Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Periodic textures for enhanced current in thin film silicon solar cells

  • Franz-Josef Haug (a1), Thomas Söderström (a2), Oscar Cubero (a3), Vanessa Terrazzoni-Daudrix (a4), Xavier Niquille (a5), Stephanie Perregeaux (a6) and Christophe Ballif (a7)...

For thin film silicon solar cells it is vital to increase the optical path of light in the absorber because this allows for thinner cells with better stability and higher production throughput. We discuss the effect of periodically textured interfaces for the case of thin film silicon solar cells in n-i-p configuration using embossed plastic substrate which allows us studying the effect of a wide range of random or periodic textures. Due to the moderate thickness of the individual layers the texture is carried into each interface with a high degree of conformity even for the front contact which is the last layer. Solar cells on periodic structures show excellent performance; in a microcrystalline cell on a simple sinusoidal grating we achieved a gain in current density of 30%. Furthermore, the periodicity serves as a useful tool for the study of light management because the underlying phenomena like diffraction or grating coupling to plasma excitations of the metallic back reflector are governed by a relatively low number of well defined parameters like the periodicity and the amplitude of the grating.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

[1] D. E. Carlson and C. R. Wronski Applied Physics Letters 28 (1976) 671.

[2] H. W. Deckman C. R. Wronski H. Witzke and E. Yablonovitch Applied Physics Letters 42 (1983) 968.

[6] J. Müller , B. Rech J. Springer and M. Vanecek Solar Energy 77 (2004) 917.

[7] A. Banerjee and S. Guha Journal of Applied Physics 69 (1991) 1030.

[8] S. K. Hayashi K. ; K. Yamamoto , Solid state communications 79 (1991) 763.

[9] M. Westphalen U. Kreibig J. Rostalski H. Lüth , and D. Meissner Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 61 (2000) 97.

[10] B. P. Rand P. Peumans and S. R. Forrest Journal of Applied Physics 96 (2004) 7519.

[12] T. C. Paulick Journal of Applied Physics 62 (1987) 3016.

[13] C. Heine and R. H. Morf Applied Optics 34 (1995) 2476.

[14] C. Eisele C. E. Nebel and M. Stutzmann Journal of Applied Physics 89 (2001) 7722.

[16] V. Terrazzoni Daudrix , J. Guillet F. Freitas A. Shah C. Ballif P. Winkler M. Ferreloc S. Benagli X. Niquille and D. Fischer Progress in photovoltaics 14 (2006) 485.

[17] H. Stiebig N. Senoussaoui C. Zahren C. Haase and J. Muller Progress in Photovoltaics 14 (2006) 13.

[20] J. E. Harvey and A. Krywonos in Proc. SPIE AM100-26, Denver, 2004.

[21] R. H. Ritchie Physical Review 106 (1957) 874.

[23] R. H. Ritchie E. T. Arakawa J. J. Cowan and R. N. Hamm Physical Review Letters 21 (1968) 1530.

[24] B. Laks D. L. Mills and A. A. Maradudin Physical Review B 23 (1981) 4965.

[25] N. E. Glass M. Weber and D. L. Mills Physical Review B 29 (1984) 6548.

[26] E. Kretschmann T. L. Ferrell and J. C. Ashley Physical Review Letters 42 (1979) 1312.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

MRS Online Proceedings Library (OPL)
  • ISSN: -
  • EISSN: 1946-4274
  • URL: /core/journals/mrs-online-proceedings-library-archive
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *