Surface Treatment of CuInGaSe2 Thin Films and Its Effect on the Photovoltaic Properties of Solar Cells: Preprint
Solar cells have been fabricated with partial electrolyte treatments of CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) thin-film absorbers in lieu of a CdS layer. Treatment of the absorbers in a containing Cd or Zn solution is shown to produce conditions under which efficient solar cells can be fabricated. A similar effect is also observed in CuInGaSSe2 (CIGSS) graded-bandgap absorbers. These observations can be explained by the ability of Cd and Zn to produce n-type doping or inversion in the surface region. We also provide a brief review of similar work done elsewhere and identify directions for future investigations.