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Title: Modified laser-annealing process for improving the quality of electrical P-N junctions and devices

Abstract

The invention is a process for producing improved electrical-junction devices. The invention is applicable, for example, to a process in which a light-sensitive electrical-junction device is produced by: (1) providing a body of crystalline semiconductor material having a doped surface layer; (2) irradiating the layer with at least one laser pulse to effect melting of the layer; (3) permitting recrystallization of the melted layer; and (4) providing the resulting body with electrical contacts. In accordance with the invention, the fill-factor and open-circuit-voltage parameters of the device are increased by conducting the irradiation with the substrate as a whole at a selected elevated temperature, the temperature being selected to effect a reduction in the rate of the recrystallization but insufficient to effect substantial migration of impurities within the body. In the case of doped silicon substrates, the substrate may be heated to a temperature in the range of from about 200/sup 0/C to 500/sup 0/C.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6874647
Patent Number(s):
PATENTS-US-A349959
Application Number:
ON: DE83002402
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; P-N JUNCTIONS; ANNEALING; SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; FABRICATION; SILICON SOLAR CELLS; LASER-RADIATION HEATING; RECRYSTALLIZATION; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; EQUIPMENT; HEAT TREATMENTS; HEATING; JUNCTIONS; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; PLASMA HEATING; SEMICONDUCTOR JUNCTIONS; SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 420800* - Engineering- Electronic Circuits & Devices- (-1989); 140501 - Solar Energy Conversion- Photovoltaic Conversion

Citation Formats

Wood, R. F., and Young, R. T. Modified laser-annealing process for improving the quality of electrical P-N junctions and devices. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Wood, R. F., & Young, R. T. Modified laser-annealing process for improving the quality of electrical P-N junctions and devices. United States.
Wood, R. F., and Young, R. T. Fri . "Modified laser-annealing process for improving the quality of electrical P-N junctions and devices". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6874647.
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abstractNote = {The invention is a process for producing improved electrical-junction devices. The invention is applicable, for example, to a process in which a light-sensitive electrical-junction device is produced by: (1) providing a body of crystalline semiconductor material having a doped surface layer; (2) irradiating the layer with at least one laser pulse to effect melting of the layer; (3) permitting recrystallization of the melted layer; and (4) providing the resulting body with electrical contacts. In accordance with the invention, the fill-factor and open-circuit-voltage parameters of the device are increased by conducting the irradiation with the substrate as a whole at a selected elevated temperature, the temperature being selected to effect a reduction in the rate of the recrystallization but insufficient to effect substantial migration of impurities within the body. In the case of doped silicon substrates, the substrate may be heated to a temperature in the range of from about 200/sup 0/C to 500/sup 0/C.},
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year = {1982},
month = {2}
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