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Nickel-Copper metallization for silicon solar cells offers a cost effective alternative to traditional screen printed silver paste technology. The main objective of this work is to study the formation of nickel silicide contacts with and without native silicon dioxide SiO2. The effect of native SiO2 on the silicide formation has been studied using Raman spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and sheet resistance measurements which shows that SiO 2 acts as a diffusion barrier for silicidation at low temperatures of 350°C. At 400°C the presence of SiO2 results in the increased formation of nickel mono-silicide phase with reduced thickness when compared to …
- JAIN, HARSH NARENDRAKUMAR, Bowden, Stuart, Alford, Terry, et al.
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Recent technology advancements in photovoltaics have enabled crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells to establish outstanding photoconversion efficiency records. Remarkable progresses in research and development have been made both on the silicon feedstock quality as well as the technology required for surface passivation, the two dominant sources of performance loss via recombination of photo-generated charge carriers within advanced solar cell architectures. As these two aspects of the solar cell framework improve, the need for a thorough analysis of their respective contribution under varying operation conditions has emerged along with challenges related to the lack of sensitivity of available characterization techniques. The …
- Bernardini, Simone, Bertoni, Mariana I, Coletti, Gianluca, et al.
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