technology of Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) with Diffraction Grating (DG) and Anti-Reflection Coating (ARC) for thin film Si solar cell was… (more)

Susantyoko, Rahmat Agung

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Using Localized Plasmon Resonances to Enhance Absorption Efficiency in Thin-film Organic Solar Cells  

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We propose the use of localized surface plasmon modes excited by square metallic gratings to enhance the optical absorption of thin-film organic solar cells. Broadband absorption...

Le, Khai Q; Abass, Aimi; Maes, Bjorn; Bienstman, Peter; Alu, Andrea

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Enhanced quantum efficiency of amorphous silicon thin film solar cells with the inclusion of a rear-reflector thin film  

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We investigated the growth mechanism of amorphous silicon thin films by implementing hot-wire chemical vapor deposition and fabricated thin film solar cell devices. The fabricated cells showed efficiencies of 7.5 and 8.6% for the samples without and with the rear-reflector decomposed by sputtering, respectively. The rear-reflector enhances the quantum efficiency in the infrared spectral region from 550 to 750?nm. The more stable quantum efficiency of the sample with the inclusion of a rear-reflector than the sample without the rear-reflector due to the bias effect is related to the enhancement of the short circuit current.

Park, Seungil [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Energy Conversions Technology Center, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Cheonan 331-825 (Korea, Republic of); Yong Ji, Hyung; Jun Kim, Myeong; Hyeon Peck, Jong [Energy Conversions Technology Center, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Cheonan 331-825 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Keunjoo, E-mail: kimk@chonbuk.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)

2014-02-17T23:59:59.000Z

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Extended light scattering model incorporating coherence for thin-film silicon solar cells  

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Extended light scattering model incorporating coherence for thin-film silicon solar cells Thomas film solar cells. The model integrates coherent light propagation in thin layers with a direct, non potential for light trapping in textured thin film silicon solar cells. VC 2011 American Institute

Lenstra, Arjen K.

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Solar Thin Films Inc formerly American United Global Inc | Open Energy  

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Films Inc formerly American United Global Inc Films Inc formerly American United Global Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc) Place New York, New York Zip 10038 Sector Solar Product A US-based solar manufacturing equipment supplier. References Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc)[1] LinkedIn Connections CrunchBase Profile No CrunchBase profile. Create one now! This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc) is a company located in New York, New York . References ↑ "Solar Thin Films Inc (formerly American United Global Inc)" Retrieved from "http://en.openei.org/w/index.php?title=Solar_Thin_Films_Inc_formerly_American_United_Global_Inc&oldid=351338

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Diffusion of indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells  

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Diffusion of indium and gallium in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin film solar cells O. Lundberga,*, J. Lua , A. Rockettb , M. Edoffa , L. Stolta a A°ngstro¨m Solar Center, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 534, SE-751 21 Abstract The diffusion of indium and gallium in polycrystalline thin film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 layers has been

Rockett, Angus

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Nano-photonic Light Trapping In Thin Film Solar Dennis M. Callahan Jr.  

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Nano-photonic Light Trapping In Thin Film Solar Cells Thesis by Dennis M. Callahan Jr. In Partial. Jeremy Munday for helping me get started on the thin-film GaAs project and for all the time we spent to thank Dr. Jonathan Grandidier for working closely with me for a couple years on the nano sphere solar

Winfree, Erik

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Comparison of Ag and SiO2 Nanoparticles for Light Trapping Applications in Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells  

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Comparison of Ag and SiO2 Nanoparticles for Light Trapping Applications in Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells ... † Department

Martin Theuring; Peng Hui Wang; Martin Vehse; Volker Steenhoff; Karsten von Maydell; Carsten Agert; Alexandre G. Brolo

2014-09-10T23:59:59.000Z

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Remarkable progress in thin-film silicon solar cells using high-efficiency triple-junction technology  

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Abstract Despite the many advantages of thin-film silicon (Si) solar cells, their low efficiencies remain a challenge that must be overcome. Efficient light utilization across the solar spectrum is required to achieve efficiencies over 15%, allowing them to be competitive with other solar cell technologies. To produce high-efficiency thin-film Si solar cells, we have developed triple-junction solar cell structures to enhance solar spectrum utilization. To maximize the light management, in-house ZnO:Al layers with high haze ratios and high transmittances were developed. In addition, novel doping layers, such as n-type microcrystalline silicon oxide (µc-SiOx:H), which has a very low refractive index, and p-type microcrystalline silicon oxide (µc-SiOx:H), which has a wide bandgap, were successfully applied to the optical reflector and the window layer, respectively. Thin-film quality control techniques for the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) in the top cell, hydrogenated amorphous silicon-germanium (a-SiGe:H) or hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) in the middle cell, and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) in the bottom cell were also important factors leading to the production of high-efficiency triple-junction solar cells. As a result of this work, an initial efficiency of 16.1% (in-house measurement) in the a-Si:H/a-SiGe:H/?c-Si:H stack and a stabilized efficiency of 13.4% (confirmed by NREL) in the a-Si:H/?c-Si:H/?c-Si:H stack were successfully achieved in a small-area triple-junction solar cell with dimensions of 1 cm×1 cm.

Soohyun Kim; Jin-Won Chung; Hyun Lee; Jinhee Park; Younho Heo; Heon-Min Lee

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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INCREASED CELL EFFICIENCY IN InGaAs THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH DIELECTRIC AND METAL BACK REFLECTORS  

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INCREASED CELL EFFICIENCY IN InGaAs THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH DIELECTRIC AND METAL BACK REFLECTORS solar cells using back reflectors. We studied absorption enhancement in InGaAs and InGaAsP thin film and metal, on InGaAs thin film solar cell performance by device modeling and nu- merical simulations. DEVICE

Atwater, Harry

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Enhancement of optical absorption in thin-film organic solar cells through the excitation of plasmonic modes in metallic gratings  

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Enhancement of optical absorption in thin-film organic solar cells through the excitation 2010 We theoretically investigate the enhancement of optical absorption in thin-film organic solar.1063/1.3377791 Thin-film organic solar cells OSCs are a promising candidate for low-cost energy conversion.1­6 However

Veronis, Georgios

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THE PERFORMANCE OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS EMPLOYING PHOTOVOLTAIC Cu22014x Te-CdTe HETEROJUNCTIONS (1)  

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195 THE PERFORMANCE OF THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS EMPLOYING PHOTOVOLTAIC Cu22014x Te This paper is a short status report on the continuing development of Cu22014xTe-CdTe thin film solar cells Company has had a conti- nuous effort on thin film solar cells for the past four and a half years

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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Hole-conductor-free perovskite organic lead iodide heterojunction thin-film solar cells: High efficiency and junction property  

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Hole-conductor-free perovskite organic lead iodide heterojunction thin-film solar cells: High-conductor-free organic lead iodide thin film solar cells have been fabricated with a sequential deposition method are comparable to that of the high-efficiency thin-film solar cells. VC 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. [http

Wang, Wei Hua

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HIGH EFFICIENCY CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH A NOVEL BACK-CONTACT Nicola Romeoa  

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HIGH EFFICIENCY CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH A NOVEL BACK-CONTACT Nicola Romeoa , Alessio in the fabrication of high efficiency CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells. Usually, it is done first by etching the Cd: Back Contact, CdTe, Thin Film 1 INTRODUCTION The back contact in the CdTe/CdS thin film solar cell

Romeo, Alessandro

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Impurity and back contact effects on CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells.  

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??CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells are the most promising cost-effective solar cells. The goal of this project is to improve the performance for CdS/CdTe devices… (more)

Zhao, Hehong

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Photovoltaics, solar energy materials & thin films-IMRC 2006, Cancun, Mexico: Selected papers  

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The International symposium “Photovoltaics, Solar Energy Materials & Thin Films” was held in Cancun, Mexico from 20 to 24 August 2006. More...2 solar cells; and material characterization. A good...2 and the devic...

Xavier Mathew

2007-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Overview and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies  

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and Challenges of Thin and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies H.S. Ullal Presented at the World Renewable Energy Congress X and Exhibition 2008 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom July 19-25, 2008 Conference Paper NREL/CP-520-43355 December 2008 NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (ASE), a contractor of the US Government under Contract No. DE-AC36-08-GO28308. Accordingly, the US Government and ASE retain a nonexclusive royalty-free license to publish or reproduce the published form of this contribution, or allow others to do so, for US Government purposes. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any

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New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology  

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New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology New GE Plant to Produce Thin Film PV Solar Panels Based on NREL Technology April 22, 2011 - 10:17am Addthis Photo courtesy of General Electric Photo courtesy of General Electric Minh Le Minh Le Program Manager, Solar Program Earlier this month, General Electric announced plans to enter the global marketplace for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in a big way - and to do it, they will be using technology pioneered at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). The record-breaking Cadmium-Telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic technology GE has chosen for its solar panels was originally developed more than a decade ago by a team of scientists led by NREL's Xuanzhi Wu, and

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EELS measurements of boron concentration profiles in p-a-Si and nip a-Si solar cells Bas B. Van Aken a,  

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that the optimum efficiency in nip solar cells is obtained when the p-a-SiC band gap is slightly larger than efficiency nip solar cells based on amorphous (a- Si:H) and microcrystalline (c-Si:H) silicon thin films efficiency Si solar cells, it is very important to control and limit the diffusion of B and C atoms

Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.

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Nanoscale Materials for Thin Film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells  

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Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells show the highest efficiencies of all thin film technologies. Nano-particulate precursor materials could have the potential to lead this technology to...

Ahlswede, Erik

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Electron-reflector strategy for CdTe thin-film solar cells.  

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??The CdTe thin-film solar cell has a large absorption coefficient and high theoretical efficiency. Moreover, large-area photovoltaic panels can be economically fabricated. These features potentially… (more)

Hsiao, Kuo-Jui

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Earth-Abundant Materials for High-Efficiency Heterojunction Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We investigate materials for thin film solar cells that can meet tens of terawatts level deployment potential. As one of the candidates, cuprous oxide (Cu2O) is synthesized and...

Lee, Yun Seog; Bertoni, Mariana; Buonassisi, Tonio

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Polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on glass by ion-assisted deposition.  

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??Polycrystalline silicon (pc-Si, grain size > 1??m, no amorphous tissue) on glass is an interesting material for thin-film solar cells due to the low costs,… (more)

Straub, Axel

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Technological assessment of light-trapping technology for thin-film Si solar cell  

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The proposed light trapping technology of Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) with Diffraction Grating (DG) and Anti-Reflection Coating (ARC) for thin film Si solar cell was analyzed from the technology, market, and ...

Susantyoko, Rahmat Agung

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film Solar Cells with Light Trapping Transparent Conducting Oxide Layer  

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Thin film solar cells, if film thickness is thinner than the optical absorption length, typically give lower cell performance. For the thinner structure, electric current loss due to light penetration can offset the electric current gain obtained...

Lu, Tianlin

2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

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Integrated photonic structures for light trapping in thin-film Si solar cells  

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We explore the mechanisms for an efficient light trapping structure for thin-film silicon solar cells. The design combines a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) and periodic gratings. Using photonic band theories and numerical ...

Sheng, Xing

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New strategy to promote conversion efficiency using high-index nanostructures in thin-film solar cells  

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Nano-scaled metallic or dielectric structures may provide various ways to trap light into thin-film solar cells for improving the conversion efficiency. In most schemes, the textured active layers are involved into light trapping structures that can provide perfect optical benefits but also bring undesirable degradation of electrical performance. Here we propose a novel approach to design high-performance thin-film solar cells. In our strategy, a flat active layer is adopted for avoiding electrical degradation, and an optimization algorithm is applied to seek for an optimized light trapping structure for the best optical benefit. As an example, we show that the efficiency of a flat a-Si:H thin-film solar cell can be promoted close to the certified highest value. It is also pointed out that, by choosing appropriate dielectric materials with high refractive index (>3) and high transmissivity in wavelength region of 350nm-800nm, the conversion efficiency of solar cells can be further enhanced.

Wang, DongLin

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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CARRIER COLLECTION IN THIN-FILM CDTE SOLAR CELLS: THEORY AND EXPERIMENT  

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-n junction solar cell theory predicts that the total solar cell current in the light, JLCARRIER COLLECTION IN THIN-FILM CDTE SOLAR CELLS: THEORY AND EXPERIMENT A.E. Delahoy, Z. Cheng and K.K. Chin Department of Physics, Apollo Solar Energy Research Center, New Jersey Institute

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1. INTRODUCTION Polycrystalline CdTe thin films solar cells have shown long  

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to the solar panel that can be adapted to any kind of shape and is easy to deploy in space. We have developed1. INTRODUCTION Polycrystalline CdTe thin films solar cells have shown long term stable performance for the solar cell, therefore high specific power (ratio of out- put power to the weight) solar cells

Romeo, Alessandro

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The novel usage of spectroscopic ellipsometry for the development of amorphous Si solar cells  

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May 2010 Keywords: a-Si:H Thin film Si solar cell Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) a b s t r a c t We analyzed with relation to structural and electrical properties of a-Si:H thin film for solar cell and faster methodology to develop a-Si:H thin film for thin film Si solar cells using SE measurements

Park, Byungwoo

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Synthesis of nanostructured multiphase (Ti,Al)N/a-Si3N4 thin films using dense plasma focus device  

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A 2.3 kJ pulsed plasma focus device was used to prepare thin films of nc-(Ti,Al)N/a-Si3N4 at room temperature. The plasma focus device, fitted with copper anode encapsulated with Ti0.5Al0.5 anode, was operated with nitrogen as the filling gas. Films were deposited with various number of focus shots, at 90 mm from top of the anode and at zero angular position with respect to anode axis. XRD patterns show the growth of polycrystalline (Ti,Al)N thin films with orientations in the (1 1 1), (2 0 0), (2 2 0) and (3 1 1) crystallographic planes. Behavior of lattice constant, grain size and film roughness of deposited film as a function of variation in number of focus shots is discussed. SEM micrographs of film deposited with 15 number of focus shots exhibit well-developed net like structure of nc-(Ti,Al)N/a-Si3N4 and possibly nc-(Ti,Al)N/a-Si3N4/a-AlN or nc-TiN/a-Si3N4/a-AlN. Surface Roughness ranging 64 nm to 89 nm was also observed.

Tousif Hussain; R. Ahmad; Nida Khalid; Z.A. Umar; A. Hussnain

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Rapid Deposition Technology Holds the Key for the World's Largest Manufacturer of Thin-Film Solar Modules (Fact Sheet)  

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First Solar, Inc. has been collaborating with NREL since 1991, advancing its thin-film cadmium telluride solar technology to grow from a startup company to become one of the world's largest manufacturers of solar modules, and the world's largest manufacturer of thin-film solar modules.

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Modeling and control of thin film surface morphology: application to thin film solar cells  

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Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion. Conference17th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, 0:11,

Huang, Jianqiao

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Near perfect solar absorption in ultra-thin-film GaAs photonic crystals  

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Near perfect solar absorption in ultra-thin-film GaAs photonic crystals Sergey Eyderman,*a Alexei Deinegaa and Sajeev Johnab We present designs that enable a significant increase of solar absorption­99.5% solar absorption is demonstrated depending on the photonic crystal architecture used and the nature

John, Sajeev

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Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost | Department of Energy  

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Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost Tax Credits Give Thin-Film Solar a Big Boost October 18, 2010 - 2:00pm Addthis MiaSolé will expand its capacity to make its thin-film solar panels by more than ten times, thanks to two Recovery Act tax credits.| Photo courtesy of MiaSolé MiaSolé will expand its capacity to make its thin-film solar panels by more than ten times, thanks to two Recovery Act tax credits.| Photo courtesy of MiaSolé Lorelei Laird Writer, Energy Empowers What are the key facts? MiaSolé adding more than ten times its current manufacturing capacity Company expects to double or triple its workforce with expansion Expansion is funded by $101 million in Recovery Act tax credit For MiaSolé, a relative newcomer to the solar energy market, 2010 has been

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Enhanced Efficiency of Light-Trapping Nanoantenna Arrays for Thin Film Solar Cells  

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We suggest a novel concept of efficient light-trapping structures for thin-film solar cells based on arrays of planar nanoantennas operating far from plasmonic resonances. The operation principle of our structures relies on the excitation of chessboard-like collective modes of the nanoantenna arrays with the field localized between the neighboring metal elements. We demonstrated theoretically substantial enhancement of solar-cell short-circuit current by the designed light-trapping structure in the whole spectrum range of the solar-cell operation compared to conventional structures employing anti-reflecting coating. Our approach provides a general background for a design of different types of efficient broadband light-trapping structures for thin-film solar-cell technologically compatible with large-area thin-film fabrication techniques.

Simovski, Constantin R; Voroshilov, Pavel M; Guzhva, Michael E; Belov, Pavel A; Kivshar, Yuri S

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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DISSERTATION ANALYSIS OF IMPACT OF NON-UNIFORMITIES ON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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-scale problems such as energy demand, pollution, and environment safety. The cost ($/kWh) is the primaryDISSERTATION ANALYSIS OF IMPACT OF NON-UNIFORMITIES ON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS AND MODULES WITH 2-D-FILM SOLAR CELLS AND MODULES WITH 2-D SIMULATIONS BE ACCEPTED AS FULFILLING IN PART REQUIREMENTS

Sites, James R.

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NREL: Photovoltaics Research - Thin Film Photovoltaic Partnership Project  

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Thin Film Photovoltaic Partnership Project Thin Film Photovoltaic Partnership Project NREL's Thin Film Photovoltaic (PV) Partnership Project led R&D on emerging thin-film solar technologies in the United States from 1994 to 2009. The project made many advances in thin-film PV technologies that allowed the United States to attain world leadership in this area of solar technology. Three national R&D teams focused on thin-film semiconductor materials: amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and its alloys. The Module Reliability Team and Environmental Health and Safety Team were crosscutting. The teams comprised researchers from the solar industry, academia, and NREL who focused their efforts on improving materials, devices, and manufacturing processes-all

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STRUCTURAL AND CHEMICAL STUDIES ON CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH ANALYTICAL TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY  

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STRUCTURAL AND CHEMICAL STUDIES ON CdTe/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS WITH ANALYTICAL TRANSMISSION, A. N. Tiwari Thin Film Physics Group, Laboratory for Solid State Physics, Technopark ETH-Building, Technoparkstr. 1, CH-8005 Zurich, Switzerland ABSTRACT: CdTe/CdS thin £lm solar cells have been grown by closed

Romeo, Alessandro

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Transfer Printing Methods for Flexible Thin Film Solar Cells: Basic Concepts and Working Principles  

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Thin film solar cells (TFSCs) that are fabricated on flexible substrates, such as plastics, paper, and fabrics, will significantly broaden the applications of solar cells, ranging from wearable solar chargers for portable electronics, building-integrated photovoltaics on sidewalls and curved rooftops, to lightweight solar cells for aerospace and space applications. ... Our study shows that photovoltaic tiles can combine energy generation with architectural aesthetics leading to significant implications for advancement in building integrated photovoltaics. ...

Chi Hwan Lee; Dong Rip Kim; Xiaolin Zheng

2014-09-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Structural and chemical investigations of CBD-and PVD-CdS buffer layers and interfaces in Cu(In,Ga)Se2-based thin film solar cells  

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(In,Ga)Se2-based thin film solar cells D. Abou-Rasa,b,*, G. Kostorza , A. Romeob,1 , D. Rudmannb , A Available online 8 December 2004 Abstract It is known that high-efficiency thin film solar cells based on Cu; Chemical bath deposition; CdS buffer 1. Introduction The highest efficiencies for thin film solar cells

Romeo, Alessandro

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Parallel FDTD Simulation of Photonic Crystals and Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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Finite difference time domain (FDTD) method is a robust and accurate algorithm which is widely used in computational electromagnetic field and the simulation of optical phenomenon. In this paper, parallel FDTD based on overlapped domain decomposition ... Keywords: finite difference time domain method, parallel, photonic crystal, thin-film solar cell, quantum efficiency

Wu Wang; Xuebin Chi; Yangde Feng; Yonghua Zhao

2012-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Disorder improves nanophotonic light trapping in thin-film solar cells  

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We present a systematic experimental study on the impact of disorder in advanced nanophotonic light-trapping concepts of thin-film solar cells. Thin-film solar cells made of hydrogenated amorphous silicon were prepared on imprint-textured glass superstrates. For periodically textured superstrates of periods below 500?nm, the nanophotonic light-trapping effect is already superior to state-of-the-art randomly textured front contacts. The nanophotonic light-trapping effect can be associated to light coupling to leaky waveguide modes causing resonances in the external quantum efficiency of only a few nanometer widths for wavelengths longer than 500?nm. With increasing disorder of the nanotextured front contact, these resonances broaden and their relative altitude decreases. Moreover, overall the external quantum efficiency, i.e., the light-trapping effect, increases incrementally with increasing disorder. Thereby, our study is a systematic experimental proof that disorder is conceptually an advantage for nanophotonic light-trapping concepts employing grating couplers in thin-film solar cells. The result is relevant for the large field of research on nanophotonic light trapping in thin-film solar cells which currently investigates and prototypes a number of new concepts including disordered periodic and quasi periodic textures.

Paetzold, U. W., E-mail: u.paetzold@fz-juelich.de; Smeets, M.; Meier, M.; Bittkau, K.; Merdzhanova, T.; Smirnov, V.; Carius, R.; Rau, U. [IEK5—Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Michaelis, D.; Waechter, C. [Fraunhofer Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik, Albert Einstein Str. 7, D-07745 Jena (Germany)

2014-03-31T23:59:59.000Z

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Resonant cavity enhanced light harvesting in flexible thin-film organic solar cells  

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of solar energy conversion be- cause they use thin films of photoactive material and can be manufactured achieving complete optical absorption and good carrier transport. A photoactive film thickness of 200 nm charge transport to allow for complete carrier extraction. To address this trade-off, absorption en

Fan, Shanhui

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NREL Produces Highly Efficient, Wide-Bandgap, Thin-Film Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)  

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are finding new ways to manufacture thin-film solar cells made from copper, indium, gallium, and selenium - called CIGS cells - that are different than conventional CIGS solar cells. Their use of high-temperature glass, designed by SCHOTT AG, allows higher fabrication temperatures, opening the door to new CIGS solar cells employing light-absorbing materials with wide 'bandgaps.'

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Processing and modeling issues for thin-film solar cell devices. Annual subcontract report, January 16, 1994--January 15, 1995  

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This report describes results achieved during the second phase of a four year subcontract to develop and understand thin film solar cell technology related to a-Si and its alloys, CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2}, and CdTe. Accomplishments during this phase include, development of equations and reaction rates for the formation of CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} films by selenization, fabrication of a 15% efficient CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} cell, development of a reproducible, reliable Cu-diffused contact to CdTe, investigation of the role of CdTe-CdS interdiffusion on device operation, investigation of the substitution of HCl for CdCl{sub 2} in the post-deposition heat treatment of CdTe/CdS, demonstration of an improved reactor design for deposition of a-Si films, demonstration of improved process control in the fabrication of a ten set series of runs producing {approximately}8% efficient a-Si devices, demonstration of the utility of a simplified optical model for determining quantity and effect of current generation in each layer of a triple stacked a-Si cell, presentation of analytical and modeling procedures adapted to devices produced with each material system, presentation of baseline parameters for devices produced with each material system, and various investigations of the roles played by other layers in thin film devices including the Mo underlayer, CdS and ZnO in CuIn{sub 1{minus}x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} devices, the CdS in CdTe devices, and the ZnO as window layer and as part of the back surface reflector in a-Si devices. In addition, collaborations with over ten research groups are briefly described. 73 refs., 54 figs., 34 tabs.

Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Buchanan, W.A.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E.; Shafarman, W.N. [Delaware Univ., Newark, DE (United States). Inst. of Energy Conversion

1995-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel wide band gap materials for highly efficient thin film tandem solar cells  

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Tandem solar cells (TSCs), which use two or more materials to absorb sunlight, have achieved power conversion efficiencies of >25% versus 11-20% for commercialized single junction solar cell modules. The key to widespread commercialization of TSCs is to develop the wide-band, top solar cell that is both cheap to fabricate and has a high open-circuit voltage (i.e. >1V). Previous work in TSCs has generally focused on using expensive processing techniques with slow growth rates resulting in costs that are two orders of magnitude too expensive to be used in conventional solar cell modules. The objective of the PLANT PV proposal was to investigate the feasibility of using Ag(In,Ga)Se2 (AIGS) as the wide-bandgap absorber in the top cell of a thin film tandem solar cell (TSC). Despite being studied by very few in the solar community, AIGS solar cells have achieved one of the highest open-circuit voltages within the chalcogenide material family with a Voc of 949mV when grown with an expensive processing technique (i.e. Molecular Beam Epitaxy). PLANT PV�s goal in Phase I of the DOE SBIR was to 1) develop the chemistry to grow AIGS thin films via solution processing techniques to reduce costs and 2) fabricate new device architectures with high open-circuit voltage to produce full tandem solar cells in Phase II. PLANT PV attempted to translate solution processing chemistries that were successful in producing >12% efficient Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells by replacing copper compounds with silver. The main thrust of the research was to determine if it was possible to make high quality AIGS thin films using solution processing and to fully characterize the materials properties. PLANT PV developed several different types of silver compounds in an attempt to fabricate high quality thin films from solution. We found that silver compounds that were similar to the copper based system did not result in high quality thin films. PLANT PV was able to deposit AIGS thin films using a mixture of solution and physical vapor deposition processing, but these films lacked the p-type doping levels that are required to make decent solar cells. Over the course of the project PLANT PV was able to fabricate efficient CIGS solar cells (8.7%) but could not achieve equivalent performance using AIGS. During the nine-month grant PLANT PV set up a variety of thin film characterization tools (e.g. drive-level capacitance profiling) at the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy User Facility, that are now available to both industrial and academic researchers via the grant process. PLANT PV was also able to develop the back end processing of thin film solar cells at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs to achieve 8.7% efficient CIGS solar cells. This processing development will be applied to other types of thin film PV cells at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. While PLANT PV was able to study AIGS film growth and optoelectronic properties we concluded that AIGS produced using these methods would have a limited efficiency and would not be commercially feasible. PLANT PV did not apply for the Phase II of this grant.

Brian E. Hardin, Stephen T. Connor, Craig H. Peters

2012-06-11T23:59:59.000Z

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Angular behavior of the absorption limit in thin film silicon solar cells  

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We investigate the angular behavior of the upper bound of absorption provided by the guided modes in thin film solar cells. We show that the 4n^2 limit can be potentially exceeded in a wide angular and wavelength range using two-dimensional periodic thin film structures. Two models are used to estimate the absorption enhancement; in the first one, we apply the periodicity condition along the thickness of the thin film structure but in the second one, we consider imperfect confinement of the wave to the device. To extract the guided modes, we use an automatized procedure which is established in this work. Through examples, we show that from the optical point of view, thin film structures have a high potential to be improved by changing their shape. Also, we discuss the nature of different optical resonances which can be potentially used to enhance light trapping in the solar cell. We investigate the two different polarization directions for one-dimensional gratings and we show that the transverse magnetic pola...

Naqavi, Ali; Söderström, Karin; Battaglia, Corsin; Paeder, Vincent; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter; Ballif, Christophe

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The Roles of Cu Impurity States in CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Ken K. Chin1  

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1 The Roles of Cu Impurity States in CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Ken K. Chin1 , T.A. Gessert2 of Cu impurity inclusion in CdTe thin film solar cells, such as degradation caused by Cu diffusion , and Su-Huai Wei2 1 Department of Physics and Apollo CdTe Solar Energy Research Center, NJIT, Newark, NJ

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Asymmetric electrical properties of fork a-Si:H thin-film transistor and its application to flat panel displays  

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of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA 2 LG-effect hydrogen- ated amorphous silicon a-Si:H solar cells to enhance out- put power.6 In an a-Si:H TFT, one pair

Kanicki, Jerzy

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Advanced polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells using high rate plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposited amorphous silicon on textured glass.  

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??Solid phase crystallized polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin-film solar cell on glass is an emerging Photovoltaics (PV) technology combining the robustness of crystalline Si material with… (more)

Jin, Guangyao

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Low-cost, deterministic quasi-periodic photonic structures for light trapping in thin film silicon solar cells  

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Light trapping has been an important issue for thin film silicon solar cells because of the low absorption coefficient in the near infrared range. In this paper, we present a photonic structure which combines anodic aluminum ...

Sheng, Xing

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Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators  

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This presentation was delivered at the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program Review 2013, held April 23–25, 2013 near Phoenix, Arizona.

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Holographic Thin Film System for Multijunction Solar Cells  

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The efficiency of photovoltaic generators based on different semiconductor materials with optimized band gaps can achieve considerably higher values than those obtained with single junction solar cells. For th...

W. H. Bloss; M. Griesinger; E. R. Reinhardt

1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Performance and Loss Analyses of High-Efficiency CBD-ZnS/Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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1 Performance and Loss Analyses of High-Efficiency CBD-ZnS/Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Thin-Film Solar Cells, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-8572, Japan (Received ) KEYWORDS: ZnS buffer, Cu(In,Ga)Se2, thin-film solar cells alternative to CdS in polycrystalline thin-film Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells. Cells with efficiency

Sites, James R.

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Thermal Evaporation and Characterization of Sb2Se3 Thin Film for Substrate Sb2Se3/CdS Solar Cells  

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Thermal Evaporation and Characterization of Sb2Se3 Thin Film for Substrate Sb2Se3/CdS Solar Cells ... Here we report Sb2Se3 solar cells fabricated from thermal evaporation. ... Sb2Se3; thermal evaporation; thin film; solar cells ...

Xinsheng Liu; Jie Chen; Miao Luo; Meiying Leng; Zhe Xia; Ying Zhou; Sikai Qin; Ding-Jiang Xue; Lu Lv; Han Huang; Dongmei Niu; Jiang Tang

2014-06-12T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin-film silicon triple-junction solar cell with 12.5% stable efficiency on innovative flat light-scattering substrate  

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Thin-film silicon triple-junction solar cell with 12.5% stable efficiency on innovative flat light://jap.aip.org/about/rights_and_permissions #12;Thin-film silicon triple-junction solar cell with 12.5% stable efficiency on innovative flat light require light-trapping schemes that are predominantly based on depositing the solar cells on rough

Psaltis, Demetri

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Non-Uniformities in Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells Using Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence  

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It is the purpose of this research to develop specific imaging techniques that have the potential to be fast, inline tools for quality control in thin-film CdTe solar cells. Electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL) are two techniques that are currently under investigation on CdTe small area devices made at Colorado State University. It is our hope to significantly advance the understanding of EL and PL measurements as applied to CdTe. Qualitative analysis of defects and non-uniformities is underway on CdTe using EL, PL, and other imaging techniques.

Zaunbrecher, K.; Johnston, S.; Yan, F.; Sites, J.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Non-Uniformities in Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells Using Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence: Preprint  

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It is the purpose of this research to develop specific imaging techniques that have the potential to be fast, in-line tools for quality control in thin-film CdTe solar cells. Electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL) are two techniques that are currently under investigation on CdTe small area devices made at Colorado State University. It is our hope to significantly advance the understanding of EL and PL measurements as applied to CdTe. Qualitative analysis of defects and non-uniformities is underway on CdTe using EL, PL, and other imaging techniques.

Zaunbrecher, K.; Johnston, S.; Yan, F.; Sites, J.

2011-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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First-Principles Study of Back Contact Effects on CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells  

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Forming a chemically stable low-resistance back contact for CdTe thin-film solar cells is critically important to the cell performance. This paper reports theoretical study of the effects of the back-contact material, Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, on the performance of the CdTe solar cells. First-principles calculations show that Sb impurities in p-type CdTe are donors and can diffuse with low diffusion barrier. There properties are clearly detrimental to the solar-cell performance. The Sb segregation into the grain boundaries may be required to explain the good efficiencies for the CdTe solar cells with Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} back contacts.

Du, Mao-Hua [ORNL

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Controlling the Texture and Crystallinity of Evaporated Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films for Near-Infrared Sensitive Solar Cells  

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Controlling the Texture and Crystallinity of Evaporated Lead Phthalocyanine Thin Films for Near-Infrared Sensitive Solar Cells Karolien Vasseur,, Katharina Broch,§ Alexander L. Ayzner, Barry P. Rand, David Cheyns: To achieve organic solar cells with a broadened spectral absorption, we aim to promote the growth of the near

Schreiber, Frank

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Thin-film solar cells: review of materials, technologies and commercial status  

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As apparent from Table 1..., showing the production volume for different manufacturers of these thin-film technologies over the past 3 years, rapidly-growing ... are also increasing rapidly, the thin-film technologies

Martin A. Green

2007-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Microcrystalline SiGe Absorber Layers in Thin-film Silicon Solar Cells  

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Abstract We report on physical properties of microcrystalline silicon-germanium (?c-SiGe:H) absorber layers for the use as a bottom structure in silicon based multijunction thin-film solar cells. Due to incorporation of Ge the absorption of the film is enhanced compared to pure ?c-Si:H films. This provides the opportunity to significantly reduce the absorber layer thickness. The experiments were carried out in a 13.56 MHz PECVD reactor using germane, silane and hydrogen as process gases. Single layers were characterized for their optical and electrical properties. Results from single and multijunction solar cells using a ?c- SiGe:H absorbers will be shown. In tandem solar cells a reduction of about 60% of the absorber layer thickness could be reached by using SiGe alloys compared to pristine silicon tandem cells.

K.V. Maydell; K. Grunewald; M. Kellermann; O. Sergeev; P. Klement; N. Reininghaus; T. Kilper

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film Photovoltaics Research  

Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports research and development of four thin-film technologies on the path to achieving cost-competitive solar energy, including:

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QUANTIFICATION OF LOSSES IN THIN-FILM CdS/CdTe SOLAR CELLS S.H. Demtsu and J.R. Sites  

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QUANTIFICATION OF LOSSES IN THIN-FILM CdS/CdTe SOLAR CELLS S.H. Demtsu and J.R. Sites Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA ABSTRACT Quantification of solar cell Thin-film CdS/CdTe devices have been studied extensively, but some basic underlying properties

Sites, James R.

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Integrated All-silicon Thin-film Power Electronics on Flexible Sheets For Ubiquitous Wireless Charging Stations based on Solar-energy Harvesting  

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into wireless charging stations. In this work, we combine the thin-film circuits with flexible solar cellsIntegrated All-silicon Thin-film Power Electronics on Flexible Sheets For Ubiquitous Wireless Charging Stations based on Solar-energy Harvesting Liechao Huang, Warren Rieutort-Louis, Yingzhe Hu, Josue

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CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell Research at NREL: FY04 Results and Accomplishments  

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future A national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy NREL is operated by Midwest Research Institute ● Battelle Contract No. DE-AC36-99-GO10337 Conference Paper NREL/CP-520-37020 January 2005 CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell Research at NREL: FY04 Results and Accomplishments K. Ramanathan, R.N. Bhattacharya, M.A. Contreras, F.S. Hasoon, J. Abushama, and R. Noufi Presented at the 2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting October 25-28, 2004 Denver, Colorado NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the Midwest Research Institute (MRI), a contractor of the US Government under Contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. Accordingly, the US

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On the feasibility of colored glazed thermal solar collectors based on thin film interference filters  

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Glazed thermal solar collectors, typically equipped with black, optical selective absorber sheets, exhibit good energy conversion efficiency. However, the black color, and sometimes the visibility of tubes and corrugations of the metal sheets, limit the architectural integration into buildings. In order to overcome this drawback, interference filters are considered as a promising approach. Multilayered thin film stacks deposited on the cover glass can produce a colored reflection hiding the black absorber without a great loss of energy. These interference filters are designed and optimized by numerical simulation. Such coatings are deposited by vacuum processes (e.g. magnetron sputtering) and also via the SolGel method. Optical measurements, such as real-time laser-reflectometry and spectrophotometry, are suitable to determine film thicknesses and optical constants of individual layers, and to measure color coordinates and solar transmittance for the multilayer stacks. Advantages and disadvantages of the different coating processes are discussed.

A. Schüler; C. Roecker; J.-L. Scartezzini; J. Boudaden; I.R. Videnovic; R.S.-C. Ho; P. Oelhafen

2004-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Ion beam assisted sputter deposition of ZnO for silicon thin-film solar cells  

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Ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) is a promising technique for improving the material quality of ZnO-based thin films. The operation of an auxiliary Ar+ ion source during deposition of ZnO?:?Ga thin films by dc magnetron sputtering led to an improvement in crystalline texture, especially at low temperatures due to momentum transfer from the ions to the growing film. Etching of IBAD-ZnO?:?Ga films in diluted HCl revealed crater-like surface structures with crater diameters of up to 600 nm. These structures are usually achieved after deposition at high substrate temperatures. This is an indication that the grain structure was remarkably changed by bombarding these films during deposition in terms of increasing the compactness of the ZnO?:?Ga films. Subsequent annealing procedures led to an improvement in the electrical and optical properties. Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (µc-Si?:?H) solar cells exhibited enhanced efficiency as compared to cells on other low-temperature sputtered reference ZnO films. This improvement was ascribed to light trapping by the modified etching behaviour of the IBAD-ZnO?:?Ga films as well as improved transparency after the vacuum annealing step.

M Warzecha; D Köhl; M Wuttig; J Hüpkes

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Copper and Transparent-Conductor Reflectarray Elements on Thin-Film Solar Cell Panels  

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This work addresses the integration of reflectarray antennas (RA) on thin film Solar Cell (SC) panels, as a mean to save real estate, weight, or cost in platforms such as satellites or transportable autonomous antenna systems. Our goal is to design a good RA unit cell in terms of phase response and bandwidth, while simultaneously achieving high optical transparency and low microwave loss, to preserve good SC and RA energy efficiencies, respectively. Since there is a trade-off between the optical transparency and microwave surface conductivity of a conductor, here both standard copper and transparent conductors are considered. The results obtained at the unit cell level demonstrates the feasibility of integrating RA on a thin-film SC, preserving for the first time good performance in terms of both SC and RA efficiency. For instance, measurement at X-band demonstrate families of cells providing a phase range larger than 270{\\deg} with average microwave loss of -2.45dB (resp. -0.25dB) and average optical transpa...

Dreyer, Philippe; Nicolay, Sylvain; Ballif, Christophe; Perruisseau-Carrier, Julien

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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CRYSTALLINE SILICON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS FROM THE POROUS SILICON PROCESS APPLYING CONVECTION ASSISTED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION  

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CRYSTALLINE SILICON THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS FROM THE POROUS SILICON PROCESS APPLYING CONVECTION ASSISTED CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION Barbara Terheiden,1* Thomas Kunz,2 Ingo Burkert2 , Renate Horbelt,1, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany ABSTRACT: Convection assisted chemical vapor deposition (CoCVD) is applied

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Thin Film Solar Cells Derived from Sintered Semiconductor Quantum Dots: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA number CRD-07-00226  

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The NREL/Evident team will develop techniques to fabricate thin film solar cells where the absorption layers comprising the solar cells are derived from sintered semiconductor quantum dots.

Ginley, D. S.

2010-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Indium doped zinc oxide nanowire thin films for antireflection and solar absorber coating applications  

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Indium doped ZnO nanowire thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of Zn-In metal bilayer films at 500°C. The ZnO:In nanowires are 20-100 nm in diameter and several tens of microns long. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of oxide and indicate that the films are polycrystalline, both in the as deposited and annealed states. The transmission which is <2% for the as deposited Zn-In films increases to >90% for the ZnO:In nanowire films. Significantly, the reflectance for the as deposited films is < 10% in the region between 200 to 1500 nm and < 2% for the nanowire films. Thus, the as deposited films can be used solar absorber coatings while the nanowire films are useful for antireflection applications. The growth of nanowires by this technique is attractive since it does not involve very high temperatures and the use of catalysts.

Shaik, Ummar Pasha [ACRHEM, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India); Krishna, M. Ghanashyam, E-mail: mgksp@uohyd.ac.in [ACRHEM and School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India)

2014-04-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Spin Coated Plasmonic Nanoparticle Interfaces for Photocurrent Enhancement in Thin Film Si Solar Cells  

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Nanoparticle (NP) arrays of noble metals strongly absorb light in the visible to infrared wavelengths through resonant interactions between the incident electromagnetic field and the metal's free electron plasma. Such plasmonic interfaces enhance light absorption and photocurrent in solar cells. We report a cost effective and scalable room temperature/pressure spin-coating route to fabricate broadband plasmonic interfaces consisting of silver NPs. The NP interface yields photocurrent enhancement (PE) in thin film silicon devices by up to 200% which is significantly greater than previously reported values. For coatings produced from Ag nanoink containing particles with average diameter of 40 nm, an optimal NP surface coverage of 7% was observed. Scanning electron microscopy of interface morphologies revealed that for low surface coverage, particles are well-separated, resulting in broadband PE. At higher surface coverage, formation of particle strings and clusters caused red-shifting of the PE peak and a narro...

Israelowitz, Miriam; Cong, Tao; Sureshkumar, Radhakrishna

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Multi-resonant silver nano-disk patterned thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells for Staebler-Wronski effect compensation  

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We study polarization independent improved light trapping in commercial thin film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar photovoltaic cells using a three-dimensional silver array of multi-resonant nano-disk structures embedded in a silicon nitride anti-reflection coating (ARC) to enhance optical absorption in the intrinsic layer (i-a-Si:H) for the visible spectrum for any polarization angle. Predicted total optical enhancement (OE) in absorption in the i-a-Si:H for AM-1.5 solar spectrum is 18.51% as compared to the reference, and producing a 19.65% improvement in short-circuit current density (JSC) over 11.7 mA/cm2 for a reference cell. The JSC in the nano-disk patterned solar cell (NDPSC) was found to be higher than the commercial reference structure for any incident angle. The NDPSC has a multi-resonant optical response for the visible spectrum and the associated mechanism for OE in i-a-Si:H layer is excitation of Fabry-Perot resonance facilitated by surface plasmon resonances. The detrimental Staebl...

Vora, Ankit; Pearce, Joshua M; Bergstrom, Paul L; Güney, Durdu Ö

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Advanced Light-Trapping in Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells  

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Light-trapping schemes are essential for high efficiency thin-film Silicon devices. Implementation of various light-trapping/scattering elements will be discussed. An optimum textured...

Wyrsch, Nicolas

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Design, fabrication and optical characterization of photonic crystal assisted thin film monocrystalline-silicon solar cells  

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In this paper, we present the integration of an absorbing photonic crystal within a monocrystalline silicon thin film photovoltaic stack fabricated without epitaxy. Finite difference...

Meng, Xianqin; Depauw, Valérie; Gomard, Guillaume; El Daif, Ounsi; Trompoukis, Christos; Drouard, Emmanuel; Jamois, Cécile; Fave, Alain; Dross, Frédéric; Gordon, Ivan; Seassal, Christian

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Alta Devices Develops World Record Setting Thin-Film Solar Cell  

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EERE supported the development of Alta Devices' thin film Gallium Arsenide photovoltaic technology that set a world record for conversion efficiency.

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DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL PRECURSOR FOR THE PREPARATION BY SELENIZATION OF HIGH EFFICIENCY CuInGaSe2/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS  

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/CdS THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS N. Romeo1 , A. Bosio1 , V. Canevari2 , R. Tedeschi1 , S. Sivelli1 , A. Solar cells prepared by depositing in sequence on top of the CuInGaSe2 film 60 nm of CdS, 100 nm of pure(InGa)Se2, Thin Films, Selenization 1 INTRODUCTION CuInGaSe2 based solar cells exhibit the highest

Romeo, Alessandro

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Light trapping in thin-film solar cells measured by Raman spectroscopy  

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In this study, Raman spectroscopy is used as a tool to determine the light-trapping capability of textured ZnO front electrodes implemented in microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) solar cells. Microcrystalline silicon films deposited on superstrates of various roughnesses are characterized by Raman micro-spectroscopy at excitation wavelengths of 442?nm, 514?nm, 633?nm, and 785?nm, respectively. The way to measure quantitatively and with a high level of reproducibility the Raman intensity is described in details. By varying the superstrate texture and with it the light trapping in the ?c-Si:H absorber layer, we find significant differences in the absolute Raman intensity measured in the near infrared wavelength region (where light trapping is relevant). A good agreement between the absolute Raman intensity and the external quantum efficiency of the ?c-Si:H solar cells is obtained, demonstrating the validity of the introduced method. Applications to thin-film solar cells, in general, and other optoelectronic devices are discussed.

Ledinský, M., E-mail: ledinsky@fzu.cz [Laboratory of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., Cukrovarnická 10, 162 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory, Institute of Microengineering (IMT), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de la Maladière 71b, CH-2000 Neuchâtel (Switzerland); Moulin, E.; Bugnon, G.; Meillaud, F.; Ballif, C. [Photovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory, Institute of Microengineering (IMT), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Rue de la Maladière 71b, CH-2000 Neuchâtel (Switzerland); Ganzerová, K.; Vetushka, A.; Fejfar, A. [Laboratory of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., Cukrovarnická 10, 162 00 Prague (Czech Republic)

2014-09-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Dyadic Green’s functions of thin films: Applications within plasmonic solar cells  

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Optimization and design of silicon solar cells by exploiting light scattering from metal nanoparticles to increase the efficiency is addressed in the small particle limit from a fundamental point of view via the dyadic Green’s function formulation. Based on the dyadic Green’s function (Green’s tensor) of a three-layer geometry, light scattering from electric point dipoles (representing small metal scatterers) located within a thin layer sandwiched between a substrate and a superstrate is analyzed. Starting from the full dyadic Green’s function we derive analytical near- and far-field approximations. The far-field approximations enable efficient, exact, and separate evaluation of light scattering into waves that propagate in the substrate or the superstrate. Based on the near-field approximation we present a semianalytical expression for the total near-field absorption in the substrate. The theoretical approach is used to analyze realistic configurations for plasmon-assisted silicon solar cells. We show that by embedding metal nanoscatterers in a thin film with a high refractive index (rutile TiO2 with n?2.5) on top of the silicon, the fraction of scattered light that couples into the solar cell can become larger than 96%, and an optical path length enhancement of more than 100 can be achieved.

Jesper Jung; Thomas Søndergaard; Thomas Garm Pedersen; Kjeld Pedersen; Arne Nylandsted Larsen; Brian Bech Nielsen

2011-02-23T23:59:59.000Z

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Effect of Ag doping on opto-electrical properties of CdS thin films for solar cell applications  

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Abstract Cadmium sulfide (CdS) polycrystalline thin films of different thicknesses (ranging from 370 nm to 750 nm) were fabricated on corning glass substrates using Close Spaced Sublimation (CSS) technique. Optical and electrical investigation revealed that CdS thin films show an appreciable transparency (50–70% transmission) in visible range and a highly resistive behavior (106 ? cm). Samples were doped by silver (Ag) at different concentrations, using ion exchange technique, in order to reduce the resistivity of CdS thin films and to improve their efficiency as a window layer for solar cell application. The doping of Ag in pure CdS thin films resulted into an increase of surface roughness and a decrease both in electrical resistivity and in transparency. By optimizing annealing parameters, we were able to properly control the optical properties of the present system. In fact, the Ag doping of pure CdS films has led to a decrease of the sample resistivity by three orders of magnitude (103 ? cm) against a 20% cut in optical transmission.

Adnan Nazir; Andrea Toma; Nazar Abbas Shah; Simone Panaro; Sajid Butt; Rizwan ur Rehman Sagar; Waseem Raja; Kamran Rasool; Asghari Maqsood

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Optical and recombination losses in thin-film Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells  

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Abstract Optical and recombination losses in thin-film solar cells based on CuInxGa1-xSe2 with the bandgaps 1.14–1.16 and 1.36–1.38 eV have been evaluated. Parameters used for the analysis and calculations were verified by comparing the measured quantum efficiency spectra with the results of calculations. Optical losses due to reflections from the interfaces and absorption in the ZnO and CdS layers are found using the optical constants of materials taking into account anti-reflection coating on the ZnO surface. It is shown that for typical parameters of solar cells studied the optical losses amount to 16–18%. Losses due to the recombination of charge carriers at the front and back surfaces of the absorbing layer and in the space charge region (SCR) are calculated based on their dependences on the carrier lifetime, the concentration of uncompensated acceptors (determined the width of the SCR) and other parameters of the absorber. Total recombination losses in solar cells with the bandgaps of CuIn(Ga,In)Se2 1.14 and 1.36 eV are equal to 7.0% and 4.5%, respectively. It is also shown that for solar cell with the bandgap of absorber 1.14 eV, an incomplete charge collection is caused also due to non-optimal width of the SCR. An improvement of charge collection in this cell can be achieved by varying the concentration of uncompensated acceptors in the absorber. However, it is impossible to achieve such improvement for solar cells with the bandgap of 1.36 eV due to shorter carrier lifetime in the material.

L.A. Kosyachenko; X. Mathew; P.D. Paulson; V.Ya. Lytvynenko; O.L. Maslyanchuk

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Piezoelectric, solar and thermal energy harvesting for hybrid low-power generator systems with thin-film batteries  

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The harvesting of ambient energy to power small electronic components has received tremendous attention over the last decade. The research goal in this field is to enable self-powered electronic components for use particularly in wireless sensing and measurement applications. Thermal energy due to temperature gradients, solar energy and ambient vibrations constitute some of the major sources of energy that can be harvested. Researchers have presented several papers focusing on each of these topics separately. This paper aims to develop a hybrid power generator and storage system using these three sources of energy in order to improve both structural multifunctionality and system-level robustness in energy harvesting. A multilayer structure with flexible solar, piezoceramic, thin-film battery and metallic substructure layers is developed (with the overhang dimensions of 93 mm ? 25 mm ? 1.5 mm in cantilevered configuration). Thermal energy is also used for charging the thin-film battery layers using a 30.5 mm ? 33 mm ? 4.1 mm generator. Performance results are presented for charging and discharging of the thin-film battery layers using each one of the harvesting methods. It is shown based on the extrapolation of a set of measurements that 1 mA h of a thin-film battery can be charged in 20 min using solar energy (for a solar irradiance level of 223 W m?2), in 40 min using thermal energy (for a temperature difference of 31 °C) and in 8 h using vibrational energy (for a harmonic base acceleration input of 0.5g at 56.4 Hz).

P Gambier; S R Anton; N Kong; A Erturk; D J Inman

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Designing Randomness - The Impact of Textured Surfaces on the Efficiency of Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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We analyze experimentally and theoretically light localization at randomly textured ZnO surfaces and light absorption in thin-film amorphous Si deposited conformal on it. Guidance is...

Beckers, Thomas; Bittkau, Karsten; Carius, Reinhard; Fahr, Stephan; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Lederer, Falk

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Optimization-based design of surface textures for thin-film Si solar cells  

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We numerically investigate the light-absorption behavior of thin-film silicon for normal-incident light, using surface textures to enhance absorption. We consider a variety of texture designs, such as simple periodic ...

Sheng, Xing

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Development of CdTe thin film solar cells on flexible foil substrates.  

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??Cadmium telluride (CdTe) is a leading thin film photovoltaic (PV) material due to its near ideal band gap of 1.45 eV, its high optical absorption… (more)

Hodges, Deidra Ranel

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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CdTe/CdS Thin Film Solar Cells Fabricated on Flexible Substrates.  

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??Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) is a leading thin film photovoltaic (PV) material due to its near ideal bandgap of 1.45 eV and its high optical absorption… (more)

Palekis, Vasilios

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Towards Large Area Industrial Cost Competitive Coating for Thin Film Solar Electricity Production  

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Thin film PV market faces a struggling situation due to the need of reducing strongly prices, which can be done by increasing efficiency and reducing fabrication costs. Improvement of...

Bermudez, Veronica

130

Methods for forming thin-film heterojunction solar cells from I-III-VI{sub 2}  

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An improved thin-film, large area solar cell, and methods for forming the same are disclosed, having a relatively high light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency and characterized in that the cell comprises a p-n type heterojunction formed of: (i) a first semiconductor layer comprising a photovoltaic active material selected from the class of I-III-VI{sub 2} chalcopyrite ternary materials which is vacuum deposited in a thin ``composition-graded`` layer ranging from on the order of about 2.5 microns to about 5.0 microns ({approx_equal}2.5 {mu}m to {approx_equal}5.0 {mu}m) and wherein the lower region of the photovoltaic active material preferably comprises a low resistivity region of p-type semiconductor material having a superimposed region of relatively high resistivity, transient n-type semiconductor material defining a transient p-n homojunction; and (ii) a second semiconductor layer comprising a low resistivity n-type semiconductor material; wherein interdiffusion occurs (a) between the elemental constituents of the two discrete juxtaposed regions of the first semiconductor layer defining a transient p-n homojunction layer, and (b) between the transient n-type material in the first semiconductor layer and the second n-type semiconductor layer. 16 figs.

Mickelsen, R.A.; Chen, W.S.

1985-08-13T23:59:59.000Z

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Doping profiles in CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells  

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CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells showing comparable properties as commercial cells have been prepared by close space sublimation (CSS) in our own laboratory. We characterised the cells by capacitance–voltage profiling (C–V), thermal admittance spectroscopy (TAS), and thermally stimulated capacitance measurements (TSCAP). The doping profiles of the CdTe layer obtained by C–V measurements confirm the well known rise in dopant concentration with increasing depth if the usual evaluation procedure is employed. However, the TAS and TSCAP measurements reveal deep acceptors in the CdTe layer with a large concentration exceeding that of the shallow dopants. Under these conditions, C–V measurements are shown to yield an apparently rising dopant concentration even for homogeneous doping. A combined simulation of doping profiles measured at different temperatures using a fixed and uniform shallow and deep doping fits well to measured doping concentration. These results indicate how to get reliable information on the shallow dopant concentration.

U. Reislöhner; M. Hädrich; N. Lorenz; H. Metzner; W. Witthuhn

2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

132

Methods for forming thin-film heterojunction solar cells from I-III-VI.sub. 2  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

An improved thin-film, large area solar cell, and methods for forming the same, having a relatively high light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency and characterized in that the cell comprises a p-n type heterojunction formed of: (i) a first semiconductor layer comprising a photovoltaic active material selected from the class of I-III-VI.sub.2 chalcopyrite ternary materials which is vacuum deposited in a thin "composition-graded" layer ranging from on the order ot about 2.5 microns to about 5.0 microns (.congruent.2.5 .mu.m to .congruent.5.0 .mu.m) and wherein the lower region of the photovoltaic active material preferably comprises a low resistivity region of p-type semiconductor material having a superimposed region of relatively high resistivity, transient n-type semiconductor material defining a transient p-n homojunction; and (ii), a second semiconductor layer comprising a low resistivity n-type semiconductor material; wherein interdiffusion (a) between the elemental constituents of the two discrete juxtaposed regions of the first semiconductor layer defining a transient p-n homojunction layer, and (b) between the transient n-type material in the first semiconductor layer and the second n-type semiconductor layer, causes the The Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. EG-77-C-01-4042, Subcontract No. XJ-9-8021-1 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mickelsen, Reid A. (Bellevue, WA) [Bellevue, WA; Chen, Wen S. (Seattle, WA) [Seattle, WA

1985-08-13T23:59:59.000Z

133

Theoretical study of the efficiency of CdS/PbS thin film solar cells  

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Abstract This work represents a theoretical analysis of a new type of thin film solar cells with structure glass/ITO/CdS/PbS/AL. The transmission spectrum was calculated based on the multi-reflections effect from all cell layers as well as absorption effect in both ITO and CdS layers. The calculations of spectral internal quantum efficiency were carried out based on the front and back surface recombination of PbS layer. The recombination losses in space-charge region were studied. The effect of thickness of the absorber layer on the calculations of short-circuit current density was studied under illumination condition of AM1.5 solar irradiation. The data of open circuit voltage, maximum voltage, maximum current density, fill factor, output power density and efficiency of CdS/PbS solar cell were estimated from the J–V characteristics curve under illumination effect. This study ignored the effect of metallic back contact and thus the incomplete absorption losses (transmission losses) take place at thin absorber layer. The obtained results showed that the 2 ?m thickness of the absorber layer is not sufficient to absorb all the transmitted photons from the window layer (CdS) and the selection of theses thin thicknesses of PbS in order to correspond with experimental implementations of these devices. Both the optical and recombination losses lead to decrease the current density by 82% (JSC = 7.28 mA/cm2) at thickness 0.5 ?m of PbS and these losses decreased to 67% (JSC = 16 mA/cm2) at thickness 2 ?m. The output power density and the cell efficiency increased with increasing the thickness of effective layer. The maximum cell efficiency of 4.13% was obtained at thickness of 2 ?m which is considered greater than those obtained experimentally.

H.A. Mohamed

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of Commercial Technology for Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells on Glass: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-07-209  

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NREL has conducted basic research relating to high efficiency, low cost, thin film silicon solar cell design and the method of making solar cells. Two patents have been issued to NREL in the above field. In addition, specific process and metrology tools have been developed by NREL. Applied Optical Sciences Corp. (AOS) has expertise in the manufacture of solar cells and has developed its own unique concentrator technology. AOS wants to complement its solar cell expertise and its concentrator technology by manufacturing flat panel thin film silicon solar cell panels. AOS wants to take NREL's research to the next level, using it to develop commercially viable flat pane, thin film silicon solar cell panels. Such a development in equipment, process, and metrology will likely produce the lowest cost solar cell technology for both commercial and residential use. NREL's fundamental research capability and AOS's technology and industrial background are complementary to achieve this product development.

Sopori, B.

2013-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film CIGS and CdTe Photovoltaic Technologies: Commercialization, Critical Issues, and Applications; Preprint  

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We report here on the major commercialization aspects of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies based on CIGS and CdTe (a-Si and thin-Si are also reported for completeness on the status of thin-film PV). Worldwide silicon (Si) based PV technologies continues to dominate at more than 94% of the market share, with the share of thin-film PV at less than 6%. However, the market share for thin-film PV in the United States continues to grow rapidly over the past several years and in CY 2006, they had a substantial contribution of about 44%, compared to less than 10% in CY 2003. In CY 2007, thin-film PV market share is expected to surpass that of Si technology in the United States. Worldwide estimated projections for CY 2010 are that thin-film PV production capacity will be more than 3700 MW. A 40-MW thin-film CdTe solar field is currently being installed in Saxony, Germany, and will be completed in early CY 2009. The total project cost is Euro 130 million, which equates to an installed PV system price of Euro 3.25/-watt averaged over the entire solar project. This is the lowest price for any installed PV system in the world today. Critical research, development, and technology issues for thin-film CIGS and CdTe are also elucidated in this paper.

Ullal, H. S.; von Roedern, B.

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film solar Cells by a Process Suitable for Large Scale Production. N. Romeo, A. Bosio, A. Romeo, M. Bianucci, L. Bonci, C. Lenti  

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film solar Cells by a Process Suitable for Large Scale Production. N-mail:Nicola.Romeo@fis.unipr.it ABSTRACT: It has been demonstrated that CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells can exhibit an efficiency around 16 Film. 1 INTRODUCTION CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells have a good possibility to be produced on large

Romeo, Alessandro

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Effect of localized states on the reciprocity between quantum efficiency and electroluminescence in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and Si thin-film solar cells  

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Abstract We present the electroluminescence and quantum efficiency of three different types of thin-film solar cells based on absorbers made from Cu(In,Ga)Se2 as well as from ?c-Si:H and a-Si:H. Simulations of our experimental results show that the main contribution to the electroluminescence spectrum originates from band-to-tail transitions in the case of Cu(In,Ga)Se2, from tail-to-tail transitions in ?c-Si:H, and from tail-to-tail as well as from band-to-midgap-defect transitions in a-Si:H. By comparing the electroluminescence with the quantum efficiency, we analyze the effect of localized states on the optoelectronic reciprocity relation in the three material systems. The relatively steep band–tail density of states in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 is compatible with the reciprocity relation at room temperature while the shallower band–tail density of states in ?c-Si:H and the deep mid-gap defect states in a-Si:H lead to substantial deviations from the reciprocity.

Thomas Christian Mathias Müller; Bart Elger Pieters; Thomas Kirchartz; Reinhard Carius; Uwe Rau

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Research on high-efficiency, single-junction, monolithic, thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells: Phase II annual subcontract report, 1 January 1985--31 January 1986  

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This report presents results of the second phase of research on high-efficiency, single-junction, monolithic, thin-film a-Si solar cells. Five glow-discharge deposition systems, including a new in-line, multichamber system, were used to grow both doped and undoped a-Si:H. A large number of silane and disilane gas cylinders were analyzed with a gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy system. Strong correlations were found between the breakdown voltage, the deposition rate, the diffusion length, and the conversion efficiency for varying cathode-anode separations in a DC glow-discharge deposition mode. Tin oxide films were grown by chemical vapor deposition with either tetramethyl tin (TMT) or tin tetrachloride (TTC). The best were grown with TMT, but TTC films had a more controlled texture for light trapping and provided a better contact to the p-layer. The best results were obtained with 7059 glass substrates. Efficiencies as high as 10.86% were obtained in p-i-n cells with superlattice p-layers and as high as 10.74% in cells with both superlattice p- and n-layers. Measurements showed that the boron-doping level in the p-layer can strongly affect transport in the i-layer, which can be minimized by reactive flushing before i-layer deposition. Stability of a-Si:H cells is improved by light doping. 51 refs., 64 figs., 21 tabs.

Carlson, D.E.; Ayra, R.R.; Bennett, M.S.; Catalano, A.; D'Aiello, R.V.; Dickson, C.R.; McVeigh, J.; Newton, J.; O'Dowd, J.; Oswald, R.S.; Rajan, K.

1988-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Low work function, stable thin films  

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Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

Dinh, Long N. (Concord, CA); McLean, II, William (Oakland, CA); Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Fehring, Jr., Edward J. (Dublin, CA); Schildbach, Marcus A. (Livermore, CA)

2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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An Unconventional Route to High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells via Embedding Graphitic Thin Films into TiO2 Nanoparticle  

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and impedance spectroscopy. KEYWORDS: Carbon/TiO2 thin film, dye-sensitized solar cells, block copolymer-treated single-wall carbon nanotubes (a-SWCNs) in TiO2 film.37 The a-SWCNs modified solar cell indicated a 25An Unconventional Route to High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells via Embedding Graphitic Thin

Lin, Zhiqun

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Absorber processing issues in high-efficiency, thin-film Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}-based solar cells  

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Three approaches to thin-film Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} absorber fabrication are considered. They are generically described in terms of the sequential or concurrent nature of source material delivery, selenium delivery, and compound formation. A two-stage evaporation process successfully produced the absorber component of a world-record, 17.1{percent} efficient solar cell. Alternative approaches that reduce the requirements for high substrate temperatures are considered. The relationship between absorber process parameters, band gap profile, and device performance are examined. Engineering the [Ga]/([Ga]+[In]) profile in the absorber has led to the reported advances. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Tuttle, J.R.; Gabor, A.M.; Contreras, M.A.; Tennant, A.L.; Ramanathan, K.R.; Franz, A.; Matson, R.; Noufi, R. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Simulation of nanostructure-based and ultra-thin film solar cell devices beyond the classical picture  

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In this paper, an optoelectronic device simulation framework valid for arbitrary spatial variation of electronic potentials and optical modes, and for transport regimes ranging from ballistic to diffusive, is used to study non-local photon absorption, photocurrent generation and carrier extraction in ultra-thin film and nanostructure-based solar cell devices at the radiative limit. Among the effects that are revealed by the microscopic approach and which are inaccessible to macroscopic models is the impact of structure, doping or bias induced nanoscale potential variations on the local photogeneration rate and the photocarrier transport regime.

Aeberhard, Urs

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Control of thermal emittance of stainless steel using sputtered tungsten thin films for solar thermal power applications  

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Abstract Low thermal emittance is the key factor of a solar collector. For high temperature solar thermal applications, low emittance is an important parameter, because the thermal radiative losses of the absorbers increase proportionally by T4. Our primary motivation for carrying out this work has been to lower the thermal emittance of stainless steel substrate (intrinsic emittance=0.12–0.13) by coating a thin film of high infrared (IR) reflecting tungsten (W). Tungsten thin films were deposited on stainless steel substrates using a glow discharge direct current magnetron sputtering system. Emittance as low as 0.03 was obtained by varying the thickness of W coating on stainless steel substrate. The influences of structural, morphological and electrical properties of the W coating on its emittance values are studied. The effect of substrate roughness on the emittance of W coating is also examined. Thermal stability of the W coatings is studied in both vacuum and air. In order to demonstrate the effect of W interlayer, solar selective coating of AlTiN/AlTiON/AlTiO tandem absorber was deposited on W coated stainless steel substrates, which exhibited absorptance of 0.955 and emittance of 0.08 with a thermal stability up to 600 °C in vacuum.

K.P. Sibin; Siju John; Harish C. Barshilia

2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research  

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Thin Film Photovoltaics Research Thin Film Photovoltaics Research to someone by E-mail Share SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research on Facebook Tweet about SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research on Twitter Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research on Google Bookmark SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research on Delicious Rank SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research on Digg Find More places to share SunShot Initiative: Thin Film Photovoltaics Research on AddThis.com... Concentrating Solar Power Photovoltaics Research & Development Crystalline Silicon Thin Films Multijunctions Organic Photovoltaics Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Competitive Awards Systems Integration Balance of Systems Thin Film Photovoltaics Research The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports research and development of

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Experimental Demonstration of Quasi-Resonant Absorption in Silicon Thin Films for Enhanced Solar Light Trapping  

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We experimentally demonstrate that the addition of partial lattice disorder to a thin-film micro-crystalline silicon photonic crystal results in the controlled spectral broadening of its absorption peaks to form quasi resonances; increasing light trapping over a wide bandwidth while also reducing sensitivity to the angle of incident radiation. Accurate computational simulations are used to design the active-layer photonic crystal so as to maximize the number of its absorption resonances over the broadband interval where micro-crystalline silicon is weakly absorbing before lattice disorder augmented with fabrication-induced imperfections are applied to further boost performance. Such a design strategy may find practical use for increasing the efficiency of thin-film silicon photovoltaics.

Oskooi, Ardavan; Ishizaki, Kenji; Noda, Susumu

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Electron and hole drift mobility measurements on thin film CdTe solar cells Qi Long, Steluta A. Dinca, E. A. Schiff, Ming Yu, and Jeremy Theil  

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(2004); 10.1063/1.1645322 Cathodoluminescence of Cu diffusion in CdTe thin films for CdTe/CdS solar://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/apl/105/4?ver=pdfcov Published by the AIP Publishing Articles you may be interested in Copper-doped Cd

Schiff, Eric A.

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CuIn1-xGaxS2 thin film solar cells with ZnxCd1-xS as heterojunction partner Bhaskar Kumar  

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CuIn1-xGaxS2 thin film solar cells with ZnxCd1-xS as heterojunction partner Bhaskar Kumar 1 , Parag). i:ZnO/Al:ZnO transparent and conducting window bilayer was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

Sites, James R.

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film Solar Cells Prepared by Treating CdTe Films with a Freon Gas in Substitution of CdCl2  

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High Efficiency CdTe/CdS Thin Film Solar Cells Prepared by Treating CdTe Films with a Freon Gas delle Scienze, 37/A-43010 Fontanini, Parma, Italy ABSTRACT: CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells have reached in the preparation of high efficiency CdTe/CdS solar cells is the activation treatment of CdTe film. Most research

Romeo, Alessandro

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CdS quantum dot sensitized nanocrystalline Gd-doped TiO2 thin films for photoelectrochemical solar cells  

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CdS quantum dot sensitized Gd-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films have been prepared by chemical method. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that TiO2 and Gd-doped TiO2...nanocrystalline thin films are of anatas...

A. Ranjitha; N. Muthukumarasamy…

2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Towards high efficiency thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells: The roles of light trapping and non-radiative recombinations  

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Thin-film solar cells based on silicon have emerged as an alternative to standard thick wafers technology, but they are less efficient, because of incomplete absorption of sunlight, and non-radiative recombinations. In this paper, we focus on the case of crystalline silicon (c-Si) devices, and we present a full analytic electro-optical model for p-n junction solar cells with Lambertian light trapping. This model is validated against numerical solutions of the drift-diffusion equations. We use this model to investigate the interplay between light trapping, and bulk and surface recombination. Special attention is paid to surface recombination processes, which become more important in thinner devices. These effects are further amplified due to the textures required for light trapping, which lead to increased surface area. We show that c-Si solar cells with thickness of a few microns can overcome 20% efficiency and outperform bulk ones when light trapping is implemented. The optimal device thickness in presence of light trapping, bulk and surface recombination, is quantified to be in the range of 10–80??m, depending on the bulk quality. These results hold, provided the effective surface recombination is kept below a critical level of the order of 100?cm/s. We discuss the possibility of meeting this requirement, in the context of state-of-the-art techniques for light trapping and surface passivation. We show that our predictions are within the capability of present day silicon technologies.

Bozzola, A., E-mail: angelo.bozzola@unipv.it; Kowalczewski, P.; Andreani, L. C. [Physics Department, University of Pavia and CNISM, via Bassi 6, I-27100 Pavia (Italy)

2014-03-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film photovoltaic device  

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A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids. 5 figs.

Catalano, A.W.; Bhushan, M.

1982-08-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film photovoltaic device  

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A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids.

Catalano, Anthony W. (Wilmington, DE); Bhushan, Manjul (Wilmington, DE)

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics  

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energy sources, the potential of solar energy is the mostuse of solar cells as an energy source [2]. Therefore, thinspread use of solar cells as a renewable energy source [2].

Chung, Choong-Heui

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Mass Production of Large-Area Integrated Thin-Film Silicon Solar-Cell Module  

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A mass-production technology of a-Si single junction modules with stable 8% efficiency had been developed in the Shiga factory of the Kaneka Corporation. In 1999, Kaneka instituted Kaneka Solartech Corporation...

Yoshihisa Tawada; H. Yamagishi; K. Yamamoto

2004-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Technology of Amorphous Silicon Thin Films for Solar Cells and Applications to Power Systems  

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Preliminary attempts have been made to grow non-hydrogenated a-Si films by evaporation in an ordinary vacuum system (ultimate pressure 10?6 Toor) fitted with a six-hearth electron gun and a substrate heater. This...

D. Girginoudi; A. Thanailakis; P. Abarian…

1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Nanocauliflower like structure of CdS thin film for solar cell photovoltaic applications: In situ tin doping by chemical bath deposition technique  

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Abstract We report on surface morphology changes of in situ tin (Sn) doped cadmium sulphide (CdS) thin film nanostructures prepared on a glass substrate using the chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. Sn-doping in the presence of triethanolammine (TEOA) as complexing agent resulted in the formation of nanocauliflower like structure of CdS thin film. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that Sn-doped CdS thin films show a hexagonal structure with a preferential orientation growth along the c-axis (0 0 2). The Sn4+ doping markedly influenced on the evolution of the CdS nanostructures, resulting in the formation of nanocracks due to the substitution of Cd2+ ions by larger-than-host Sn4+ ions as well as a drastic increase in electrical conductivity. An improved optical transmittance property was also achieved by the Sn-doping with no considerable change in the energy band gap. Moreover, a large improvement in both electrical conductivity and photosensitivity observed in the Sn-doped CdS thin films suggests that Sn-doping is highly effective for applications as window/buffer layers in future solar cell applications. Structural evolution of cauliflower like nanostructures are also discussed in this paper.

K.C. Wilson; E. Manikandan; M. Basheer Ahamed; B.W. Mwakikunga

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film large-area see-through color solar panels with reflective layer and 4-step laser scribing for building-integrated photovoltaic applications  

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In this work, tandem amorphous/microcrystalline silicon thin-film large-area see-through color solar modules were successfully designed and developed for building-integrated photovoltaic applications. Novel and key technologies of reflective layers and ...

Chin-Yi Tsai, Chin-Yao Tsai

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High efficiency thin-film crystalline Si/Ge tandem solar cell  

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We propose and simulate a photovoltaic solar cell comprised of Si and Ge pn junctions in tandem. With an anti-reflection film at the front surface, we have shown that optimal solar...

Sun, G; Chang, F; Soref, R A

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Semiconductor Nanocrystals as Luminescent Down-Shifting Layers To Enhance the Efficiency of Thin-Film CdTe/CdS and Crystalline Si Solar Cells  

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A commonly used thin-film CdTe/CdS solar cell is transparent to photons with energies below the bandgap energy, and an additional portion of sunlight is lost because of absorption of high-energy UV photons in the CdS buffer layer. ... Wu, S.; Dou, J.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, S.A Simple and Economical One-Pot Method to Synthesize High-Quality Water Soluble CdTe QDs J. Mater. ...

Sergii Kalytchuk; Shuchi Gupta; Olga Zhovtiuk; Aleksandar Vaneski; Stephen V. Kershaw; Huiying Fu; Zhiyong Fan; Eric C. H. Kwok; Chiou-Fu Wang; Wey Yang Teoh; Andrey L. Rogach

2014-01-17T23:59:59.000Z

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The effect of impurities on the doping and VOC of CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells  

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The effect of introducing impurities in CdTe, namely antimony (Sb) and oxygen (O), on the net carrier concentration in CdS/CdTe solar cells and on their open-circuit voltage (VOC) has been investigated. Oxygen was introduced in the CdTe films during the deposition of this layer by the close-spaced sublimation process. The total pressure was held constant at 1330 Pa (N2 and O2). The amount of oxygen was varied by varying its partial pressure. Antimony was introduced into CdTe using a post-deposition diffusion process. Following the deposition of CdTe a thin film (a few nm) of Sb was deposited onto the CdTe surface and subsequently heat-treated to cause in-diffusion of Sb. The temperature and time during the diffusion process were varied in the range of 300–525 °C and 20–160 min respectively. In both instances it was possible to vary (increase) the doping concentration in CdTe. The increase in doping was accompanied by an increase in VOC. However, in all instances the doping in CdTe reached a maximum value, beyond which further increases were not possible leading to saturation in VOC. The highest VOC measured was similar to state-of-the-art values in the range of 800–830 mV, and the highest doping concentration measured was in the 1016 cm? 3 range.

H. Zhao; Alvi Farah; D. Morel; C.S. Ferekides

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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(Sr,Ba)(Si,Ge){sub 2} for thin-film solar-cell applications: First-principles study  

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In order to meet the increasing demand for electric power generation from solar energy conversion, the development of efficient light absorber materials has been awaited. To this end, the electronic and optical properties of advanced alkaline-earth-metals disilicides and digermanides (SrSi{sub 2}, BaSi{sub 2}, SrGe{sub 2}, and BaGe{sub 2}) are studied by means of the density functional theory using HSE06 exchange-correlation energy functional. Our calculations show that all these orthorhombic structured compounds have fundamental indirect band gaps in the range E{sub g} ? 0.89–1.25 eV, which is suitable for solar cell applications. The estimated lattice parameters and band gaps are in good agreement with experiments. Our calculations show that the electronic band structures of all four compounds are very similar except in the vicinity of the ?-point. The valence band of these compounds is made up by Si(Ge)-p states, whereas the conduction band is composed of Sr(Ba)-d states. Their band alignments are carefully determined by estimating the work function of each compound using slab model. The optical properties are discussed in terms of the complex dielectric function ?(?)?=??{sub 1}(?)?+?i?{sub 2}(?). The static and high-frequency dielectric constants are calculated, taking into account the ionic contribution. The absorption coefficient ?(?) demonstrates that a low energy dispersion of the conduction band, which results in a flat conduction band minimum, leads to large optical activity in these compounds. Therefore, alkaline-earth-metals disilicides and digermanides possess great potential as light absorbers for applications in thin-film solar cell technologies.

Kumar, Mukesh, E-mail: Kumar.Mukesh@nims.go.jp, E-mail: mkgarg79@gmail.com [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Umezawa, Naoto [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); TU-NIMS Joint Research Center, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin (China); Imai, Motoharu [Superconducting Properties Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

2014-05-28T23:59:59.000Z

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High Efficiency CdTe and CIGS Thin Film Solar Cells: Highlights...  

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Technologies, NYCA MiaSole, CA HelioVolt, Tx Solyndra, CA SoloPower, CA Wurth Solar, Germany SULFURCELL, Germany CIS Solartechnik, Germany Solarion, Germany Solibro, Sweden...

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Plasmonic gratings for enhanced light-trapping in thin-film organic solar cells  

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We discuss optimized silver gratings to enhance absorption in organic solar cells. The enhancement is attributed to generated surface plasmon (SP) polaritons and localized SP...

Le, Khai Q; Alù, Andrea

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Resonant cavity enhanced light harvesting in flexible thin-film organic solar cells  

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Dielectric/metal/dielectric (DMD) electrodes have the potential to significantly increase the absorption efficiency and photocurrent in flexible organic solar cells. We demonstrate...

Sergeant, Nicholas P; Niesen, Bjoern; Liu, Albert S; Boman, Lee; Stoessel, Chris; Heremans, Paul; Peumans, Peter; Rand, Barry P; Fan, Shanhui

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Barrier Coatings for Thin Film Solar Cells: Final Subcontract Report, September 1, 2002 -- January 30, 2008  

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This program has involved investigations of the stability of CdTe and copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) solar cells under damp heat conditions and effects of barrier coatings.

Olsen, L. C.

2010-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Fully Solution-Processed Copper Chalcopyrite Thin Film Solar Cells: Materials Chemistry, Processing, and Device Physics  

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CuIn(Se,S) 2 solar cell with a PCE of 11.1% under dark andpower conversion efficiency (PCE) of around 20% among thinAchievement of such high PCE can be largely ascribed to the

Chung, Choong-Heui

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Novel textured glass substrate with high light trapping capacity for thin film Si solar cells application  

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A novel large feature size crater like glass substrate was proposed in this paper. P-i-n type microcrystalline silicon film solar cell with higher external quantum efficiency was...

Wang, Yanfeng; Zhang, xiaodan; Bai, Lisha; Huang, Qian; Wei, Changchun; Zhao, Ying

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Light trapping in thin film solar cells using textured photonic crystal  

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A solar cell includes a photoactive region that receives light. A photonic crystal is coupled to the photoactive region, wherein the photonic crystal comprises a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) for trapping the light.

Yi, Yasha (Somerville, MA); Kimerling, Lionel C. (Concord, MA); Duan, Xiaoman (Amesbury, MA); Zeng, Lirong (Cambridge, MA)

2009-01-27T23:59:59.000Z

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Electrodeposition of Antimony Selenide Thin Films and Application in Semiconductor Sensitized Solar Cells  

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The current–voltage characteristic of the cells were measured using a xenon arc lamp simulator (Sun 2000, ABET Technologies) with an AM 1.5 G spectral filter, and the intensity was adjusted to provide 1 sun (100 mW/cm2) using a calibrated silicon solar cell. ... In selenosulfate electrolyte, the cathodic current detected for V production of Se2– by means of SeSO32– + 2 e– = Se2– + SO2–. ... Indeed, the Jsc is similar to values reported for the state of the art of the inorganic semiconductor sensitized solar cells based on liquid(36) and organic(7) hole conductors. ...

T. Tuyen Ngo; Sudam Chavhan; Ivet Kosta; Oscar Miguel; Hans-Jurgen Grande; Ramón Tena-Zaera

2014-01-17T23:59:59.000Z

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Adaptation of thin-film photovoltaic technology for use in space  

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The anticipated deployment of large numbers of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) for global telecommunications networks renews interest in producing solar power systems that are lightweight, robust, resistant to radiation damage, and relatively inexpensive. Promising near term thin-film candidates are amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). The authors discuss the modifications that are necessary to adapt terrestrial thin-film technology for use in space. The authors characterize expected module performance and present results of tests performed on sample cells. They consider the possibility of achieving aggressive cost, weight, and performance targets through the use of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology.

Fairbanks, E.S.; Gates, M.T. [Boeing Commercial Space Co., Seattle, WA (United States)

1997-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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Creating CZTS Thin Films Via Stacked Metallic CVD and Sulfurization  

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Research, Thin-Film Photovoltaic (PV) Cells Market Analysiscost of photovoltaic systems (such as solar cells) due tosolar cells are created by depositing layers of photovoltaic

Bielecki, Anthony

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Partial Shading in Monolithic Thin Film PV Modules: Analysis...  

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A. Alam, "Identification, Characterization and Implications of Shadow Degradation in Thin Film Solar Cells," in Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), 2011 IEEE International, 2011,...

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Thermochromic Properties of Nanocrystal-based Thin Films | The...  

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Nanocrystal-based Thin Films Functional coatings that can selectively reflect or transmit near-infrared solar radiation while maintiaining high transmittance for visible light can...

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Processing and analysis of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells made from uniform single phase materials  

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This paper presents processes for producing uniform single phase polycrystalline films of Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} and CdTe and the analysis of the resulting films and solar cell devices. The first two sections discuss Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} cells prepared by the selenization of Cu-In-Ga films and of elemental evaporation. The third section describes a CdCl{sub 2} vapor treatment of CdTe that results in uniform large grain films with reduced {ital S} diffusion and reproducible performance. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Birkmire, R.W.; Hichri, H.; Klenk, R.; Marudachalam, M.; McCandless, B.E.; Phillips, J.E.; Schultz, J.M.; Shafarman, W.N. [Institute of Energy Conversion, Department of Energy, University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic, Research and Education (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716 (United States)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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ThinFilms  

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Thin Films Thin Films Manufacturing Technologies The Thin Film laboratory provides a variety of vapor deposition processes and facilities for cooperative research and development. Available capabilities include electron beam evaporation, sputter deposition, reactive deposi- tion processes, atomic layer deposition (ALD) and specialized techniques such as focused ion beam induced chemical vapor deposition. Equipment can be reconfigured for prototyping, or it can be dedicated to long-term research, development and manufacturing. Most sputter and evaporative deposition systems are capable of depositing multiple materials. Deposition capabilities and expertise * Deposition of a large variety of thin film mate- rials * Multiple sputter deposition systems - Capable of depositing four materials in a

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Polymer and organic solar cells viewed as thin film technologies: What it will take for them to become a success outside academia  

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Abstract The polymer and organic solar cell technology is critically presented in the context of other thin film technologies with a specific focus on what it will take to make them a commercial success. The academic success of polymer and organic solar cells far outweigh any other solar cell technology when judging by the number of scientific publications whereas the application of polymer and organic solar cells in real products is completely lacking. This aspect is viewed as a sign of the polymer and organic solar cell field as being more complex and less mature and it raises the question of whether an organic analog to a successful inorganic technology is forcibly needed and indeed whether it is at all worth exploring beyond academia.

Frederik C. Krebs; Mikkel Jørgensen

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Polycrystalline thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells fabricated by electrodeposition. Annual technical report  

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During the past year, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) researchers performed systematic studies of the growth and properties of electrodeposition CdS and back-contact formation using Cu-doped ZnTe, with an emphasis on low Cu concentrations. CSM also started to explore the stability of its ZnTe-Cu contacted CdTe solar cells. Researchers investigated the electrodeposition of CdS and its application in fabricating CdTe/CdS solar cells. The experimental conditions they explored in this study were pH from 2.0 to 3.0; temperatures of 80 and 90 C; CdCl{sub 2} concentration of 0.2 M; deposition potential from {minus}550 to {minus}600 mV vs. Ag/AgCl electrode; [Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 4}] concentration between 0.005 and 0.05 M. The deposition rate increases with increase of the thiosulfate concentration and decrease of solution pH. Researchers also extended their previous research of ZnTe:Cu films by investigating films doped with low Cu concentrations (< 5 at. %). The low Cu concentration enabled them to increase the ZnTe:Cu post-annealing temperature without causing excessive Cu diffusion into CdTe or formation of secondary phases. The effects of Cu doping concentration and post-deposition annealing temperature on the structural, compositional, and electrical properties of ZnTe were studied systematically using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electron microprobe, Hall effect, and conductivity measurements.

Trefny, J.U.; Mao, D. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Dept. of Physics

1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Influence of base pressure and atmospheric contaminants on a-Si:H solar cell properties  

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The influence of atmospheric contaminants oxygen and nitrogen on the performance of thin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at 13.56 MHz was systematically investigated. The question is addressed as to what degree of high base pressures (up to 10{sup -4} Torr) are compatible with the preparation of good quality amorphous silicon based solar cells. The data show that for the intrinsic a-Si:H absorber layer exists critical oxygen and nitrogen contamination levels (about 2x10{sup 19} atoms/cm{sup 3} and 4x10{sup 18} atoms/cm{sup 3}, respectively). These levels define the minimum impurity concentration that causes a deterioration in solar cell performance. This critical concentration is found to depend little on the applied deposition regime. By enhancing, for example, the flow of process gases, a higher base pressure (and leak rate) can be tolerated before reaching the critical contamination level. The electrical properties of the corresponding films show that increasing oxygen and nitrogen contamination results in an increase in dark conductivity and photoconductivity, while activation energy and photosensitivity are decreased. These effects are attributed to nitrogen and oxygen induced donor states, which cause a shift of the Fermi level toward the conduction band and presumably deteriorate the built-in electric field in the solar cells. Higher doping efficiencies are observed for nitrogen compared to oxygen. Alloying effects (formation of SiO{sub x}) are observed for oxygen contaminations above 10{sup 20} atoms/cm{sup 3}, leading to an increase in the band gap.

Woerdenweber, J.; Schmitz, R.; Mueck, A.; Zastrow, U.; Niessen, L.; Gordijn, A.; Carius, R.; Beyer, W.; Rau, U. [IEF 5 Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Merdzhanova, T.; Stiebig, H. [IEF 5 Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Malibu GmbH and Co. KG, Boettcherstr. 7, D-33609 Bielefeld (Germany)

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Research on high-efficiency, single-junction, monolithic, thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells: Annual subcontract report, May 1985 - Jul 1986  

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A study was undertaken of the optoelectronic properties of amorphous silicon-hydrogen thin films deposited from disilane at high deposition rates. The information derived from this study was used to fabricate amorphous silicon solar cells with efficiencies exceeding 7%. The intrinsic layer of these solar cells was deposited at 15 angstroms/second. Material properties investigated included dark conductivity, photoconductivity, minority carrier diffusion length, and density of states. The solar cells properties characterized were absolute quantum yield and simulated global AM 1.5 efficiencies. Investigations were undertaken utilizing optical and infrared spectroscopy to optimize the microstructures of the intrinsic amorphous silicon. That work was sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The information was used to optimize the intrinsic layer of amorphous silicon solar cells, resulting in AM 1.5 efficiencies exceeding 7%.

Wiesmann, H.; Dolan, J.; Fricano, G.; Danginis, V.

1987-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Terra Solar Global Inc | Open Energy Information  

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Global Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: Terra Solar Global Inc Place: New York, New York Zip: 10111-2000 Product: US-based manufacturer of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film...

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181

Peeling Back the Layers of Thin Film Structure and Chemistry  

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July 10, 2014 Bookmark and Share The layer-by-layer analysis of the concentration of strontium within a 40-angstrom thick (La, Sr)CoO thin film applied to a SiTiO3 substrate....

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Theoretical Analysis of Effects of Deep Level, Back Contact, and Absorber Thickness on Capacitance-Voltage Profiling of CdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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The apparent carrier density profile measured by the capacitance-voltage technique in CdTe thin-film solar cells frequently displays a distinctive U-shape. We show that, even assuming a uniform carrier density, such a U-shape may arise from deep levels, a non-ohmic back-contact, and a thin absorber, which are commonly present in practical CdTe thin-film solar cells. A thin CdTe absorber contributes to the right branch of the U-shape due to a punch-through effect at reverse or zero biases, when the CdTe absorber is nearly fully depleted. A rectifying back-contact contributes to both branches of the U-shape due to voltage sharing with the front junction under a forward bias and early punch-through under a reverse bias. Deep levels contribute to the right branch, but also raise the bottom of the U-shape, leading to an overestimate of carrier density.

Li, J. V.; Halverson, A. F.; Sulima, O. V.; Bansal, S.; Burst, J. M.; Barnes, T. M.; Gessert, T. A.; Levi, D. H.

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Thin film hydrogen sensor  

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A thin film hydrogen sensor includes a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end. 5 figs.

Cheng, Y.T.; Poli, A.A.; Meltser, M.A.

1999-03-23T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film hydrogen sensor  

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A thin film hydrogen sensor, includes: a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end.

Cheng, Yang-Tse (Rochester Hills, MI); Poli, Andrea A. (Livonia, MI); Meltser, Mark Alexander (Pittsford, NY)

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Design and fabrication of photonic crystal thin film photovoltaic cells Guillaume Gomarda,b  

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Design and fabrication of photonic crystal thin film photovoltaic cells Guillaume Gomarda,b , Ounsi of an absorbing planar photonic crystal within a thin film photovoltaic cell. The devices are based on a stack with large areas. Keywords: Photonic crystal, Photovoltaic solar cell, Thin film solar cell, Hydrogenated

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

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E-Print Network 3.0 - advanced thin film Sample Search Results  

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half of all glass... cells by absorbing light within a specific wavelength. Today's thin-film solar cells could not function... , but static, layer of a thin-film pho- tovoltaic...

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Characterization of Field Exposed Thin Film Modules: Preprint  

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Test arrays of thin film modules have been deployed at the Solar Energy Centre near New Delhi, India since 2002-2003. Performances of these arrays were reported by O.S. Sastry [1]. This paper reports on NREL efforts to support SEC by performing detailed characterization of selected modules from the array. Modules were selected to demonstrate both average and worst case power loss over the 8 years of outdoor exposure. The modules characterized included CdTe, CIS and three different types of a-Si. All but one of the a-Si types were glass-glass construction. None of the modules had edge seals. Detailed results of these tests are presented along with our conclusions about the causes of the power loss for each technology.

Wohlgemuth, J. H.; Sastry, O. S.; Stokes, A.; Singh, Y. K.; Kumar, M.

2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Method of fabricating high-efficiency Cu(In,Ga)(SeS).sub.2 thin films for solar cells  

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A process for producing a slightly Cu-poor thin film of Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S).sub.2 comprises depositing a first layer of (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y followed by depositing just enough Cu+(Se,S) or Cu.sub.x (Se,S) to produce the desired slightly Cu-poor material. In a variation, most, but not all, (about 90 to 99%) of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y is deposited first, followed by deposition of all the Cu+(Se,S) or Cu.sub.x (Se,S) to go near stoichiometric, possibly or even preferably slightly Cu-rich, and then in turn followed by deposition of the remainder (about 1 to 10%) of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y to end with a slightly Cu-poor composition. In yet another variation, a small portion (about 1 to 10%) of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y is first deposited as a seed layer, followed by deposition of all of the Cu+(Se,S) or Cu.sub.x (Se,S) to make a very Cu-rich mixture, and then followed deposition of the remainder of the (In,Ga).sub.x (Se,S).sub.y to go slightly Cu-poor in the final Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S).sub.2 thin film.

Noufi, Rommel (Golden, CO); Gabor, Andrew M. (Boulder, CO); Tuttle, John R. (Denver, CO); Tennant, Andrew L. (Denver, CO); Contreras, Miguel A. (Golden, CO); Albin, David S. (Denver, CO); Carapella, Jeffrey J. (Evergreen, CO)

1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Cadmium-free junction fabrication process for CuInSe.sub.2 thin film solar cells  

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The present invention provides an economical, simple, dry and controllable semiconductor layer junction forming process to make cadmium free high efficiency photovoltaic cells having a first layer comprised primarily of copper indium diselenide having a thin doped copper indium diselenide n-type region, generated by thermal diffusion with a group II(b) element such as zinc, and a halide, such as chlorine, and a second layer comprised of a conventional zinc oxide bilayer. A photovoltaic device according the present invention includes a first thin film layer of semiconductor material formed primarily from copper indium diselenide. Doping of the copper indium diselenide with zinc chloride is accomplished using either a zinc chloride solution or a solid zinc chloride material. Thermal diffusion of zinc chloride into the copper indium diselenide upper region creates the thin n-type copper indium diselenide surface. A second thin film layer of semiconductor material comprising zinc oxide is then applied in two layers. The first layer comprises a thin layer of high resistivity zinc oxide. The second relatively thick layer of zinc oxide is doped to exhibit low resistivity.

Ramanathan, Kannan V. (Lakewood, CA); Contreras, Miguel A. (Golden, CA); Bhattacharya, Raghu N. (Littleton, CA); Keane, James (Lakewood, CA); Noufi, Rommel (Golden, CA)

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Optical and electrical properties study of sol-gel derived Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin films for solar cells  

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The fabrication of environmental-friendly Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films with pure kesterite phase is always a challenge to researchers in the field of solar cells. We introduce a simple non-vacuum sol-gel method to fabricate kesterite CZTS films. Ethylenediamine is used as the chelating agent and stabilizer and plays an important role in preparing stable precursor. X-ray diffraction, Raman and scanning electron microscopy studies suggest that the microstructure and optical properties of CZTS films depend strongly on annealing temperatures. The temperature dependence of conductivity of 500?°C annealed CZTS film shows that the Mott law dominates in the low temperature region and thermionic emission is predominant at high temperatures.

Guo, B. L.; Liu, X. J.; Li, A. D., E-mail: wcliu@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Chen, Y. H. [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Photovoltaic Engineering Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Liu, W. C., E-mail: wcliu@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Photovoltaic Engineering Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

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Modeling of capacitance transients of thin-film solar cells: A valuable tool to gain information on perturbing layers or interfaces  

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Thin-film electronic and photovoltaic devices often comprise, in addition to the anticipated p-n junctions, additional non-ideal ohmic contacts between layers. This may give rise to additional signals in capacitance spectroscopy techniques that are not directly related to defects in the structure. In this paper, we present a fitting algorithm for transient signals arising from such an additional junction. The fitting results are in excellent agreement with the diode characteristics extracted from static measurements on individual components. Finally, the algorithm is applied for determining the barriers associated with anomalous signals reported for selected CuIn{sub 1–x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells.

Lauwaert, Johan, E-mail: Johan.Lauwaert@UGent.be; Van Puyvelde, Lisanne; Vrielinck, Henk [Department of Solid State Sciences, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281-S1, 9000 Gent (Belgium); Lauwaert, Jeroen; Thybaut, Joris W. [Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT), Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281-S5, 9000 Gent (Belgium)

2014-02-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Sputtered Nickel Oxide Thin Film for Efficient Hole Transport Layer in Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cell  

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Bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaics (OPV) are very promising thin film renewable energy conversion technologies due to low production cost by high-throughput roll-to-roll manufacturing, an expansive list of compatible materials, and flexible device fabrication. An important aspect of OPV device efficiency is good contact engineering. The use of oxide thin films for this application offers increased design flexibility and improved chemical stability. Here we present our investigation of radio frequency magnetron sputtered nickel oxide (NiO{sub x}) deposited from oxide targets as an efficient, easily scalable hole transport layer (HTL) with variable work-function, ranging from 4.8 to 5.8 eV. Differences in HTL work-function were not found to result in statistically significant changes in open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) for poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) BHJ device. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) characterization of the NiO{sub x} film and its interface with the polymer shows Fermi level alignment of the polymer with the NiO{sub x} film. UPS of the blend also demonstrates Fermi level alignment of the organic active layer with the HTL, consistent with the lack of correlation between V{sub oc} and HTL work-function. Instead, trends in j{sub sc}, V{sub oc}, and thus overall device performance are related to the surface treatment of the HTL prior to active layer deposition through changes in active layer thickness.

Widjonarko, N. E.; Ratcliff, E. L.; Perkins, C. L.; Sigdel, A. K.; Zakutayev, A.; Ndione, P. F.; Gillaspie, D. T.; Ginley, D. S.; Olson, D. C.; Berry, J. J.

2012-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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NMR characterization of thin films  

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A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

Gerald, II, Rex E. (Brookfield, IL); Klingler, Robert J. (Glenview, IL); Rathke, Jerome W. (Homer Glen, IL); Diaz, Rocio (Chicago, IL); Vukovic, Lela (Westchester, IL)

2008-11-25T23:59:59.000Z

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Oxidation of In2S3 films to synthetize In2S3(1-x)O3x thin films as a buffer layer in solar cells  

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Oxidation of In2S3 films to synthetize In2S3(1-x)O3x thin films as a buffer layer in solar cells S layers for solar cells. PACS : 68.55.ag Semiconductors, 68.55.J Morphology of films , 68.55.Nq the oxidation occurs is strongly dependent on the texture of deposited films. As-grown films deposited

Boyer, Edmond

195

Thin film photovoltaic cell  

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A thin film photovoltaic cell having a transparent electrical contact and an opaque electrical contact with a pair of semiconductors therebetween includes utilizing one of the electrical contacts as a substrate and wherein the inner surface thereof is modified by microroughening while being macro-planar.

Meakin, John D. (Newark, DE); Bragagnolo, Julio (Newark, DE)

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

196

Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation  

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Generation of low work function, stable compound thin films by laser ablation. Compound thin films with low work function can be synthesized by simultaneously laser ablating silicon, for example, and thermal evaporating an alkali metal into an oxygen environment. For example, the compound thin film may be composed of Si/Cs/O. The work functions of the thin films can be varied by changing the silicon/alkali metal/oxygen ratio. Low work functions of the compound thin films deposited on silicon substrates were confirmed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The compound thin films are stable up to 500.degree. C. as measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Tests have established that for certain chemical compositions and annealing temperatures of the compound thin films, negative electron affinity (NEA) was detected. The low work function, stable compound thin films can be utilized in solar cells, field emission flat panel displays, electron guns, and cold cathode electron guns.

Dinh, Long N. (Concord, CA); McLean, II, William (Oakland, CA); Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Fehring, Jr., Edward J. (Dublin, CA); Schildbach, Marcus A. (Livermore, CA)

2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Improved red-response in thin film a-Si:H solar cells with soft-imprinted plasmonic back reflectors  

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and Albert Polman4 1 Thomas J. Watson Laboratories of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, The Netherlands 3 Utrecht University, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Section Nanophotonics, P.O. Box 80,000, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands 4 Center for Nanophotonics, FOM--Institute AMOLF, Science

Polman, Albert

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Impact of environmental conditions on the chemical surface properties of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} thin-film solar cell absorbers  

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Environmentally driven aging effects play a crucial role in thin-film solar cells based on Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2}, both for long-term stability and short air exposure during production. For a better understanding of such effects, Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} absorber surfaces were investigated by x-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy after exposure to different environmental conditions. Identical absorbers were stored in a nitrogen atmosphere, in damp heat, and under ambient conditions for up to 14 days. We find varying degrees of diffusion of sulfur, copper, and sodium towards the surface, with potential impact on the electronic surface structure (band gap) and the properties of the interface to a buffer layer in a solar cell device. Furthermore, we observe an oxidation (in decreasing order) of indium, copper, and selenium (but no oxidation of sulfur). And finally, varying amounts of carbon- and oxygen-containing adsorbates are found. In particular, the findings suggest that, for ambient air exposure, sodium carbonate is formed at the surface.

Hauschild, D., E-mail: dirk.hauschild@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de, E-mail: l.weinhardt@kit.edu; Meyer, F. [Experimental Physics VII, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg (Germany); Pohlner, S.; Lechner, R.; Dietmüller, R.; Palm, J. [AVANCIS GmbH and Co. KG, Otto-Hahn-Ring 6, 81739 Munich (Germany); Heske, C. [Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States); Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Engesserstr. 18/20, 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Weinhardt, L., E-mail: dirk.hauschild@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de, E-mail: l.weinhardt@kit.edu [Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4003 (United States); Reinert, F. [Experimental Physics VII, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg (Germany); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Gemeinschaftslabor für Nanoanalytik, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

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Enhancement of current collection in epitaxial lift-off InAs/GaAs quantum dot thin film solar cell and concentrated photovoltaic study  

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We report the fabrication of a thin film InAs/GaAs quantum dot solar cell (QD cell) by applying epitaxial lift-off (ELO) approach to the GaAs substrate. We confirmed significant current collection enhancement (?0.91?mA/cm{sup 2}) in the ELO-InAs QD cell within the wavelength range of 700?nm–900?nm when compared to the ELO-GaAs control cell. This is almost six times of the sub-GaAs bandgap current collection (?0.16?mA/cm{sup 2}) from the wavelength range of 900?nm and beyond, we also confirmed the ELO induced resonance cavity effect was able to increase the solar cell efficiency by increasing both the short circuit current and open voltage. The electric field intensity of the resonance cavity formed in the ELO film between the Au back reflector and the GaAs front contact layer was analyzed in detail by finite-differential time-domain (FDTD) simulation. We found that the calculated current collection enhancement within the wavelength range of 700?nm–900?nm was strongly influenced by the size and shape of InAs QD. In addition, we performed concentrated light photovoltaic study and analyzed the effect of intermediate states on the open voltage under varied concentrated light intensity for the ELO-InAs QD cell.

Sogabe, Tomah, E-mail: sogabe@mbe.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Shoji, Yasushi; Tamayo, Efrain; Okada, Yoshitaka [Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8504 (Japan); Mulder, Peter; Schermer, John [Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)

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Institute of Photo Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai  

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Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University Jump to: navigation, search Name Institute of Photo-Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University Place Tianjin Municipality, China Zip 300071 Sector Solar Product A thin-film solar cell research institute in China. References Institute of Photo-Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University[1] LinkedIn Connections CrunchBase Profile No CrunchBase profile. Create one now! This article is a stub. You can help OpenEI by expanding it. Institute of Photo-Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University is a company located in Tianjin Municipality, China . References ↑ "Institute of Photo-Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University"

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Improvement of CIGS thin-film solar cell performance by optimization of Zn(O,S) buffer layer parameters  

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The effects of Zn(O,S) buffer layer parameters on CuInGaSe (CIGS) cell performance are investigated using a physically based solar cell model. The key issue for CIGS solar cells is to remove destructive effec...

Samaneh Sharbati; Sayyed Hossein Keshmiri; J. Tyler McGoffin…

2014-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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E-Print Network 3.0 - ag sn thin-film Sample Search Results  

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solar... on a conventional metal-oxide transparent electrode. Thin-film optoelectronic devices make ... Source: Cui, Yi - Department of Materials Science and Engineering,...

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NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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is mostly thin- film solar technology, such as CdTe and CuInimportant. Thin film solar technology such as CIGS (Copper,in all thin-film solar cell technologies is that absorbance

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Study of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of boron-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films and the application to p-channel thin film transistor  

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The material and process characteristics of boron doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin film deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique (PECVD) have been studied. The goal is to apply the high quality films...

Nominanda, Helinda

2012-06-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Guided optical modes in randomly textured ZnO thin films imaged by near-field scanning optical K. Bittkau* and R. Carius  

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relevance. In particular, when designing thin-film solar cells and light emitting diodes LEDs , ran- domly

Peinke, Joachim

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E-Print Network 3.0 - a-si alloy solar Sample Search Results  

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1m intrinsic a-Si:H layers were... intrinsic a-Si:H layer and the metal film. For the solar cell test, the light is coming from the bottom... through structure innovations....

207

Thin film hydrogen sensor  

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A hydrogen sensor element comprises an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having a thin-film metallization deposited thereon which forms at least two resistors on the substrate. The metallization comprises a layer of Pd or a Pd alloy for sensing hydrogen and an underlying intermediate metal layer for providing enhanced adhesion of the metallization to the substrate. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors, and at least one of the resistors is left uncovered. The difference in electrical resistances of the covered resistor and the uncovered resistor is related to hydrogen concentration in a gas to which the sensor element is exposed.

Lauf, Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN); Hoffheins, Barbara S. (Knoxville, TN); Fleming, Pamela H. (Oak Ridge, TN)

1994-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Annealed CVD molybdenum thin film surface  

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Molybdenum thin films deposited by pyrolytic decomposition of Mo(CO).sub.6 attain, after anneal in a reducing atmosphere at temperatures greater than 700.degree. C., infrared reflectance values greater than reflectance of supersmooth bulk molybdenum. Black molybdenum films deposited under oxidizing conditions and annealed, when covered with an anti-reflecting coating, approach the ideal solar collector characteristic of visible light absorber and infrared energy reflector.

Carver, Gary E. (Tucson, AZ); Seraphin, Bernhard O. (Tucson, AZ)

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Hybrid Thin Film Deposition System | EMSL  

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Hybrid Thin Film Deposition System Hybrid Thin Film Deposition System Only available at EMSL, the Discovery Deposition System has been customized to be a fully automated...

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OPTIMIZATION OF a-SiGe BASED TRIPLE, TANDEM AND SINGLE-JUNCTION SOLAR Xunming Deng  

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at the University of Toledo (UT) in the fabrication of high-efficiency triple, tandem and single-junction solar with 12.5% initial efficiency and 10.7% stable efficiency, tandem-junction a-Si/a-SiGe solar cells with 12.9% initial efficiency, and single-junction a-SiGe solar cells with 12.5-13% initial efficiency and 10

Deng, Xunming

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Correlations of Capacitance-Voltage Hysteresis with Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cell Performance During Accelerated Lifetime Testing  

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In this paper we present the correlation of CdTe solar cell performance with capacitance-voltage hysteresis, defined presently as the difference in capacitance measured at zero-volt bias when collecting such data with different pre-measurement bias conditions. These correlations were obtained on CdTe cells stressed under conditions of 1-sun illumination, open-circuit bias, and an acceleration temperature of approximately 100 degrees C.

Albin, D.; del Cueto, J.

2011-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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CFN | Thin Films Group  

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Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility Thin-Film Processing Facility Online Manager (FOM) website FOM manual ESR for lab 1L32 (High-Resolution SEM and x-ray microanalysis) CFN Operations Safety Awareness (COSA) form for 1L32 (ESR #1) Technical article on LABE detector (Analytical SEM) Request form for off-hours access (.doc, First time only, renewals done via email) Lab Tool capabilities Primary contact Training schedule Backup contact Booking calendar Booking rules SOP 1L32 Analytical SEM Camino Thurs 10-12 PM Stein FOM yes yes Hitachi S-4800 SEM Stein Tues 1-3 PM Black FOM no yes booking calendar: yes = need to reserve tool time in calendar before using tool booking rules: yes = specific rules exist for reserving tool time SOP = standard operating procedure (basic instructions)

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Ferromagnetic thin films  

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A ferromagnetic [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4[+-]0.05. 7 figures.

Krishnan, K.M.

1994-12-20T23:59:59.000Z

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Use of 2nd and 3rd Level Correlation Analysis for Studying Degradation in Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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The correlation of stress-induced changes in the performance of laboratory-made CdTe solar cells with various 2nd and 3rd level metrics is discussed. The overall behavior of aggregated data showing how cell efficiency changes as a function of open-circuit voltage (Voc), short-circuit current density (Jsc), and fill factor (FF) is explained using a two-diode, PSpice model in which degradation is simulated by systematically changing model parameters. FF shows the highest correlation with performance during stress, and is subsequently shown to be most affected by shunt resistance, recombination and in some cases voltage-dependent collection. Large decreases in Jsc as well as increasing rates of Voc degradation are related to voltage-dependent collection effects and catastrophic shunting respectively. Large decreases in Voc in the absence of catastrophic shunting are attributed to increased recombination. The relevance of capacitance-derived data correlated with both Voc and FF is discussed.

Albin, D. S.; del Cueto, J. A.; Demtsu, S. H.; Bansal, S.

2011-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Black Silicon Solar Thin-film Microcells Integrating Top Nanocone Structures for Broadband and Omnidirectional Light-Trapping  

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Recently developed classes of monocrystalline silicon solar microcells (u-cell) can be assembled into modules with characteristics (i.e., mechanically flexible forms, compact concentrator designs, and high-voltage outputs) that would be impossible to achieve using conventional, wafer-based approaches. In this paper, we describe a highly dense, uniform and non-periodic nanocone forest structure of black silicon (bSi) created on optically-thin (30 um) u-cells for broadband and omnidirectional light-trapping with a lithography-free and high-throughput plasma texturizing process. With optimized plasma etching conditions and a silicon nitride passivation layer, black silicon u-cells, when embedded in a polymer waveguiding layer, display dramatic increases of as much as 65.7% in short circuit current, as compared to a bare silicon device. The conversion efficiency increases from 8% to 11.5% with a small drop in open circuit voltage and fill factor.

Xu, Zhida; Brueckner, Eric P; Li, Lanfang; Jiang, Jing; Nuzzo, Ralph G; Liu, Gang L

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Effects of Cu Diffusion from ZnTe:Cu/Ti Contacts on Carrier Lifetime of CdS/CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells: Preprint  

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We study the performance of CdS/CdTe thin film PV devices processed with a ZnTe:Cu/Ti contact to investigate how carrier lifetime in the CdTe layer is affected by Cu diffusion from the contact.

Gessert, T. A.; Metzger, W. K.; Asher, S. E.; Young, M. R.; Johnston, S.; Dhere, R. G.; Duda, A.

2008-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 17261732 Optical and structural properties of Ta2O5CeO2 thin films  

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 91 (2007) 1726­1732 Optical and structural properties of Ta2O5

Thirumalai, Devarajan

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Amorphous thin films for solar-cell applications. Technical progress report, 11 October 1980 to 15 January 1981  

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Progress has been ahead of planned expectations in three instances: (a) achievement of 4 mA/cm/sup 2/, short circuit current density in a MIS structure solar cell under AM1 illumination; (b) fabrication of large area (4 cm/sup 2/) MIS cells with external J/sub sc/ > 3 mA/cm/sup 2/; and (c) deposition of p/sup +/ layers by B/sub 2/H/sub 6/ gas phase doping. A program status table is included. Reproducible n layers are now routinely deposited by sputtering in Ar, H/sub 2/, and PH/sub 3/ gases. The major remaining obstacle to the goal of a 3.5% cell is the deposition of a quality i-layer. Although information deduced from infrared absorption and Raman data indicates that most of the hydrogen is bonded in the SiH configuration, the photoconductivity of the intrinsic material requires marked improvement. Two forms of magnetron sputtering, planar and cylindrical, are being exploited. The planar deposition system has the advantage that experimental costs are low; the cylindrical system is easily scalable to large product throughput. Schematic illustrations of the two systems and descriptions of apparatus modifications incorporated are included.

Jonath, A.D.; Anderson, W.W.; Crowley, J.L.; MacMillan H.F. Jr.; Thornton, J.A.

1981-02-20T23:59:59.000Z

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Large Area and High Efficiency a-Si:H Solar Cell  

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A conversion efficiency of 5.4% for a-Si:H solar cell on 10x10 cm2...stainless steel substrate has been obtained. Large area a-Si:H solar cells were fabricated by the C-coupled...2...parallel plates) glow dischar...

Y. Higaki; M. Kato; M. Aiga…

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Joint Development of Coated Conductor and Low Cost Thin Film Solar Cells: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-007-213  

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UES plans on developing CIGS thin films by using Metal Organic Deposition (MOD) technique as it is a low-cost, non-vacuum method for scale-up to large area PV modules. NREL will support UES, Inc. through expert processing, characterization and device fabrication. NREL scientists will also help develop a processing phase diagram which includes composition, film thickness, annealing temperature and ambient conditions. Routine measurements of devices and materials will be done under NREL's core support project.

Bhattacharya, R.

2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Polycrystalline?thin?film thermophotovoltaic cells  

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Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells convert thermal energy to electricity. Modularity portability silent operation absence of moving parts reduced air pollution rapid start?up high power densities potentially high conversion efficiencies choice of a wide range of heat sources employing fossil fuels biomass and even solar radiation are key advantages of TPV cells in comparison with fuel cells thermionic and thermoelectric convertors and heat engines. The potential applications of TPV systems include: remote electricity supplies transportation co?generation electric?grid independent appliances and space aerospace and military power applications. The range of bandgaps for achieving high conversion efficiencies using low temperature (1000–2000 K) black?body or selective radiators is in the 0.5–0.75 eV range. Present high efficiency convertors are based on single crystalline materials such as In1?x Ga x As GaSb and Ga1?x In x Sb. Several polycrystalline thin films such as Hg1?x Cd x Te Sn1?x Cd2x Te2 and Pb1?x Cd x Te etc. have great potential for economic large?scale applications. A small fraction of the high concentration of charge carriers generated at high fluences effectively saturates the large density of defects in polycrystalline thin films. Photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of polycrystalline thin films and PV solar cells are comparable to single crystalline Si solar cells e.g. 17.1% for CuIn1?x Ga x Se2 and 15.8% for CdTe. The best recombination?state density N t is in the range of 10?15–10?16 cm?3 acceptable for TPV applications. Higher efficiencies may be achieved because of the higher fluences possibility of bandgap tailoring and use of selective emitters such as rare earth oxides (erbia holmia yttria) and rare earth?yttrium aluminium garnets. As compared to higher bandgap semiconductors such as CdTe it is easier to dope the lower bandgap semiconductors. TPV cell development can benefit from the more mature PV solar cell and opto?electronic (infrared detectors lasers and optical communications) technologies. Low bandgaps and larger fluences employed in TPV cells result in very high current densities which make it difficult to collect the current effectively. Techniques for laser and mechanical scribing integral interconnection and multi?junction tandem structures which have been fairly well developed for thin?film PV solar cells could be further refined for enhancing the voltages from TPV modules. Thin?film TPV cells may be deposited on metals or back?surface reflectors. Spectral control elements such as indium?tin oxide or tin oxide may be deposited directly on the TPV convertor. It would be possible to reduce the cost of TPV technologies based on single?crystal materials being developed at present to the range of US$ 2–5 per watt so as to be competitive in small to medium size commercial applications. However a further cost reduction to the range of US ¢ 35–$ 1 per watt to reach the more competitive large?scale residential consumer and hybrid?electric car markets would be possible only with the polycrystalline?thin film TPV cells.

Neelkanth G. Dhere

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 92 (2008) 821829 Modeling the optical properties of WO3 and WO3SiO2 thin films  

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Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 92 (2008) 821­829 Modeling the optical properties of WO3 the optical response of the films in the near-UV and visible region: two interband transitions for energies E

Thirumalai, Devarajan

223

EEC 289-L Photovoltaics and Solar Cells 3 Units Winter Quarter (Alternate Years)  

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strategies 4. Microcrystalline Si, and effects of defects on PV 5. Thin-Film Solar Cells a. -Si on glass bEEC 289-L Photovoltaics and Solar Cells 3 Units ­ Winter Quarter (Alternate Years) Prerequisite, and third-generation photovoltaics and solar cells, including design, fabrication technology, and grid

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Solar Cells from Earth-Abundant Semiconductors with Plasmon-Enhanced Light Absorption  

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Progress is reported in these areas: Plasmonic Light Trapping in Thin Film a-Si Solar Cells; Plasmonic Light Trapping in Thin InGaN Quantum Well Solar Cells; and Earth Abundant Cu{sub 2}O and Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} Solar Cells.

Atwater, Harry

2012-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

225

Thin-film Lithium Batteries  

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Thin-Film Battery with Lithium Anode Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Division Thin-Film Lithium Batteries Resources with Additional Information The Department of Energy's 'Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed high-performance thin-film lithium batteries for a variety of technological applications. These batteries have high energy densities, can be recharged thousands of times, and are only 10 microns thick. They can be made in essentially any size and shape. Recently, Teledyne licensed this technology from ORNL to make batteries for medical devices including electrocardiographs. In addition, new "textured" cathodes have been developed which have greatly increased the peak current capability of the batteries. This greatly expands the potential medical uses of the batteries, including transdermal applications for heart regulation.'

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The reversal of the laser-beam-induced-current contrast with varying illumination density in a Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin-film solar cell  

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We apply an array of correlated spatially-resolved techniques, including ?-Raman/photoluminescence/reflectance/laser-beam-induced-current in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, to study the impact of the microscopic-scale thickness inhomogeneity of CdS layer in a Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin-film solar cell. Thicker CdS regions are found to cause more light reflecting loss thus yield lower external quantum efficiencies and energy conversion efficiencies than the general area. However, these regions show much less efficiency degradation at high illumination intensity, leading to an inversion of laser-beam-induced-current contrast in the area mapping. While improving the CdS layer uniformity can boost the device performance, the finding further points out the possibility of operating thin-film photovoltaic devices based on the similar materials (such as CuInGaSe{sub 2}, CdTe, Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4}) under a substantially higher illumination density for concentrated photovoltaic and photo-detection.

Chen, Qiong; Zhang, Yong, E-mail: yong.zhang@uncc.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina 28223 (United States)] [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina 28223 (United States)

2013-12-09T23:59:59.000Z

227

Fabrication of polycrystalline thin films by pulsed laser processing  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A method is disclosed for fabricating polycrystalline thin films on low-temperature (or high-temperature) substrates which uses processing temperatures that are low enough to avoid damage to the substrate, and then transiently heating select layers of the thin films with at least one pulse of a laser or other homogenized beam source. The pulse length is selected so that the layers of interest are transiently heated to a temperature which allows recrystallization and/or dopant activation while maintaining the substrate at a temperature which is sufficiently low to avoid damage to the substrate. This method is particularly applicable in the fabrication of solar cells. 1 fig.

Mitlitsky, F.; Truher, J.B.; Kaschmitter, J.L.; Colella, N.J.

1998-02-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Fabrication of polycrystalline thin films by pulsed laser processing  

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A method for fabricating polycrystalline thin films on low-temperature (or high-temperature) substrates which uses processing temperatures that are low enough to avoid damage to the substrate, and then transiently heating select layers of the thin films with at least one pulse of a laser or other homogenized beam source. The pulse length is selected so that the layers of interest are transiently heated to a temperature which allows recrystallization and/or dopant activation while maintaining the substrate at a temperature which is sufficiently low to avoid damage to the substrate. This method is particularly applicable in the fabrication of solar cells.

Mitlitsky, Fred (Livermore, CA); Truher, Joel B. (San Rafael, CA); Kaschmitter, James L. (Pleasanton, CA); Colella, Nicholas J. (Livermore, CA)

1998-02-03T23:59:59.000Z

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Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Nanostructured Zinc Oxide Thin Films  

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.1149/1.2357098, copyright The Electrochemical Society 65 #12;66 reduced environmental impact and a minimum undesirable inter-temperature thin film growth technique has been developed to fabricate a new generation of smart and functional and structural requirements of their applications in gas sensors and solar cells. The rapid photothermal

Chow, Lee

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Amorphous silicon thin film transistor as nonvolatile device.  

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particles before loaded into the deposition chamber. 2.2.2. Equipment for Plasma Processes Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor...: Dr. Yue Kuo n-channel and p-channel amorphous-silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si:H TFTs) with copper electrodes prepared by a novel plasma etching process have been fabricated and studied. Their characteristics are similar to those of TFTs...

Nominanda, Helinda

2008-10-10T23:59:59.000Z

231

Thin film photovoltaic cells  

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A solar cell has as its transparent electrical contact a grid made from a non-noble metal by providing a layer of copper oxide between the transparent electrical contact and the absorber-generator.

Rothwarf, Allen (Philadelphia, PA)

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Vertically Aligned Nanocomposite Thin Films  

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nanocomposite oxides have attracted extensive research interest. Nanocomposites consist of nanosized particles embedded in different materials matrix.8 In recent years, high quality nanocrystalline materials have shown novel physical, chemical, magnetic....................................... 9 1.2.3 Physical properties of oxide thin films........................ 12 1.2.3.1 Electrical and optical properties................. 13 1.2.3.2 Magnetism and magnetotransport properties...

Bi, Zhenxing

2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

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Analysis of a-Si:H/TCO contact resistance for the Si heterojunction back-contact solar cell  

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Analysis of a-Si:H/TCO contact resistance for the Si heterojunction back-contact solar cell Seung- circuit voltage (Voc) and the conversion efficiency of the Si solar cell. Recently, a-Si:H heterojunction (heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer) cell [1] even with practical-sized Czochralski-grown (CZ) wafer. The a-Si:H

Park, Byungwoo

234

Polymeric precursor derived nanocrystalline ZnO thin films using EDTA as chelating agent  

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properties, ZnO has plausible electro-optical applications, such as, solar cells [1, 2], light- emitting diodes [3, 4], UV lasers [5], thin film transistors [6,7], and UV photodetectors [8]. Besides

Mohanty, Saraju P.

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Energy collection and charge transfer processes in thin film photocells and photoelectrochemical cells: Final report  

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The following paragraphs describe accomplishments and significant results for the two lines of research: (1) studies of energy collection and charge transfer processes in thin film systems and (2) solar energy utilization by photosensitized electrode processes at semiconductor electrodes.

Tachikawa, Hiroyasu

1981-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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MELT-MEDIATED LASER CRYSTALLIZATION OF THIN FILM NITI SHAPE MEMORY ALLOYS  

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matrix displays (e.g. LCD and OLED) as well as the active medium in thin film solar cells [4 of furnace, solid phase crystallization parameters (i.e. annealing temperature and dwell time

Yao, Y. Lawrence

237

Structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of ZnO thin films and  

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emitting diodes, gas sensors and transparent conducting thin films for solar cells. In this work, Zn an electronic furnace. Fig. 1. Grain size (black) and RMS variations (blue) of 1-6 layered ZnO films vs

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The research field of thin-film photovoltaics of the department of energy-and semiconductor research (EHF) of the institute of physics at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg  

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The research field of thin-film photovoltaics of the department of energy- and semiconductor and calibration of an optical simulation for thin-film solar cells In recent years, the photovoltaic has become is necessary to let photovoltaic remain economical attractive. Thin-film solar cells on basis of Cu(In,Ga)Se2

Peinke, Joachim

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Impact of solid-phase crystallization of amorphous silicon on the chemical structure of the buried Si/ZnO thin film solar cell interface  

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The chemical interface structure between phosphorus-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon and aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films is investigated with soft x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) before and after solid-phase crystallization (SPC) at 600C. In addition to the expected SPC-induced phase transition from amorphous to polycrystalline silicon, our XES data indicates a pronounced chemical interaction at the buried Si/ZnO interface. In particular, we find an SPC-enhanced formation of Si-O bonds and the accumulation of Zn in close proximity to the interface. For an assumed closed and homogeneous SiO2 interlayer, an effective thickness of (5+2)nm after SPC could be estimated.

Bar, M.; Wimmer, M.; Wilks, R. G.; Roczen, M.; Gerlach, D.; Ruske, F.; Lips, K.; Rech, B.; Weinhardt, L.; Blum, M.; Pookpanratana, S.; Krause, S.; Zhang, Y.; Heske, C.; Yang, W.; Denlinger, J. D.

2010-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

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Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through Plasmonic Au Nanoparticle-doped Sol-derived TiO? Thin Films in Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics /  

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SAN DIEGO Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through20 Solar Energy Conversion ThroughOF THE THESIS Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through

Zelinski, Andrew

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Photovoltaic Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics | Department of  

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Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics Photovoltaic Single-Crystalline, Thin-Film Cell Basics August 20, 2013 - 2:50pm Addthis Single-crystalline thin films are made from gallium arsenide (GaAs), a compound semiconductor that is a mixture of gallium and arsenic. Gallium arsenide (GaAs) is a compound semiconductor, a mixture of gallium and arsenic. Gallium is a byproduct of the smelting of other metals, notably aluminum and zinc, and it is rarer than gold. Arsenic is not rare, but it is poisonous. Gallium arsenide has been developed for use in solar cells at about the same time that it has been developed for light-emitting diodes, lasers, and other electronic devices that use light. GaAs solar cells offer several benefits: The GaAs bandgap is 1.43 eV-nearly ideal for single-junction solar

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NREL: Energy Analysis - Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film Photovoltaic  

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Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film Photovoltaic Results - Life Cycle Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film Photovoltaic Results - Life Cycle Assessment Harmonization Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Solar Photovoltaics (Fact Sheet) Cover of the Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Solar Photovoltaics factsheet Download the Fact Sheet Over the last 30 years, hundreds of life cycle assessments (LCAs) have been conducted and published for a variety of residential and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with wide-ranging results. The inconsistencies in these results can be attributed to the technologies evaluated-such as differing system designs, real-world versus conceptual systems, or technology improvements over time-and life cycle assessment methods and assumptions. To better understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial

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Predictive Modeling for Glass-Side Laser Scribing of Thin Film Photovoltaic Cells  

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:F, CdTe, solar cell INTRODUCTION Thin-film solar cell is a promising technology to achieve in a large-area solar cell. Quality of such scribing contributes to the overall quality and efficiency of the solar cell and therefore predictive capabilities of the process are essential. Limited numerical work

Yao, Y. Lawrence

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Ceramic Thin Films: Fabrication and Applications  

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...SPRAYED CERAMIC COATING, JOURNAL...PB1-XCAXTIO3 THIN-FILM GROWN BY...ELECTRICAL, OPTICAL, AND ELECTRO-OPTIC...fabrication and applications. | Ceramics...controlled optical switches...Ceramic coatings ofalumina...modified by the application of mechanical...material as a thin film cannot only...successive coatings. Although...respect to CVD that the...purposes. Applications of Thin Film Ceramics...

M. Sayer; K. Sreenivas

1990-03-02T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin film buried anode battery  

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A reverse configuration, lithium thin film battery (300) having a buried lithium anode layer (305) and process for making the same. The present invention is formed from a precursor composite structure (200) made by depositing electrolyte layer (204) onto substrate (201), followed by sequential depositions of cathode layer (203) and current collector (202) on the electrolyte layer. The precursor is subjected to an activation step, wherein a buried lithium anode layer (305) is formed via electroplating a lithium anode layer at the interface of substrate (201) and electrolyte film (204). The electroplating is accomplished by applying a current between anode current collector (201) and cathode current collector (202).

Lee, Se-Hee (Lakewood, CO); Tracy, C. Edwin (Golden, CO); Liu, Ping (Denver, CO)

2009-12-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Highly conductive p-type microcrystalline silicon thin films  

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In the development of thin film solar cells there is presently an increasing interest in microcrystalline silicon, deposited at low temperatures (200--400 C). The plasma deposition of boron doped microcrystalline films was optimized with respect to crystallinity and doping efficiency. High room temperature conductivities up to 39 Scm{sup {minus}1} were achieved under condition when the energy of positive ions impinging on the growth surface is minimized.

Heintze, M.; Schmitt, M. [Univ. Stuttgart (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Elektronik

1996-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

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Institute of Photo Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology...  

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Institute of Photo Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University Jump to: navigation, search Name: Institute of Photo-Electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology...

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Thickness Dependency of Thin Film Samaria Doped Ceria for Oxygen...  

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Dependency of Thin Film Samaria Doped Ceria for Oxygen Sensing . Thickness Dependency of Thin Film Samaria Doped Ceria for Oxygen Sensing . Abstract: High temperature oxygen...

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Direct Measurement of Oxygen Incorporation into Thin Film Oxides...  

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Measurement of Oxygen Incorporation into Thin Film Oxides at Room Temperature Upon Ultraviolet Phton Irradiation. Direct Measurement of Oxygen Incorporation into Thin Film Oxides...

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DIRECT EVIDENCE OF MG-ZN-P ALLOY FORMATION IN MG/ZN3P2 SOLAR CELLS Gregory M. Kimball  

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Te, CIGS, a-Si) for thin film photovoltaics. The record solar energy conversion efficiency for Zn3P2 cells] or liquid contacts,[5] with Mg/Zn3P2 Schottky diodes having exhibited >6% solar energy-conversion efficiency], and long (5-10 m) minority-carrier diffusion lengths [2]. To date, Zn3P2 has been produced almost

Kimball, Gregory

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Zinc oxide thin film acoustic sensor  

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This paper reports the implementation of (750 nm) thickness of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin film for the piezoelectric pressure sensors. The film was prepared and deposited employing the spray pyrolysis technique. XRD results show that the growth preferred orientation is the (002) plane. A polycrystalline thin film (close to mono crystallite like) was obtained. Depending on the Scanning Electron Microscopy photogram, the film homogeneity and thickness were shown. The resonance frequency measured (about 19 kHz) and the damping coefficient was calculated and its value was found to be about (2.5538), the thin film be haves as homogeneous for under and over damped. The thin film pressure sensing was approximately exponentially related with frequency, the thin film was observed to has a good response for mechanical stresses also it is a good material for the piezoelectric properties.

Mohammed, Ali Jasim; Salih, Wafaa Mahdi; Hassan, Marwa Abdul Muhsien; Nusseif, Asmaa Deiaa; Kadhum, Haider Abdullah [Department of Physics , College of Science, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad (Iraq); Mansour, Hazim Louis [Department of Physics , College of Education, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad (Iraq)

2013-12-16T23:59:59.000Z

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A study of plasma modification of low k polyimide thin film  

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. The effect of post metal annealing and a SiN[x] barrier layer between metal and polyimide on the properties of the polyimide film was studied. Plasma-modified, low k (dielectric constant), polyimide thin film has been studied for the future interlayer...

Chung, Taewoo

2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Investigation of Solar Energy Transfer through Plasmonic Au Nanoparticle-doped Sol-derived TiO? Thin Films in Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics /  

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solar-to-fuel and photovoltaic energy conversion through TiOplasmonic photovoltaic and photocatalytic energy transferto-fuel energy conversion or photovoltaic applications. The

Zelinski, Andrew

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Organic thin film prehistory: looking towards solution phase aggregation |  

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Organic thin film prehistory: looking towards solution phase aggregation Organic thin film prehistory: looking towards solution phase aggregation Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 3:00pm SLAC, Redtail Hawk Conference Room 108A Christopher Tassone, SSRL Polymer bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells have attracted significant attention in industry and academia because of their potential for achieving large-area, light-weight, and flexible photovoltaic devices through cost-effective solution deposition techniques. These devices consist of a blend of an absorbing polymer and an electron accepting fullerene, the molecular packing and phase segregation of which heavily influence power conversion efficiency by effecting important processes such as exciton splitting, charge transport, and recombination. Understanding and utilization of molecular interactions to predicatively control the

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The silicon/zinc oxide interface in amorphous silicon-based thin-film solar cells: Understanding an empirically optimized contact  

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The electronic structure of the interface between the boron-doped oxygenated amorphous silicon 'window layer' (a-SiO{sub x}:H(B)) and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) was investigated using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and compared to that of the boron-doped microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si:H(B))/ZnO:Al interface. The corresponding valence band offsets have been determined to be (-2.87 {+-} 0.27) eV and (-3.37 {+-} 0.27) eV, respectively. A lower tunnel junction barrier height at the {mu}c-Si:H(B)/ZnO:Al interface compared to that at the a-SiO{sub x}:H(B)/ZnO:Al interface is found and linked to the higher device performances in cells where a {mu}c-Si:H(B) buffer between the a-Si:H p-i-n absorber stack and the ZnO:Al contact is employed.

Gerlach, D.; Wilks, R. G.; Wimmer, M.; Felix, R.; Gorgoi, M.; Lips, K.; Rech, B. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Wippler, D.; Mueck, A.; Meier, M.; Huepkes, J. [Institut fuer Energie- und Klimaforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Wilhelm-Johnen-Strasse, D-52428 Juelich (Germany); Lozac'h, M.; Ueda, S.; Sumiya, M. [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Yoshikawa, H. [Synchrotron X-ray Station at SPring-8, NIMS, Kouto 1-1-1, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Kobayashi, K. [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kouto 1-1-1, SPring-8, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Baer, M. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Institut fuer Physik und Chemie, Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet Cottbus, Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 1, D-03046 Cottbus (Germany)

2013-07-08T23:59:59.000Z

256

BDS thin film damage competition  

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A laser damage competition was held at the 2008 Boulder Damage Symposium in order to determine the current status of thin film laser resistance within the private, academic, and government sectors. This damage competition allows a direct comparison of the current state-of-the-art of high laser resistance coatings since they are all tested using the same damage test setup and the same protocol. A normal incidence high reflector multilayer coating was selected at a wavelength of 1064 nm. The substrates were provided by the submitters. A double blind test assured sample and submitter anonymity so only a summary of the results are presented here. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes, coating materials, and layer count will also be shared.

Stolz, C J; Thomas, M D; Griffin, A J

2008-10-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Study of molybdenum oxide as a back contact buffer for thin film n-CdS/p-CdTe solar cells.  

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??Back contact improvement is one of the most crucial issues for the realization of highly efficient n-CdS/p-CdTe solar cells. Conventional methods for making a sufficiently… (more)

Lin, Hao

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

258

Project Profile: Development and Productization of High-Efficiency, Low-Cost Building-Integrated PV Shingles Using Monocrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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The Solexel-OC team is developing a BIPV roofing shingle product that includes low-profile solar modules and a unique attachment system that will be fastened directly to the roof and incorporates...

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Nanostructured silicon thin films deposited by PECVD in the presence of silicon nanoparticles  

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Nanostructured silicon thin films have been deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at low substrate temperature (100 C) in the presence of silicon nanoparticles. The nanostructure of the films was revealed by transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, which showed ordered silicon domains (1--2 nm) embedded in an amorphous silicon matrix. These ordered domains are due to the particles created in the discharge that contribute to the film growth. One consequence of the incorporation of nanoparticles is the accelerated crystallization of the nanostructured silicon thin films when compared to standard a-Si:H, as shown by the electrical characterization during the annealing.

Viera, G.; Cabarrocas, P.R.; Hamma, S.; Sharma, S.N.; Costa, J.; Bertran, E.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

260

Stability of single and tandem junction a-Si:H solar cells grown using the ECR process  

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The authors report on the fabrication and stability tests of single junction a-Si:H, and tandem junction a-Si:H/A-Si:H solar cells using the ECR process under high hydrogen dilution (H-ECR process). They show that devices with high fill factors can be made using the H-ECR process. They also report on the stability studies of the solar cells under 1 and 2-sun illumination conditions. The solar cells show very little degradation even after 500 hours of illumination under 2 x sunlight illumination.

Dalal, V.L.; Maxson, T.; Girvan, R.; Haroon, S.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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261

Innovative Thin Films LLC | Open Energy Information  

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Thin Films LLC Thin Films LLC Jump to: navigation, search Name Innovative Thin Films LLC Place Toledo, Ohio Zip 43607 Product Provider of altnernative energy thin film deposition technology. Coordinates 46.440613°, -122.847838° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":46.440613,"lon":-122.847838,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

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Spatial Frequency Filtering Using Nondelineated Thin Films  

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We present a new approach for achieving spatial frequency filtering in the analog domain. Our device, the Thin Film Spatial Filter, is a hybrid structure which combines the strengths of analog VLSI technology with the simplicity of a continuous sheet ...

J. Mcelvain; J. Langan; A. J. Heeger

1997-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

263

Visible spectrometer utilizing organic thin film absorption  

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In this thesis, I modeled and developed a spectrometer for the visible wavelength spectrum, based on absorption characteristics of organic thin films. The device uses fundamental principles of linear algebra to reconstruct ...

Tiefenbruck, Laura C. (Laura Christine)

2004-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

264

Role of Anions in Aqueous Sol–Gel Process Enabling Flexible Cu(In,Ga)S2 Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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(1, 2) Todorov et al. demonstrated that solution process-based devices can achieve high performance, along with economical synthetic production. ... All binding energies were readjusted with respect to carbon. ... Solar Energy (2004), 77 (6), 685-695 CODEN: SRENA4; ISSN:0038-092X. ...

Yunjung Oh; Kyoohee Woo; Daehee Lee; Hongseuk Lee; Kyujin Kim; Inhyuk Kim; Zhaoyang Zhong; Sunho Jeong; Jooho Moon

2014-09-29T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of high-efficiency, thin-film CdTe solar cells. Final subcontract report, 1 February 1992--30 November 1995  

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This report describes work performed by the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) to bring the polycrystalline CdTe cell efficiency a step closer to the practically achievable efficiency of 18% through fundamental understanding of detects and loss mechanisms, the role of chemical and heat treatments, and investigation of now process techniques. The objective was addressed by a combination of in-depth characterization, modeling, materials growth, device fabrication, and `transport analyses of Au/Cu/CdTe/CdS/SnO {sub 2} glass front-wall heterojunction solar cells. GiT attempted to understand the loss mechanism(s) in each layer and interface by a step-by-step investigation of this multilayer cell structure. The first step was to understand, quantify, and reduce the reflectance and photocurrent loss in polycrystalline CdTe solar calls. The second step involved the investigation of detects and loss mechanisms associated with the CdTe layer and the CdTe/CdS interface. The third stop was to investigate the effect of chemical and heat treatments on CdTe films and cells. The fourth step was to achieve a better and reliable contact to CdTe solar cells by improving the fundamental understanding. Of the effects of Cu on cell efficiency. Finally, the research involved the investigation of the effect of crystallinity and grain boundaries on Cu incorporation in the CdTe films, including the fabrication of CdTe solar calls with larger CdTe grain size.

Rohatgi, A.; Chou, H.C.; Kamra, S.; Bhat, A. [Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA (United States)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Studying the nanostructure of a-Si:h solar cell absorber layers using positrion annihilation and neutron reflectometry:.  

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??Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon (a-Si:H) is a very promising solar cell material with a good potential to use in many applications, as it is cheap to… (more)

Mannheim, A.

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Modeling and simulation of CuIn{sub 1?x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} based thin film solar cell  

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In this work, CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide) based solar cell structure has been simulated. We have been calculated short circuit current, open circuit voltage and efficiency of the cell. The thickness of the absorption layer is varied from 400 to 3000 nm, keeping the thickness of other layers unchanged. The effect of absorption layer thickness over cell performance has been analyzed and found that the efficiency increases upto 22% until the thickness of the absorption layer reaches around 2000 nm.

Kumari, S., E-mail: sarita.kumari132@gmail.com; Verma, A. S. [Department of Physics, Banasthali University, Rajasthan-304022 (India); Singh, P.; Gautam, R. [Department of Electronics and Communication, Krishna Institute of Engg. and Tech., Ghaziabad-201206 (India)

2014-04-24T23:59:59.000Z

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Manufacture of Thin-Film Solar Cells:? Modeling and Control of Cu(InGa)Se2 Physical Vapor Deposition onto a Moving Substrate  

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It was developed at ITN Energy Systems in Littleton, CO, and Global Solar Energy in Tucson, AZ;3 the experimental deposition system described in this paper does not have an XRF sensor installed. ... The main advantage of the finite difference approach is that it is a continuous technique and, therefore, is better suited for including mass transfer or reaction kinetics. ... Because the decoupled deposition process is only single-input?single-output with simple constraints (flow rates cannot be negative), internal model control can potentially combine the advantages of unconstrained MPC, but avoid its disadvantages. ...

S. Tobias Junker; Robert W. Birkmire; Francis J. Doyle; III

2003-12-17T23:59:59.000Z

269

Method for producing textured substrates for thin-film photovoltaic cells  

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The invention pertains to the production of ceramic substrates used in the manufacture of thin-film photovoltaic cells used for directly converting solar energy to electrical energy. Elongated ribbon-like sheets of substrate precursor containing a mixture of ceramic particulates, a binder, and a plasticizer are formed and then while green provided with a mechanically textured surface region used for supporting the thin film semiconductor of the photovoltaic cell when the sheets of the substrate precursor are subsequently cut into substrate-sized shapes and then sintered. The textured surface pattern on the substrate provides enhanced light trapping and collection for substantially increasing the solar energy conversion efficiency of thin-film photovoltaic cells.

Lauf, Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN)

1994-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Method for producing textured substrates for thin-film photovoltaic cells  

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The invention pertains to the production of ceramic substrates used in the manufacture of thin-film photovoltaic cells used for directly converting solar energy to electrical energy. Elongated ribbon-like sheets of substrate precursor containing a mixture of ceramic particulates, a binder, and a plasticizer are formed and then while green provided with a mechanically textured surface region used for supporting the thin film semiconductor of the photovoltaic cell when the sheets of the substrate precursor are subsequently cut into substrate-sized shapes and then sintered. The textured surface pattern on the substrate provides enhanced light trapping and collection for substantially increasing the, solar energy conversion efficiency of thin-film photovoltaic cells.

Lauf, Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN)

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

271

Method for producing textured substrates for thin-film photovoltaic cells  

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The invention pertains to the production of ceramic substrates used in the manufacture of thin-film photovoltaic cells used for directly converting solar energy to electrical energy. Elongated ribbon-like sheets of substrate precursor containing a mixture of ceramic particulates, a binder, and a plasticizer are formed and then while green provided with a mechanically textured surface region used for supporting the thin film semiconductor of the photovoltaic cell when the sheets of the substrate precursor are subsequently cut into substrate-sized shapes and then sintered. The textured surface pattern on the substrate provides enhanced light trapping and collection for substantially increasing the solar energy conversion efficiency of thin-film photovoltaic cells. 4 figures.

Lauf, R.J.

1994-04-26T23:59:59.000Z

272

Method for producing textured substrates for thin-film photovoltaic cells  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

The invention pertains to the production of ceramic substrates used in the manufacture of thin-film photovoltaic cells used for directly converting solar energy to electrical energy. Elongated ribbon-like sheets of substrate precursor containing a mixture of ceramic particulates, a binder, and a plasticizer are formed and then while green provided with a mechanically textured surface region used for supporting the thin film semiconductor of the photovoltaic cell when the sheets of the substrate precursor are subsequently cut into substrate-sized shapes and then sintered. The textured surface pattern on the substrate provides enhanced light trapping and collection for substantially increasing the, solar energy conversion efficiency of thin-film photovoltaic cells. 4 figs.

Lauf, R.J.

1996-04-02T23:59:59.000Z

273

Formosun Solar Corp | Open Energy Information  

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search Name: Formosun Solar Corp. Place: Hsinchu County, Taiwan Zip: 303-51 Sector: Solar Product: Thin-film solar cell producer based in Taiwan. References: Formosun Solar...

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Comparative study of light absorption enhancement in ultrathin a-Si:H solar cells with conformal parabolaconical nanoarrays  

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Light trapping design is of critical importance for ultrathin a-Si:H solar cells. Three modelling methods are adopted for the amorphous silicon layer. The best modelling method is identified to achieve high-quality simulation results. Then, parabolaconical nanoarrays are introduced into ultrathin a-Si:H solar cells to study the design principle of high light absorption. Because a trade-off factor is often involved in solar cell consideration, light absorption is investigated for ultrathin a-Si:H solar cells with four conformal nanostructures, where a parabolaconical Ag nanoarray and a parabolaconical Al:ZnO nanoarray are included, respectively. Meanwhile, two height/radius ratios of 1 and 3 are considered, respectively. As a result, three promising structures and their respective optimal parameters are obtained. When the height/radius ratio is 1, the optimal absorption enhancement is 53.9% for a-Si:H solar cells with conformal parabolaconical Ag nanoarrays at a radius of 120?nm. When the height/radius ratio becomes 3, the optimal absorption enhancement is increased to 61.9% at a radius of 50?nm. Under the ratio of 3, it is found that the light absorption enhancement is 65.0% for the solar cells with conformal Al:ZnO nanoarrays. These design principles can provide an effective guide for the research and development of low-cost ultrathin a-Si:H solar cells.

Wensheng Yan; Min Gu

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

275

NANOCOMPOSITE ENABLED SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL  

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in all thin-film solar cell technologies is that absorbancecells. These emerging solar cell technologies have undergonethe various solar cell technologies and their progress as

Phuyal, Dibya

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

276

Disilane versus monosilane: a comparison of the properties of glow-discharge a-Si:H films and solar cells  

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The consequences of using disilane instead of silane for the glow-discharge deposition of a-Si:H solar cells have been studied. Deposition rates were increased fivefold by the use of disilane. The a-Si:H films have a higher hydrogen content, but otherwise are quite similar to silane produced films and possess the same type of gap states. Chlorosilanes, HCl, and oxysilanes were detected in the disilane by mass spectrometry and their influence on film and solar cell properties assessed. The problem of inadvertent dopant tails resulting from the higher deposition rate of the solar cells is identified.

Delahoy, A.E.; Kampas, F.J.; Corderman, R.R.; Vanier, P.E.; Griffith, R.W.

1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Disilane versus monosilane: a comparison of the properties of glow-discharge a-Si:H Films and solar cells  

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The consequences of using disilane instead of silane for the glow-discharge deposition of a-Si:H solar cells have been studied. Deposition rates were increased fivefold by the use of disilane. The a-Si:H films have a higher hydrogen content, but otherwise are quite similar to silane produced films and possess the same type of gap states. Chlorosilanes, HCl, and oxysilanes were detected in the disilane by mass spectrometry and their influence on film and solar cell properties assessed. The problem of inadvertent dopant tails resulting from the higher deposition rate of the solar cells is identified.

Delahoy, A.E.; Corderman, R.R.; Griffith, R.W.; Kampas, F.J.; Vanier, P.E.

1982-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

278

Superhydrophobic Thin Film Symposium | ornl.gov  

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Superhydrophobic Thin Film Symposium Superhydrophobic Thin Film Symposium Sep 05 2012 12:00 AM - 05:00 PM Hosted by Oak Ridge Laboratory's Partnerships Directorate and focusing on the recent LDRD Launch project work completed by Dr. Tolga Aytug and Dr. John T. Simpson (ORNL research PI's). Oak Ridge, TN Oak Ridge National Laboratory CONTACT : Email: Cassie Lopez Phone:(865) 576-9294 Add to Calendar SHARE Hosted by Oak Ridge Laboratory's Partnerships Directorate and focusing on the recent LDRD Launch project work completed by Dr. Tolga Aytug and Dr. John T. Simpson (ORNL research PI's). Purpose To share the ORNL Superhydrophonbic Thin Film technology to prospective commercial partners. Date and Time The conference will be held on the morning of Wednesday September 5th at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by Partnerships and Technology

279

Thin Film Transistors On Plastic Substrates  

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A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The silicon based thin film transistor produced by the process includes a low temperature substrate incapable of withstanding sustained processing temperatures greater than about 250.degree. C., an insulating layer on the substrate, a layer of silicon on the insulating layer having sections of doped silicon, undoped silicon, and poly-silicon, a gate dielectric layer on the layer of silicon, a layer of gate metal on the dielectric layer, a layer of oxide on sections of the layer of silicon and the layer of gate metal, and metal contacts on sections of the layer of silicon and layer of gate metal defining source, gate, and drain contacts, and interconnects.

Carey, Paul G. (Mountain View, CA); Smith, Patrick M. (San Ramon, CA); Sigmon, Thomas W. (Portola Valley, CA); Aceves, Randy C. (Livermore, CA)

2004-01-20T23:59:59.000Z

280

Vibration welding system with thin film sensor  

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A vibration welding system includes an anvil, a welding horn, a thin film sensor, and a process controller. The anvil and horn include working surfaces that contact a work piece during the welding process. The sensor measures a control value at the working surface. The measured control value is transmitted to the controller, which controls the system in part using the measured control value. The thin film sensor may include a plurality of thermopiles and thermocouples which collectively measure temperature and heat flux at the working surface. A method includes providing a welder device with a slot adjacent to a working surface of the welder device, inserting the thin film sensor into the slot, and using the sensor to measure a control value at the working surface. A process controller then controls the vibration welding system in part using the measured control value.

Cai, Wayne W; Abell, Jeffrey A; Li, Xiaochun; Choi, Hongseok; Zhao, Jingzhou

2014-03-18T23:59:59.000Z

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281

Thin-film Rechargeable Lithium Batteries  

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Thin film rechargeable lithium batteries using ceramic electrolyte and cathode materials have been fabricated by physical deposition techniques. The lithium phosphorous oxynitride electrolyte has exceptional electrochemical stability and a good lithium conductivity. The lithium insertion reaction of several different intercalation materials, amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, amorphous LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and crystalline LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} films, have been investigated using the completed cathode/electrolyte/lithium thin film battery.

Dudney, N. J.; Bates, J. B.; Lubben, D.

1995-06-00T23:59:59.000Z

282

SAW determination of surface area of thin films  

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N.sub.2 adsorption isotherms are measured from thin films on SAW devices. The isotherms may be used to determine the surface area and pore size distribution of thin films.

Frye, Gregory C. (Albuquerque, NM); Martin, Stephen J. (Albuquerque, NM); Ricco, Antonio J. (Albuquerque, NM)

1990-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

283

Conductivity of Oriented Samaria-Doped Ceria Thin Films Grown...  

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Conductivity of Oriented Samaria-Doped Ceria Thin Films Grown by Oxygen-plasma-assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy. Conductivity of Oriented Samaria-Doped Ceria Thin Films Grown by...

284

May 2003 NREL/CP-520-33933 Amorphous and Thin-Film  

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Roedern, J. Yang, P. Sims, X. Deng, V. Dalal, D. Carlson, and T. Wang Presented at the National and Thin-Film Silicon Brent P. Nelson,1 Harry A. Atwater,2 Bolko von Roedern,1 Jeff Yang,3 Paul Sims,4. (c) "Thin Silicon-on-Ceramic Solar Cells" by Paul Sims. (d

Deng, Xunming

285

SINGLE AND DUAL LAYER THIN FILM BULGE TESTING  

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film windows that are used in Next Generation Lithography masks and certain MEMS devices. The bulge testing method measures the mechanical properties of a thin film by isolating it in a thin film window of the system. Figure 6 Dual Layer Thin Film Membrane Window For a dual layer membrane the effective total

Huston, Dryver R.

286

THIN FILM MECHANICS BULGING AND Ph.D Dissertation  

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for the intensive effort in research in materials and processing techniques. Thin film windows are window underneath. The thin film window has such a small thickness to span ratio that it can usually be considered and precision-stretching of thin film windows are examined. Bulge Testing is a method used to evaluate

Huston, Dryver R.

287

NANO-INDENTATION OF COPPER THIN FILMS ON SILICON SUBSTRATES  

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NANO-INDENTATION OF COPPER THIN FILMS ON SILICON SUBSTRATES S. Suresh1 , T.-G. Nieh2 and B.W. Choi2: Mechanical properties; Nano-indentation; Thin films; Copper; Dislocations Introduction Indentation methods films on substrates (e.g., [2,3]) using instrumented indentation. Nano-indentation studies of thin films

Suresh, Subra

288

A high performance thin film thermoelectric cooler  

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Thin film thermoelectric devices with small dimensions have been fabricated using microelectronics technology and operated successfully in the Seebeck mode as sensors or generators. However, they do not operate successfully in the Peltier mode as coolers, because of the thermal bypass provided by the relatively thick substrate upon which the thermoelectric device is fabricated. In this paper a processing sequence is described which dramatically reduces this thermal bypass and facilitates the fabrication of high performance integrated thin film thermoelectric coolers. In the processing sequence a very thin amorphous SiC (or SiO{sub 2}SiN{sub 4}) film is deposited on a silicon substrate using conventional thin film deposition and a membrane formed by removing the silicon substrate over a desired region using chemical etching or micro-machining. Thermoelements are deposited on the membrane using conventional thin film deposition and patterning techniques and configured so that the region which is to be cooled is abutted to the cold junctions of the Peltier thermoelements while the hot junctions are located at the outer peripheral area which rests on the silicon substrate rim. Heat is pumped laterally from the cooled region to the silicon substrate rim and then dissipated vertically through it to an external heat sink. Theoretical calculations of the performance of a cooler described above indicate that a maximum temperature difference of about 40--50K can be achieved with a maximum heat pumping capacity of around 10 milliwatts.

Rowe, D.M.; Min, G.; Volklein, F.

1998-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

289

Enhanced Thin Film Organic Photovoltaic Devices  

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A novel structure design for thin film organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices provides a system for increasing the optical absorption in the active layer. The waveguided structure permits reduction of the active layer thickness, resulting in enhanced charge collection and extraction, leading to improved power conversion efficiency compared to standard OPV devices....

2014-01-10T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin films for solar control applications  

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...is resulting in the extensive use of electricity in order to maintain such systems...1. Introduction The worlds energy consumption is continuously increasing and this...cent of the worlds total annual energy consumption owing to the excessive use of lighting...

2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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High-Throughput Thin Film Approach for Screening of Temperature-Pressure-Composition Phase Space  

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Many solar energy technologies, for example CIGS and CdTe photovoltaics, utilize materials in thin film form. The equilibrium phase diagrams for these and other more novel solar energy materials are not known or are irrelevant because of the non-equilibrium character of the thin film growth processes. We demonstrate a high-throughput thin film approach for screening of temperature-pressure-composition phase diagrams and phase spaces. The examples in focus are novel solar absorbers Cu-N, Cu-O and p-type transparent conductors in the Cr2O3-MnO system. The composition axis of the Cr2O3-MnO phase diagram was screened using a composition spread method. The temperature axis of the Mn-O phase diagram was screened using a temperature spread method. The pressure axes of the Cu-N and Cu-O phase diagrams were screened using rate spread method with the aid of non-equilibrium growth phenomena. Overall these three methods constitute an approach to high-throughput screening of inorganic thin film phase diagrams. This research is supported by U.S. Department of Energy as a part of two NextGen Sunshot projects and an Energy Frontier Research Center.

Zakutayev, A.; Subramaniyan, A.; Caskey, C. M.; Ndione, P. F.; Richards, R. M.; O'Hayre, R.; Ginley, D. S.

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Development of high, stable-efficiency triple-junction a-Si alloy solar cells. Final technical report  

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This report summarizes Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.`s (ECD) research under this program. ECD researchers explored the deposition of a-Si at high rates using very-high-frequency plasma MHz, and compared these VHF i-layers with radio-frequency (RF) plasma-deposited i-layers. ECD conducted comprehensive research to develop a {mu}c-Si p{sup +} layer using VHF deposition process with the objectives of establishing a wider process window for the deposition of high-quality p{sup +} materials and further enhancing their performance of a-Si solar cells by improving its p-layers. ECD optimized the deposition of the intrinsic a-Si layer and the boron-doped {mu}c-Si p{sup +} layer to improve the V{sub oc}. Researchers deposited wide-bandgap a-Si films using high hydrogen dilution; investigated the deposition of the ZnO layer (for use in back-reflector) using a sputter deposition process involving metal Zn targets; and obtained a baseline fabrication for single-junction a-Si n-i-p devices with 10.6% initial efficiency and a baseline fabrication for triple-junction a-Si devices with 11.2% initial efficiency. ECD researchers also optimized the deposition parameters for a-SiGe with high Ge content; designed a novel structure for the p-n tunnel junction (recombination layer) in a multiple-junction solar cell; and demonstrated, in n-i-p solar cells, the improved stability of a-Si:H:F materials when deposited using a new fluorine precursor. Researchers investigated the use of c-Si(n{sup +})/a-Si alloy/Pd Schottky barrier device as a tool for the effective evaluation of photovoltaic performance on a-Si alloy materials. Through alterations in the deposition conditions and system hardware, researchers improved their understanding for the deposition of uniform and high-quality a-Si and a-SiGe films over large areas. ECD researchers also performed extensive research to optimize the deposition process of the newly constructed 5-MW back-reflector deposition machine.

Deng, X.; Jones, S.J.; Liu, T.; Izu, M. [Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., Troy, MI (United States)

1998-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

293

FABRICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF 3-D ALL POLYMER FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELL  

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....................................................................................3 2 LITERATURE SURVEY ON THIN FILM ANDORGANIC/TANDEM SOLAR CELL........................................................................7 2.3 Thin Film Solar CellFABRICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF 3-D ALL POLYMER FLEXIBLE SOLAR CELL _______________ A Thesis

Kassegne, Samuel Kinde

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Photovoltaic Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics | Department of Energy  

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Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics Photovoltaic Polycrystalline Thin-Film Cell Basics August 20, 2013 - 2:36pm Addthis Polycrystalline thin-film cells are made of many tiny crystalline grains of semiconductor materials. The materials used in these cells have properties that are different from those of silicon. Thin-film cells have many advantages over their thick-film counterparts. For example, they use much less material. The cell's active area is usually only 1 to 10 micrometers thick, whereas thick films typically are 100 to 300 micrometers thick. Also, thin-film cells can usually be manufactured in a large-area process, which can be an automated, continuous production process. Finally, they can be deposited on flexible substrate materials. The term thin film comes from the method used to deposit the film, not from

295

The light induced changes in a-Si:H materials and solar cells -- Where we are now  

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The quest for understanding and especially controlling the reversible light induced changes in a-Si:H based materials has been ongoing for the last twenty years. This has been accompanied by a corresponding large effort in minimizing their effects on more efficient a-Si:H based solar cells. Despite the complexities in both the phenomena as well as the solar cells, progress has been made in both the scientific and technological arenas. This paper briefly reviews primarily studies on the characterization and reduction of the metastable changes in materials and the correlation of these changes with those in efficient solar cells. It will discuss the impact of studies on materials as well as the continuous advances made with engineering of solar cell structures on their improved stabilized performance.

Wronski, C.R.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Shengrui Solar | Open Energy Information  

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Shengrui Solar Jump to: navigation, search Name: Shengrui Solar Place: Hong Kong Product: Hong Kong headquartered company with thin-film PV production in China. References:...

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Direct-current substrate bias effects on amorphous silicon sputter-deposited films for thin film transistor fabrication  

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The effect that direct current (dc) substrate bias has on radio frequency-sputter-deposited amorphous silicon (a-Si) films has been investigated. The substrate bias produces a denser a-Si film with fewer defects compared to unbiased films. The reduced number of defects results in a higher resistivity because defect-mediated conduction paths are reduced. Thin film transistors (TFTs) that were completely sputter deposited were fabricated and characterized. The TFT with the biased a-Si film showed lower leakage (off-state) current, higher on/off current ratio, and higher transconductance (field effect mobility) than the TFT with the unbiased a-Si film.

Jun, Seung-Ik; Rack, Philip D.; McKnight, Timothy E.; Melechko, Anatoli V.; Simpson, Michael L. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2200 (United States); Molecular Scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

2005-09-26T23:59:59.000Z

298

Thin film photovoltaic panel and method  

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A thin film photovoltaic panel includes a backcap for protecting the active components of the photovoltaic cells from adverse environmental elements. A spacing between the backcap and a top electrode layer is preferably filled with a desiccant to further reduce water vapor contamination of the environment surrounding the photovoltaic cells. The contamination of the spacing between the backcap and the cells may be further reduced by passing a selected gas through the spacing subsequent to sealing the backcap to the base of the photovoltaic panels, and once purged this spacing may be filled with an inert gas. The techniques of the present invention are preferably applied to thin film photovoltaic panels each formed from a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged on a vitreous substrate. The stability of photovoltaic conversion efficiency remains relatively high during the life of the photovoltaic panel, and the cost of manufacturing highly efficient panels with such improved stability is significantly reduced.

Ackerman, Bruce (El Paso, TX); Albright, Scot P. (El Paso, TX); Jordan, John F. (El Paso, TX)

1991-06-11T23:59:59.000Z

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More insights into band gap graded a-SiGe:H solar cells by experimental and simulated data  

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An experimental and numerical study of a-SiGe:H based solar cells with band gap graded i-layer in the shape of a V is presented. The variation of the location of the band gap minimum has strong influence on the solar cell performance. Comparisons of experimental and simulated data of the dark IV-behavior, IV-curves under illumination and the quantum efficiency allow insights into the transport and recombination behavior within the solar cell. The simulations reveal that the position as well as the charge state of the defects determine the device characteristics.

Zimmer, J.; Stiebig, H.; Foelsch, J.; Finger, F.; Eickhoff, T.; Wagner, H.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization of thin-film silicon nitride  

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We have measured and analyzed the optical characteristics of a series of silicon nitride thin films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on silicon substrates for photovoltaic applications. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were made by using a two-channel spectroscopic polarization modulator ellipsometer that measures N, S, and C data simultaneously. The data were fit to a model consisting of air / roughness / SiN / crystalline silicon. The roughness was modeled using the Bruggeman effective medium approximation, assuming 50% SiN, 50% voids. The optical functions of the SiN film were parameterized using a model by Jellison and Modine. All the {Chi}{sup 2} are near 1, demonstrating that this model works extremely well for all SiN films. The measured dielectric functions were used to make optimized SiN antireflection coatings for crystalline silicon solar cells.

Jellison, G.E. Jr.; Modine, F.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Doshi, P.; Rohatgi, A. [Georiga Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)

1997-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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301

Fabrication Of Multilayered Thin Films Via Spin-Assembly  

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Fabrication Of Multilayered Thin Films Via Spin-Assembly Fabrication Of Multilayered Thin Films Via Spin-Assembly Fabrication Of Multilayered Thin Films Via Spin-Assembly A process of forming multilayer thin film heterostructures. Available for thumbnail of Feynman Center (505) 665-9090 Email Fabrication Of Multilayered Thin Films Via Spin-Assembly A process of forming multilayer thin film heterostructures is disclosed and includes applying a solution including a first water-soluble polymer from the group of polyanionic species, polycationic species and uncharged polymer species onto a substrate to form a first coating layer on the substrate, drying the first coating layer on the substrate, applying a solution including a second water-soluble polymer from the group of polyanionic species, polycationic species and uncharged polymer species

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Apparatus and Method for Fabricating Thin Film Devices using...  

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method for manufacturing thin-films was developed specifically for fabrication of CdSCdTe photovoltaic modules. However, this innovation should perform excellently for any...

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Appropriate materials and preparation techniques for polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic cells  

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Polycrystalline-thin-film thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells have excellent potential for reducing the cost of TPV generators so as to address the hitherto inaccessible and highly competitive markets such as self-powered gas-fired residential warm air furnaces and energy-efficient electric cars etc. Recent progress in polycrystalline-thin-film solar cells have made it possible to satisfy the diffusion length and intrinsic junction rectification criteria for TPV cells operating at high fluences. Continuous ranges of direct bandgaps of the ternary and pseudoternary compounds such as Hg 1?x Cd x Te Pb 1?x Cd x Te Hg 1?x Zn x Te and Pb 1?x Zn x S cover the region of interest of 0.50–0.75 eV for efficient TPV conversion. Other ternary and pseudoternary compounds which show direct bandgaps in most of or all of the 0.50–0.75 eV range are Pb 1?x Zn x Te Sn 1?x Cd 2x Te 2 Pb 1?x Cd x Se Pb 1?x Zn x Se and Pb 1?x Cd x S . Hg 1?x Cd x Te (with x?0.21 ) has been studied extensively for infrared detectors. PbTe and Pb 1?x Sn x Te have also been studied for infrared detectors. Not much work has been carried out on Hg 1?x Zn x Te thin films. Hg 1?x Cd x Te and Pb 1?x Cd x Te alloys cover a wide range of cut-off wavelengths from the far infrared to the near visible. Acceptors and donors are introduced in these materials by excess non-metal (Te) and excess metal (Hg and Pb) respectively. Extrinsic acceptor impurities are Cu Au and As while and In and Al are donor impurities. Hg 1?x Cd x Te thin films have been deposited by isothermal vapor-phase epitaxy (VPE) liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) hot-wall metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) electrodeposition sputtering molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) laser-assisted evaporation and vacuum evaporation with or without hot-wall enclosure. The challenge in the preparation of Hg 1?x Cd x Te is to provide excess mercury incidence rate to optimize the deposition parameters for enhanced mercury incorporation and to achieve the requisite stoichiometry grain size and doping. MBE and MOCVD techniques have paved the way for obtaining epitaxial Hg 1?x Cd x Te thin films at substrate temperatures of ?180?° C with the desired crystalline perfection stoichiometry and doping without the necessity of further annealing for improving either the crystalline quality or dopant activity. Retaining larger mercury proportions during annealing would require heated enclosures as in isothermal VPE hot-wall technique vacuum evaporation hot-wall MOCVD or close-space sublimation. Pb 1?x Cd x Te thin films can be prepared by magnetron sputtering from cooled Pb 1?x Cd x Te targets on heated substrates. Hot-wall technique is suitable for the deposition of Pb 1?x Cd x Te thin films. Hg 1?x Cd x Te and Pb 1?x Cd x Te TPV cells will benefit from the substantial work on CdTe thin film solar cells. The paper reviews work on thin films of ternary and pseudoternary compounds of interest for TPV conversion and methods of their preparation with a view to choosing the appropriate materials and fabrication techniques for polycrystalline-thin-film TPV cells.

Neelkanth G. Dhere

1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

304

Thin film photovoltaic device with multilayer substrate  

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A thin film photovoltaic device which utilizes at least one compound semiconductor layer chosen from Groups IIB and VA of the Periodic Table is formed on a multilayer substrate The substrate includes a lowermost support layer on which all of the other layers of the device are formed. Additionally, an uppermost carbide or silicon layer is adjacent to the semiconductor layer. Below the carbide or silicon layer is a metal layer of high conductivity and expansion coefficient equal to or slightly greater than that of the semiconductor layer.

Catalano, Anthony W. (Rushland, PA); Bhushan, Manjul (Wilmington, DE)

1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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A thin film transistor driven microchannel device  

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= [8] 25 where n = 4 for the ideal case. However, based on experimental results, typical values for n are between 1 and 2.22 In any case, the larger potential drop appears at the smaller electrode. 2.4. PECVD Thin Film Silicon nitride film... can be deposited by a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Table II shows a comparison of silicon nitride?s physical properties between two deposition methods. The PECVD silicon...

Lee, Hyun Ho

2005-02-17T23:59:59.000Z

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Low-temperature solid-phase crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by rf magnetron sputtering with substrate bias  

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The crystallization properties of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film deposited by rf magnetron sputter deposition with substrate bias have been thoroughly characterized. The crystallization kinetics for films deposited with substrate bias is enhanced relative to unbiased a-Si by films. The enhanced crystallization for substrate biased a-Si films are attributed to ion enhanced nucleation of crystallites during sputter deposition which subsequently grow during the postdeposition anneal. Conversely films sputter deposited without substrate bias have more intrinsic defects and residual oxygen which enhance nucleation and retard growth, respectively, and lead to a large number of small crystallites.

Jun, Seung-Ik; Rack, Philip D.; McKnight, Timothy E.; Melechko, Anatoli V.; Simpson, Michael L. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2200 (United States); Molecular Scale Engineering and Nanoscale Technologies Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

2006-07-10T23:59:59.000Z

307

Apparatus for laser assisted thin film deposition  

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A pulsed laser deposition apparatus uses fiber optics to deliver visible output beams. One or more optical fibers are coupled to one or more laser sources, and delivers visible output beams to a single chamber, to multiple targets in the chamber or to multiple chambers. The laser can run uninterrupted if one of the deposition chambers ceases to operate because other chambers can continue their laser deposition processes. The laser source can be positioned at a remote location relative to the deposition chamber. The use of fiber optics permits multi-plexing. A pulsed visible laser beam is directed at a generally non-perpendicular angle upon the target in the chamber, generating a plume of ions and energetic neutral species. A portion of the plume is deposited on a substrate as a thin film. A pulsed visible output beam with a high pulse repetition frequency is used. The high pulse repetition frequency is greater than 500 Hz, and more preferably, greater than about 1000 Hz. Diamond-like-carbon (DLC) is one of the thin films produced using the apparatus. 9 figs.

Warner, B.E.; McLean, W. II

1996-02-13T23:59:59.000Z

308

Rechargeable thin-film lithium batteries  

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Rechargeable thin-film batteries consisting of lithium metal anodes, an amorphous inorganic electrolyte, and cathodes of lithium intercalation compounds have been fabricated and characterized. These include Li-TiS{sub 2}, Li-V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and Li-Li{sub x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cells with open circuit voltages at full charge of about 2.5 V, 3.7 V, and 4.2 V, respectively. The realization of these robust cells, which can be cycled thousands of times, was possible because of the stability of the amorphous lithium electrolyte, lithium phosphorus oxynitride. This material has a typical composition of Li{sub 2.9}PO{sub 3.3}N{sub 0.46}and a conductivity at 25 C of 2 {mu}S/cm. The thin-film cells have been cycled at 100% depth of discharge using current densities of 5 to 100 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}. Over most of the charge-discharge range, the internal resistance appears to be dominated by the cathode, and the major source of the resistance is the diffusion of Li{sup +} ions from the electrolyte into the cathode. Chemical diffusion coefficients were determined from ac impedance measurements.

Bates, J.B.; Gruzalski, G.R.; Dudney, N.J.; Luck, C.F.; Yu, X.

1993-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin-film Rechargeable Lithium Batteries  

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Rechargeable thin films batteries with lithium metal anodes, an amorphous inorganic electrolyte, and cathodes of lithium intercalation compounds have been fabricated and characterized. The cathodes include TiS{sub 2}, the {omega} phase of V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and the cubic spinel Li{sub x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} with open circuit voltages at full charge of about 2.5 V, 3.7 V, and 4.2 V, respectively. The development of these robust cells, which can be cycled thousands of times, was possible because of the stability of the amorphous lithium electrolyte, lithium phosphorus oxynitride. This material has a typical composition of Li{sub 2.9}PO{sub 3.3}N{sub 0.46} and a conductivity at 25 C of 2 {mu}S/cm. Thin film cells have been cycled at 100% depth of discharge using current densities of 2 to 100 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}. The polarization resistance of the cells is due to the slow insertion rate of Li{sup +} ions into the cathode. Chemical diffusion coefficients for Li{sup +} ions in the three types of cathodes have been estimated from the analysis of ac impedance measurements.

Bates, J. B.; Gruzalski, G. R.; Dudney, N. J.; Luck, C. F.; Yu, X.

1993-11-00T23:59:59.000Z

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Experimental characterisations of thin film transmission line losses  

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Experimental characterisations of thin film transmission line losses D. Kim, H. Kim and Y. Eo New frequency-variant losses of planar thin film transmission lines are experimentally investigated in a broad frequency range. The fre- quency-variant transmission line parameters are accurately determined

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Avalanches through windows: Multiscale visualization in magnetic thin films  

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Avalanches through windows: Multiscale visualization in magnetic thin films Alessandro Magni, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-2501 Abstract--The dynamics of domain walls motion in thin films dynamics, but are strongly dependent on the size of the windows chosen. Here we investigate how to properly

Sethna, James P.

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Amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc oxide semiconductor thin film transistors  

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We reported on the performance and electrical properties of co-sputtering-processed amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc oxide (?-HfIZO) thin film transistors (TFTs). Co-sputtering-processed ?-HfIZO thin films have shown an amorphous phase in nature. ...

Sheng-Po Chang; San-Syong Shih

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

313

Microstructure and properties of copper thin films on silicon substrates  

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copper thin films but on an expense of conductivity. This study proposes a technique to deposit high strength and high conductivity copper thin films on different silicon substrates at room temperature. Single crystal Cu (100) and Cu (111) have been grown...

Jain, Vibhor Vinodkumar

2009-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Fracture patterns in thin films and multilayers Alex A. Volinsky  

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Fracture patterns in thin films and multilayers Alex A. Volinsky University of South Florida, excessive residual and externally applied stresses cause film fracture. In the case of tensile stress is the key for causing thin film fracture, either in tension, or compression, it is the influence

Volinsky, Alex A.

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APPLIED PHYSICS REVIEWS Erbium implanted thin film photonic materials  

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, phosphosilicate, borosilicate, and soda-lime glasses , ceramic thin films Al2O3, Y2O3, LiNbO3 , and amorphous. Phosphosilicate glass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 C. Soda-lime silicate glass Er-doped thin film photonic materials is described. It focuses on oxide glasses pure SiO2

Polman, Albert

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Advanced Thin Film Thermoelectric Systems forEfficient Air-Conditioner...  

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Thin Film Thermoelectric Systems forEfficient Air-Conditioners Advanced Thin Film Thermoelectric Systems forEfficient Air-Conditioners Presents recent advances in thermoelectric...

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CRYOGENIC CATHODOLUMINESCENCE FROM CuxAg1-xInSe2 THIN FILMS Angel R. Aquino  

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CRYOGENIC CATHODOLUMINESCENCE FROM CuxAg1-xInSe2 THIN FILMS Angel R. Aquino 1 , Angus A. Rockett 1 deposited by a hybrid magnetron sputtering/evaporation process over a range of x values. Cryogenic for solar cell applications. Here we present results of the first cryogenic CL experiments with spectral

Rockett, Angus

318

Well-Passivated a-Si:H Back Contacts for Double-Heterojunction Silicon Solar Cells: Preprint  

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We have developed hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a Si:H) back contacts to both p- and n-type silicon wafers, and employed them in double-heterojunction solar cells. These contacts are deposited entirely at low temperature (<250 C) and replace the standard diffused or alloyed back-surface-field contacts used in single-heterojunction (front-emitter only) cells. High-quality back contacts require excellent surface passivation, indicated by a low surface recombination velocity of minority-carriers (S) or a high open-circuit voltage (Voc). The back contact must also provide good conduction for majority carriers to the external circuit, as indicated by a high light I-V fill factor. We use hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) to grow a-Si:H layers for both the front emitters and back contacts. Our improved a-Si:H back contacts contribute to our recent achievement of a confirmed 18.2% efficiency in double-heterojunction silicon solar cells on p type textured silicon wafers.

Page, M. R.; Iwaniczko, E.; Xu, Y.; Wang, Q.; Yan, Y.; Roybal, L.; Branz, H. M.; Wang, T. H.

2006-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators - FY13 Q1 | Department...  

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More Documents & Publications Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators FY13 Q2 Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrator Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators...

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Glow discharge plasma deposition of thin films  

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A glow discharge plasma reactor for deposition of thin films from a reactive RF glow discharge is provided with a screen positioned between the walls of the chamber and the cathode to confine the glow discharge region to within the region defined by the screen and the cathode. A substrate for receiving deposition material from a reactive gas is positioned outside the screened region. The screen is electrically connected to the system ground to thereby serve as the anode of the system. The energy of the reactive gas species is reduced as they diffuse through the screen to the substrate. Reactive gas is conducted directly into the glow discharge region through a centrally positioned distribution head to reduce contamination effects otherwise caused by secondary reaction products and impurities deposited on the reactor walls.

Weakliem, Herbert A. (Pennington, NJ); Vossen, Jr., John L. (Bridgewater, NJ)

1984-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

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Thin Film Femtosecond Laser Damage Competition  

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In order to determine the current status of thin film laser resistance within the private, academic, and government sectors, a damage competition was started at the 2008 Boulder Damage Symposium. This damage competition allows a direct comparison of the current state of the art of high laser resistance coatings since they are tested using the same damage test setup and the same protocol. In 2009 a high reflector coating was selected at a wavelength of 786 nm at normal incidence at a pulse length of 180 femtoseconds. A double blind test assured sample and submitter anonymity so only a summary of the results are presented here. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes, coating materials and layer count, and spectral results will also be shared.

Stolz, C J; Ristau, D; Turowski, M; Blaschke, H

2009-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

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Dual-chamber plasma deposition of A-Si:H solar cells at high rates using disilane  

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The use of a separated chamber deposition system for the fabrication of a-Si:H solar cells from disilane at high deposition rates results in a substantial improvement in short circuit current compared to that obtained from a single-chamber system. The spectral responses of cells fabricated in the dual-chamber mode are compared to those made in the single-chamber mode. The results are interpreted by assuming that the rate of removal of boron contaminants from the chamber is independent of deposition rate.

Rajeswaran, G.; Vanier, P.E.; Corderman, R.R.; Kampas, F.J.

1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Bulge testing of single and dual layer thin films Dryver R. Huston*ab  

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to a thin film window. By comparing the pressure- displacement relation with a mechanical model, the elastic structures, such as the thin film windows that are used in Next Generation Lithography masks and certain MEMS it in a thin film window. Thin film windows are fabricated by removing the thick substrate out from underneath

Huston, Dryver R.

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Composition–Structure–Function Diagrams of Ti–Ni–Au Thin Film Shape Memory Alloys  

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thin films; annealing; high temperature shape memory alloys; combinatorial materials science; phase transformation ...

Pio John S. Buenconsejo; Alfred Ludwig

2014-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

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SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program Review 2013 | Department...  

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Films and Panels for Next Generation Solar Collectors, Attila Molnar, 3M Company Low-Cost Light Weight Thin Film Solar Concentrators, Gani Ganapathi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory...

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China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd formerly known...  

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with Solar Thin Films to build solar module capacity in China for the domestic BIPV market. Coordinates: 22.277, 113.556808 Show Map Loading map......

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Functionalized multilayer thin films for protection against acutely toxic agents  

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The recently developed practice of spraying polyelectrolyte solutions onto a substrate in order to construct thin films via the Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technique has been further investigated and extended. In this process a ...

Krogman, Kevin Christopher

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Polycrystalline Thin-Film Research: Cadmium Telluride (Fact Sheet)  

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This National Center for Photovoltaics sheet describes the capabilities of its polycrystalline thin-film research in the area of cadmium telluride. The scope and core competencies and capabilities are discussed.

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2013-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: Magnetic Thin Films  

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recorded work with magnetic thin films took place in the 1880s and was carried out by German physicist August Kundt. Well known for his research on sound and optics, Kundts...

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Picosecond laser ablation of nano-sized WTi thin film  

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Interaction of an Nd:YAG laser, operating at 532 nm wavelength and pulse duration of 40 ps, with tungsten-titanium (WTi) thin film (thickness, 190 nm)...2...were found to be sufficient for modification of the WTi

S. Petrovi?; B. Gakovi?; D. Peruško; T. Desai; D. Batani; M. ?ekada…

2009-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Quasi-Reversible Oxygen Exchange of Amorphous IGZO Thin Films  

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Center In situ electrical properties of a-IGZO thin films were carried out at 200ºC as a function of carrier content vs. pO2) analysis should be applicable for studying the underlying carrier generation

Shahriar, Selim

332

Flexible, transparent thin film transistors raise hopes for flexible...  

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screens and displays. Virtually all flat-screen TVs and smartphones are made up of thin film transistors today; they form the basis of both LEDs and LCDs (liquid crystal...

333

Role of Microstructural Phenomena in Magnetic Thin Films. Final Report  

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Over the period of the program we systematically varied microstructural features of magnetic thin films in an attempt to better identify the role which each feature plays in determining selected extrinsic magnetic properties. This report summarizes the results.

Laughlin, D. E.; Lambeth, D. N.

2001-04-30T23:59:59.000Z

334

Self-Assembling Process for Fabricating Tailored Thin Films  

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A simple, economical nanotechnology coating process that enables the development of nanoparticle thin films with architectures and properties unattainable by any other processing method. 2007 R&D 100 winner (SAND2007-1878P)

Sandia

2009-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

335

Self-Assembling Process for Fabricating Tailored Thin Films  

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A simple, economical nanotechnology coating process that enables the development of nanoparticle thin films with architectures and properties unattainable by any other processing method. 2007 R&D 100 winner (SAND2007-1878P)

None

2010-01-08T23:59:59.000Z

336

Initiated chemical vapor deposition of functional polyacrylic thin films  

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Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) was explored as a novel method for synthesis of functional polyacrylic thin films. The process introduces a peroxide initiator, which can be decomposed at low temperatures (<200?C) ...

Mao, Yu, 1975-

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

337

Direct printing of lead zirconate titanate thin films  

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Thus far, use of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) in MEMS has been limited due to the lack of process compatibility with existing MEMS manufacturing techniques. Direct printing of thin films eliminates the need for photolithographic ...

Bathurst, Stephen, 1980-

2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

338

Nanostructured thin films for solid oxide fuel cells  

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The goals of this work were to synthesize high performance perovskite based thin film solid oxide fuel cell (TF-SOFC) cathodes by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), to study the structural, electrical and electrochemical properties of these cathodes...

Yoon, Jongsik

2009-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

339

Fluorination of amorphous thin-film materials with xenon fluoride  

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A method is disclosed for producing fluorine-containing amorphous semiconductor material, preferably comprising amorphous silicon. The method includes depositing amorphous thin-film material onto a substrate while introducing xenon fluoride during the film deposition process.

Weil, R.B.

1987-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

340

Monolithic integration of thin-film coolers with optoelectronic devices  

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Monolithic integration of thin-film coolers with optoelectronic devices Christopher La Barbara, California 93106-9560 Abstract. Active refrigeration of optoelectronic components through the use manuscript received June 30, 2000; accepted for publication June 30, 2000. 1 Introduction Optoelectronic

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341

Enabling integration of vapor-deposited polymer thin films  

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Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition (iCVD) is a versatile, one-step process for synthesizing conformal and functional polymer thin films on a variety of substrates. This thesis emphasizes the development of tools to further ...

Petruczok, Christy D. (Christy Danielle)

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

342

Method for making surfactant-templated thin films  

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An evaporation-induced self-assembly method to prepare a porous, surfactant-templated, thin film by mixing a silica sol, a solvent, a surfactant, and an interstitial compound, evaporating a portion of the solvent to form a liquid, crystalline thin film mesophase material, and then removal of the surfactant template. Coating onto a substrate produces a thin film with the interstitial compound either covalently bonded to the internal surfaces of the ordered or disordered mesostructure framework or physically entrapped within the ordered or disordered mesostructured framework. Particles can be formed by aerosol processing or spray drying rather than coating onto a substrate. The selection of the interstitial compound provides a means for developing thin films for applications including membranes, sensors, low dielectric constant films, photonic materials and optical hosts.

Brinker, C. Jeffrey (Albuquerque, NM); Lu, Yunfeng (New Orleans, LA); Fan, Hong You (Albuquerque, NM)

2010-08-31T23:59:59.000Z

343

Method for making surfactant-templated thin films  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

An evaporation-induced self-assembly method to prepare a porous, surfactant-templated, thin film by mixing a silica sol, a solvent, a surfactant, and an interstitial compound, evaporating a portion of the solvent to form a liquid, crystalline thin film mesophase material, and then removal of the surfactant template. Coating onto a substrate produces a thin film with the interstitial compound either covalently bonded to the internal surfaces of the ordered or disordered mesostructure framework or physically entrapped within the ordered or disordered mesostructured framework. Particles can be formed by aerosol processing or spray drying rather than coating onto a substrate. The selection of the interstitial compound provides a means for developing thin films for applications including membranes, sensors, low dielectric constant films, photonic materials and optical hosts.

Brinker, C. Jeffrey (Albuquerque, NM); Lu, Yunfeng (San Jose, CA); Fan, Hongyou (Albuquerque, NM)

2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

344

Properties and sensor performance of zinc oxide thin films  

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Reactively sputtered ZnO thin film gas sensors were fabricated onto Si wafers. The atmosphere dependent electrical response of the ZnO micro arrays was examined. The effects of processing conditions on the properties and ...

Min, Yongki, 1965-

2003-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

345

Magnetic Skyrmion Phase in MnSi Thin Films.  

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??Detailed magnetometry and polarized neutron reflectometry studies were conducted on MnSi thin films grown epitaxially on Si(111) substrates. It is demonstrated that with an in-plane… (more)

Wilson, Murray

2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

346

Lessons Learned from the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology/PV Manufacturing R&D and Thin Film PV Partnership Projects  

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As the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Solar Energy Technologies Program initiates new cost-shared solar energy R&D under the Solar America Initiative (SAI), it is useful to analyze the experience gained from cost-shared R&D projects that have been funded through the program to date. This report summarizes lessons learned from two DOE-sponsored photovoltaic (PV) projects: the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology/PV Manufacturing R&D (PVMaT/PVMR&D) project and the Thin-Film PV Partnership project. During the past 10-15 years, these two projects have invested roughly $330 million of government resources in cost-shared R&D and leveraged another $190 million in private-sector PV R&D investments. Following a description of key findings and brief descriptions of the PVMaT/PVMR&D and Thin-Film PV Partnership projects, this report presents lessons learned from the projects.

Margolis, R.; Mitchell, R.; Zweibel, K.

2006-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

347

Josephson junction in a thin film  

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The phase difference {phi}(y) for a vortex at a line Josephson junction in a thin film attenuates at large distances as a power law, unlike the case of a bulk junction where it approaches exponentially the constant values at infinities. The field of a Josephson vortex is a superposition of fields of standard Pearl vortices distributed along the junction with the line density {phi}'(y)/2{pi}. We study the integral equation for {phi}(y) and show that the phase is sensitive to the ratio l/{Lambda}, where l={lambda}{sub J}{sup 2}/{lambda}{sub L}, {Lambda}=2{lambda}{sub L}{sup 2}/d, {lambda}{sub L}, and {lambda}{sub J} are the London and Josephson penetration depths, and d is the film thickness. For l<<{Lambda}, the vortex ''core'' of the size l is nearly temperature independent, while the phase ''tail'' scales as l{Lambda}/y{sup 2}={lambda}{sub J}2{lambda}{sub L}/d/y{sup 2}; i.e., it diverges as T{yields}T{sub c}. For l>>{Lambda}, both the core and the tail have nearly the same characteristic length l{Lambda}.

Kogan, V. G.; Dobrovitski, V. V.; Clem, J. R.; Mawatari, Yasunori; Mints, R. G.

2001-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

348

Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency  

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Rana Biswas, a scientist with the Ames Laboratory, discusses his team's research in creating more efficient solar cells and working with Iowa Thin Film to produce these cells.

Biswas, Rana

2012-08-29T23:59:59.000Z

349

Light Management Toward Efficient Organic Solar Cells  

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Light management methods for organic solar cells (OSCs) are presented: (i) thin-film optic method utilizing the inherent asymmetry of semitransparent OSCs; (ii) V-groove-based...

Yoo, Seunghyup; Han, Donggeon; Kim, Hoyeon; Cho, Changsoon; Lee, Jung-Yong

350

Ames Lab 101: Improving Solar Cell Efficiency  

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Rana Biswas, a scientist with the Ames Laboratory, discusses his team's research in creating more efficient solar cells and working with Iowa Thin Film to produce these cells.

Biswas, Rana

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

351

Nitrogen doped zinc oxide thin film  

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To summarize, polycrystalline ZnO thin films were grown by reactive sputtering. Nitrogen was introduced into the films by reactive sputtering in an NO{sub 2} plasma or by N{sup +} implantation. All ZnO films grown show n-type conductivity. In unintentionally doped ZnO films, the n-type conductivities are attributed to Zn{sub i}, a native shallow donor. In NO{sub 2}-grown ZnO films, the n-type conductivity is attributed to (N{sub 2}){sub O}, a shallow double donor. In NO{sub 2}-grown ZnO films, 0.3 atomic % nitrogen was found to exist in the form of N{sub 2}O and N{sub 2}. Upon annealing, N{sub 2}O decomposes into N{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. In furnace-annealed samples N{sub 2} redistributes diffusively and forms gaseous N{sub 2} bubbles in the films. Unintentionally doped ZnO films were grown at different oxygen partial pressures. Zni was found to form even at oxygen-rich condition and led to n-type conductivity. N{sup +} implantation into unintentionally doped ZnO film deteriorates the crystallinity and optical properties and leads to higher electron concentration. The free electrons in the implanted films are attributed to the defects introduced by implantation and formation of (N{sub 2}){sub O} and Zni. Although today there is still no reliable means to produce good quality, stable p-type ZnO material, ZnO remains an attractive material with potential for high performance short wavelength optoelectronic devices. One may argue that gallium nitride was in a similar situation a decade ago. Although we did not obtain any p-type conductivity, we hope our research will provide a valuable reference to the literature.

Li, Sonny X.

2003-12-15T23:59:59.000Z

352

Potential of Thin Films for use in Charged Particle Tracking Detectors  

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Thin Film technology has widespread applications in everyday electronics, notably Liquid Crystal Display screens, solar cells, and organic light emitting diodes. We explore the potential of this technology as charged particle radiation tracking detectors for use in High Energy Physics experiments such as those at the Large Hadron Collider or the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Through modern fabrication techniques, a host of semiconductor materials are available to construct thin, flexible detectors with integrated electronics with pixel sizes on the order of a few microns. We review the material properties of promising candidates, discuss the potential benefits and challenges associated with this technology, and review previously demonstrated applicability as a neutron detector.

Metcalfe, J; Murphy, J; Quevedo, M; Smith, L; Alvarado, J; Gnade, B; Takai, H

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

353

Potential of Thin Films for use in Charged Particle Tracking Detectors  

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Thin Film technology has widespread applications in everyday electronics, notably Liquid Crystal Display screens, solar cells, and organic light emitting diodes. We explore the potential of this technology as charged particle radiation tracking detectors for use in High Energy Physics experiments such as those at the Large Hadron Collider or the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Through modern fabrication techniques, a host of semiconductor materials are available to construct thin, flexible detectors with integrated electronics with pixel sizes on the order of a few microns. We review the material properties of promising candidates, discuss the potential benefits and challenges associated with this technology, and review previously demonstrated applicability as a neutron detector.

J. Metcalfe; I. Mejia; J. Murphy; M. Quevedo; L. Smith; J. Alvarado; B. Gnade; H. Takai

2014-11-06T23:59:59.000Z

354

Modeling and control of thin film surface morphology: application to thin film solar cells  

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Deposition. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50,deposition. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 48:deposition. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 50:

Huang, Jianqiao

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

355

Understanding Thin Film Structure for the Rational Design of  

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Understanding Thin Film Structure for the Rational Design of Understanding Thin Film Structure for the Rational Design of High-performance Organic Semiconductors for Plastic Electronics Organic semiconductors are attracting considerable research interest due to their potential applications in low-cost electronics such as organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays, RF identification tags (RFID), smart cards and electronic paper. The development of p-conjugated materials, which are composed of alternating single and double chemical bonds, are the foundation of these applications. In the past decade research in this field has progressed to the extent that desirable charge transport in the organic semiconductor film in organic thin film transistors (OTFT) can be achieved through molecular design by selective placement of electron-rich, electron-withdrawing, and aromatic groups in different parts of the molecule. Although the electronic properties are easily tuned by molecular design, the molecular packing within the thin film and the film microstructure have a significant influence on the OTFT performance. Despite this importance, this interrelationship between molecular structure, thin film molecular packing and charge transport are only poorly understood.

356

Solar Firms Scale Back  

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Solar Firms Scale Back ... First Solar, an Arizona-based thin-film photovoltaics firm, said last week that it will restructure its operations to reduce capacity and shift production to more efficient facilities. ...

MELODY BOMGARDNER

2012-04-23T23:59:59.000Z

357

Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films  

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Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Nanoparticles-man-made atoms with unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties-have become key components in many fields of science. If nanoparticles could be coaxed into routinely assembling themselves into predictable complex structures and hierarchical patterns, devices could be mass-produced that are one thousand times smaller than today's microtechnologies. Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have made progress toward this goal, successfully directing the self--assembly of nanoparticles into device-ready thin films, which have potential applications in fields ranging from computer memory storage to energy harvesting and storage, from catalysis to light management, and into the emerging new field of plasmonics.

358

Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films  

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Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Nanoparticles-man-made atoms with unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties-have become key components in many fields of science. If nanoparticles could be coaxed into routinely assembling themselves into predictable complex structures and hierarchical patterns, devices could be mass-produced that are one thousand times smaller than today's microtechnologies. Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have made progress toward this goal, successfully directing the self--assembly of nanoparticles into device-ready thin films, which have potential applications in fields ranging from computer memory storage to energy harvesting and storage, from catalysis to light management, and into the emerging new field of plasmonics.

359

Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films  

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Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Nanoparticles-man-made atoms with unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties-have become key components in many fields of science. If nanoparticles could be coaxed into routinely assembling themselves into predictable complex structures and hierarchical patterns, devices could be mass-produced that are one thousand times smaller than today's microtechnologies. Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have made progress toward this goal, successfully directing the self--assembly of nanoparticles into device-ready thin films, which have potential applications in fields ranging from computer memory storage to energy harvesting and storage, from catalysis to light management, and into the emerging new field of plasmonics.

360

Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films  

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Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Guided Self-Assembly of Gold Thin Films Print Nanoparticles-man-made atoms with unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties-have become key components in many fields of science. If nanoparticles could be coaxed into routinely assembling themselves into predictable complex structures and hierarchical patterns, devices could be mass-produced that are one thousand times smaller than today's microtechnologies. Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have made progress toward this goal, successfully directing the self--assembly of nanoparticles into device-ready thin films, which have potential applications in fields ranging from computer memory storage to energy harvesting and storage, from catalysis to light management, and into the emerging new field of plasmonics.

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361

Shape variation of micelles in polymer thin films  

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The equilibrium properties of block copolymer micelles confined in polymer thin films are investigated using self-consistent field theory. The theory is based on a model system consisting of AB diblock copolymers and A homopolymers. Two different methods, based on the radius of gyration tensor and the spherical harmonics expansion, are used to characterize the micellar shape. The results reveal that the morphology of micelles in thin films depends on the thickness of the thin films and the selectivity of the confining surfaces. For spherical (cylindrical) micelles, the spherical (cylindrical) symmetry is broken by the presence of the one-dimensional confinement, whereas the top-down symmetry is broken by the selectivity of the confining surfaces. Morphological transitions from spherical or cylindrical micelles to cylinders or lamella are predicted when the film thickness approaches the micellar size.

Zhou, Jiajia, E-mail: zhou@uni-mainz.de; Shi, An-Chang, E-mail: shi@mcmaste.ca [Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada)] [Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada)

2014-01-14T23:59:59.000Z

362

Biocompatibility of Pristine Graphene Monolayers, Nanosheets and Thin Films  

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There is an increasing interest to develop nanoscale biocompatible graphene structures due to their desirable physicochemical properties, unlimited application opportunities and scalable production. Here we report the preparation, characterization and biocompatibility assessment of novel graphene flakes and their enabled thin films suitable for a wide range of biomedical and electronic applications. Graphene flakes were synthesized by a chemical vapour deposition method or a liquid-phase exfoliation procedure and then thin films were prepared by transferring graphene onto glass coverslips. Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy confirmed a predominantly monolayer and a high crystalline quality formation of graphene. The biocompatibility assessment of graphene thin films and graphene flakes was performed using cultured human lung epithelial cell line A549 employing a multimodal approach incorporating automated imaging, high content screening, real-time impedance sensing in combination with bio...

Conroy, Jennifer; Smith, Ronan J; Rezvani, Ehsan; Duesberg, Georg S; Coleman, Jonathan N; Volkov, Yuri

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

363

Energy dependence of defects in a-Si:H solar cells during degradation and annealing processes  

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In this work the authors report on the effect of current-induced degradation and annealing on p-i-n amorphous silicon solar cells. Current-voltage curves and capacitance measurements under forward bias have been used to monitor the current-induced changes as a function of time. They found that the recovery rate increases with the annealing current, while the stabilized value of efficiency decreases. Comparison of short circuit current and capacitance evolution suggests that defect kinetics in the electronic gap occurs in a different way during degradation and annealing. This behavior can be modeled assuming a faster annealing of defects closest to the extended band and a slower annealing of mid-gap defects.

Caputo, D.; Lemmi, F.; Palma, F.

1997-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

364

Method of improving field emission characteristics of diamond thin films  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A method of preparing diamond thin films with improved field emission properties. The method includes preparing a diamond thin film on a substrate, such as Mo, W, Si and Ni. An atmosphere of hydrogen (molecular or atomic) can be provided above the already deposited film to form absorbed hydrogen to reduce the work function and enhance field emission properties of the diamond film. In addition, hydrogen can be absorbed on intergranular surfaces to enhance electrical conductivity of the diamond film. The treated diamond film can be part of a microtip array in a flat panel display.

Krauss, Alan R. (Naperville, IL); Gruen, Dieter M. (Downer Grove, IL)

1999-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

365

Method of improving field emission characteristics of diamond thin films  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

A method of preparing diamond thin films with improved field emission properties is disclosed. The method includes preparing a diamond thin film on a substrate, such as Mo, W, Si and Ni. An atmosphere of hydrogen (molecular or atomic) can be provided above the already deposited film to form absorbed hydrogen to reduce the work function and enhance field emission properties of the diamond film. In addition, hydrogen can be absorbed on intergranular surfaces to enhance electrical conductivity of the diamond film. The treated diamond film can be part of a microtip array in a flat panel display. 3 figs.

Krauss, A.R.; Gruen, D.M.

1999-05-11T23:59:59.000Z

366

Formation and ferromagnetic properties of FeSi thin films  

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In this work, the growth and ferromagnetic properties of {epsilon}-FeSi thin film on Si(100) substrate prepared by molecular beam epitaxy are reported. The inter-diffusion of Fe layer on Si(100) substrate at 600 Degree-Sign C results in polycrystalline {epsilon}-FeSi layer. The determined activation energy was 0.044 eV. The modified magnetism from paramagnetic in bulk to ferromagnetic states in {epsilon}-FeSi thin films was observed. The saturated magnetization and coercive field of {epsilon}-FeSi film are 4.6 emu/cm{sup 3} and 29 Oe at 300 K, respectively.

Shin, Yooleemi; Anh Tuan, Duong; Hwang, Younghun; Viet Cuong, Tran; Cho, Sunglae [Department of Physics, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of)

2013-05-07T23:59:59.000Z

367

Two-color Laser Desorption of Nanostructured MgO Thin Films....  

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Two-color Laser Desorption of Nanostructured MgO Thin Films. Two-color Laser Desorption of Nanostructured MgO Thin Films. Abstract: Neutral magnesium atom emission from...

368

Initiated chemical vapor deposition of polymeric thin films : mechanism and applications  

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Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) is a novel technique for depositing polymeric thin films. It is able to deposit thin films of application-specific polymers in one step without using any solvents. Its uniqueness ...

Chan, Kelvin, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

369

Quench Properties and Fault Current Limiters of YBCO Thin-Film Superconductors  

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We measured the current dependence of quench propagation velocities in strip-shaped YBCO thin films and the current-limiting properties of fault current limiters consisting of a YBCO thin film and ... -300 cm/sec...

Hiroshi Kubota; Yuki Kudo; Mutsuki Yamazaki…

1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

370

Influence of samaria doping on the resistance of ceria thin films...  

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doping on the resistance of ceria thin films and its implications to the planar oxygen sensing devices. Influence of samaria doping on the resistance of ceria thin films and...

371

Temperature Dependence of Sputtered Conductive Carbon Thin Films Bull. Korean Chem. Soc. 2011, Vol. 32, No. 3 939 DOI 10.5012/bkcs.2011.32.3.939  

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°C to 700 °C in increments of 100 °C using a rapid thermal annealing method by vacuum furnace in the electronic devices such as organic thin film transistor (OTFT), dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), and field by a vacuum furnace in vacuum ambient, and the effects of annealing temperature on struc- tural, tribological

Boo, Jin-Hyo

372

Wake-up effects in Si-doped hafnium oxide ferroelectric thin films  

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Hafnium oxide based ferroelectric thin films have shown potential as a promising alternative material for non-volatile memory applications. This work reports the switching stability of a Si-doped HfO{sub 2} film under bipolar pulsed-field operation. High field cycling causes a “wake-up” in virgin “pinched” polarization hysteresis loops, demonstrated by an enhancement in remanent polarization and a shift of negative coercive voltage. The rate of wake-up is accelerated by either reducing the frequency or increasing the amplitude of the cycling field. We suggest de-pinning of domains due to reduction of the defect concentration at bottom electrode interface as origin of the wake-up.

Zhou, Dayu, E-mail: zhoudayu@dlut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China) [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Key Laboratory for Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Ministry of Education, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Xu, Jin [Department of Electronic Engineering, Dalian Neusoft University of Information, Dalian 116023 (China)] [Department of Electronic Engineering, Dalian Neusoft University of Information, Dalian 116023 (China); Li, Qing; Guan, Yan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)] [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Cao, Fei; Dong, Xianlin [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)] [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Müller, Johannes [Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT, Koengisbruecker Strasse 180, 01109 Dresden (Germany)] [Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT, Koengisbruecker Strasse 180, 01109 Dresden (Germany); Schenk, Tony; Schröder, Uwe [Namlab gGmbH/TU Dresden, Noethnitzer Strasse 64, 01187 Dresden (Germany)] [Namlab gGmbH/TU Dresden, Noethnitzer Strasse 64, 01187 Dresden (Germany)

2013-11-04T23:59:59.000Z

373

Outdoor Performance of a Thin-Film Gallium-Arsenide Photovoltaic Module  

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We deployed a 855 cm2 thin-film, single-junction gallium arsenide (GaAs) photovoltaic (PV) module outdoors. Due to its fundamentally different cell technology compared to silicon (Si), the module responds differently to outdoor conditions. On average during the test, the GaAs module produced more power when its temperature was higher. We show that its maximum-power temperature coefficient, while actually negative, is several times smaller in magnitude than that of a Si module used for comparison. The positive correlation of power with temperature in GaAs is due to temperature-correlated changes in the incident spectrum. We show that a simple correction based on precipitable water vapor (PWV) brings the photocurrent temperature coefficient into agreement with that measured by other methods and predicted by theory. The low operating temperature and small temperature coefficient of GaAs give it an energy production advantage in warm weather.

Silverman, T. J.; Deceglie, M. G.; Marion, B.; Cowley, S.; Kayes, B.; Kurtz, S.

2013-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

374

Thin-film transistors based on p-type Cu{sub 2}O thin films produced at room temperature  

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Copper oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) thin films were used to produce bottom gate p-type transparent thin-film transistors (TFTs). Cu{sub 2}O was deposited by reactive rf magnetron sputtering at room temperature and the films exhibit a polycrystalline structure with a strongest orientation along (111) plane. The TFTs exhibit improved electrical performance such as a field-effect mobility of 3.9 cm{sup 2}/V s and an on/off ratio of 2x10{sup 2}.

Fortunato, Elvira; Figueiredo, Vitor; Barquinha, Pedro; Elamurugu, Elangovan; Goncalves, Goncalo; Martins, Rodrigo [Departamento de Ciencia dos Materiais, CENIMAT/I3N, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and CEMOP-UNINOVA, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Barros, Raquel [Departamento de Ciencia dos Materiais, CENIMAT/I3N, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and CEMOP-UNINOVA, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Materiais Avancados, INNOVNANO, SA, 7600-095 Aljustrel (Portugal); Park, Sang-Hee Ko; Hwang, Chi-Sun [Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute, 138 Gajeongro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-700 (Korea, Republic of)

2010-05-10T23:59:59.000Z

375

An integrated thin-film thermo-optic waveguide beam deflector Suning Tang,a)  

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An integrated thin-film thermo-optic waveguide beam deflector Suning Tang,a) Bulang Li, and Xinghua for publication 16 February 2000 We have demonstrated the operation of a thin-film thermo-optical beam deflector in a three-layer optical planar waveguide. The fabricated waveguide beam deflector consists of a thin-film Si

Chen, Ray

376

Interactions between radical growth precursors on plasma-deposited silicon thin-film surfaces  

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We present a detailed analysis of the interactions between growth precursors, SiH{sub 3} radicals, on surfaces of silicon thin films. The analysis is based on a synergistic combination of density functional theory calculations on the hydrogen-terminated Si(001)-(2x1) surface and molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations of film growth on surfaces of MD-generated hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films. In particular, the authors find that two interacting growth precursors may either form disilane (Si{sub 2}H{sub 6}) and desorb from the surface, or disproportionate, resulting in the formation of a surface dihydride (adsorbed SiH{sub 2} species) and gas-phase silane (SiH{sub 4}). The reaction barrier for disilane formation is found to be strongly dependent on the local chemical environment on the silicon surface and reduces (or vanishes) if one/both of the interacting precursors is/are in a ''fast diffusing state,'' i.e., attached to fivefold coordinated surface Si atoms. Finally, activation energy barriers in excess of 1 eV are obtained for two chemisorbed (i.e., bonded to a fourfold coordinated surface Si atom) SiH{sub 3} radicals. Activation energy barriers for disproportionation follow the same tendency, though, in most cases, higher barriers are obtained compared to disilane formation reactions starting from the same initial configuration. MD simulations confirm that disilane formation and disproportionation reactions also occur on a-Si:H growth surfaces, preferentially in configurations where at least one of the SiH{sub 3} radicals is in a ''diffusive state.'' Our results are in agreement with experimental observations and results of plasma process simulators showing that the primary source for disilane in low-power plasmas may be the substrate surface.

Bakos, Tamas; Valipa, Mayur S.; Maroudas, Dimitrios [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003-3110 (United States)

2007-03-21T23:59:59.000Z

377

Method of preparing thin film polymeric gel electrolytes  

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Novel hybrid thin film electrolyte, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities .apprxeq.10.sup.-3 .OMEGA..sup.-1 cm.sup.-1 are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries.

Derzon, Dora K. (Albuquerque, NM); Arnold, Jr., Charles (Albuquerque, NM)

1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

378

Perovskite phase thin films and method of making  

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The present invention comprises perovskite-phase thin films, of the general formula A.sub.x B.sub.y O.sub.3 on a substrate, wherein A is selected from beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, and barium or a combination thereof; B is selected from niobium and tantalum or a combination thereof; and x and y are mole fractions between approximately 0.8 and 1.2. More particularly, A is strontium or barium or a combination thereof and B is niobium or tantalum or a combination thereof. Also provided is a method of making a perovskite-phase thin film, comprising combining at least one element-A-containing compound, wherein A is selected from beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium or barium, with at least one element-B-containing compound, wherein B niobium or tantalum, to form a solution; adding a solvent to said solution to form another solution; spin-coating the solution onto a substrate to form a thin film; and heating the film to form the perovskite-phase thin film.

Boyle, Timothy J. (Albuquerque, NM); Rodriguez, Mark A. (Albuquerque, NM)

2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

379

Preparation and characterization of TL-based superconducting thin films  

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A simple method for growth of Tl-based superconducting thin films is described. In this method, the precursor was prepared in a vacuum chamber by deposition of Ba, Ca and Cu metals or a Ba-Ca alloy and Cu metal. The precursor was then oxidized...

Wang, Pingshu

2012-06-07T23:59:59.000Z

380

Chemical analysis of thin films at Sandia National Laboratories  

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The characterization of thin films produced by chemical and physical vapor deposition requires special analytical techniques. When the average compositions of the films are required, dissolution of the thin films and measurement of the concentrations of the solubilized species is the appropriate analytical approach. In this report techniques for the wet chemical analysis of thin films of Si:Al, P/sub 2/O/sub 5/:SiO/sub 2/, B/sub 2/O/sub 3/:SiO/sub 2/, TiB/sub x/ and TaB/sub x/ are described. The analyses are complicated by the small total quantities of these analytes present in the films, the refractory characters of these analytes, and the possibility of interferences from the substrates on which the films are deposited. Etching conditions are described which dissolve the thin films without introducing interferences from the substrates. A chemical amplification technique and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry are shown to provide the sensitivity required to measure the small total quantities (micrograms to milligrams) of analytes present. Also the chemical analysis data has been used to calibrate normal infrared absorption spectroscopy to give fast estimates of the phosphorus and/or boron dopant levels in thin SiO/sub 2/ films.

Tallant, D.R.; Taylor, E.L.

1980-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

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381

Structure of All-Polymer Solar Cells Impedes Efficiency  

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thin films of semiconducting polymers as a possible alternative to silicon-based solar cells. Such devices would have the advantages of being cheap to produce,...

382

Solar Plus SA | Open Energy Information  

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Solar Plus SA Place: Lisbon, Portugal Sector: Solar Product: Plans to set up a 5.5MWyear thin-film silicon module factory in Aveiro, Portugal, using EPV Solar equipment, and plans...

383

AOS Solar Inc | Open Energy Information  

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AOS Solar Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: AOS Solar Inc Product: Manufacturer of thin-film silicon-on-glass. References: AOS Solar Inc1 This article is a stub. You can help...

384

AxunTek Solar Energy | Open Energy Information  

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AxunTek Solar Energy Jump to: navigation, search Name: AxunTek Solar Energy Place: Taiwan Sector: Solar Product: Taiwan-based CIGS thin film solar cell producer. References:...

385

Loan Guarantees for Three California PV Solar Plants Expected...  

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Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar...

386

Improved blue response and efficiency of A-Si:H solar cells deposited from disilane using a dual-chamber plasma system  

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Thin film amorphous silicon solar cells with glass/SnO/sub 2//p/i/n/Al structures and 6 to 7% AM1 conversion efficiencies were fabricated at rapid deposition rates in a newly constructed dual-chamber glow discharge deposition system. The 500 nm thick intrinsic layer was deposited at the rate of 1.7 nm/s using disilane (Si/sub 2/H/sub 6/)-helium mixtures. This deposition rate is an order of magnitude greater than conventional high efficiency amorphous silicon solar cell depositions. Residual boron doping effects at the p/i interface can severely degrade cell performance particularly when the intrinsic layer is deposited in one chamber of the dual-chamber system and the intrinsic layer is deposited in the other chamber that is free of boron contaminants. Parameters such as electrode spacing, Si/sub 2/H/sub 6/ partial pressure and flow rate were optimized to produce uniform deposition over large areas. At the substrate temperature T/sub s/ selected for solar cell intrinsic layer deposition, the spin density was measured to be a minimum at 5 x 10/sup 15//cm/sup 3/. For a given T/sub s/, an intrinsic layer deposited from Si/sub 2/H/sub 6/ absorbs fewer photons and can generate less current under solar simulation than a similar film produced from monosilane. Identical solar cells were deposited in either the single-chamber mode or the dual-chamber mode for comparison. Single-chamber mode cells perform poorly over the visible wavelengths and hence produce low short circuit currents. The dual-chamber mode cells show a significant improvement in blue response and a factor of two increase in short circuit current over the single-chamber mode cells. Under short circuit conditions, 15 mA/cm/sup 2/ was generated from rapidly deposited (1.7 nm/s) cells from disilane and 18 mA/cm/sup 2/ from low deposition rate (0.18 nm/s) monosilane cells. These values are comparable to or better than those reported for similar cells by other groups.

Rajeswaran, G.; Vanier, P.E.; Corderman, R.R.; Kampas, F.J.

1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

387

CHEMICAL MAKERS INVEST IN SOLAR  

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CHEMICAL MAKERS INVEST IN SOLAR ... CAPACITY BOOST: New projects target raw materials and research ... The projects will increase capacity and advance research for chemical components of both traditional polysilicon solar cells and newer thin-film modules. ...

MELODY VOITH

2008-12-22T23:59:59.000Z

388

EPOD Solar Inc | Open Energy Information  

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EPOD Solar Inc EPOD Solar Inc Place Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Zip V1V 2L9 Sector Solar Product British Columbia-based thin-film a-Si PV maker as well as engineering, manufacturing and solar system installation company focused on large-scale project development. Coordinates 49.886815°, -119.496599° Loading map... {"minzoom":false,"mappingservice":"googlemaps3","type":"ROADMAP","zoom":14,"types":["ROADMAP","SATELLITE","HYBRID","TERRAIN"],"geoservice":"google","maxzoom":false,"width":"600px","height":"350px","centre":false,"title":"","label":"","icon":"","visitedicon":"","lines":[],"polygons":[],"circles":[],"rectangles":[],"copycoords":false,"static":false,"wmsoverlay":"","layers":[],"controls":["pan","zoom","type","scale","streetview"],"zoomstyle":"DEFAULT","typestyle":"DEFAULT","autoinfowindows":false,"kml":[],"gkml":[],"fusiontables":[],"resizable":false,"tilt":0,"kmlrezoom":false,"poi":true,"imageoverlays":[],"markercluster":false,"searchmarkers":"","locations":[{"text":"","title":"","link":null,"lat":49.886815,"lon":-119.496599,"alt":0,"address":"","icon":"","group":"","inlineLabel":"","visitedicon":""}]}

389

Abstract--In this paper, the propagation characteristics of an enhanced-thickness magnetic nanoparticle thin film are  

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nanoparticle thin film are investigated on high resistivity silicon substrate (10,000 ohm-cm) for the first time up to 60 GHz. Contrary to other thin films, this nanoparticle thin film can achieve a thickness up. Index Terms-- Magnetic thin film, Nanoparticle, Coplanar waveguide, high-permeability materials, FGC I

Tentzeris, Manos

390

Plasmonic Nanostructure Design for Efficient Light Coupling into Solar Cells  

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Plasmonic Nanostructure Design for Efficient Light Coupling into Solar Cells Vivian E. Ferry, Luke in thin film solar cells. In particular, the ability of plasmonic structures to localize light sunlight into guided modes in thin film Si and GaAs plasmonic solar cells whose back interface is coated

Atwater, Harry

391

Structural and photovoltaic properties of a-Si (SNc)/c-Si heterojunction fabricated by EBPVD technique  

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In last two decades sculptured thin films are very attractive for researches. Some properties of these thin films, like high porosity correspondingly high large surface area, controlled morphology; bring into prominence on them. Sculptured thin films have wide application areas as electronics, optics, mechanics, magnetic and chemistry. Slanted nano-columnar (SnC) thin films are a type of sculptured thin films. In this investigation SnC thin films were growth on n-type crystalline Si(100) and p-type crystalline Si(111) via ultra-high vacuum electron beam evaporation technique. The structural and morphological properties of the amorphous silicon thin films were investigated by XRD, Raman and FE-SEM analysis. According to the XRD and Raman analysis the structure of thin film was amorphous and FE-SEM analysis indicated slanted nano-columns were formed smoothly. Slanted nano-columns a-Si/c-Si heterojunction were prepared as using a photovoltaic device. In this regard we were researched photovoltaic properties of these heterojunction with current-voltage characterization under dark and illumination conditions. Electrical parameters were determined from the current-voltage characteristic in the dark conditions zero-bias barrier height ?{sub B0}?=?0.83?1.00eV; diode ideality factor ??=?11.71?10.73; series resistance R{sub s}?=?260?31.1 k? and shunt resistance R{sub sh}?=?25.71?63.5 M? SnC a-Si/n-Si and SnC a-Si/p-Si heterojunctions shows a pretty good photovoltaic behavior about 10{sup 3}- 10{sup 4} times. The obtained photovoltaic parameters are such as short circuit current density J{sub sc} 83-40 mA/m{sup 2}, open circuit voltage V{sub oc} 900-831 mV.

Demiro?lu, D.; Kazmanli, K.; Urgen, M. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Ayaza?a 34469, Istanbul (Turkey); Tatar, B. [Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, Nam?k Kemal University, De?irmenalt?, Tekirda? (Turkey)

2013-12-16T23:59:59.000Z

392

Engineering Thin-Film Oxide Interfaces | Advanced Photon Source  

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Novel Materials Become Multifunctional at the Ultimate Quantum Limit Novel Materials Become Multifunctional at the Ultimate Quantum Limit Outsmarting Flu Viruses How Lead-Free Solder (Mis)Behaves under Stress Dynamics of Polymer Chains Atop Different Materials Priming the Pump in the Fight against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Science Highlights Archives: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 2001 | 2000 | 1998 | Subscribe to APS Science Highlights rss feed Engineering Thin-Film Oxide Interfaces NOVEMBER 12, 2012 Bookmark and Share LAO thin films on STO substrates are depicted in the top schematics (LAO indicated by blue spheres, STO by green spheres). The top left-hand panel demonstrates a chemically broad interface resulting from conventional growth in a low pressure oxygen environment. In contrast, the top

393

Thin-Film Reliability Trends Toward Improved Stability  

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Long-term, stable performance of photovoltaic (PV) modules will be increasingly important to their successful penetration of the power grid. This paper summarizes more than 150 thin-film and more than 1700 silicon PV degradation rates (R{sub d}) quoted in publications for locations worldwide. Partitioning the literature results by technology and date of installation statistical analysis shows an improvement in degradation rate especially for thin-film technologies in the last decade. A CIGS array deployed at NREL for more than 5 years that appears to be stable supports the literature trends. Indoor and outdoor data indicate undetectable change in performance (0.2 {+-} 0.2 %/yr). One module shows signs of slight degradation from what appears to be an initial manufacturing defect, however it has not affected the overall system performance.

Jordan, D. C.; Kurtz, S. R.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

394

Thin-Film Reliability Trends Toward Improved Stability: Preprint  

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Long-term, stable performance of photovoltaic (PV) modules will be increasingly important to their successful penetration of the power grid. This paper summarizes more than 150 thin-film and more than 1700 silicon PV degradation rates (Rd) quoted in publications for locations worldwide. Partitioning the literature results by technology and date of installation statistical analysis shows an improvement in degradation rate especially for thin-film technologies in the last decade. A CIGS array deployed at NREL for more than 5 years that appears to be stable supports the literature trends. Indoor and outdoor data indicate undetectable change in performance (0.2+/-0.2 %/yr). One module shows signs of slight degradation from what appears to be an initial manufacturing defect, however it has not affected the overall system performance.

Jordan, D. C.; Kurtz, S. R.

2011-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

395

Method for formation of thin film transistors on plastic substrates  

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A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The process relies on techniques for depositing semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals at low temperatures; crystallizing and doping semiconductor layers in the TFT with a pulsed energy source; and creating top-gate self-aligned as well as back-gate TFT structures. The process enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline channel silicon TFTs at temperatures sufficiently low to prevent damage to plastic substrates. The process has use in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics.

Carey, Paul G. (Mountain View, CA); Smith, Patrick M. (San Ramon, CA); Sigmon, Thomas W. (Portola Valley, CA); Aceves, Randy C. (Livermore, CA)

1998-10-06T23:59:59.000Z

396

Method for formation of thin film transistors on plastic substrates  

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A process for formation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic substrates replaces standard thin film transistor fabrication techniques, and uses sufficiently lower processing temperatures so that inexpensive plastic substrates may be used in place of standard glass, quartz, and silicon wafer-based substrates. The process relies on techniques for depositing semiconductors, dielectrics, and metals at low temperatures; crystallizing and doping semiconductor layers in the TFT with a pulsed energy source; and creating top-gate self-aligned as well as back-gate TFT structures. The process enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline channel silicon TFTs at temperatures sufficiently low to prevent damage to plastic substrates. The process has use in large area low cost electronics, such as flat panel displays and portable electronics. 5 figs.

Carey, P.G.; Smith, P.M.; Sigmon, T.W.; Aceves, R.C.

1998-10-06T23:59:59.000Z

397

Thin film battery and method for making same  

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Described is a thin-film battery, especially a thin-film microbattery, and a method for making same having application as a backup or primary integrated power source for electronic devices. The battery includes a novel electrolyte which is electrochemically stable and does not react with the lithium anode and a novel vanadium oxide cathode Configured as a microbattery, the battery can be fabricated directly onto a semiconductor chip, onto the semiconductor die or onto any portion of the chip carrier. The battery can be fabricated to any specified size or shape to meet the requirements of a particular application. The battery is fabricated of solid state materials and is capable of operation between -15.degree. C. and 150.degree. C.

Bates, John B. (Oak Ridge, TN); Dudney, Nancy J. (Knoxville, TN); Gruzalski, Greg R. (Oak Ridge, TN); Luck, Christopher F. (Knoxville, TN)

1994-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

398

TI--CR--AL--O thin film resistors  

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Thin films of Ti--Cr--Al--O are used as a resistor material. The films are rf sputter deposited from ceramic targets using a reactive working gas mixture of Ar and O.sub.2. Resistivity values from 10.sup.4 to 10.sup.10 Ohm-cm have been measured for Ti--Cr--Al--O film <1 .mu.m thick. The film resistivity can be discretely selected through control of the target composition and the deposition parameters. The application of Ti--Cr--Al--O as a thin film resistor has been found to be thermodynamically stable, unlike other metal-oxide films. The Ti--Cr--Al--O film can be used as a vertical or lateral resistor, for example, as a layer beneath a field emission cathode in a flat panel display; or used to control surface emissivity, for example, as a coating on an insulating material such as vertical wall supports in flat panel displays.

Jankowski, Alan F. (Livermore, CA); Schmid, Anthony P. (Solana Beach, CA)

2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

399

Thin film adhesion by nanoindentation-induced superlayers. Final report  

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This work has analyzed the key variables of indentation tip radius, contact radius, delamination radius, residual stress and superlayer/film/interlayer properties on nanoindentation measurements of adhesion. The goal to connect practical works of adhesion for very thin films to true works of adhesion has been achieved. A review of this work titled ''Interfacial toughness measurements of thin metal films,'' which has been submitted to Acta Materialia, is included.

Gerberich, William W.; Volinsky, A.A.

2001-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

400

Synthesis of thin films and materials utilizing a gaseous catalyst  

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A method for the fabrication of nanostructured semiconducting, photoconductive, photovoltaic, optoelectronic and electrical battery thin films and materials at low temperature, with no molecular template and no organic contaminants. High-quality metal oxide semiconductor, photovoltaic and optoelectronic materials can be fabricated with nanometer-scale dimensions and high dopant densities through the use of low-temperature biologically inspired synthesis routes, without the use of any biological or biochemical templates.

Morse, Daniel E; Schwenzer, Birgit; Gomm, John R; Roth, Kristian M; Heiken, Brandon; Brutchey, Richard

2013-10-29T23:59:59.000Z

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401

Fabrication and testing of thermoelectric thin film devices  

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Two thin-film thermoelectric devices are experimentally demonstrated. The relevant thermal loads on the cold junction of these devices are determined. The analytical form of the equation that describes the thermal loading of the device enables one to model the performance based on the independently measured electronic properties of the films forming the devices. This model elucidates which parameters determine device performance, and how they can be used to maximize performance.

Wagner, A.V.; Foreman, R.J.; Summers, L.J.; Barbee, T.W. Jr.; Farmer, J.C. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Chemistry and Materials Science Dept.

1996-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

402

Formation of thin-film resistors on silicon substrates  

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The formation of thin-film resistors by the ion implantation of a metallic conductive layer in the surface of a layer of phosphosilicate glass or borophosphosilicate glass which is deposited on a silicon substrate. The metallic conductive layer materials comprise one of the group consisting of tantalum, ruthenium, rhodium, platinum and chromium silicide. The resistor is formed and annealed prior to deposition of metal, e.g. aluminum, on the substrate.

Schnable, George L. (Montgomery County, PA); Wu, Chung P. (Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ)

1988-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

403

Thin-film aerogel thermal conductivity measurements via 3?  

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The limiting constraint in a growing number of nano systems is the inability to thermally tune devices. Silica aerogel is widely accepted as the best solid thermal insulator in existence and offers a promising solution for microelectronic systems needing superior thermal isolation. In this study, thin-film silica aerogel films varying in thickness from 250 to 1280 nm were deposited on SiO2 substrates under a variety of deposition conditions. These samples were then thermally characterized using the 3? technique. Deposition processes for depositing the 3? testing mask to the sample were optimized and it was demonstrated that thin-film aerogel can maintain its structure in common fabrication processes for microelectromechanical systems. Results indicate that thin-film silica aerogel can maintain the unique, ultra-low thermal conductivity commonly observed in bulk aerogel, with a directly measured thermal conductivity as low as 0.024 W/m-K at temperature of 295 K and pressure between 0.1 and 1 Pa.

M.L. Bauer; C.M. Bauer; M.C. Fish; R.E. Matthews; G.T. Garner; A.W. Litchenberger; P.M. Norris

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

404

Geometric shape control of thin film ferroelectrics and resulting structures  

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A monolithic crystalline structure and a method of making involves a semiconductor substrate, such as silicon, and a ferroelectric film, such as BaTiO.sub.3, overlying the surface of the substrate wherein the atomic layers of the ferroelectric film directly overlie the surface of the substrate. By controlling the geometry of the ferroelectric thin film, either during build-up of the thin film or through appropriate treatment of the thin film adjacent the boundary thereof, the in-plane tensile strain within the ferroelectric film is relieved to the extent necessary to permit the ferroelectric film to be poled out-of-plane, thereby effecting in-plane switching of the polarization of the underlying substrate material. The method of the invention includes the steps involved in effecting a discontinuity of the mechanical restraint at the boundary of the ferroelectric film atop the semiconductor substrate by, for example, either removing material from a ferroelectric film which has already been built upon the substrate, building up a ferroelectric film upon the substrate in a mesa-shaped geometry or inducing the discontinuity at the boundary by ion beam deposition techniques.

McKee, Rodney A. (Kingston, TN); Walker, Frederick J. (Oak Ridge, TN)

2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

405

DISSERTATION Role of the Cu-O Defect in CdTe Solar Cells  

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OF THE CU-O DEFECT COMPLEX IN CDTE SOLAR CELLS Thin-film CdTe is one of the leading materials used the defects present in thin-film CdTe deposited for solar cells. One key defect seen in the thin-film CdDISSERTATION Role of the Cu-O Defect in CdTe Solar Cells Submitted by Caroline R. Corwine

Sites, James R.

406

Photovoltaic Technology: The Case for Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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...reached the stage of large-scale production...allows for deposition of large areas (up to 1-m2-or...fivefold with the VHF plasma method (35); TCO costs...frequency (RF) of 13.56-MHz. [View Larger Version of this Image...

A. Shah; P. Torres; R. Tscharner; N. Wyrsch; H. Keppner

1999-07-30T23:59:59.000Z

407

Photovoltaic Technology: The Case for Thin-Film Solar Cells  

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...obtained by plasma-enhanced...the very high frequency (VHF) plasma deposition...at 13.56 MHz and for deposition temperatures...operated at the radio frequency (RF) of 13...with the VHF plasma method...operated at the radio frequency (RF) of 13.56-MHz. [View...

A. Shah; P. Torres; R. Tscharner; N. Wyrsch; H. Keppner

1999-07-30T23:59:59.000Z

408

Plasmonic metal nanoparticle enhanced thin film organic solar cells  

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A novel plasmonic enhanced OSCs with MNPs located at the interface of PEDOT:PSS anode layer and P3HT:PCBM active layer has been proposed and demonstrated theoretically and...

Qu, Di; Liu, Fang; Huang, Yidong; Xie, Wanlu; Xu, Qi; Aoki, Youichi; Tsujimura, Hiroki; Oku, Yoshiaki

409

Boron arsenide thin film solar cell development. Final report  

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Pyrolytic decomposition of diborane and arsine has been used in attempts to grow polycrystalline BAs films. This method, however, produced only amorphous films for deposition temperatures below 920/sup 0/C and polycrystalline boron subarsenide (B/sub 12/As/sub 2/) flms for deposition temperatures above this value. The amorphous films have been determined to have a significant arsenic content but the actual stoichiometry was not obtained. The films were adherent on single crystal sapphire (0001), (111) silicon, (0001) SiC, and polycrystalline SiC but were found not to be adherent to substrates of fused quartz, tungsten, and molybdenum. It was also found that all films deposited above 650/sup 0/C were p-type while those deposited below 600/sup 0/C were usually n-type. Polycrystalline BAs and B/sub 12/As/sub 2/ was produced by reaction of the elements in a closed tube. The amorphous films showed an indirect or non-direct optical bandgap from 1.0 to 1.7 eV with the most probable values between 1.2 to 1.4 eV. The crystalline BAs powder shows a bandgap near 1.0 eV. Photoconductance time constants have been measured for films deposited on (0001) sapphire and (0001) SiC. Attempts at doping the amorphous films were generally unsuccessful. A polycrystalline powder sample was successfully doped with sulfur. Attempts were made to produce a Schottky barrier diode by evaporating Al dots onto an amorphous film on graphite without a post-evaporation anneal. An MIS structure was also attempted by baking an amorphous film in air at 280/sup 0/C before evaporation of aluminum. Although nonlinear characteristics were obtained, none of the devices showed any photovoltaic response. A p-type amorphous film was deposited on an n-type silicon substrate to form a p-n heterojunction. This device did exhibit a photovoltaic response but it is believed that the photogeneration was occurring primarily in the silicon substrate.

Boone, J.L.; Van Doren, T.P.

1980-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

410

Silicon Nanoparticle Synthesis and Modeling for Thin Film Solar Cells.  

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??Nanometer-scale silicon shows extraordinary electronic and optical properties that are not available for bulk silicon, and many investigations toward applications in optoelectronic devices are being… (more)

Albu, Zahra

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

411

Back contact buffer layer for thin-film solar cells  

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A photovoltaic cell structure is disclosed that includes a buffer/passivation layer at a CdTe/Back contact interface. The buffer/passivation layer is formed from the same material that forms the n-type semiconductor active layer. In one embodiment, the buffer layer and the n-type semiconductor active layer are formed from cadmium sulfide (CdS). A method of forming a photovoltaic cell includes the step of forming the semiconductor active layers and the buffer/passivation layer within the same deposition chamber and using the same material source.

Compaan, Alvin D.; Plotnikov, Victor V.

2014-09-09T23:59:59.000Z

412

E-Print Network 3.0 - analyzing solar reflective Sample Search...  

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Market Studies Collection: Power Transmission, Distribution and Plants 3 SIMULATION OF LIGHT IN-COUPLING AT OBLIQUE ANGLES IN THIN-FILM SILICON SOLAR CELLS Summary: roughness in...

413

High-Mobility Thin-Film Transistor Fabricated Using Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Deposited by Discharge of Disilane  

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Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) film was investigated with emphasis on the effect of disilane flow rate. A coplanar thin-film transistor (TFT) was fabricated using this a-Si:H film. Silicon-hydrogen bond content in the a-Si:H film was measured by infrared absorption spectroscopy. With decrease in the disilane flow rate from 3.0 cm3/min to 1.5 cm3/min, the maximum field-effect electron mobility (µ FE) of the TFT which depends on the gate voltage increased from 3.3 cm2/( Vs) to 4.9 cm2/( Vs), accompanied by a reduction in the silicon-hydrogen bond content. There was a negative correlation between µ FE and the silicon-hydrogen bond content in the a-Si:H film. The improvement mechanism of µ FE was discussed in terms of the chemical structure of the a-Si:H film.

Shigeichi Yamamoto; Junji Nakamura; Masatoshi Migitaka

1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Toward microscale Cu,,In,Ga...Se2 solar cells for efficient conversion and optimized material usage: Theoretical evaluation  

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solar cells are gaining a growing market share in the photovoltaic field. CIGS thin film solar cells. In this paper, the behavior of microscale thin film solar cells under concen- tration will be studied. We focusToward microscale Cu,,In,Ga...Se2 solar cells for efficient conversion and optimized material usage

Boyer, Edmond

415

Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector  

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modules." Thin Film Solar Technology 7409(1). Wilson-Wright,conservation and solar technology through tax credits. Alimited the ERP to non-solar technologies, in deference to

McAllister, Joseph Andrew

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

416

Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrator | Department of Energy  

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Documents & Publications Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators - FY13 Q1 Low-Cost Light Weigh Thin Film Solar Concentrators Low-Cost, Lightweight Solar Concentrators FY13...

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Low Cost Fabrication of Thin-Film Ceramic Membranes for Nonshrinking...  

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Low Cost Fabrication of Thin-Film Ceramic Membranes for Nonshrinking Substrates Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contact LBL About This Technology Technology Marketing...

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Structure disorder degree of polysilicon thin films grown by different processing: Constant C from Raman spectroscopy  

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Flat, low-stress, boron-doped polysilicon thin films were prepared on single crystalline silicon substrates by low pressure chemical vapor deposition. It was found that the polysilicon films with different deposition processing have different microstructure properties. The confinement effect, tensile stresses, defects, and the Fano effect all have a great influence on the line shape of Raman scattering peak. But the effect results are different. The microstructure and the surface layer are two important mechanisms dominating the internal stress in three types of polysilicon thin films. For low-stress polysilicon thin film, the tensile stresses are mainly due to the change of microstructure after thermal annealing. But the tensile stresses in flat polysilicon thin film are induced by the silicon carbide layer at surface. After the thin film doped with boron atoms, the phenomenon of the tensile stresses increasing can be explained by the change of microstructure and the increase in the content of silicon carbide. We also investigated the disorder degree states for three polysilicon thin films by analyzing a constant C. It was found that the disorder degree of low-stress polysilicon thin film larger than that of flat and boron-doped polysilicon thin films due to the phase transformation after annealing. After the flat polysilicon thin film doped with boron atoms, there is no obvious change in the disorder degree and the disorder degree in some regions even decreases.

Wang, Quan, E-mail: wangq@mail.ujs.edu.cn [School of mechanical engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zhang, Yanmin; Hu, Ran; Ren, Naifei [School of mechanical engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Ge, Daohan [School of mechanical engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

2013-11-14T23:59:59.000Z

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Emission-angle-dependent photoluminescence of rubrene thin films on silver  

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Rubrene layers with thickness comparable to a visible light wavelength on silver thin film exhibit anomalous photoluminescence (PL) spectra that depend strongly on emission angle. The...

Wakamatsu, Takashi

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

420

Studies of Block Copolymer Thin Films and Mixtures with an Ionic Liquid  

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identification of structure and domain size in block copolymer thin films using RSoXS enables a quantitative comparison of the bulk

Virgili, Justin

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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E-Print Network 3.0 - as2s3 thin films Sample Search Results  

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51 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

422

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42 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

423

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36 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

424

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35 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

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38 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

426

E-Print Network 3.0 - antibacterial thin films Sample Search...  

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78 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

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E-Print Network 3.0 - abrasion-resistant thin films Sample Search...  

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73 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

428

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52 KO UNIVERSITY Math-Science Seminar Summary: Technical University) Title: Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol-Gel Made Thin Films Date and Time... technologies. The...

429

E-Print Network 3.0 - active thin films Sample Search Results  

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Western Ontario a JOINT presentation of the Summary: and conducting thin films for optoelectronic applications from carbon nanotubes and graphene" ABSTRACT: Low... . The interest...

430

Study of GaN:Eu3+ Thin Films Deposited by Metallorganic  

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as an advantageous architecture for transparent electrodes in optoelectronic devices due primarily to high characteristics of electrodes in optoelectronic devices and in supercapactiors, we introduced oxide thin films

McKittrick, Joanna

431

Thin-Film Fiber Optic Sensors for Power Control and Fault Detection. Final Report  

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Described is the development of an optical current measurement device, an active power conditioning system, and sol gel type thin films for the detection of magnetic fields.

Duncan, Paul Grems

2003-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

432

Electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly of hybrid thin films using polyelectrolytes and inorganic nanoparticles.  

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??Polymer/inorganic nanoparticle hybrid thin films, primarily composed of functional inorganic nanoparticles, are of great interest to researchers because of their interesting electronic, photonic, and optical… (more)

Peng, Chunqing

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

433

Robust Thin-Film Generator Based on Segmented Contact-Electrification for Harvesting Wind Energy  

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Robust Thin-Film Generator Based on Segmented Contact-Electrification for Harvesting Wind Energy ... energies in a wide range of forms. ...

Xian Song Meng; Guang Zhu; Zhong Lin Wang

2014-05-13T23:59:59.000Z

434

Thorough Characterization of Sputtered CuO Thin Films Used as Conversion Material Electrodes for Lithium Batteries  

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CuO is often considered as a p-type semiconductor and, due to its properties, is useful for many applications such as transistors,(1) light emitting diodes(2) or for solar cells and electrochromic devices. ... The influence of various parameters such as oxygen flow rate, substrate temperature, substrate-target distance, total pressure and target orientation (horizontal or tilted) was investigated with the aim to tailor the film properties giving the best electrochemical performances. ... Depth-profiling XPS analyses showed that the reduction processes spread from the thin film surface to the current collector, but that the oxidation starts at the surface of the current collector. ...

Brigitte Pecquenard; Frédéric Le Cras; Delphine Poinot; Olivier Sicardy; Jean-Pierre Manaud

2014-02-12T23:59:59.000Z

435

Alternative Application of Solar Sail Technology  

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The development of Gossamer sail structures for solar sails contributes to a large field of future space applications like thin film solar generators, membrane antennas and drag sails. ... the development of a dr...

Nino Wolff; Patric Seefeldt; Wolfgang Bauer…

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Vanguard Solar Inc | Open Energy Information  

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Vanguard Solar Inc Jump to: navigation, search Name: Vanguard Solar Inc Place: Sudbury, Massachusetts Zip: 01776-3003 Product: Massachusetts-based thin-film PV start up focused on...

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Influence of thin metal as a top electrode on the characteristics of P?I?N a? Si:H solar cells  

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Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a?Si:H) p?n junction solar cells have been fabricated which utilize various metals (Cr Cu Al Pd Ag) as a top electrode. Experimental and theoretical analysis of photovolatic performance in a?Si:H solar cells as a function of resistivity optical transmittance and work function of thin metal films are presented. Metal work function changes the effective built?in potential of p?n junction diodes. Furthermore a lower work function metal forms a good Ohmic contact for substrate –P +?I?N +– electrode cells and high work function metals improve V oc of substrate ?N?I?P cells. Typical V o c values are 760 mV with Cr– Cu– and Al–N?I?P–stainless steel (SS) 700 mV with Pd–N?I?P?SS 600 mV with Pd–P?I?N?SS and 540 mV with Cr–P?I?N?SS. J sc is strongly dependent on transmittance and resistivity of the metal films. Fill factor is independent of the choice of a top electrode. An efficient of 2% has been obtained on a 2 cm2solar cell.

Min?Koo Han; Wayne A. Anderson; R. Lahri; John Coleman

1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

438

Thin crystalline silicon solar cells based on epitaxial films grown at 165C by RF PECVD  

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1 Thin crystalline silicon solar cells based on epitaxial films grown at 165°C by RF PECVD Romain temperatures. Keywords : Low temperature, epitaxy, PECVD, Si thin film, Solar cell hal-00749873,version1-25Nov shortage until 2010. Research on epitaxial growth for thin film crystalline silicon solar cells has gained

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Silicon Solar Cell Light-Trapping Using Defect Mode Photonic Kelsey A. Whitesell*a  

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Silicon Solar Cell Light-Trapping Using Defect Mode Photonic Crystals Kelsey A. Whitesell to enhance performance of thin film solar cells because of their unique ability to control light. We show for light trapping in thin film photovoltaics. Keywords: photonic crystals, defect, silicon, solar cell

Atwater, Harry

440

Light harvesting by planar photonic crystal in solar cells: The case of amorphous silicon  

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Light harvesting by planar photonic crystal in solar cells: The case of amorphous silicon Guillaume on light management in silicon thin film solar cells, using photonic crystals (PhC) structures. We by means of optical simulations performed on realistic thin film solar cell stacks. Theoretically

Boyer, Edmond

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Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar | Department of Energy  

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Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar Former Chrysler Plant Changes Gears to Solar October 4, 2010 - 10:00am Addthis Workers at Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Workers at Abound Solar -- who are about to get more than 1,000 new colleagues -- make a thin-film solar panel. | Photo courtesy of Abound Solar Lorelei Laird Writer, Energy Empowers What are the key facts? Abound's factories is projected to employ 1,050 to 1,400 people. The project uses a $12.6 million tax credit and a $400 million loan guarantee. A shuttered Chrysler transmission factory in Tipton, Indiana, could set a new record once Abound Solar is finished with it. Thin film in Indiana Based in Loveland, Colo., Abound makes thin-film cadmium telluride solar

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B{sub 4}C thin films for neutron detection  

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Due to the very limited availability of {sup 3}He, new kinds of neutron detectors, not based on {sup 3}He, are urgently needed. Here, we present a method to produce thin films of {sup 10}B{sub 4}C, with maximized detection efficiency, intended to be part of a new generation of large area neutron detectors. B{sub 4}C thin films have been deposited onto Al-blade and Si wafer substrates by dc magnetron sputtering from {sup nat}B{sub 4}C and {sup 10}B{sub 4}C targets in an Ar discharge, using an industrial deposition system. The films were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, elastic recoil detection analysis, x-ray reflectivity, and neutron radiography. We show that the film-substrate adhesion and film purity are improved by increased substrate temperature and deposition rate. A deposition rate of 3.8 A/s and substrate temperature of 400 deg. C result in films with a density close to bulk values and good adhesion to film thickness above 3 {mu}m. Boron-10 contents of almost 80 at. % are obtained in 6.3 m{sup 2} of 1 {mu}m thick {sup 10}B{sub 4}C thin films coated on Al-blades. Initial neutron absorption measurements agree with Monte Carlo simulations and show that the layer thickness, number of layers, neutron wavelength, and amount of impurities are determining factors. The study also shows the importance of having uniform layer thicknesses over large areas, which for a full-scale detector could be in total {approx}1000 m{sup 2} of two-side coated Al-blades with {approx}1 {mu}m thick {sup 10}B{sub 4}C films.

Hoeglund, Carina [European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Thin Film Physics Division, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Birch, Jens; Jensen, Jens; Hultman, Lars [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Thin Film Physics Division, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Andersen, Ken; Hall-Wilton, Richard [European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Bigault, Thierry; Buffet, Jean-Claude; Correa, Jonathan; Esch, Patrick van; Guerard, Bruno; Piscitelli, Francesco [Institute Laue Langevin, Rue Jules Horowitz, FR-380 00 Grenoble (France); Khaplanov, Anton [European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Institute Laue Langevin, Rue Jules Horowitz, FR-380 00 Grenoble (France); Vettier, Christian [European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, BP 220, FR-380 43 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Vollenberg, Wilhelmus [Vacuum, Surfaces and Coatings Group (TE/VSC), CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland)

2012-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

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B4C thin films for neutron detection  

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Due to the very limited availability of 3He new kinds of neutron detectors not based on 3He are urgently needed. Here we present a method to produce thin films of 10B4C with maximized detection efficiency intended to be part of a new generation of large area neutron detectors. B4C thin films have been deposited onto Al-blade and Si wafer substrates by dc magnetron sputtering from natB4C and 10B4C targets in an Ar discharge using an industrial deposition system. The films were characterized with scanning electron microscopy elastic recoil detection analysis x-ray reflectivity and neutron radiography. We show that the film-substrate adhesion and film purity are improved by increased substrate temperature and deposition rate. A deposition rate of 3.8?Å/s and substrate temperature of 400?°C result in films with a density close to bulk values and good adhesion to film thickness above 3 ?m. Boron-10 contents of almost 80 at. % are obtained in 6.3 m2 of 1 ?m thick 10B4C thin films coated on Al-blades. Initial neutron absorption measurements agree with Monte Carlo simulations and show that the layer thickness number of layers neutron wavelength and amount of impurities are determining factors. The study also shows the importance of having uniform layer thicknesses over large areas which for a full-scale detector could be in total ?1000 m2 of two-side coated Al-blades with ?1 ?m thick 10B4C films.

Carina Höglund; Jens Birch; Ken Andersen; Thierry Bigault; Jean-Claude Buffet; Jonathan Correa; Patrick van Esch; Bruno Guerard; Richard Hall-Wilton; Jens Jensen; Anton Khaplanov; Francesco Piscitelli; Christian Vettier; Wilhelmus Vollenberg; Lars Hultman

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

444

Thin-film tin oxideâ??ethanol sensor  

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Tin Oxide (SnO2) thin films grown on glass substrate at 648 K using direct evaporation method with two gold pads deposited on the top for electrical contacts were exposed to ethanol vapours (200-1000 ppm). The operating temperature of the sensor was optimised. The sensitivity variation of films having different thicknesses was studied. To improve the sensitivity and selectivity further, a thin layer of metal oxide was deposited on the sensor surface to work as a catalytic layer and its effect on the performance of the sensor was studied. The response and recovery times of the sensor were determined.

H.J. Pandya

2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

445

Oriented niobate ferroelectric thin films for electrical and optical devices  

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Sr.sub.x Ba.sub.1-x Nb.sub.2 O.sub.6, where x is greater than 0.25 and less than 0.75, and KNbO.sub.3 ferroelectric thin films metalorganic chemical vapor deposited on amorphous or cyrstalline substrate surfaces to provide a crystal axis of the film exhibiting a high dielectric susceptibility, electro-optic coefficient, and/or nonlinear optic coefficient oriented preferentially in a direction relative to a crystalline or amorphous substrate surface. Such films can be used in electronic, electro-optic, and frequency doubling components.

Wessels, Bruce W. (Wilmette, IL); Nystrom, Michael J. (Chicago, IL)

2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

446

Control of magnetization reversal in oriented strontium ferrite thin films  

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Oriented Strontium Ferrite films with the c axis orientation were deposited with varying oxygen partial pressure on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrate using Pulsed Laser Deposition technique. The angle dependent magnetic hysteresis, remanent coercivity, and temperature dependent coercivity had been employed to understand the magnetization reversal of these films. It was found that the Strontium Ferrite thin film grown at lower (higher) oxygen partial pressure shows Stoner-Wohlfarth type (Kondorsky like) reversal. The relative importance of pinning and nucleation processes during magnetization reversal is used to explain the type of the magnetization reversal with different oxygen partial pressure during growth.

Roy, Debangsu, E-mail: debangsu@physics.iisc.ernet.in; Anil Kumar, P. S. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012 (India)

2014-02-21T23:59:59.000Z

447

Photoresponse of Tb{sup 3+} doped phosphosilicate thin films  

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Phosphosilicate ceramic was doped with Tb{sup 3+} using sol-gel technique to prepare thin films. The films were prepared by spin coating the phosphosilicate sols on SiO{sub x}/indium-tin-oxide/glass substrates. The photocurrent of the films at 355 nm laser excitation was observed. The photoresponse as a function of applied field and laser energy was linear and showed no sign of saturation. The films exhibited very stable photoresponse under a very high number of laser shots.

Lee, B.L.; Cao, Z. [Clemson Univ., SC (United States). Gilbert C. Robinson Dept. of Ceramic and Materials Engineering] [Clemson Univ., SC (United States). Gilbert C. Robinson Dept. of Ceramic and Materials Engineering; Sisk, W.N.; Hudak, J. [Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC (United States)] [Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC (United States); Samuels, W.D.; Exarhos, G.J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States). Materials and Chemical Science] [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States). Materials and Chemical Science

1997-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Evidence of significant down-conversion in a Si-based solar cell using CuInS{sub 2}/ZnS core shell quantum dots  

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We report on the increase of up to 37.5% in conversion efficiency of a Si-based solar cell after deposition of light-emitting Cd-free, CuInS{sub 2}/ZnS core shell quantum dots on the active area of the cell due to the combined effect of down-conversion and the anti- reflecting property of the dots. We clearly distinguished the effect of down-conversion from anti-reflection and estimated an enhancement of up to 10.5% in the conversion efficiency due to down-conversion.

Gardelis, Spiros, E-mail: S.Gardelis@imel.demokritos.gr; Nassiopoulou, Androula G. [NCSR Demokritos INN, Terma Patriarchou Grigoriou, Aghia Paraskevi, 15310 Athens (Greece)

2014-05-05T23:59:59.000Z

449

INVESTIGATIONS OF CuInTe2 / CdS & CdTe / CdS HETEROJUNCTION SOLAR CELLS.  

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??Thin film solar cells of Copper Indium Telluride and Cadmium Sulfide junctions were fabricated on plain ITO glass slides and also on those coated with… (more)

Gutta, Venkatesh

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 668 @ 2001 Materials Research Society Influence of proton irradiation and development of flexible CdTe solar cells on polyimide  

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. Polycrystalline thin film solar cells of II-VI and I-II-VI compounds are potentially important because power (defined as the ratio of output electrical power to the solar module weight). Thin film solar cells on polymer films can yield more than 2- kW/kg specific power. CIGS solar cells of about 10 to 12

Romeo, Alessandro

451

Optimization of Phase-Engineered a-Si:H-Based Multi-Junction Solar Cells: Final Technical Report, October 2001-July 2005  

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The scope of the work under this subcontract has involved investigating engineered improvements in the performance and stability of solar cells in a systematic way, which included the following four tasks: (1) Materials research and device development; (2) Process improvement directed by real time diagnostics; (3) Device loss mechanisms; and (4) Characterization strategies for advanced materials Our work has resulted in new and important insights into the deposition of a-Si:H-based materials, as well as into the nature of the Staebler-Wronski Effect (SWE). Presumably, many of these insights will be used by industrial partners to develop more systematic approaches in optimizing solar cells for higher performance and stability. This effort also cleared up several serious misconceptions about the nature of the p-layer in cells and the SWE in materials and cells. Finally, the subcontract identified future directions that should be pursued for greater understanding and improvement.

Wronski, C. R.; Collins, R. W.; Podraza, N. J.; Vlahos, V.; Pearce, J. M.; Deng, J.; Albert, M.; Ferreira, G. M.; Chen, C.

2006-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

452

Sputter deposition for multi-component thin films  

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Ion beam sputter-induced deposition using a single ion beam and a multicomponent target is capable of reproducibly producing thin films of arbitrary composition, including those which are close to stoichiometry. Using a quartz crystal deposition monitor and a computer controlled, well-focused ion beam, this sputter-deposition approach is capable of producing metal oxide superconductors and semiconductors of the superlattice type such as GaAs-AlGaAs as well as layered metal/oxide/semiconductor/superconductor structures. By programming the dwell time for each target according to the known sputtering yield and desired layer thickness for each material, it is possible to deposit composite films from a well-controlled sub-monolayer up to thicknesses determined only by the available deposition time. In one embodiment, an ion beam is sequentially directed via a set of X-Y electrostatic deflection plates onto three or more different element or compound targets which are constituents of the desired film. In another embodiment, the ion beam is directed through an aperture in the deposition plate and is displaced under computer control to provide a high degree of control over the deposited layer. In yet another embodiment, a single fixed ion beam is directed onto a plurality of sputter targets in a sequential manner where the targets are each moved in alignment with the beam under computer control in forming a multilayer thin film. This controlled sputter-deposition approach may also be used with laser and electron beams.

Krauss, Alan R. (Plainfield, IL); Auciello, Orlando (Cary, NC)

1990-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

453

Sputter deposition for multi-component thin films  

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Ion beam sputter-induced deposition using a single ion beam and a multicomponent target is capable of reproducibly producing thin films of arbitrary composition, including those which are close to stoichiometry. Using a quartz crystal deposition monitor and a computer controlled, well-focused ion beam, this sputter-deposition approach is capable of producing metal oxide superconductors and semiconductors of the superlattice type such as GaAs-AlGaAs as well as layered metal/oxide/semiconductor/superconductor structures. By programming the dwell time for each target according to the known sputtering yield and desired layer thickness for each material, it is possible to deposit composite films from a well-controlled sub-monolayer up to thicknesses determined only by the available deposition time. In one embodiment, an ion beam is sequentially directed via a set of X-Y electrostatic deflection plates onto three or more different element or compound targets which are constituents of the desired film. In another embodiment, the ion beam is directed through an aperture in the deposition plate and is displaced under computer control to provide a high degree of control over the deposited layer. In yet another embodiment, a single fixed ion beam is directed onto a plurality of sputter targets in a sequential manner where the targets are each moved in alignment with the beam under computer control in forming a multilayer thin film. This controlled sputter-deposition approach may also be used with laser and electron beams. 10 figs.

Krauss, A.R.; Auciello, O.

1990-05-08T23:59:59.000Z

454

Critical lines of magnetic semiconductor thin films: Experiment  

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The irreversibilities between the field-cooled and zero-field-cooled dc magnetization were used to determine the field and composition dependence of the spin-glass freezing temperature in CdCr2-2x In2x Se4 thin films. The magnetic ordering was confirmed by the temperature dependence of induced magnetization M and unidirectional magnetic anisotropy field Han determined from ferromagnetic resonance data (4.2–120 K). The experimentally determined H-T phase diagram shows two instability lines: the Gabay-Toulouse-type (GT line) and the Almeida-Thouless-type (AT line) for thin films of CdCr2 Se4 :In with reentrant transition and the AT line for CdCr2-2x In2x Se4 in the spin-glass state. The AT and GT lines obey the relation ?=[(n+1)(n+2)/8]1/3 (heff )2/3 and ?=[(n2 +4n+2)/(4(n+2)2 )] (heff )2 , respectively, for the normalized effective field heff =ha +hm . The first term in heff stands for the external magnetic field, while the second is related to the internal field of the infinite ferromagnetic network (long-range ordering). The value of hm determined from the H-T phase diagram was found to be dependent on indium concentration.

M. Lubecka; L. J. Maksymowicz; R. Szymczak; W. Powroz-acutenik

1997-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Issue and challenges facing rechargeable thin film lithium batteries  

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New materials hold the key to fundamental advances in energy conversion and storage, both of which are vital in order to meet the challenge of global warming and the finite nature of fossil fuels. Nanomaterials in particular offer unique properties or combinations of properties as electrodes and electrolytes in a range of energy devices. Technological improvements in rechargeable solid-state batteries are being driven by an ever-increasing demand for portable electronic devices. Lithium batteries are the systems of choice, offering high energy density, flexible, lightweight design and longer lifespan than comparable battery technologies. We present a brief historical review of the development of lithium-based thin film rechargeable batteries highlight ongoing research strategies and discuss the challenges that remain regarding the discovery of nanomaterials as electrolytes and electrodes for lithium batteries also this article describes the possible evolution of lithium technology and evaluates the expected improvements, arising from new materials to cell technology. New active materials under investigation and electrode process improvements may allow an ultimate final energy density of more than 500 Wh/L and 200 Wh/kg, in the next 5–6 years, while maintaining sufficient power densities. A new rechargeable battery technology cannot be foreseen today that surpasses this. This report will provide key performance results for thin film batteries and highlight recent advances in their development.

Arun Patil; Vaishali Patil; Dong Wook Shin; Ji-Won Choi; Dong-Soo Paik; Seok-Jin Yoon

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Electrical characteristics of Ta2O5 thin films deposited by electron beam gun evaporation  

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Electrical characteristics of Ta2O5 thin films deposited by electron beam gun evaporation V films deposited by a simple electron beam gun evaporator. We describe thicknessO5 thin films deposited by a simple electron beam gun evaporator which enables versatility

Eisenstein, Gadi

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Enhancement of photoluminescence due to erbium-doped in CdS thin films  

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Cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin films were synthesized by chemical bath ... on glass substrates at 80 °C. The CdS thin films were doped with erbium (Er3+) during the growth process by adding aqueous solutions of Er(NO

O. Zelaya-Angel; S. A. Tomás; P. Rodríguez…

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EPMA Instructions for Thin Film Samples General guidelines to reading computer related commands  

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EPMA Instructions for Thin Film Samples General guidelines to reading computer related commands: `Single quote' = menu item, window, or icon "Double quote" = something you type = button you your sample, thin film up, on the dot of epoxy 4. Repeat until all samples are on the puck 5. Flip your

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Electric Field Induced Sphere-to-Cylinder Transition in Diblock Copolymer Thin Films  

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Electric Field Induced Sphere-to-Cylinder Transition in Diblock Copolymer Thin Films Ting Xu, A. V Manuscript Received June 21, 2004 ABSTRACT: An electric field induced sphere-to-cylinder transition in thin. In the absence of an applied electric field, thin films of the asymmetric diblock copolymer consisted of layers

Ocko, Ben

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The effect of stress on the dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate thin films  

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The effect of stress on the dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate thin films T. M Barium strontium titanate thin films are being developed as capacitors in dynamic random access memories to their large permittivities, barium strontium titan- ate BST bulk ceramics have long been used to make high

Suo, Zhigang

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High tunability barium strontium titanate thin films for rf circuit applications  

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High tunability barium strontium titanate thin films for rf circuit applications N. K. Pervez,a) P) Large variations in the permittivity of rf magnetron sputtered thin-film barium strontium titanate have/cm. © 2004 American Institute of Physics. [DOI: 10.1063/1.1818724] Barium strontium titanate (BST) is a solid

York, Robert A.

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Optimization of High Tunability Barium Strontium Titanate Thin Films Grown by RF Magnetron  

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Optimization of High Tunability Barium Strontium Titanate Thin Films Grown by RF Magnetron Abstract-- Barium strontium titanate is a solid solution perovskite with a field-dependent permittivity.7 MV/cm. I. INTRODUCTION In recent years there has been much interest in thin-film barium strontium

York, Robert A.

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Discrete Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) Thin-Film Interdigital Varactors on Alumina: Design, Fabrication, Characterization, and  

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Discrete Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) Thin-Film Interdigital Varactors on Alumina: Design, Raleigh, NC-27695-7914, USA. Email:jayeshnath@ieee.org Abstract -- Discrete Barium Strontium Titanate (BST, capacitors, BST, ferroelectric, thin-film, barium strontium titanate, bandpass filter, IP3, ACPR, temperature

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Self-similar solutions for a fractional thin film equation governing hydraulic fractures  

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Self-similar solutions for a fractional thin film equation governing hydraulic fractures C. Imbert equation governing hydraulic fractures are constructed. One of the boundary con- ditions, which accounts, 35R11, 35C06 Keywords: Hydraulic fractures, higher order equation, thin films, fractional Laplacian

Boyer, Edmond

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STRAIN SENSING WITH PIEZOELECTRIC ZINC OXIDE THIN FILMS FOR VIBRATION SUPPRESSION IN HARD DISK DRIVES  

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was successfully obtained while the suspension was flying on a disk as in normal drive operation. PreliminarySTRAIN SENSING WITH PIEZOELECTRIC ZINC OXIDE THIN FILMS FOR VIBRATION SUPPRESSION IN HARD DISK This paper describes the integration of thin film ZnO strain sensors onto hard disk drive suspensions

Horowitz, Roberto

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Rubbery Graft Copolymer Electrolytes for Solid-State, Thin-Film Lithium Batteries  

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Rubbery Graft Copolymer Electrolytes for Solid-State, Thin-Film Lithium Batteries Patrick E. Trapa to be stable over a wide temperature range and voltage window. Solid-state, thin-film batteries comprised triflate-doped POEM-g-PDMS, which exhibited solid-like mechanical behavior, were nearly identical to those

Sadoway, Donald Robert

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Effect of Quantum Confinement on Thermoelectric Properties of 2D and 1D Semiconductor Thin Films  

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Effect of Quantum Confinement on Thermoelectric Properties of 2D and 1D Semiconductor Thin Films A. Bulusu and D. G. Walker1 Interdisciplinary Program in Material Science Vanderbilt University Nashville on device characteristics of 1D and 2D thin film superlattices whose applications include thermoelectric

Walker, D. Greg

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LIQUID PHASE DEPOSITION OF ELECTROCHROMIC THIN FILMS T. J. Richardson and M. D. Rubin  

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1 LIQUID PHASE DEPOSITION OF ELECTROCHROMIC THIN FILMS T. J. Richardson and M. D. Rubin electrochromism with high coloration efficiencies. These nickel oxide films were particularly stable compared, and readily scalable to larger substrates. Keywords: liquid phase deposition; electrochromic films; thin film

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Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films grown by flash evaporation and pulsed laser deposition  

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. Thin films were grown by flash evaporation at Texas A&M University, and by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at the University of Wollongong, Australia. The latter of these techniques is widely used for growing thin films of various compounds. Single...

Ganapathy Subramanian, Santhana

2004-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

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Measuring the fracture toughness of ultra-thin films with application to AlTa coatings  

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1 Measuring the fracture toughness of ultra-thin films with application to AlTa coatings Yong Xiang Abstract An experimental technique is presented for measuring the fracture toughness of brittle thin films with a focused ion beam and the membranes are pressurized until rupture. The fracture stress of the membrane

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Carbon nanotube thin films with ordered structures Chunsheng Du,a  

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Carbon nanotube thin films with ordered structures Chunsheng Du,a Jeff Yehb and Ning Pan*a Received December 2004 DOI: 10.1039/b414682d Carbon nanotube thin films with ordered structures have been developed properties, carbon nanotubes have aroused a great deal of research interest, and a wider range of potential

Pan, Ning

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X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Transition Metal-Magnesium Hydride Thin Films  

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X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Transition Metal-Magnesium Hydride Thin Films T. J. Richardsona@lbl.gov Abstract Mixed metal thin films containing magnesium and a first-row transition element exhibit very large and coordination of the magnesium and transition metal atoms during hydrogen absorption were studied using dynamic

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High-throughput analysis of thin-film stresses using arrays of micromachined cantilever beams  

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High-throughput analysis of thin-film stresses using arrays of micromachined cantilever beams Hyun-throughput residual stress measurements on thin films by means of micromachined cantilever beams and an array of parallel laser beams. In this technique, the film of interest is deposited onto a silicon substrate

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Synthesis and Screening of Thin Films in the CeCl3-CeBr3 System...  

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Screening of Thin Films in the CeCl3-CeBr3 System for Scintillator Applications. Synthesis and Screening of Thin Films in the CeCl3-CeBr3 System for Scintillator Applications....

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EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser  

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7/21/2010 1 EE580 ­ Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser · Lecture 06 · Solar Cell Materials & Structures 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 6: Solar Cells Solar Cell Technologies · A) Crystalline Silicon · B) Thin Film · C) Group III-IV Cells 2Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 6: Solar

Kaiser, Todd J.

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Nanostructured columnar heterostructures of TiO2 and Cu2O enabled by a thin-film self-assembly approach: Potential for photovoltaics  

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Significant efforts are being devoted to the development of semiconductor thin film and nanostructured material architectures as components of solar energy harvesting and conversion devices. In particular, nanostructured assemblies with well-defined geometrical shapes have emerged as possible highly efficient and economically viable alternatives to planar junction thin film architectures , , , . However, fabrication of inorganic nanostructures generally requires complicated and multiple step processing techniques, making them less suitable for large-scale manufacturing. Hence, innovative cell architectures and materials processing schemes are essential to large-scale integration and practical viability in photovoltaic devices. Here we present here a new approach towards nanostructured thin film solar cells, by exploiting phase-separated self-assembly , . Through a single-step deposition by rf magnetron sputtering, we demonstrate growth of an epitaxial, composite film matrix formed as self-assembled, well ordered, phase segregated, and oriented p-n type interfacial nanopillars of Cu2O and TiO2. The composite films were structurally characterized to atomic resolution by a variety of analytical tools, and evaluated for preliminary optical properties using absorption measurements. We find nearly atomically distinct Cu2O-TiO2 interfaces (i.e. a p-n junction), and an absorption profile that captures a wide range of the solar spectrum extending from ultraviolet to visible wavelengths. This work opens a novel avenue for development of simple and cost-effective optically active thin film architectures, and offers promise for significantly increased photovoltaic device efficiencies using nanostructured cells that can be optimized for both incident light absorption and carrier collection.

Polat, Ozgur [ORNL; Aytug, Tolga [ORNL; Lupini, Andrew R [ORNL; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans [ORNL; Ertugrul, Memhet [Ataturk University; Bogorin, Daniela Florentina [ORNL; Meyer III, Harry M [ORNL; Wang, Wei [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Christen, David K [ORNL

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Reactions of Disilane on Cu(111): Direct Observation of Competitive Dissociation, Disproportionation, and Thin Film Growth Processes  

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Reactions of Disilane on Cu(111): Direct Observation of Competitive Dissociation, Disproportionation, and Thin Film Growth Processes ...

Shrikant P. Lohokare; Benjamin C. Wiegand; Ralph G. Nuzzo

1995-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

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AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW FOR LBL WINDOW/PASSIVE SOLAR PROGRAM FINAL REPORT  

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of Thin Film, Solar Thermal Energy Converters", N7728613, PBsts of Collectors of Solar Thermal Energy, A Steel Flat Platcharacteristics a solar thermal energy utili ng water l1ed

Viswanathan, R.

2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Casimir effect for thin films from imperfect materials  

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We propose an approach for investigation of interaction of thin material films with quantum electrodynamic fields. Using main principles of quantum electrodynamics (locality, gauge invariance, renormalizability) we construct a single model for Casimir-like phenomena arising near the film boundary on distances much larger then Compton wavelength of the electron where fluctuations of Dirac fields are not essential. In this model the thin film is presented by a singular background field concentrated on a 2-dimensional surface. All properties of the film material are described by one dimensionless parameter. For two parallel plane films we calculate the photon propagator and the Casimir force, which appears to be dependent on film material and can be both attractive and repulsive. We consider also an interaction of plane film with point charge and straight line current. Here, besides usual results of classical electrodynamics the model predicts appearance of anomalous electric and magnetic fields.

V. N. Markov; Yu. M. Pis'mak

2006-06-04T23:59:59.000Z

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Combinatorial study of zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors  

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Groups of thin-film transistors using a zinc tin oxide semiconductor layer have been fabricated via a combinatorial rf sputtering technique. The ZnO:SnO{sub 2} ratio of the film varies as a function of position on the sample, from pure ZnO to SnO{sub 2}, allowing for a study of zinc tin oxide transistor performance as a function of channel stoichiometry. The devices were found to have mobilities ranging from 2 to 12 cm{sup 2}/V s, with two peaks in mobility in devices at ZnO fractions of 0.80{+-}0.03 and 0.25{+-}0.05, and on/off ratios as high as 10{sup 7}. Transistors composed predominantly of SnO{sub 2} were found to exhibit light sensitivity which affected both the on/off ratios and threshold voltages of these devices.

McDowell, M. G.; Sanderson, R. J.; Hill, I. G. [Dalhousie University, Department of Physics, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5 (Canada)

2008-01-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Properties of ferroelectric/ferromagnetic thin film heterostructures  

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Ferroelectric/ferromagnetic thin film heterostructures, SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9}/BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (SBT/BaM), were grown on platinum-coated Si substrates using metal-organic decomposition. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that the heterostructures contain only SBT and BaM phases. The microwave properties of these heterostructures were studied using a broadband ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectrometer from 35 to 60 GHz, which allowed us to determine gyromagnetic ratio and effective anisotropy field. The FMR linewidth is as low as140 Oe at 58 GHz. In addition, measurements of the effective permittivity of the heterostructures were carried out as a function of bias electric field. All heterostructures exhibit hysteretic behavior of the effective permittivity. These properties indicate that such heterostructures have potential for application in dual electric and magnetic field tunable resonators, filters, and phase shifters.

Chen, Daming, E-mail: chendaming1986@gmail.com [Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 (United States); State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 610054 Sichuan (China); Harward, Ian; Linderman, Katie; Economou, Evangelos; Celinski, Zbigniew [Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 (United States); Nie, Yan [Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 (United States); School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China)

2014-05-07T23:59:59.000Z

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Manipulating Josephson junctions in thin-films by nearby vortices  

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It is shown that a vortex trapped in one of the banks of a planar edge-type Josephson junction in a narrow thin-film superconducting strip can change drastically the dependence of the junction critical current on the applied field, I-c(H). When the vortex is placed at certain discrete positions in the strip middle, the pattern I-c(H) has zero at H = 0 instead of the traditional maximum of '0-type' junctions. The number of these positions is equal to the number of vortices trapped at the same location. When the junction-vortex separation exceeds similar to W, the strip width, I-c(H) is no longer sensitive to the vortex presence. The same is true for any separation if the vortex approaches the strip edges. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Kogan, V.G.; Mints, R.G.

2014-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Room-temperature magnetoelectric multiferroic thin films and applications thereof  

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The invention provides a novel class of room-temperature, single-phase, magnetoelectric multiferroic (PbFe.sub.0.67W.sub.0.33O.sub.3).sub.x (PbZr.sub.0.53Ti.sub.0.47O.sub.3).sub.1-x (0.2.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.8) (PFW.sub.x-PZT.sub.1-x) thin films that exhibit high dielectric constants, high polarization, weak saturation magnetization, broad dielectric temperature peak, high-frequency dispersion, low dielectric loss and low leakage current. These properties render them to be suitable candidates for room-temperature multiferroic devices. Methods of preparation are also provided.

Katiyar, Ram S; Kuman, Ashok; Scott, James F.

2014-08-12T23:59:59.000Z

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Quantum states of neutrons in magnetic thin films  

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We have studied experimentally and theoretically the interaction of polarized neutrons with magnetic thin films and magnetic multilayers. In particular, we have analyzed the behavior of the critical edges for total external reflection in both cases. For a single film we have observed experimentally and theoretically a simple behavior: the critical edges remain fixed and the intensity varies according to the angle between the polarization axis and the magnetization vector inside the film. For the multilayer case we find that the critical edges for spin-up and spin-down polarized neutrons move toward each other as a function of the angle between the magnetization vectors in adjacent ferromagnetic films. Although the results for multilayers and single thick layers appear to be different, in fact, the same spinor method explains both results. An interpretation of the critical edges behavior for the multilyers as a superposition of ferromagnetic and antifferomagnetic states is given.

Radu, F.; Zabel, H. [Department of Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, D- 44780 Bochum (Germany); Leiner, V. [Institut fuer Werkstoffforschung WFN, GKSS Forschungszentrum GmbH, 21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Wolff, M. [Department of Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, D- 44780 Bochum (Germany); Institut Laue-Langevin, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Ignatovich, V.K. [Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980, Dubna Moscow Region (Russian Federation)

2005-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Organic Thin Film Magnet of Nickel-Tetracyanoethylene  

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Hybrid organic-inorganic materials consisting of a transition metal and an organic compound, TCNE form a unique class of organic magnets denoted by M(TCNE){sub x}(where M = transition metals, and TCNE = tetracyanoethylene). The organic thin film magnet of nickel-tetracyanoethylene, Ni(TCNE){sub x} is deposited on sputtered clean gold substrate using the physical vapor deposition (PVD) technique under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions at room temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to investigate chemical and electronic properties of Ni(TCNE){sub x} film. XPS derived film thickness and stoichiometry are found to be 6 nm and 1:2 ratio between Ni and TCNE resulting Ni(TCNE){sub 2} film, respectively. In addition, XPS results do not show any signature of the presence of pure metallic Ni or Ni-clustering in the Ni(TCNE){sub x} film.

Bhatt, Pramod; Yusuf, S. M. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

2011-07-15T23:59:59.000Z

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Asymmetric Reduction of Gold Nanoparticles into Thermoplasmonic Polydimethylsiloxane Thin Films  

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This work extends this range to include fabrication and characterization of AuNP-containing asymmetric thin films and shows important advantages relative to uniformly distributed particles via sub-surface introduction of AuNPs at just one interface of a polymer. ... Using a diffusivity of water in PDMS of approximately 2 × 10–9 m2/s,(32) diffusive penetration of water into a semi-infinite PDMS slab would reach approximately 5 cm after 24 h. ... This increase in thermal response relative to previous aqueous, silica, and PDMS samples appears to result from an increase in nanoparticle density relative to insulating PDMS, insulation of the heated layer by a thicker, adjacent gold-free PDMS, and reduction of radiativity of the PDMS relative to planar substrates. ...

Jeremy R. Dunklin; Gregory T. Forcherio; Keith R. Berry, Jr.; D. Keith Roper

2013-08-09T23:59:59.000Z

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Gain properties of dye-doped polymer thin films  

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The demonstration of an electrically pumped organic laser remains a major issue of organic optoelectronics for several decades. Nowadays, hybrid pumping seems a promising compromise where the organic material is optically pumped by an electrically pumped inorganic device on chip. This technical solution requires therefore an optimization of the organic gain medium under optical pumping. Here, we report a detailed study of gain features of dye-doped polymer thin films, in particular we introduce the gain efficiency $K$, in order to facilitate comparison between material and experimental conditions. First, we measure the bulk gain by the means of a pump-probe setup, and then present in details several factors which modify the actual gain of the layer, namely the confinement factor, the pump polarization, the molecular anisotropy, and the re-absorption. The usual model to evaluate the gain leads to an overestimation by more than one order of magnitude, which stresses the importance to design the devices accordin...

Gozhyk, I; Rabbani, H; Djellali, N; Forget, S; Chenais, S; Ulysse, C; Brosseau, A; Gauvin, S; Zyss, J; Lebental, M

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Order on disorder: Copper phthalocyanine thin films on technical substrates  

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We have studied the molecular orientation of the commonly used organic semiconductor copper phthalocyanine (CuPC) grown as thin films on the technically relevant substrates indium tin oxide, oxidized Si, and polycrystalline gold using polarization-dependent x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and compare the results with those obtained from single crystalline substrates [Au(110) and GeS(001)]. Surprisingly, the 20{endash}50 nm thick CuPC films on the technical substrates are as highly ordered as on the single crystals. Importantly, however, the molecular orientation in the two cases is radically different: the CuPC molecules stand on the technical substrates and lie on the single crystalline substrates. The reasons for this and its consequences for our understanding of the behavior of CuPC films in devices are discussed. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

Peisert, H.; Schwieger, T.; Auerhammer, J. M.; Knupfer, M.; Golden, M. S.; Fink, J.; Bressler, P. R.; Mast, M.

2001-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Long-laser-pulse method of producing thin films  

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A method of depositing thin films by means of laser vaporization employs a long-pulse laser (Nd-glass of about one millisecond duration) with a peak power density typically in the range 10.sup.5 -10.sup.6 W/cm.sup.2. The method may be used to produce high T.sub.c superconducting films of perovskite material. In one embodiment, a few hundred nanometers thick film of YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x is produced on a SrTiO.sub.3 crystal substrate in one or two pulses. In situ-recrystallization and post-annealing, both at elevated temperature and in the presence of an oxidizing agen The invention described herein arose in the course of, or under, Contract No. DE-C03-76SF0098 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California.

Balooch, Mehdi (Berkeley, CA); Olander, Donald K. (Berkeley, CA); Russo, Richard E. (Walnut Creek, CA)

1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Generation of mirage effect by heated carbon nanotube thin film  

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Mirage effect, a common phenomenon in nature, is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which lights are bent due to the gradient variation of refraction in the temperature gradient medium. The theoretical analysis of mirage effect generated by heated carbon nanotube thin film is presented both for gas and liquid. Excellent agreement is demonstrated through comparing the theoretical prediction with published experimental results. It is concluded from the theoretical prediction and experimental observation that the mirage effect is more likely to happen in liquid. The phase of deflected optical beam is also discussed and the method for measurement of thermal diffusivity of medium is theoretically verified. Furthermore, a method for measuring the refractive index of gas by detecting optical beam deflection is also presented in this paper.

Tong, L. H. [Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research Centre, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Lim, C. W., E-mail: bccwlim@cityu.edu.hk [USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research Centre, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China and City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institute, Shenzhen 518057 (China); Li, Y. C. [Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zhang, Chuanzeng; Quoc Bui, Tinh [Department of Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Str. 9-11, D-57076 Siegen (Germany)

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Bioinspired Ceramic Thin Film Processing:? Present Status and Future Perspectives  

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23 When considering the preparation of thin films through a chemical route, one should realize that modern chemistry as a major branch of science and industry should be developed to emphasize low consumption of raw materials and energy, low generation of waste, and producer/user friendliness. ... 40,42a,60b The experimental method involves the measurement of surface forces using a surface force apparatus (SFA)61 and atomic force microscopy (AFM),62 which are used for measuring forces between two macroscopic surfaces or between a fine tip and a surface, respectively. ... The result is a hybrid technique combining ease of use and ability to see into cells using optical microscopy with the higher resolution of electron microscopy. ...

Yanfeng Gao; Kunihito Koumoto

2005-07-26T23:59:59.000Z

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Photoconductivity in reactively evaporated copper indium selenide thin films  

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Copper indium selenide thin films of composition CuInSe{sub 2} with thickness of the order of 130 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 423 ±5 K and pressure of 10{sup ?5} mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%), Indium (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies shows that the films are polycrystalline in nature having preferred orientation of grains along the (112) plane. The structural type of the film is found to be tetragonal with particle size of the order of 32 nm. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density, number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are also evaluated. The surface morphology of CuInSe{sub 2} films are studied using 2D and 3D atomic force microscopy to estimate the grain size and surface roughness respectively. Analysis of the absorption spectrum of the film recorded using UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer in the wavelength range from 2500 nm to cutoff revealed that the film possess a direct allowed transition with a band gap of 1.05 eV and a high value of absorption coefficient (?) of 10{sup 6} cm{sup ?1} at 570 nm. Photoconductivity at room temperature is measured after illuminating the film with an FSH lamp (82 V, 300 W). Optical absorption studies in conjunction with the good photoconductivity of the prepared p-type CuInSe{sub 2} thin films indicate its suitability in photovoltaic applications.

Urmila, K. S., E-mail: urmilaks7@gmail.com; Asokan, T. Namitha, E-mail: urmilaks7@gmail.com; Pradeep, B., E-mail: urmilaks7@gmail.com [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala (India); Jacob, Rajani; Philip, Rachel Reena [Thin Film Research Laboratory, Union Christian College, Aluva, Kerala (India)

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Tuning of Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiency  

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Plasmonic nanoparticles based thin film solar cells plays a crucial role in designing the current breed of third generation solar cells. To decrease the material cost for economic viability without compromising o...

Somik Chakravarty; Lingeswaran Arunagiri…

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Johanna Solar Technology GmbH JST | Open Energy Information  

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Product: German manufacturer of copper-indium-gallium-sulphide-selenium (CIGSSe) thin-film solar modules. References: Johanna Solar Technology GmbH (JST)1 This article is a...

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Light harvesting enhancement in solar cells with quasicrystalline plasmonic structures  

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Solar cells are important in the area of renewable energies. Since it is expensive to produce solar-grade silicon [Electrochem. Soc. Interface 17, 30 (2008)], especially thin-film...

Bauer, Christina; Giessen, Harald

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Light Trapping, Absorption and Solar Energy Harvesting by Artificial Materials  

SciTech Connect (OSTI)

We provide designs of thin-film solar cells utilizing optimized photonic-crystal light-trapping and numerical simulations of their solar-to-electrical power conversion efficiencies.

John, Sajeev [University of Toronto

2014-08-15T23:59:59.000Z

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A review on plasma-assisted VLS synthesis of silicon nanowires and radial junction solar cells  

Science Journals Connector (OSTI)

Incorporation of nanostructures is a recent trend in the photovoltaic community, aimed at improving light absorption and consequently cell efficiency. In this regard, semiconductor nanowires provide an attractive research platform for a new generation of cost-effective and efficient solar cells. Thanks to their unique geometry, silicon nanowires enhance light trapping and anti-reflection effects by means of multiple scattering between individual nanowires, and by coupling the light into confined eigenmodes over a broad range of the solar spectrum. Moreover, radial junction solar cells built around nanowires decouple the light absorption and carrier collection directions, which allows for a higher internal field and better carrier collection. Thus, arrays of radial junction solar cells bring advantages of high efficiency with reduced material amount. This is particularly attractive for devices based on hydrogenated amorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin films. In this paper, after reviewing different approaches to fabricate silicon nanowires, we focus on nanowires grown using the plasma-assisted vapour–liquid–solid method because of the simplicity and compatibility with current silicon thin-film technology. Their application to a-Si?:?H based radial junction solar cells has already resulted in ~8% of stable devices with an absorber layer thickness of only 100 nm. Moreover, current challenges and perspectives such as the use of a microcrystalline silicon absorber are also reviewed.

Soumyadeep Misra; Linwei Yu; Wanghua Chen; Martin Foldyna; Pere Roca i Cabarrocas

2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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NREL Highlights SCIENCE Use of Earth-abundant materials in solar absorber films  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

NREL Highlights SCIENCE Use of Earth-abundant materials in solar absorber films is critical of these materials could open new opportunities for introducing thin-film solar technologies that combine both low near the FeS2 thin-film surfaces and grain boundaries that limit its open-circuit voltage, rather than

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Zn3P2 and Cu2O substrates for solar energy conversion.  

E-Print Network [OSTI]

??Zinc phosphide (Zn3P2) and cuprous oxide (Cu2O) are promising and earth-abundant alternatives to traditional thin film photovoltaics materials such as CIGS, CdTe, and a-Si. We… (more)

Kimball, Gregory Michael

2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

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Amorphous semiconducting and conducting transparent metal oxide thin films and production thereof  

DOE Patents [OSTI]

Metal oxide thin films and production thereof are disclosed. An exemplary method of producing a metal oxide thin film may comprise introducing at least two metallic elements and oxygen into a process chamber to form a metal oxide. The method may also comprise depositing the metal oxide on a substrate in the process chamber. The method may also comprise simultaneously controlling a ratio of the at least two metallic elements and a stoichiometry of the oxygen during deposition. Exemplary amorphous metal oxide thin films produced according to the methods herein may exhibit highly transparent properties, highly conductive properties, and/or other opto-electronic properties.

Perkins, John (Boulder, CO); Van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria (Lakewood, CO); Ginley, David (Evergreen, CO); Taylor, Matthew (Golden, CO); Neuman, George A. (Holland, MI); Luten, Henry A. (Holland, MI); Forgette, Jeffrey A. (Hudsonville, MI); Anderson, John S. (Holland, MI)

2010-07-13T23:59:59.000Z