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Optimization of InGaAs/InGaAsP quantum well solar cells with anti-reflection coating
Author(s): Qiangqiang Qian; Jun Chen
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Paper Abstract

As a key component of next-generation photovoltaic technology, quantum well solar cells (QWSCs) have received great attention in the past few years. The growth characteristics and structure of III/V materials also provide a new choice for QWSCs. In this paper, a novel multi-quantum well solar cell is proposed, in which InGaAs/InGaAsP quantum wells (QWs) are inserted in the intrinsic region of the PIN structure, and the thickness, number and position of the QWs are optimized. Compared with ordinary solar cells, the short-circuit current (Jsc ) increased from 30.25mA/cm2 to 42.65mA/cm2, and the cell efficiency increased to 27.4%. Then, after adding an anti-reflection layer (ARC) on top of the QWSCs, Jsc has increased another 7mA/cm2 on average on the basis of previous one. It is clear that InGaAs/InGaAsP QWSCs absorb more incident sunlight. Furthermore, the influence on Jsc of the different position of QWs in the intrinsic region is also discussed. The results show that placing the QWs on top of the intrinsic region maximizes the efficiency of the solar cell.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11338, AOPC 2019: Optical Sensing and Imaging Technology, 113381L (18 December 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2544106
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Qiangqiang Qian, Soochow Univ. (China)
Jun Chen, Soochow Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11338:
AOPC 2019: Optical Sensing and Imaging Technology
John E. Greivenkamp; Jun Tanida; Yadong Jiang; HaiMei Gong; Jin Lu; Dong Liu, Editor(s)

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