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Title: A thermophotovoltaic energy conversion device

Abstract

A thermophotovoltaic device and a method for making the thermophotovoltaic device are disclosed. The device includes an n-type semiconductor material substrate having top and bottom surfaces, a tunnel junction formed on the top surface of the substrate, a region of active layers formed on top of the tunnel junction and a back surface reflector (BSR). The tunnel junction includes a layer of heavily doped n-type semiconductor material that is formed on the top surface of the substrate and a layer of heavily doped p-type semiconductor material formed on the n-type layer. An optional pseudomorphic layer can be formed between the n-type and p-type layers. A region of active layers is formed on top of the tunnel junction. This region includes a base layer of p-type semiconductor material and an emitter layer of n-type semiconductor material. An optional front surface window layer can be formed on top of the emitter layer. An optional interference filter can be formed on top of the emitter layer or the front surface window layer when it is used.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
KAPL Inc., Schenectady, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
663427
Patent Number(s):
PATENTS-US-A8703156
Application Number:
ON: DE98007399; PAN: 8-703,156; TRN: AHC29818%%264
Assignee:
US Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC12-76SN00052
Resource Type:
Patent Application
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; THERMOPHOTOVOLTAIC CONVERTERS; DESIGN; FABRICATION; N-TYPE CONDUCTORS; SEMICONDUCTOR JUNCTIONS; P-TYPE CONDUCTORS

Citation Formats

Charache, G W, Baldasaro, P F, and Egley, J L. A thermophotovoltaic energy conversion device. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Charache, G W, Baldasaro, P F, & Egley, J L. A thermophotovoltaic energy conversion device. United States.
Charache, G W, Baldasaro, P F, and Egley, J L. 1996. "A thermophotovoltaic energy conversion device". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/663427.
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author = {Charache, G W and Baldasaro, P F and Egley, J L},
abstractNote = {A thermophotovoltaic device and a method for making the thermophotovoltaic device are disclosed. The device includes an n-type semiconductor material substrate having top and bottom surfaces, a tunnel junction formed on the top surface of the substrate, a region of active layers formed on top of the tunnel junction and a back surface reflector (BSR). The tunnel junction includes a layer of heavily doped n-type semiconductor material that is formed on the top surface of the substrate and a layer of heavily doped p-type semiconductor material formed on the n-type layer. An optional pseudomorphic layer can be formed between the n-type and p-type layers. A region of active layers is formed on top of the tunnel junction. This region includes a base layer of p-type semiconductor material and an emitter layer of n-type semiconductor material. An optional front surface window layer can be formed on top of the emitter layer. An optional interference filter can be formed on top of the emitter layer or the front surface window layer when it is used.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1996},
month = {12}
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