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Title: The Effects of Sputtering Target Preparation and Deposition Temperature on ZnTe:Cu Film Properties

A back contact containing a sputtered ZnTe:Cu interface layer can produce high-performing thin-film CdS/CdTe photovoltaic devices. We have found that varying the ZnTe:Cu sputtering target fabrication processes and deposition temperature can affect material properties of the ZnTe:Cu films and the resulting device performance. Two different target 'recipes' with various copper contents were used to study changes in the compositional, structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnTe:Cu films. Substrate temperature during deposition was also varied to investigate the temperature dependence of the films. It was found that the target recipe, Cu concentration in the target, and deposition temperature affect the composition of the ZnTe:Cu films, which impacts their structural, optical, and electrical properties.
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Conference: Presented at the 2015 IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), 14-19 June 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana
Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
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USDOE; Alliance Partnership University Program (APUP)
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United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE ZnTe contact interface; ZnTe:Cu; sputtering target; substrate deposition temperature; CdTe