Skip to main content

ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

In addition to the electronic theses found in the ASU Digital Repository, ASU Theses and Dissertations can be found in the ASU Library Catalog.

Dissertations and Theses granted by Arizona State University are archived and made available through a joint effort of the ASU Graduate College and the ASU Libraries. For more information or questions about this collection contact or visit the Digital Repository ETD Library Guide or contact the ASU Graduate College at

Semiconductor devices often face reliability issues due to their operational con- ditions causing performance degradation over time. One of the root causes of such degradation is due to point defect dynamics and time dependent changes in their chemical nature. Previously developed Unified Solver was successful in explaining the copper (Cu) metastability issues in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells. The point defect formalism employed there could not be extended to chlorine or arsenic due to numerical instabilities with the dopant chemical reactions. To overcome these shortcomings, an advanced version of the Unified Solver called PVRD-FASP tool was developed. This dissertation presents …

Shaik, Abdul Rawoof, Vasileska, Dragica, Ringhofer, Christian, et al.
Created Date

Thin-film modules of all technologies often suffer from performance degradation over time. Some of the performance changes are reversible and some are not, which makes deployment, testing, and energy-yield prediction more challenging. The most commonly alleged causes of instability in CdTe device, such as “migration of Cu,” have been investigated rigorously over the past fifteen years. As all defects, intrinsic or extrinsic, interact with the electrical potential and free carriers so that charged defects may drift in the electric field and changing ionization state with excess free carriers. Such complexity of interactions in CdTe makes understanding of temporal changes in …

Guo, Da, Vasileska, Dragica, Sankin, Igor, et al.
Created Date

Solar energy, including solar heating, solar architecture, solar thermal electricity and solar photovoltaics, is one of the primary energy sources replacing fossil fuels. Being one of the most important techniques, significant research has been conducted in solar cell efficiency improvement. Simulation of various structures and materials of solar cells provides a deeper understanding of device operation and ways to improve their efficiency. Over the last two decades, polycrystalline thin-film Cadmium-Sulfide and Cadmium-Telluride (CdS/CdTe) solar cells fabricated on glass substrates have been considered as one of the most promising candidate in the photovoltaic technologies, for their similar efficiency and low costs …

Guo, Da, Vasileska, Dragica, Goodnick, Stephen M, et al.
Created Date