Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Based Thin Film Solar Cells

Hardcover | November 29, 2010

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This book provides valuable contents about the fabrication and characterization of chalcopyrite Cu In1-xGax Se2 based thin film solar cells and modules. The growth of chalcopyrite Cu In1-xGax S1-ySey 2 absorbers, buffers, window layers, antireflection coatings, and finally metallic grids, which are the sole components of solar cells, is clearly illustrated. The absorber, which contains multiple elements, segregates secondary phases if the growth conditions are not well optimized i.e., the main drawback in the fabrication of solar cells. More importantly the solutions for the growth of thin films are given in detail. The properties of all the individual layers and single crystals including solar cells analyzed by different characterization techniques such as SEM, AFM, XPS, AES, TEM, XRD, optical, photoluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy are explicitly demonstrated. The electrical analyses such as conductivities, Hall mobilities, deep level transient spectroscopy measurements etc., provide a broad picture to understand thin films or single crystals and their solar cells. The book clearly explains the working principle of energy conversion from solar to electrical with basic sciences for the chalcopyrite based thin film solar cells. Also, it demonstrates important criteria on how to enhance efficiency of the solar cells and modules. The effect of environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, aging etc., on the devices is mentioned by citing several examples. - Illustrates a number of growth techniques to prepare thin film layers for solar cells- Discusses characterization techniques such as XRD, TEM, XPS, AFM, SEM, PL, CL, Optical measurements, and Electrical measurements - Includes I-V, C-V measurements illustrations- Provides analysis of solar cell efficiency - Presents current trends in thin film solar cells research and marketing

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This book provides valuable contents about the fabrication and characterization of chalcopyrite Cu In1-xGax Se2 based thin film solar cells and modules. The growth of chalcopyrite Cu In1-xGax S1-ySey 2 absorbers, buffers, window layers, antireflection coatings, and finally metallic grids, which are the sole components of solar cells, i...

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This book provides valuable content on the fabrication of chalcopyrite-based thin film solar cells. Beginning with an introduction to thin film solar cells, the book builds in layer by layer discussing the characterization techniques, optical, and electrical properties of absorbers and windows.The final chapter covers thin film solar c...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:700 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 29, 2010Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123736978

ISBN - 13:9780123736970

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Table of Contents

Ch.1 Introduction
Ch.2 Growth Process of Cu(In1-xGax)Se2and CuIn(Se1-xSx)2Thin Films
Ch.3 Surface Analyses of I-III-VI2Compounds
Ch.4 Structural Properties of I-III-VI2Absorbers
Ch.5 Optical Properties of I-III-VI2Compounds
Ch.6 Electrical Properties of I-III-VI2Compounds
Ch.7 Fabrication and Properties of Window Layers for Thin Film Solar Cells
Ch.8 CuIn1-xGaxSe2and CuIn(Se1-xSx)2 Based Thin Film Solar Cells

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"Researchers developing solar cell materials will greatly appreciate and benefit from this book.  It provides much in-depth technical detail on a wide variety of important solar cell materials, which would otherwise be scattered over many technical journal papers.  The huge amount of material property data in the form of graphs, tables, and images makes this book a valuable resource for the solar cell community, and a worthwhile addition to the interested reader's library."--Electrical Insulation Magazine