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Title: Nanowire CdS-CdTe solar cells with molybdenum oxide as contact

Using a 10 nm thick molybdenum oxide (MoO 3-x) layer as a transparent and low barrier contact to p-CdTe, we demonstrate nanowire CdS-CdTe solar cells with a power conversion efficiency of 11% under front side illumination. Annealing the as-deposited MoO 3 film in N2 resulted in a reduction of the cell’s series resistance, from 9.97 Ω/cm 2 to 7.69 Ω/cm 2, and increase in efficiency from 9.9% to 11%. Under illumination from the back, the MoO 3-x/Au side, the nanowire solar cells yielded Jsc of 21 mA/cm 2 and efficiency of 8.67%. Our results demonstrate use of a thin layer transition metal oxide as a potential way for a transparent back contact to nanowire CdS-CdTe solar cells. As a result, this work has implications toward enabling a novel superstrate structure nanowire CdS-CdTe solar cell on Al foil substrate by a low cost roll-to roll fabrication process.
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  1. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States)
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Scientific Reports
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Journal Volume: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Nature Publishing Group
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Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States)
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United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; electrical and electronic engineering; electronic properties and materials; nanowires; solar cells