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Dilute nitride GaInNAs and GaInNAsSb for solar cell applications
Author(s): Siew Li Tan; Wai Mun Soong; Matthew J. Steer; Shiyong Zhang; Jo Shien Ng; John P. R. David
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Paper Abstract

The dilute nitride GaInNAs(Sb) alloy system is challenging to grow and defects can cause short diffusion lengths and high background doping densities. Despite these difficulties, extremely high cell efficiencies have recently been achieved in multi-junction solar cells utilising 1 eV GaInNAs absorber layers. This study aims to highlight the tradeoffs between the electrical and optical characteristics related to the performance of GaInNAs(Sb) diode structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy , with band gaps ranging from 0.90 to 1.04 eV. Post-growth annealing was necessary in some instances to reduce the background doping and dark current densities. The incorporation of Sb into GaInNAs has enabled the possibility of producing a dilute nitride cell with a band gap lower than 0.80 eV, although with an increased dark current.

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Date Published: 21 February 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8256, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices, 82561E (21 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910349
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Siew Li Tan, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Wai Mun Soong, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Matthew J. Steer, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Shiyong Zhang, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Jo Shien Ng, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
John P. R. David, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8256:
Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices
Alexandre Freundlich; Jean-Francois F. Guillemoles, Editor(s)

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