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Chalcogenide Photovoltaics: Physics, Technologies, and Thin Film Devices, 2nd Edition

Chalcogenide Photovoltaics: Physics, Technologies, and Thin Film Devices, 2nd Edition

Roland Scheer

ISBN: 978-3-527-69537-9

Mar 2019

650 pages

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Retaining the proven concept of its predecessor, this second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent developments and features 15% new content.
The book covers the physics and technology of chalcogenide-based photovoltaics, explaining in detail which properties are required for novel, superior materials in the future. The latest semiconductor heterojunction models are discussed in detail, and modern heterojunction analysis concepts are presented. Thin film technology for chalcogenide materials is explained with an emphasis on current and future techniques for mass production, with much of the book being concerned with device analysis, closing with a compendium of failure analysis of photovoltaic thin film modules.
Self-contained and application-focused, this is essential reading for specialized researchers as well as those entering the field.
Preface
Symbols and Acronyms
INTRODUCTION
History of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se), Solar Cells
History of CdTe Solar Cells
Prospects of Chalcogenide Photovoltaics
THIN FILM HETEROSTRUCTURES
Energies and Potentials
Charge Densities and Fluxes
Energy Band Diagrams
Diode Currents
Light Generated Currents
Device Analysis and Parameters
DESIGN RULES FOR HETEROSTRUCTURE SOLAR CELLS AND MODULES
Absorber Bandgap
Band Alignment
Emitter Doping and Doping Ratio
Fermi Level Pinning
Absorber Doping
Absorber Thickness
Grain Boundaries
Back Contact Barrier
Buffer Thickness
Front Surface Gradient
Back Surface Gradients
Monolithic Series Interconnection
THIN FILM MATERIAL PROPERTIES
AII-BVI Absorbers
AI-BIII-C2VI Absorbers
Buffer Layers
Window Layers
Interfaces
THIN FILM TECHNOLOGY
CdTe Cells and Modules
Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 Cells and Modules
PHOTOVOLTAIC PROPERTIES OF STANDARD DEVICES
CdTe Device Properties
AI-BIII-C2VI Device Properties
APPENDIX A: FREQUENTLY OBSERVED ANOMALIES
JV Curves
Colar Cell Parameters
Diode Parameters
Quantum Efficiency
Transient Effects
APPENDIX B: TABLES