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Title: Combinatorial Sputtering of Ga-Doped (Zn,Mg)O for Contact Applications in Solar Cells

Development of tunable contact materials based on environmentally friendly chemical elements using scalable deposition approaches is necessary for existing and emerging solar energy conversion technologies. In this paper, the properties of ZnO alloyed with magnesium (Mg), and doped with gallium (Ga) are studied using combinatorial thin film experiments. As a result of these studies, the optical band gap of the sputtered Zn1-xMgxO thin films was determined to vary from 3.3 to 3.6 eV for a compositional spread of Mg content in the 0.04 < x < 0.17 range. Depending on whether or not Ga dopants were added, the electron concentrations were on the order of 1017 cm-3 or 1020 cm-3, respectively. Based on these results and on the Kelvin Probe work function measurements, a band diagram was derived using basic semiconductor physics equations. The quantitative determination of how the energy levels of Ga-doped (Zn, Mg)O thin films change as a function of Mg composition presented here, will facilitate their use as optimized contact layers for both Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and other solar cell absorbers.
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Journal Name: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells; Journal Volume: 159
Research Org:
NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE transparent conductive oxide; electron affinity; high-throughput experiments; electrical contact; photovoltaic; photoelectrochemical