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Title: Effects of growth temperature and device structure on GaP solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy

Gallium phosphide (GaP) is an attractive candidate for wide-bandgap solar cell applications, possessing the largest bandgap of the III-arsenide/phosphides without aluminum. However, GaP cells to date have exhibited poor internal quantum efficiency (IQE), even for photons absorbed by direct transitions, motivating improvements in material quality and device structure. In this work, we investigated GaP solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy over a range of substrate temperatures, employing a much thinner emitter than in prior work. Higher growth temperatures yielded the best solar cell characteristics, indicative of increased diffusion lengths. Furthermore, the inclusion of an AlGaP window layer improved both open-circuit voltage and short wavelength IQE.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412634
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ALUMINIUM; DIFFUSION LENGTH; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ENERGY GAP; GALLIUM; GALLIUM PHOSPHIDES; LAYERS; MOLECULAR BEAM EPITAXY; QUANTUM EFFICIENCY; SOLAR CELLS; SUBSTRATES; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; WAVELENGTHS