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Study of the laser scribing of molybdenum thin films fabricated using different deposition techniques
Author(s): Eric Schneller; Neelkanth G. Dhere; Juliana Shimada; Aravinda Kar
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Paper Abstract

Monolithic cell interconnection is a technique used in solar devices to allow for interconnection of adjacent cells through patterning of the thin films during fabrication. In the case of CuIn1-xGaxSe2-ySy (CIGS) solar cells, Molybdenum is commonly used as the back contact. Patterning of this layer is required in the interconnection scheme to electrically isolate adjacent cells. Laser scribing has been adopted for patterning of this layer. This paper reports on the effect of the molybdenum thin film deposition technique, and the resulting film properties, on the characteristic of the laser scribe. Films were deposited using DC magnetron sputtering over a range of working gas pressures and powers as well as in single and multilayer configurations. It was found that the residual stress within the film lead to significantly different laser ablation processes. This required independent tuning of the laser processing parameters to create a clean, defect free scribe for different samples. Experimentation was carried out using both film-side and glass-side processing. It was shown that glass-side processing leads to a reduction in cracks and delamination originating from the scribe. The processing conditions that produced successful scribe lines for the various films are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8826, Laser Material Processing for Solar Energy Devices II, 88260C (16 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024430
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Eric Schneller, Florida Solar Energy Ctr. (United States)
Neelkanth G. Dhere, Florida Solar Energy Ctr. (United States)
Juliana Shimada, Florida Solar Energy Ctr. (United States)
Aravinda Kar, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8826:
Laser Material Processing for Solar Energy Devices II
Edward W. Reutzel, Editor(s)

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