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Simulation of hot electron quantum well photovoltaic devices
Author(s): H. Z. Fardi
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Paper Abstract

The effects of carrier escape from quantum well (QW) and the interaction of hot electrons with crystal lattice are of importance to the physical understanding of QW hot carrier solar cells where the cooling dynamics in photo-excited structures affect the cell efficiency. The absorption of high-energy photons produces electron hole pairs with excess kinetic energy, which are dissipated to the lattice thru phonon scattering. These hot electrons alter the conversion efficiency in photovoltaic solar cells. We have studied the hot electron effect in an AlxGa1-xAs / GaAs structure with quantum wells placed in the intrinsic region similar to the device described in reference . Our results show that hot electrons lead to an increase in short circuit current. The increase in short circuit current is due to carriers escaping from the well without any significant recombination, which may also lead to a higher cell efficiency. These results support the experimental data recently published by others.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7933, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XIX, 793325 (21 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.874072
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H. Z. Fardi, Univ. of Colorado Denver (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7933:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XIX
Bernd Witzigmann; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa; Alexandre Freundlich, Editor(s)

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