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Simulation study of GaAsP/Si tandem cells including the impact of threading dislocations on the luminescent coupling between the cells
Author(s): Arthur Onno; Nils-Peter Harder; Lars Oberbeck; Huiyun Liu
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Paper Abstract

A model, derived from the detailed balance model from Shockley and Queisser, has been adapted to monolithically grown GaAsP/Si tandem dual junction solar cells. In this architecture, due to the difference of lattice parameters between the silicon bottom cell – acting as the substrate – and the GaAsP top cell, threading dislocations (TDs) arise at the IIIV/ Si interface and propagate in the top cell. These TDs act as non-radiative recombination centers, degrading the performances of the tandem cell. Our model takes into account the impact of TDs by integrating the NTT model developed by Yamaguchi et. al.. Two surface geometries have been investigated: flat and ideally textured. Finally the model considers the luminescent coupling (LC) between the cells due to reemitted photons from the top cell cascading to the bottom cell. Without dislocations, LC allows a greater flexibility in the cell design by rebalancing the currents between the two cells when the top cell presents a higher short-circuit current. However we show that, as the TD density (TDD) increases, nonradiative recombinations take over radiative recombinations in the top cell and the LC is quenched. As a result, nonoptimized tandem cells with higher short-circuit current in the top cell experience a very fast degradation of efficiency for TDDs over 104cm-2. On the other hand optimized cells with matching currents only experience a small efficiency drop for TDDs up to 105cm-2. High TDD cells therefore need to be current-matched for optimal performances as the flexibility due to LC is lost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9743, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices V, 97431B (14 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2211113
Show Author Affiliations
Arthur Onno, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Nils-Peter Harder, Total S.A. (France)
Lars Oberbeck, Total S.A. (France)
Huiyun Liu, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9743:
Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices V
Alexandre Freundlich; Laurent Lombez; Masakazu Sugiyama, Editor(s)

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