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Efficiency-Limiting Recombination Mechanisms in High-Quality Crystalline Silicon for Solar Cells


Abstract 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 main objec... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Bernardini, Simone (Author) / Bertoni, Mariana I (Advisor) / Coletti, Gianluca (Committee member) / Bowden, Stuart (Committee member) / Alford, Terry (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Materials Science / Energy / Engineering / defects / photovoltaics / recombination / silicon / solar cells / surface passivation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 180 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Materials Science and Engineering 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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