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Emitter thickness optimization for GaSb thermophotovoltaic cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy
Author(s): Shaimaa A. Abdallah; Daniel J. Herrera; Benjamin P. Conlon; Nassim Rahimi; Luke F. Lester
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Paper Abstract

GaSb thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices were fabricated using a Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) technique. Different emitter thicknesses (de) were studied to maximize the TPV cell’s short circuit current density. In this regard, the fabricated TPV device’s emitter was incrementally wet-etched and characterized to find the optimal thickness value. Simulations were performed using the Crosslight APSYS® platform over the full-spectrum range in order to predict device performance for different designs, while maximizing the photocurrent generation and enhancing the emitter sheet resistance. TPV devices were characterized electrically and optically. These experimental data showed that the etched emitter has minimal impact on the measured short circuit current density (Jsc) while simulated results demonstrated an optimal de of 200 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9562, Next Generation Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion VI, 95620L (23 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187487
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Shaimaa A. Abdallah, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Daniel J. Herrera, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Benjamin P. Conlon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Nassim Rahimi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Luke F. Lester, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9562:
Next Generation Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion VI
Oleg V. Sulima; Gavin Conibeer, Editor(s)

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