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Title: Surface passivation for CdTe devices

In one embodiment, a method for surface passivation for CdTe devices is provided. The method includes adjusting a stoichiometry of a surface of a CdTe material layer such that the surface becomes at least one of stoichiometric or Cd-rich; and reconstructing a crystalline lattice at the surface of the CdTe material layer by annealing the adjusted surface.
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Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC NREL
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Patent File Date: 2015 Feb 05
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States

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