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Title: GaAs quantum dot solar cell under concentrated radiation

Effects of concentrated solar radiation on photovoltaic performance are investigated in well-developed GaAs quantum dot (QD) solar cells with 1-Sun efficiencies of 18%–19%. In these devices, the conversion processes are enhanced by nanoscale potential barriers and/or AlGaAs atomically thin barriers around QDs, which prevent photoelectron capture to QDs. Under concentrated radiation, the short circuit current increases proportionally to the concentration and the open circuit voltage shows the logarithmic increase. In the range up to hundred Suns, the contributions of QDs to the photocurrent are proportional to the light concentration. The ideality factors of 1.1–1.3 found from the V{sub OC}-Sun characteristics demonstrate effective suppression of recombination processes in barrier-separated QDs. The conversion efficiency shows the wide maximum in the range of 40–90 Suns and reaches 21.6%. Detailed analysis of I-V-Sun characteristics shows that at low intensities, the series resistance decreases inversely proportional to the concentration and, at ∼40 Suns, reaches the plateau determined mainly by the front contact resistance. Improvement of contact resistance would increase efficiency to above 24% at thousand Suns.
Authors:
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  1. U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland 20783 (United States)
  2. EE Department, University at Buffalo - SUNY, Buffalo, New York 14260 (United States)
  3. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22489130
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALUMINIUM ARSENIDES; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRICAL FAULTS; GALLIUM ARSENIDES; PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT; POTENTIALS; QUANTUM DOTS; RECOMBINATION; SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR RADIATION; SUN; VISIBLE RADIATION