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  1. Quantized Nanocrystalline CdTe Thin Films

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    2001-01-01

    Nanocrystalline CdTe thin films were prepared by asymmetric rectangular pulse electrodeposition in organic solution at 110°C. STM image shows a porous network morphology constructed by interconnected spherical CdTe crystallites with a mean diameter of 4.2 nm. A pronounced size quantization was indicated in the action and absorption spectra. Potentials dependence dual conductive behavior was revealed in the photocurrent-potential (I-V) curves.

  2. Design of a thin film CdTe solar cell

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    Meyers, P.V.

    1988-01-15

    Cadmium telluride was originally considered for thin film solar cells because of its optimum band gap, high optical absorption coefficient and ability to be doped. Furthermore, it is a stable compound which can be produced by a wide variety of methods from stable raw materials. As thin film photovoltaics mature, however, it is clear that several more subtle attributes have a significant impact on the viability of commercialization. We discuss the observations which have provided insight and direction to Ametek's CdTe solar cell program. Rather than try to modify the inherent material properties of CdTe, advances have been made by designing a solar cell that exploits existing properties. Specifically, the tendency to self-compensate, which makes low resistance contacting difficult, is turned into an advantage in the n-i-p configuration; the CdTe provides an intrinsic layer with good carrier collection efficiency.

  3. Thin-film CdTe cells: Reducing the CdTe

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    Polycrystalline thin-film CdTe is currently the dominant thin-film technology in world-wide PV manufacturing. With finite Te resources world-wide, it is appropriate to consider the limits to reducing the thickness of the CdTe layer in these devices. In our laboratory we have emphasized the use of magnetron sputtering for both CdS and CdTe achieving AM1.5 efficiency over 13% on 3 mm soda-lime glass with commercial TCO and 14% on 1 mm aluminosilicate glass. This deposition technique is well suited to good control of very thin layers and yields relatively small grain size which also facilitates high performance with ultra-thin layers. This paper describes our magnetron sputtering studies for fabrication of very thin CdTe cells. Our thinnest cells had CdTe thicknesses of 1 μm, 0.5 μm and 0.3 μm and yielded efficiencies of 12%, 9.7% and 6.8% respectively. With thinner cells Voc, FF and Jsc are reduced. Current-voltage (J-V), temperature dependent J-V (J-V-T) and apparent quantum efficiency (AQE) measurements provide valuable information for understanding and optimizing cell performance. We find that the stability under light soak appears not to depend on CdTe thickness from 2.5 to 0.5 μm. The use of semitransparent back contacts allows the study of bifacial response which is particularly useful in understanding carrier collection in the very thin devices.

  4. Poly CdTe thin films solar cells

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    Marfaing, Y.

    1982-01-01

    CdTe is potentially one of the most interesting materials for the photovoltaic conversion of solar energy. The width of its forbidden band of 1.5 eV puts it to the maximum of the theoretical yield curve (24%). Its high coefficient of optical absorption in the main band allows the use of thin films (2 to 3 microns). It is appropriate for production of thin polycristalline films with good optical and photoelectrical properties, which is probably due to its ionic character. The goal of the research performed as part of this contract is to determine the optimum conditions for the use of CdTe as photovoltaic converter. The authors think that the virtual efficiency of this material calls for confirmation and evidence provided by a systematic and profound investigation.

  5. Study of trapping density in electrical characteristics of CdTe thin films

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    CdTe thin films were deposited on glass at various substrate temperatures using vacuum evaporated technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis of vacuum evaporated cadmium telluride (CdTe) films reveals was polycrystalline in nature for the samples prepared at higher temperatures. Micro structural feature associated with the as deposited CdTe thin films were studied by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). A high density of trapping centers, responsible for grain boundary space-charge potential barriers, which oppose the passage of carriers from a grain to the neighbouring ones, was explained from this analysis. (author)

  6. Growth of CdTe thin films on graphene by close-spaced sublimation method

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    CdTe thin films grown on bi-layer graphene were demonstrated by using the close-spaced sublimation method, where CdTe was selectively grown on the graphene. The density of the CdTe domains was increased with increasing the number of the defective sites in the graphene, which was controlled by the duration of UV exposure. The CdTe growth rate on the bi-layer graphene electrodes was 400 nm/min with a bandgap energy of 1.45–1.49 eV. Scanning electron microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, micro-photoluminescence, and X-ray diffraction technique were used to confirm the high quality of the CdTe thin films grown on the graphene electrodes

  7. Synthesis of CdTe thin films on flexible metal foil by electrodeposition

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    Luo, H.; Ma, L. G.; Xie, W. M.; Wei, Z. L.; Gao, K. G.; Zhang, F. M.; Wu, X. S.

    2016-04-01

    CdTe thin films have been deposited onto the Mo foil from aqueous acidic bath via electrodeposition method with water-soluble Na2TeO3 instead of the usually used TeO2. X-ray diffraction studies indicate that the CdTe thin films are crystallized in zinc-blende symmetry. The effect of tellurite concentration on the morphology of the deposited thin film is investigated. In such case, the Cd:Te molar ratios in the films are both stoichiometric at different tellurite concentrations. In addition, the reduction in tellurite concentration leads to the porous thin film and weakens the crystallinity of thin film. The island growth model is used to interpret the growth mechanism of CdTe. The bandgap of the CdTe thin films is assigned to be 1.49 eV from the UV-Vis spectroscopy measurement, which is considered to serve as a promising candidate for the heterojunction solar cells.

  8. Structural and optical characterization of CdTe quantum dots thin films

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    Highlights: • CdTe QDs are prepared by hot injection method. • Thermally evaporated CdTeQDs thin films were prepared. • Structural characterization and analysis were done. • Optical parameters were studied. - Abstract: Cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) have been synthesized using hot-injection chemical technique. The CdTe QDs thin films were deposited onto optical flat fused quartz substrates using thermal evaporation technique. The CdTe QDs powder and the as deposited films were characterized using X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). The X-ray analysis shows that both CdTe QDs powder and the as deposited films crystallize in cubic zinc-blende type structure with lattice parameter 6.46 Å and 6.45 Å, respectively. The X-ray calculation shows that the average crystallite size of the as deposited CdTe QDs films varied from 1.1 nm for the powder to 2.3 nm for the thin film. The HRTEM examination of the as deposited films shows that the average particle size vary from 2.5 nm for the powder to 2.7 nm for the thin film. For the as deposited films, the dependence of (αhν)2 on the incident photon energy indicates that the optical transitions within the film are allowed direct with energies observed at Eg1≅2eV and Eg2≅2.3eV which attributed to quantum confinement effect. The optical band gap increases from 1.5 eV for microstructure CdTe to 2 eV for nanostructure quantum dots which corresponding to wavelength(620 nm) so it is a great benefit to use CdTe quantum dots as solar harvesting devices application in solar spectrum region (400–800 nm). Urbach energy is calculated and found to be 360 meV which is higher than microstructure CdTe. The refractive index and refractive index dispersion of the as deposited CdTe QDs film has been calculated from transmission and reflection spectra. It has been found that the refractive index is reduced from (2.66) for microstructure CdTe to be (1.7) for CdTe quantum dots

  9. Properties of CdTe nanocrystalline thin films grown on different substrates by low temperature sputtering

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    Chen Huimin; Guo Fuqiang; Zhang Baohua

    2009-01-01

    CdTe nanocrystalline thin films have been prepared on glass, Si and Al2O3 substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at liquid nitrogen temperature. The crystal structure and morphology of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The XRD examinations revealed that CdTe films on glass and Si had a better crystal quality and higher preferential orientation along the (111) plane than the Al2O3. FESEM observations revealed a continuous and dense morphology of CdTe films on glass and Si substrates. Optical properties of nanocrystalline CdTe films deposited on glass substrates for different deposited times were studied.

  10. Comparative study of CdTe sources used for deposition of CdTe thin films by close spaced sublimation technique

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    Wagner Anacleto Pinheiro; Vivienne Denise Falcão; Leila Rosa de Oliveira Cruz; Carlos Luiz Ferreira

    2006-01-01

    Unlike other thin film deposition techniques, close spaced sublimation (CSS) requires a short source-substrate distance. The kind of source used in this technique strongly affects the control of the deposition parameters, especially the deposition rate. When depositing CdTe thin films by CSS, the most common CdTe sources are: single-crystal or polycrystalline wafers, powders, pellets or pieces, a thick CdTe film deposited onto glass or molybdenum substrate (CdTe source-plate) and a sintered C...

  11. The Role of Dopant Concentration on Conductivity and Mobility of CdTe Thin Films

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    Ala J. Al-Douri

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Films of CdTe pure and doped with various atomic percentages of Al and Sb (0.5, 1.5 & 2.5 were prepared, and their electrical properties were investigated. The films were prepared by thermal evaporation on glass substrates at two substrate temperatures (Ts=RT & 423 K. The results showed that the conduction phenomena of all the investigated CdTe thin films on glass substrates are caused by two distinct mechanisms. Room temperature DC conductivity increases by a factor of four for undoped CdTe thin films as Ts increases and by 1-2 orders of magnitude with increasing dopant percentage of Al and Sb. In general, films doped with Sb are more efficient than Al-doped films. The activation energy (Ea2 decreases with increasing Ts and dopant percentage for both Al and Sb. Undoped CdTe films deposited at RT are p-type convert to n-type with increasing Ts and upon doping with Al at more than 0.5%. The carrier concentration decreases as Ts increases while it increases with increasing dopant percentage. Hall mobility decreases more than three times as Al increases whereas it increases about one order of magnitude with increasing Sb percentage in CdTe thin films deposited at 423 K and RT, respectively.

  12. Thin Film CIGS and CdTe Photovoltaic Technologies: Commercialization, Critical Issues, and Applications; Preprint

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    Ullal, H. S.; von Roedern, B.

    2007-09-01

    We report here on the major commercialization aspects of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies based on CIGS and CdTe (a-Si and thin-Si are also reported for completeness on the status of thin-film PV). Worldwide silicon (Si) based PV technologies continues to dominate at more than 94% of the market share, with the share of thin-film PV at less than 6%. However, the market share for thin-film PV in the United States continues to grow rapidly over the past several years and in CY 2006, they had a substantial contribution of about 44%, compared to less than 10% in CY 2003. In CY 2007, thin-film PV market share is expected to surpass that of Si technology in the United States. Worldwide estimated projections for CY 2010 are that thin-film PV production capacity will be more than 3700 MW. A 40-MW thin-film CdTe solar field is currently being installed in Saxony, Germany, and will be completed in early CY 2009. The total project cost is Euro 130 million, which equates to an installed PV system price of Euro 3.25/-watt averaged over the entire solar project. This is the lowest price for any installed PV system in the world today. Critical research, development, and technology issues for thin-film CIGS and CdTe are also elucidated in this paper.

  13. Properties of RF sputtered cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films: Influence of deposition pressure

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    Kulkarni, R. R.; Pawbake, A. S.; Waykar, R. G.; Rondiya, S. R.; Jadhavar, A. A.; Pandharkar, S. M.; Karpe, S. D.; Diwate, K. D.; Jadkar, S. R.

    2016-04-01

    Influence of deposition pressure on structural, morphology, electrical and optical properties of CdTe thin films deposited at low substrate temperature (100°C) by RF magnetron sputtering was investigated. The formation of CdTe was confirmed by low angle XRD and Raman spectroscopy. The low angle XRD analysis revealed that the CdTe films have zinc blende (cubic) structure with crystallites having preferred orientation in (111) direction. Raman spectra show the longitudinal optical (LO) phonon mode peak ˜ 165.4 cm-1 suggesting high quality CdTe film were obtained over the entire range of deposition pressure studied. Scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that films are smooth, homogenous, and crack-free with no evidence of voids. The EDAX data revealed that CdTe films deposited at low deposition pressure are high-quality stoichiometric. However, for all deposition pressures, films are rich in Cd relative to Te. The UV-Visible spectroscopy analysis show the blue shift in absorption edge with increasing the deposition pressure while the band gap show decreasing trend. The highest electrical conductivity was obtained for the film deposited at deposition pressure 1 Pa which indicates that the optimized deposition pressure for our sputtering unit is 1 Pa. Based on the experimental results, these CdTe films can be useful for the application in the flexible solar cells and other opto-electronic devices.

  14. Determination of dispersion parameters of thermally deposited CdTe thin film

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    Dhimmar, J. M.; Desai, H. N.; Modi, B. P.

    2016-05-01

    Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin film was deposited onto glass substrates under a vacuum of 5 × 10-6 torr by using thermal evaporation technique. The prepared film was characterized for dispersion analysis from reflectance spectra within the wavelength range of 300 nm - 1100 nm which was recorded by using UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The dispersion parameters (oscillator strength, oscillator wavelength, high frequency dielectric constant, long wavelength refractive index, lattice dielectric constant and plasma resonance frequency) of CdTe thin film were investigated using single sellimeir oscillator model.

  15. Preparation of vanadium diselenide thin films and their application in CdTe solar cells

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    Vanadium diselenide thin films were prepared by electron beam evaporation. The properties of vanadium diselenide thin films were investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission spectra, electrical and Hall measurements. To further investigate the application of vanadium diselenide thin films, device performance in CdTe solar cells with a vanadium diselenide layer was also studied. The results indicate that vanadium diselenide thin films had a stable hexagonal structure after annealing. The thin films were p-type semiconductor materials with the high work function and high carrier concentration. Vanadium diselenide thin films could form a good ohmic contact to CdTe solar cells. Thus, cell performance was greatly improved when introduced a vanadium diselenide buffer layer. - Highlights: • VSe2 was prepared by electron beam evaporation. • VSe2 was a p-type material with the high work function and high carrier concentration. • VSe2 was used as a Cu-free buffer layer in CdTe solar cells. • Performance of CdTe solar cells was improved

  16. Comparative study of CdTe sources used for deposition of CdTe thin films by close spaced sublimation technique

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    Wagner Anacleto Pinheiro

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Unlike other thin film deposition techniques, close spaced sublimation (CSS requires a short source-substrate distance. The kind of source used in this technique strongly affects the control of the deposition parameters, especially the deposition rate. When depositing CdTe thin films by CSS, the most common CdTe sources are: single-crystal or polycrystalline wafers, powders, pellets or pieces, a thick CdTe film deposited onto glass or molybdenum substrate (CdTe source-plate and a sintered CdTe powder. In this work, CdTe thin films were deposited by CSS technique from different CdTe sources: particles, powder, compact powder, a paste made of CdTe and propylene glycol and source-plates (CdTe/Mo and CdTe/glass. The largest deposition rate was achieved when a paste made of CdTe and propylene glycol was used as the source. CdTe source-plates led to lower rates, probably due to the poor heat transmission, caused by the introduction of the plate substrate. The results also showed that compacting the powder the deposition rate increases due to the better thermal contact between powder particles.

  17. Structural, optical, photoluminescence, dielectric and electrical studies of vacuum-evaporated CdTe thin films

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    Ziaul Raza Khan; M Zulfequar; Mohd Shahid Khan

    2012-04-01

    Highly-oriented CdTe thin films were fabricated on quartz and glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique in the vacuum of about 2 × 10-5 torr. The CdTe thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–VIS–NIR, photoluminescence spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). X-ray diffraction results showed that the films were polycrystalline with cubic structure and had preferred growth of grains along the (111) crystallographic direction. Scanning electron micrographs showed that the growth of crystallites of comparable size on both the substrates. At the room temperature, photoluminescence spectra of the films on both the substrates showed sharp peaks with a maximum at 805 nm. This band showed significant narrowing suggesting that it originates from the transitions involving grain boundary defects. The refractive index of CdTe thin films was calculated using interference pattern of transmission spectra. The optical band gap of thin films was found to allow direct transition with energy gap of 1.47–1.50 eV. a.c. conductivity of CdTe thin films was found to increase with the increase in frequency whereas dielectric constant was observed to decrease with the increase in frequency.

  18. Physical vapor deposition of CdTe thin films at low temperature for solar cell applications

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    Cadmium telluride is successfully utilized as an absorber material for thin film solar cells. Industrial production makes use of high substrate temperatures for the deposition of CdTe absorber layers. However, in order to exploit flexible substrates and to simplify the manufacturing process, lower deposition temperatures are beneficial. Based on the phase diagram of CdTe, predictions on the stoichiometry of CdTe thin films grown at low substrate temperatures are made in this work. These predictions were verified experimentally using additional sources of Cd and Te during the deposition of the CdTe thin films at different substrate temperatures. The deposited layers were analyzed with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. In case of CdTe layers which were deposited at substrate temperatures lower than 200 C without usage of additional sources we found a non-stoichiometric growth of the CdTe layers. The application of the additional sources leads to a stoichiometric growth for substrate temperatures down to 100 C which is a significant reduction of the substrate temperature during deposition.

  19. First principles study of Bi dopen CdTe thin film solar cells: electronic and optical properties

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    Seminóvski Pérez, Yohanna; Palacios Clemente, Pablo; Wahnón Benarroch, Perla

    2011-01-01

    Nowadays, efficiency improvement of solar cells is one of the most important issues in photovoltaic systems and CdTe is one of the most promising thin film photovoltaic materials we can found. CdTe reported efficiencies in solar energy conversion have been as good as that found in polycrystalline Si thin film cell [1], besides CdTe can be easily produced at industrial scale.

  20. Studies on optoelectronic properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered CdTe thin films

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    Cadmium telluride continues to be a leading candidate for the development of cost effective photovoltaics for terrestrial applications. In the present work two individual metallic targets of Cd and Te were used for the deposition of CdTe thin films on mica substrates from room temperature to 300 °C by DC reactive magnetron sputtering method. XRD patterns of CdTe thin films deposited on mica substrates exhibit peaks at 2θ = 27.7°, 46.1° and 54.6°, which corresponds to reflection on (1 1 1), (2 2 0) and (3 1 1) planes of CdTe cubic structure. The intensities of XRD patterns increases with the increase of substrate temperature upto 150 °C and then it decreases at higher substrate temperatures. The conductivity of CdTe thin films measured from four probe method increases with the increase of substrate temperature. The activation energies (ΔE) are found to be decrease with the increase of substrate temperature. The optical transmittance spectra of CdTe thin films deposited on mica have a clear interference pattern in the longer wavelength region. The films have good transparency (T > 85 %) exhibiting interference pattern in the spectral region between 1200 – 2500 nm. The optical band gap of CdTe thin films are found to be in the range of 1.48 – 1.57. The refractive index, n decreases with the increase of wavelength, λ. The value of n and k increases with the increase of substrate temperature

  1. Electrochemical deposition and characterization of CdTe polycrystalline thin films

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    Bonilla, S.; Dalchiele, E.A. (Inst. de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Montevideo (Uruguay))

    1991-10-10

    CdTe thin films have been prepared by potentiostatic electrodeposition from acidic solutions containing CdSO{sub 4} and TeO{sub 2}, or CdCl{sub 2} and TeO{sub 2}. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The influence of the deposition potential and bath temperature on the presence of tellurium and crystallite size was studied. The effect of annealing treatment on the increase in grain size of the electrochemically deposited CdTe films has been investigated. (orig.).

  2. The prospects of CdTe thin films as solar control coatings

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    Sebastian, P.J.; Sivaramakrishnan, V. (Thin Film Lab., Dept. of Physics, Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India))

    1991-07-15

    Solar control coating refers to solar radiation filters applied on glazings of buildings in tropical countries. CdTe thin films were studied in this regard for use as an effective solar control coating. The films were characterized with respect to the film parameters such as film thickness, substrate temperature and deposition rate. On calculating the solar control parameters of various films, it was observed that the solar control parameters of the films depend on the above film parameters. CdTe films were found to be a better solar control coating than the commercial metallic coatings and exhibit comparable characteristics with Cu{sub x}S and PbS films. (orig.).

  3. Preparation and characterization of thin films of electrodeposited CdTe semiconductors

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    Soliman, M.; Elgamal, M. [Alexandria University (Egypt). Institute of Graduate Studies and Research; Kashyout, A.B. [Mubarak City for Scientific Research and Technological Applications, Alexandria (Egypt); Shabana, M. [Alexandria University (Egypt). Faculty of Engineering

    2001-07-01

    Thin films of CdTe semiconductors were prepared by electrodeposition technique in aqueous solutions. The deposition mechanism was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The potential regions for the formation of the n-CdTe and p-CdTe films were determined. The structure, composition and morphology characteristics of as-deposited thin films of CdTe grown on SnO{sub 2}/glass and CdS/SnO{sub 2}/glass were investigated by XRD, EDAX and SEM techniques. The optical properties were measured to determine the absorption coefficient and band gap values. The as-deposited CdTe films grown on SnO{sub 2}/glass contained free Te while those grown on CdS/SnO{sub 2}/glass did not contain this phase. The CdTe has the cubic structure with strong (111) orientation. The EDAX analysis showed a nearly stoichiometric Cd:Te ratio. The band gap has a value of 1.48 eV, which is in a good accordance with those reported in the literature. The effect of annealing at 350 and 400{sup o}C after, CdCI{sub 2} treatment on the structure and morphology was also examined. (author)

  4. CdTe thin film solar cells with reduced CdS film thickness

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    A study was performed to reduce the CdS film thickness in CdTe thin film solar cells to minimize losses in quantum efficiency. Using close space sublimation deposition for CdS and CdTe a maximum efficiency of ∼ 9.5% was obtained with the standard CdS film thickness of ∼ 160 nm. Reduction of the film CdS thickness to less than 100 nm leads to poor cell performance with ∼ 5% efficiency, mainly due to a lower open circuit voltage. An alternative approach has been tested to reduce the CdS film thickness (∼ 80 nm) by depositing a CdS double layer. The first CdS layer was deposited at high substrate temperature in the range of 520-540 deg. C and the second CdS layer was deposited at low substrate temperature of ∼ 250 deg. C. The cell prepared using a CdS double layer show better performance with cell efficiency over 10%. Quantum efficiency measurement confirmed that the improvement in the device performance is due to the reduction in CdS film thickness. The effect of double layer structure on cell performance is also observed with chemical bath deposited CdS using fluorine doped SnO2 as substrate.

  5. Investigation of deep level defects in CdTe thin films

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    Shankar, H.; Castaldini, A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, I-40127 Bologna (Italy); Dieguez, E.; Rubio, S. [Crystal Growth Lab, Department of Materials Physics, Faculty of Science, University Autonoma of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid (Spain); Dauksta, E.; Medvid, A. [Institute of Technical Physics, Riga Technical University, 14 Azenes Str, Riga, Latvia, Department of Materials (Latvia); Cavallini, A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy,University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, I-40127 Bologna (Italy)

    2014-02-21

    In the past few years, a large body of work has been dedicated to CdTe thin film semiconductors, as the electronic and optical properties of CdTe nanostructures make them desirable for photovoltaic applications. The performance of semiconductor devices is greatly influenced by the deep levels. Knowledge of parameters of deep levels present in as-grown materials and the identification of their origin is the key factor in the development of photovoltaic device performance. Photo Induced Current Transient Spectroscopy technique (PICTS) has proven to be a very powerful method for the study of deep levels enabling us to identify the type of traps, their activation energy and apparent capture cross section. In the present work, we report the effect of growth parameters and LASER irradiation intensity on the photo-electric and transport properties of CdTe thin films prepared by Close-Space Sublimation method using SiC electrical heating element. CdTe thin films were grown at three different source temperatures (630, 650 and 700 °C). The grown films were irradiated with Nd:YAG LASER and characterized by Photo-Induced Current Transient Spectroscopy, Photocurrent measurementand Current Voltage measurements. The defect levels are found to be significantly influenced by the growth temperature.

  6. Nanocrystalline CdTe thin films by electrochemical synthesis

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    Ramesh S. Kapadnis

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium telluride thin films were deposited onto different substrates as copper, Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO, Indium tin oxide (ITO, Aluminum and zinc at room temperature via electrochemical route. The morphology of the film shows the nanostructures on the deposited surface of the films and their growth in vertical direction. Different nanostructures developed on different substrates. The X-ray diffraction study reveals that the deposited films are nanocrystalline in nature. UV-Visible absorption spectrum shows the wide range of absorption in the visible region. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy confirms the formation of cadmium telluride.

  7. Influence of CuxS back contact on CdTe thin film solar cells

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    Lei Zhi; Feng Lianghuan; Zeng Guanggen; Li Wei; Zhang Jingquan; Wu Lili; Wang Wenwu

    2013-01-01

    We present a detailed study on CuxS polycrystalline thin films prepared by chemical bath method and utilized as back contact material for CdTe solar cells.The characteristics of the films deposited on Si-substrate are studied by XRD.The results show that as-deposited CuxS thin film is in an amorphous phase while after annealing,samples are in polycrystalline phases with increasing temperature.The thickness of CuxS thin films has great impact on the performance of CdS/CdTe solar cells.When the thickness of the film is about 75 nm the performance of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells is found to be the best.The energy conversion efficiency can be higher than 12.19%,the filling factor is higher than 68.82% and the open-circuit voltage is more than 820 mV.

  8. Preliminary study of CdTe and CdTe:Cu thin films nanostructures deposited by using DC magnetron sputtering

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    Growth and properties of CdTe and CdTe:Cu thin films nanostrucures deposited by using dc magnetron sputtering are reported. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to observe the surface morphologies of the thin films. At growth conditions of 250 °C and 14 W, CdTe films did not yet evenly deposited. However, at growth temperature and plasma power of 325 °C and 43 W, both CdTe and CdTe:Cu(2%) have deposited on the substrates. In this condition, the morphology of the films indicate that the films have a grain-like nanostructures. Grain size diameter of about 200 nm begin to appear on top of the films. Energy Dispersive X-rays spectroscopy (EDX) was used to investigate chemical elements of the Cu doped CdTe film deposited. It was found that the film deposited consist of Cd, Te and Cu elements. XRD was used to investigate the full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of the thin films deposited. The results show that CdTe:Cu(2%) thin film has better crystallographic properties than CdTe thin film. The UV-Vis spectrometer was used to investigate the optical properties of thin films deposited. The transmittance spectra showed that transmittance of CdTe:Cu(2%) film is lower than CdTe film. It was found that the bandgap energy of CdTe and CdTe:Cu(2%) thin films of about 1.48 eV

  9. Radiative recombination mechanisms in CdTe thin films deposited by elemental vapor transport

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    Collins, Shamara [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Vatavu, Sergiu, E-mail: svatavu@usm.md [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., Chisinau, MD-2009, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Evani, Vamsi; Khan, Md; Bakhshi, Sara; Palekis, Vasilios [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States); Rotaru, Corneliu [Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., Chisinau, MD-2009, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Ferekides, Chris [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 (United States)

    2015-05-01

    A photoluminesence (PL) study of the radiative recombination mechanisms for CdTe films deposited under different Cd and Te overpressure by elemental vapor transport is presented. The experiment and analysis have been carried out in the temperature range of 12-130 K. The intensity of the PL laser excitation beam was varied by two orders of magnitude. It has been established that the bands in the 1.47-1.50 eV are determined by transitions involving shallow D and A states and the 1.36x-1.37x eV band is due to band to level transitions. Deep transitions at 1.042 eV and 1.129 eV are due to radiative transitions to levels determined by CdTe native defects. - Highlights: • Photoluminescense (PL) of CdTe thin films is present in the 0.8-1.6 eV spectral region. • High intensity excitonic peaks are among the main radiative paths. • Radiative transitions at 1.36x eV are assisted by dislocations caused levels. • Extremal Cd/Te overpressure ratios enhance PL for 1.497 eV, 1.486 eV, 1.474 eV bands. • PL intensity reaches its max value for the 0.45 and 1.25 Cd/Te overpressure ratios.

  10. Radiative recombination mechanisms in CdTe thin films deposited by elemental vapor transport

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    A photoluminesence (PL) study of the radiative recombination mechanisms for CdTe films deposited under different Cd and Te overpressure by elemental vapor transport is presented. The experiment and analysis have been carried out in the temperature range of 12-130 K. The intensity of the PL laser excitation beam was varied by two orders of magnitude. It has been established that the bands in the 1.47-1.50 eV are determined by transitions involving shallow D and A states and the 1.36x-1.37x eV band is due to band to level transitions. Deep transitions at 1.042 eV and 1.129 eV are due to radiative transitions to levels determined by CdTe native defects. - Highlights: • Photoluminescense (PL) of CdTe thin films is present in the 0.8-1.6 eV spectral region. • High intensity excitonic peaks are among the main radiative paths. • Radiative transitions at 1.36x eV are assisted by dislocations caused levels. • Extremal Cd/Te overpressure ratios enhance PL for 1.497 eV, 1.486 eV, 1.474 eV bands. • PL intensity reaches its max value for the 0.45 and 1.25 Cd/Te overpressure ratios

  11. Cu containing CdTe thin films deposited by two sources technique

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    Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by the two-source evaporation technique. Films were heated under vacuum at 500 degree C for 1 hour and dipped in Cu(No/sub 3/)/sub 2/-H/sub 2/O solution at room temperature These films were again heated under vacuum for 1 hour at 500 degree C to obtain maximum Cu diffusion. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optically by Lambda 900 UV/VIS/NIR spectrophotometer and electrically, i.e. DC electrical resistivity, by the Van der Pauw method at room temperature. The EDX results showed an increase of Cu content in the samples by increasing the immersion time of the CdTe films in the solution. (author)

  12. Admittance spectroscopy characterize graphite paste for back contact of CdTe thin film solar cells

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    2010-01-01

    CdTe thin film solar cells with a doped-graphite paste back contact layer were studied using admittance spectroscopy technology.The positions and the capture cross sections of energy level in the forbidden band were calculated,which are the important parameters to affect solar cell performance.The results showed that there were three defects in the CdTe thin films solar cells with the doped-graphite paste back contact layer,whose positions in the forbidden band were close to 0.34,0.46 and 0.51 eV,respectively above the valence band,and capture cross sections were 2.23×10-16,2.41×10-14,4.38×10-13 cm2,respectively.

  13. Identification of critical stacking faults in thin-film CdTe solar cells

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    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) is a p-type semiconductor used in thin-film solar cells. To achieve high light-to-electricity conversion, annealing in the presence of CdCl2 is essential, but the underlying mechanism is still under debate. Recent evidence suggests that a reduction in the high density of stacking faults in the CdTe grains is a key process that occurs during the chemical treatment. A range of stacking faults, including intrinsic, extrinsic, and twin boundary, are computationally investigated to identify the extended defects that limit performance. The low-energy faults are found to be electrically benign, while a number of higher energy faults, consistent with atomic-resolution micrographs, are predicted to be hole traps with fluctuations in the local electrostatic potential. It is expected that stacking faults will also be important for other thin-film photovoltaic technologies

  14. Thermoelectric power and Hall effect measurements in polycrystalline CdTe thin films

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    Paez, B.A. [Pontificia Univ. Javeriana, Santafe de Bogota (Colombia). Thin Films Group

    2000-07-01

    Polycrystalline CdTe thin films deposited by close space sublimation (CSS), were characterized through thermoelectric power, {alpha}, Hall coefficient, and resistivity, {rho}, measurements in the range of 90 to 400 K. This was in order to determine the scattering mechanisms which mainly affect the electrical transport properties in CdTe thin films. The results were analyzed based on theoretical calculations of {alpha} against temperature. This model includes scattering processes within the grains and at the grain boundaries. Some of the parameters used in this calculation were determined experimentally: grain size, crystal structure, activation energy and effective mass. It is important to state that the main approximations were justified according to experimental measurements. (orig.)

  15. Effect of film thickness on microstructure parameters and optical constants of CdTe thin films

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    Shaaban, E.R., E-mail: esam_ramadan2008@yahoo.co [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Qassim University, Buridah 51452 (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assiut, P.O. 71452 (Egypt); Afify, N. [Physics Department, Assiut University, Assiut (Egypt); El-Taher, A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Qassim University, Buridah 51452 (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assiut, P.O. 71452 (Egypt)

    2009-08-12

    Different thickness of cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films was deposited onto glass substrates by the thermal evaporation technique. Their structural characteristics were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD experiments showed that the films are polycrystalline and have a zinc-blende (cubic) structure. The microstructure parameters, crystallite size and microstrain were calculated. It is observed that the crystallite size increases and microstrain decreases with the increase in the film thickness. The fundamental optical parameters like band gap and extinction coefficient are calculated in the strong absorption region of transmittance and reflectance spectrum. The possible optical transition in these films is found to be allowed direct transition with energy gap increase from 1.481 to 1.533 eV with the increase in the film thickness. It was found that the optical band gap increases with the increase in thickness. The refractive indices have been evaluated in transparent region in terms of envelope method, which has been suggested by Swanepoul in the transparent region. The refractive index can be extrapolated by Cauchy dispersion relationship over the whole spectral range, which extended from 400 to 2500 nm. It is observed that the refractive index, n increases on increasing the film thickness up to 671 nm and then the variation of n with higher thickness lie within the experimental errors.

  16. Optical Properties of Al- and Sb-Doped CdTe Thin Films

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    A. A. J. Al-Douri

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nondoped and (Al, Sb-doped CdTe thin films with 0.5, 1.5, and 2.5  wt.%, respectively, were deposited by thermal evaporation technique under vacuum onto Corning 7059 glass at substrate temperatures ( of room temperature (RT and 423 K. The optical properties of deposited CdTe films such as band gap, refractive index (n, extinction coefficient (, and dielectric coefficients were investigated as function of Al and Sb wt.% doping, respectively. The results showed that films have direct optical transition. Increasing and the wt.% of both types of dopant, the band gap decrease but the optical is constant as n, and real and imaginary parts of the dielectric coefficient increase.

  17. Native Defect Control of CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells by Close-Spaced Sublimation

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    Okamoto, Tamotsu; Kitamoto, Shinji; Yamada, Akira; Konagai, Makoto

    2001-05-01

    The control of native defects in the CdTe thin film solar cells was investigated using a novel source for close-spaced sublimation (CSS) process which was prepared by vacuum evaporation with elemental Cd and Te (evaporated source). The evaporated sources were prepared on glass substrates at room temperature, and the Cd/Te ratio was controlled by varying the Cd and Te beam equivalent pressures. In the cells using the Te-rich source, the conversion efficiency was less than 0.2% because of the extremely low shunt resistance. On the other hand, a conversion efficiency above 15% was obtained by using the Cd-rich source. Capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics revealed that the acceptor concentration in the CdTe layer increased with increasing Cd/Te ratio of the evaporated source. Furthermore, photoluminescence spectra implied that the formation of the Cd vacancies in the CdTe layer was suppressed using the Cd-rich source.

  18. Sputtered CdTe thin film solar cells with Cu2Te/Au back contact

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    In this work, Cu2Te/Au back contact for CdTe thin film solar cells were prepared by vacuum evaporation. Influence of annealing temperature on the structure and electrical properties of Cu2Te films were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and Hall effect measurement. Also, CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells were fabricated by magnetron sputtering process, which is favorable for large area deposition and mass production, and the photovoltaic characteristics were studied. As the annealing temperature was increased, the crystal structure transformed from Cu2Te for as-deposited film to Cu2−xTe hexagonal phase, and the grains in the film became bigger. The electrical resistivity was slightly higher by the annealing. The cell efficiency was significantly improved by the heat treatment, and showed a maximum value of 9.14% at 180 °C. From these results, Cu2Te/Au contact acts as the proper pseudo-ohmic contact onto CdTe film. However, further increase of annealing temperature caused the deterioration of cell performance. - Highlights: • Annealing effects of the vacuum evaporated Cu2Te films were investigated. • The transformation from Cu2Te to Cu2−xTe hexagonal phase occurred by annealing. • The performance of the solar cell was highly increased by annealing at 180 °C. • Cu2Te/Au contact acts as the proper pseudo-ohmic contact onto CdTe film

  19. Study of CdTe and HgCdTe thin films obtained by electrochemical methods

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    Cadmium telluride polycrystalline thin films were fabricated on SnO2-coated glass substrates by potentiostatic electrodeposition and characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray analyses (EDAX), optical and electrical measurements. The films dseposited at potentials more positive than -0.65 V vs.SCE were p-type but those deposited at more negative potentials were n-type. All CdTe thin films showed a band-gap energy about 1.45 eV and a large absorption coeffici-ent (a=105 cm-1) above de band edge. The addition of even small amounts of mercury to the CdTe produces higuer conductivity values and lower band-gap energies. We have prepared HgCdTe thin films where the band-gap energies ranged between 0.93 and 0.88 eV depending on the ratio of mercury to cadmium. Heat treatment at 3000C increases the crystalline diameter and alter the composition of the electrodeposited films, a decrease of the resistivity values was also observed. (Author)

  20. Effect of substrate temperature on photoconductivity in CdTe thin films

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    Sarmah, K.C.; Das, H.L. (Dept. of Physics, Gauhati Univ., Assam (India))

    1991-03-20

    Thin films of highly pure (99.999%) CdTe grown by vacuum evaporation on glass substrates held at elevated temperatures have been found to be polycrystalline. Within the range from liquid nitrogen temperature to 425 K two distinct conductivity regions both in the dark and under illumination have been observed in all the films having different grain sizes. From lower temperatures to 285 K the conductivity is essentially temperature independent and above 285 K the potential barriers localized at grain boundaries limit the conductivity. (orig.).

  1. CdTe detector use for PIXE characterization of TbCoFe thin films

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    Peltier cooled CdTe detectors have good efficiency beyond the range of energies normally covered by Si(Li) detectors, the most common detectors in PIXE applications. An important advantage of CdTe detectors is the possibility of studying K X-rays lines instead the L X-rays lines in various cases since CdTe detectors present an energy efficiency plateau reaching 70 keV or more. The ITN CdTe useful energy range starts at K-Kα (3.312 keV) and goes up to 120 keV, just above the energy of the lowest γ-ray of the 19F(p, p'γ)19F reaction. In the new ITN HRHE-PIXE line, a CdTe detector is associated to a POLARIS microcalorimeter X-ray detector built by Vericold Technologies GmbH (an Oxford Instruments Group Company). The ITN POLARIS has a resolution of 15 eV at 1.486 keV (Al-Kα) and 24 eV at 10.550 keV (Pb-Lα1). In the present work, a TbCoFe thin film deposited on a Si substrate was analysed at the HRHE-PIXE system. The good efficiency of the CdTe detector at 45 keV (Tb-Kα), and the excellent resolution of POLARIS microcalorimeter at 6.403 keV (Fe-Kα), are presented and the new possibilities open to the IBA analysis of systems with traditionally overlapping X-rays and near mass elements are discussed.

  2. Effects of various deposition times and RF powers on CdTe thin film growth using magnetron sputtering

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    Ghorannevis, Z.; Akbarnejad, E.; Ghoranneviss, M.

    2016-04-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) is a p-type II-VI compound semiconductor, which is an active component for producing photovoltaic solar cells in the form of thin films, due to its desirable physical properties. In this study, CdTe film was deposited using the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering system onto a glass substrate. To improve the properties of the CdTe film, effects of two experimental parameters of deposition time and RF power were investigated on the physical properties of the CdTe films. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectrophotometer were used to study the structural, morphological and optical properties of the CdTe samples grown at different experimental conditions, respectively. Our results suggest that film properties strongly depend on the experimental parameters and by optimizing these parameters, it is possible to tune the desired structural, morphological and optical properties. From XRD data, it is found that increasing the deposition time and RF power leads to increasing the crystallinity as well as the crystal sizes of the grown film, and all the films represent zinc blende cubic structure. Roughness values given from AFM images suggest increasing the roughness of the CdTe films by increasing the RF power and deposition times. Finally, optical investigations reveal increasing the film band gaps by increasing the RF power and the deposition time.

  3. Effects of various deposition times and RF powers on CdTe thin film growth using magnetron sputtering

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    Ghorannevis, Z.; Akbarnejad, E.; Ghoranneviss, M.

    2016-09-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) is a p-type II-VI compound semiconductor, which is an active component for producing photovoltaic solar cells in the form of thin films, due to its desirable physical properties. In this study, CdTe film was deposited using the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering system onto a glass substrate. To improve the properties of the CdTe film, effects of two experimental parameters of deposition time and RF power were investigated on the physical properties of the CdTe films. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectrophotometer were used to study the structural, morphological and optical properties of the CdTe samples grown at different experimental conditions, respectively. Our results suggest that film properties strongly depend on the experimental parameters and by optimizing these parameters, it is possible to tune the desired structural, morphological and optical properties. From XRD data, it is found that increasing the deposition time and RF power leads to increasing the crystallinity as well as the crystal sizes of the grown film, and all the films represent zinc blende cubic structure. Roughness values given from AFM images suggest increasing the roughness of the CdTe films by increasing the RF power and deposition times. Finally, optical investigations reveal increasing the film band gaps by increasing the RF power and the deposition time.

  4. Thin film CdTe solar cells by close spaced sublimation: Recent results from pilot line

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    CdTe is an attractive material to produce high efficient and low cost thin film solar cells. The semiconducting layers of this kind of solar cell can be deposited by the Close Spaced Sublimation (CSS) process. The advantages of this technique are high deposition rates and an excellent utilization of the raw material, leading to low production costs and competitive module prices. CTF Solar GmbH is offering equipment and process knowhow for the production of CdTe solar modules. For further improvement of the technology, research is done at a pilot line, which covers all relevant process steps for manufacture of CdTe solar cells. Herein, we present the latest results from the process development and our research activities on single functional layers as well as for complete solar cell devices. Efficiencies above 13% have already been obtained with Cu-free back contacts. An additional focus is set on different transparent conducting oxide materials for the front contact and a Sb2Te3 based back contact. - Highlights: ► Laboratory established on industrial level for CdTe solar cell research ► 13.0% cell efficiency with our standard front contact and Cu-free back contact ► Research on ZnO-based transparent conducting oxide and Sb2Te3 back contacts ► High resolution scanning electron microscopy analysis of ion polished cross section

  5. Characterization of Highly Efficient CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells by Low-Temperature Photoluminescence

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    Okamoto, Tamotsu; Matsuzaki, Yuichi; Amin, Nowshad; Yamada, Akira; Konagai, Makoto

    1998-07-01

    Highly efficient CdTe thin film solar cells prepared by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) method with a glass/ITO/CdS/CdTe/Cu-doped carbon/Ag structure were characterized by low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurement. A broad 1.42 eV band probably due to VCd Cl defect complexes appeared as a result of CdCl2 treatment. CdS/CdTe junction PL revealed that a CdSxTe1-x mixed crystal layer was formed at the CdS/CdTe interface region during the deposition of CdTe by CSS and that CdCl2 treatment promoted the formation of the mixed crystal layer. Furthermore, in the PL spectra of the heat-treated CdTe after screen printing of the Cu-doped carbon electrode, a neutral-acceptor bound exciton (ACu0, X) line at 1.590 eV was observed, suggesting that Cu atoms were incorporated into CdTe as effective acceptors after the heat treatment.

  6. Epitaxial growth of CdTe oriented thin films, infrared characterization and possible applications to photo-voltaic cells

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    Gerbaux, X.; Pianelli, A.; Hadni, A.; Jeanniard, C.; Strimer, P.

    1980-01-01

    The growth of CdTe oriented thin films by the ENSH method - i.e. Epitaxial Nucleation in Sub-microscopic Holes of an intermediate layer closely applied on a bulk single crystal — has been recently described. The CdTe films are generally difficult to detach from the bulk crystal. However free films are needed to study the infrared transmission in the spectral region of high absorption. To get them, the vitreous or amorphous thin intermediate layers are substituted by quite soluble an oriented ...

  7. Effect of electric field on spray deposited CdTe thin films

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    CdTe thin films have been deposited using spray pyrolysis with and without electric field. The improvement in the film properties with the electric field is observed which is mainly due to the reduction of droplet size. The presence of CdTeO3 peaks in the X-ray diffraction pattern for films deposited without electric field at 350 deg. C is attributed to the slow dissociation of complexes containing Cd and Te ions on the substrate. The reduction in the droplet size under the influence of electric field and faster dissociation of droplets at high temperature leads to complete pyrolytic reaction for a nearly oxide free CdTe film formation. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis indicates stoichiometric Cd and Te atomic concentrations, with oxygen and chlorine impurities in varying amount for different substrate temperatures, with and without electric field. The presence of chlorine gives rise to an intense photoluminescence peak at 1.40 eV along with a weak peak at 0.84 eV. The intensities of both peaks diminish when the films are prepared with the electric field, due to reduction of chlorine concentration and morphological changes in the films

  8. Physical properties of spray deposited CdTe thin films: PEC performance

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    V. M. Nikale; S. S. Shinde; C. H. Bhosale; K.Y. Rajpure

    2011-01-01

    p-CdTe thin films were prepared by spray pyrolysis under different ambient conditions and characterized using photoelectrochemical (PEC),X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy,energy-dispersive analysis by X-ray (EDAX),and optical transmission studies.The different preparative parameters viz solution pH,solution quantity,substrate temperature and solution concentration have been optimized by the PEC technique in order to get good-quality photosensitive material.XRD analysis shows the polycrystalline nature of the film,having cubic structure with strong (111) orientation.Micrographs reveal that grains are uniformly distributed over the surface of the substrate indicating the well-defined growth ofpolycrystalline CdTe thin film.The EDAX study for the sample deposited at optimized preparative parameters shows the nearly stoichiometric Cd:Te ratio.Optical absorption shows the presence of direct transition with band gap energy of 1.5 eV.Deposited films exhibit the highest photocurrent of 2.3 mA,a photovoltage of 462 mV,a 0.48 fill factor and 3.4% efficiency for the optimized preparative parameters.

  9. Electronic structure, structural and optical properties of thermally evaporated CdTe thin films

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    Thin films of CdTe were deposited on glass substrates by thermal evaporation. From the XRD measurements it is found that the films are of zinc-blende-type structure. The lattice parameter was determined as a=6.529A, which is larger than 6.48A of the powder sample, because the recrystallized lattice of the grown films is subjected to a compressive stress aroused as a result of the lattice mismatch and/or differences in thermal expansion coefficient between the CdTe and the underlying substrate. Transmittance, absorption, extinction and refractive coefficients are measured. Electronic structure, band parameters and optical spectra of CdTe were calculated from ab initio studies within the LDA and LDA+U approximations. It is shown that LDA underestimates the band gap, energy levels of the Cd-4d states, s-d coupling and band dispersion. However, it calculates the spin-orbit coupling correctly. LDA+U did not increase much the band gap value, but it corrected the s-d coupling by shifting the Cd-4d levels towards the experimentally determined location and by splitting the LDA-derived single s peak into two peaks, which originates from admixture of s and d states. It is shown that the s-d coupling plays an important role in absorption and reflectivity constants. The calculated optical spectra fairly agree with experimental data. Independent of wave vector scissors operator is found to be a good first approximation to shift rigidly the band gap of CdTe underestimated by LDA

  10. Electro-Plating and Characterisation of CdTe Thin Films Using CdCl2 as the Cadmium Source

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    Nor A. Abdul-Manaf

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium telluride (CdTe thin films have been successfully prepared from an aqueous electrolyte bath containing cadmium chloride (CdCl2·H2O and tellurium dioxide (TeO2 using an electrodeposition technique. The structural, electrical, morphological and optical properties of these thin films have been characterised using X-ray diffraction (XRD, Raman spectroscopy, optical profilometry, DC current-voltage (I-V measurements, photoelectrochemical (PEC cell measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM and UV-Vis spectrophotometry. It is observed that the best cathodic potential is 698 mV with respect to standard calomel electrode (SCE in a three electrode system. Structural analysis using XRD shows polycrystalline crystal structure in the as-deposited CdTe thin films and the peaks intensity increase after CdCl2 treatment. PEC cell measurements show the possibility of growing p-, i- and n-type CdTe layers by varying the growth potential during electrodeposition. The electrical resistivity of the as-deposited layers are in the order of 104 Ω·cm. SEM and AFM show that the CdCl2 treated samples are more roughness and have larger grain size when compared to CdTe grown by CdSO4 precursor. Results obtained from the optical absorption reveal that the bandgap of as-deposited CdTe (1.48–1.52 eV reduce to (1.45–1.49 eV after CdCl2 treatment. Full characterisation of this material is providing new information on crucial CdCl2 treatment of CdTe thin films due to its built-in CdCl2 treatment during the material growth. The work is progressing to fabricate solar cells with this material and compare with CdTe thin films grown by conventional sulphate precursors.

  11. Growth and Characterization of CdTe Thin Films on CdS/TCO/glass superstrate

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    Oladeji, Isaiah O.; Chow, Lee; Zhou, Dan; Stevie, Fred

    1998-11-01

    The performance of CdTe/CdS/TCO/glass structure which is generally used as a solar cell depends on the impurities incorporated in the system before and after electrodeposition of CdTe thin films. In this report we present a detailed investigation of this structure using secondary ion mass spectrometry(SIMS), x-ray microanalysis, x-ray diffraction(XRD), and scanning electron microscopy(SEM) to identify those impurities. We also discuss possible ways of minimizing or eliminating some of these impurities in order to improve the cell efficiency.

  12. Physical properties of vacuum evaporated CdTe thin films with post-deposition thermal annealing

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    Chander, Subhash; Dhaka, M. S.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents the physical properties of vacuum evaporated CdTe thin films with post-deposition thermal annealing. The thin films of thickness 500 nm were grown on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates employing thermal vacuum evaporation technique followed by post-deposition thermal annealing at temperature 450 °C. These films were subjected to the X-ray diffraction (XRD),UV-Vis spectrophotometer, source meter and atomic force microscopy (AFM) for structural, optical, electrical and surface morphological analysis respectively. The X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that the films have zinc-blende structure of single cubic phase with preferred orientation (111) and polycrystalline in nature. The crystallographic and optical parameters are calculated and discussed in brief. The optical band gap is found to be 1.62 eV and 1.52 eV for as-grown and annealed films respectively. The I-V characteristics show that the conductivity is decreased for annealed thin films. The AFM studies reveal that the surface roughness is observed to be increased for thermally annealed films.

  13. Electronic structure of electrodeposited thin film CdTe solar cells

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    Ullal, H. S.

    1988-05-01

    Independent experimental verification done at four research laboratories, namely, Ametek, Colorado State University (CSU), Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC), and Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) confirm the n-i-p model proposed by Ametek. The experiments done for the verification of the n-i-p structure are the high frequency capacitance-voltage, light and voltage bias quantum efficiency, and EBIC measurements. All experimental evidence suggests that the n-i-p model is appropriate for the existing n-CdS/i-CdTe/p-ZnTe cell structure. From the C-V measurements, the depletion width has been estimated at 1.7 to 2.0 microns and corresponds to the thickness of the CdTe film. This unique thin films device design has resulted in improved stability and a SERI-verified world record single-junction total area AM1.5 global efficiency of 11 percent. Further refinements in device design and cell processing should result in 12 to 13 percent efficiencies for thin-film CdTe solar cells in the not-too-distant future.

  14. Electronic structure of electrodeposited thin film CdTe solar cells

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    Ullal, H.S.

    1988-05-01

    Independent experimental verification done at four research laboratories, namely, Ametek, Colorado State University (CSU), Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC), and Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) confirm the n-i-p model proposed by Ametek. The experiments done for the verification of the n-i-p structure are the high frequency capacitance-voltage, light and voltage bias quantum efficiency, and EBIC measurements. All experimental evidence suggests that the n-i-p model is appropriate for the existing n-CdS/i-CdTe/p-ZnTe cell structure. From the C-V measurements, the depletion width has been estimated at 1.7-2.0 ..mu..m and corresponds to the thickness of the CdTe film. This unique thin films device design has resulted in improved stability and a SERI-verified world record single-junction total area AM1.5 global efficiency of 11%. Further refinements in device design and cell processing should result in 12-13% efficiencies for thin-film CdTe solar cells in the not-too-distant future.

  15. The activation of thin film CdTe solar cells using alternative chlorine containing compounds

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    Maniscalco, B., E-mail: B.Maniscalco@lboro.ac.uk [Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (United Kingdom); Abbas, A.; Bowers, J.W.; Kaminski, P.M.; Bass, K. [Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (United Kingdom); West, G. [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Walls, J.M. [Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (United Kingdom)

    2015-05-01

    The re-crystallisation of thin film cadmium telluride (CdTe) using cadmium chloride (CdCl{sub 2}) is a vital process for obtaining high efficiency photovoltaic devices. However, the precise micro-structural mechanisms involved are not well understood. In this study, we have used alternative chlorine-containing compounds to determine if these can also assist the re-crystallisation of the CdTe layer and to understand the separate roles of cadmium and chlorine during the activation. The compounds used were: tellurium tetrachloride (TeCl{sub 4}), cadmium acetate (Cd(CH{sub 3}CO{sub 2}){sub 2}), hydrochloric acid (HCl) and zinc chloride (ZnCl{sub 2}). TeCl{sub 4} was used to assess the role of Cl and the formation of a Te-rich outer layer which may assist the formation of the back contact. (Cd(CH{sub 3}CO{sub 2}){sub 2}) and HCl were used to distinguish between the roles of cadmium and chlorine in the process. Finally, ZnCl{sub 2} was employed as an alternative to CdCl{sub 2}. We report on the efficacy of using these alternative Cl-containing compounds to remove the high density of planar defects present in untreated CdTe. - Highlights: • Cadmium chloride (CdCl{sub 2}) activation treatment • Alternative chlorine containing compounds • Microstructure analysis and electrical performances.

  16. The activation of thin film CdTe solar cells using alternative chlorine containing compounds

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    The re-crystallisation of thin film cadmium telluride (CdTe) using cadmium chloride (CdCl2) is a vital process for obtaining high efficiency photovoltaic devices. However, the precise micro-structural mechanisms involved are not well understood. In this study, we have used alternative chlorine-containing compounds to determine if these can also assist the re-crystallisation of the CdTe layer and to understand the separate roles of cadmium and chlorine during the activation. The compounds used were: tellurium tetrachloride (TeCl4), cadmium acetate (Cd(CH3CO2)2), hydrochloric acid (HCl) and zinc chloride (ZnCl2). TeCl4 was used to assess the role of Cl and the formation of a Te-rich outer layer which may assist the formation of the back contact. (Cd(CH3CO2)2) and HCl were used to distinguish between the roles of cadmium and chlorine in the process. Finally, ZnCl2 was employed as an alternative to CdCl2. We report on the efficacy of using these alternative Cl-containing compounds to remove the high density of planar defects present in untreated CdTe. - Highlights: • Cadmium chloride (CdCl2) activation treatment • Alternative chlorine containing compounds • Microstructure analysis and electrical performances

  17. Advances in CuInSe sub 2 and CdTe thin film solar cells

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    Shafarmann, W.N.; Birkmire, R.W.; Farding, D.A.; McCandless, B.E.; Mondal, A.; Phillips, J.E.; Varrin, R.D. Jr. (Delaware Univ., Newark (USA). Inst. of Energy Conversion)

    1991-05-01

    Research on CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe thin film solar cells is discussed. CuInSe{sub 2} was deposited by selenization of Cu/In layers and was used to make a 10% efficient CuInSe{sub 2}/(CdZn)S cell. Characterization of the reaction mechanisms is described. The open-circuit voltage V{sub oc} of CuInSe{sub 2}/(CdZn)S cells is dominated by recombination in the space charge region, so increassing the band gap or decreasing the width of this region should increase V{sub oc}. Increasing the band gap with a thin Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2} layer at the CuInSe{sub 2} surface has demonstrated increased V{sub oc} with collection out to the CuInSe{sub 2} band gap. A post-deposition treatment and contacting process for evaporated CdS/CdTe cells was developed and high efficiency cells were made. Several steps in the process, including a CdCl{sub 2} coating, a 400deg C heat treatment, and a contact containing copper are critical. ZnTe films were deposited from an aqueous solution as a contact to CdTe. (orig.).

  18. Impact of thermal annealing on physical properties of vacuum evaporated polycrystalline CdTe thin films for solar cell applications

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    Chander, Subhash; Dhaka, M. S.

    2016-06-01

    A study on impact of post-deposition thermal annealing on the physical properties of CdTe thin films is undertaken in this paper. The thin films of thickness 500 nm were grown on ITO and glass substrates employing thermal vacuum evaporation followed by post-deposition thermal annealing in air atmosphere within low temperature range 150-350 °C. These films were subjected to the XRD, UV-Vis NIR spectrophotometer, source meter, SEM coupled with EDS and AFM for structural, optical, electrical and surface topographical analysis respectively. The diffraction patterns reveal that the films are having zinc-blende cubic structure with preferred orientation along (111) and polycrystalline in nature. The crystallographic parameters are calculated and discussed in detail. The optical band gap is found in the range 1.48-1.64 eV and observed to decrease with thermal annealing. The current-voltage characteristics show that the CdTe films exhibit linear ohmic behavior. The SEM studies show that the as-grown films are homogeneous, uniform and free from defects. The AFM studies reveal that the surface roughness of films is observed to increase with annealing. The experimental results reveal that the thermal annealing has significant impact on the physical properties of CdTe thin films and may be used as absorber layer to the CdTe/CdS thin films solar cells.

  19. High efficiency thin film CdTe solar cells. Second quarterly progress report, June 19-September 18, 1979

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    Serreze, H.B.; Entine, G.; Goldner, R.B.

    1979-10-01

    During the second quarter of this program primary emphasis was put into depositing and evaluating both n and p-type CdTe films on a variety of conducting and non-conducting substrates. Improvements in the deposition apparatus permitted preparation of a large number of CdTe films and numerous analytic techniques available at Tufts University were utilized to examine these films. It was found that the introduction of a thin (100 A). In layer between the ITO and the CdTe significantly reduced the previously observed barrier present at the ITO/n-CdTe interface without adversely reducing optical transmission. While the resistivity of the films is still rather high, very recent results show that proper changes in procedure are capable of markedly lowering the resistivity. Preliminary Schottky barrier devices have been made which show promising photovoltaic characteristics.

  20. Effect of Substrate Temperature on Structural and Optical Properties of Nanocrystalline CdTe Thin Films Deposited by Electron Beam Evaporation

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    M. Rigana Begam

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline Cadmium Telluride (CdTe thin films were deposited onto glass substrates using electron beam evaporation technique. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological and optical properties of CdTe thin films has been investigated. All the CdTe films exhibited zinc blende structure with (111 preferential orientation. The crystallite size of the films increased from 35 nm to 116 nm with the increase of substrate temperature and the band gap of the films decreased from 2.87 eV to 2.05 eV with the increase of the crystallite size.

  1. Effect of Annealing on the Properties of Antimony Telluride Thin Films and Their Applications in CdTe Solar Cells

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    Zhouling Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Antimony telluride alloy thin films were deposited at room temperature by using the vacuum coevaporation method. The films were annealed at different temperatures in N2 ambient, and then the compositional, structural, and electrical properties of antimony telluride thin films were characterized by X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, and Hall measurements. The results indicate that single phase antimony telluride existed when the annealing temperature was higher than 488 K. All thin films exhibited p-type conductivity with high carrier concentrations. Cell performance was greatly improved when the antimony telluride thin films were used as the back contact layer for CdTe thin film solar cells. The dark current voltage and capacitance voltage measurements were performed to investigate the formation of the back contacts for the cells with or without Sb2Te3 buffer layers. CdTe solar cells with the buffer layers can reduce the series resistance and eliminate the reverse junction between CdTe and metal electrodes.

  2. Characterization of thin film CdS-CdTe solar cells. [CDS-CDTE

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    Singh, V.P.; Brafman, H.; Makwana, J. (Texas Univ., El Paso (USA). Dept. of Electrical Engineering); McClure, J.C. (Texas Univ., El Paso, TX (USA). Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Dept.)

    1991-02-01

    Current-voltage, junction capacitance and optical characteristics of thin film CdS-CdTe cells on sprayed CdS films were measured. These characteristics have some interesting features such as reversal of the polarity of the a.c. short-circuit current and the a.c. open-circuit voltage when a large forward bias is applied across the cell. The reverse saturation current density j{sub 0} increases from 5.9x10{sup -9} A cm{sup -2} in the dark to 18.1x10{sup -6} A cm{sup -2} under '1 sun' illumination. Diode ideality factors are higher than 2.0 and the slope {alpha} of log I vs. V curve is almost temperature independent. The zero-bias depletion layer width is 1.9 {mu}m. The experimental results are interpreted by a model which proposes a highly compensated layer in CdTe and a high space charge layer in CdTe next to the CdS-CdTe interface. The origin of the high space charge layer is thought to be the ionization of a deep trap level at energy E{sub T} below the conduction band edge. For our calculations, we have used E{sub T}=0.45 eV. (orig.).

  3. Impact of thermal annealing on optical properties of vacuum evaporated CdTe thin films for solar cells

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    Chander, Subhash; Purohit, A.; Lal, C.; Nehra, S. P.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the impact of thermal annealing on optical properties of cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films is investigated. The films of thickness 650 nm were deposited on thoroughly cleaned glass substrate employing vacuum evaporation followed by thermal annealing in the temperature range 250-450 °C. The as-deposited and annealed films were characterized using UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The optical band gap is found to be decreased from 1.88 eV to 1.48 eV with thermal annealing. The refractive index is found to be in the range 2.73-2.92 and observed to increase with annealing treatment. The experimental results reveal that the thermal annealing plays an important role to enhance the optical properties of CdTe thin films and annealed films may be used as absorber layer in CdTe/CdS solar cells.

  4. Optical and electrical characterizations of highly efficient CdTe thin film solar cells prepared by close-spaced sublimation

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    Okamoto, T.; Yamada, A.; Konagai, M.

    2000-06-01

    The effects of the Cu diffusion on the optical and electrical properties of CdTe thin film solar cells prepared by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) were investigated by capacitance-voltage ( C- V) measurement and low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurement. C- V measurement revealed that the net acceptor concentration in the CdTe layer was independent of the heat treatment after screen printing of the Cu-doped graphite electrode for Cu diffusion into the CdTe layer, although it greatly affected the solar cell performance. Furthermore, the depth profile of PL spectrum of CdTe layer implies that the heat treatment for Cu diffusion facilitates the formation of low-resistance contact to CdTe through the formation of a heavily doped (p +) region in the CdTe adjacent to the back electrode, but Cu atoms do not act as effective acceptors in the CdTe layer except the region near the back electrode.

  5. Thermoelectric power of CdTe thin films prepared by vacuum evaporation method

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    Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin films of different thickness have been prepared by vacuum evaporation method on glass substrate at room temperature. X-ray diffraction and thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements were carried out on these films. The XRD pattern shows that as-deposited films are amorphous in character. Thermoelectric power (TEP) measured from room temperature to 450 K and it shows positive value at room temperature and decreases with the increase of temperature up to T approx. 314 K, above which it remains almost constant. At higher temperature, T > 410 K, TEP becomes negative. These experimental results reveal that there are two types of carriers present in as-deposited films. In low temperature region, dominant carriers are holes and at high temperature (T > 410 K) it is electron. The activation energy E0 and temperature coefficient of activation energy g have been calculated from TEP data. E0 and g varies with film thickness and their values range from 0.52 to 1.21 eV and 7.05x10-4 to 18.4x10-4 eV K-1 respectively. It is found that TEP does not vary systematically with film thickness, which is one of the characteristics of amorphous materials reported in the text. (author)

  6. Inline atmospheric pressure metal-organic chemical vapour deposition for thin film CdTe solar cells

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    A detailed study has been undertaken to assess the deposition of CdTe for thin film devices via an inline atmospheric pressure metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (AP-MOCVD) reactor. The precursors for CdTe synthesis were released from a showerhead assembly normal to a transparent conductive oxide (TCO)/glass substrate, previously coated with a CdZnS window layer using a conventional batch AP-MOCVD reactor with horizontal flow delivery. Under a simulated illumination with air mass coefficient 1.5 (AM1.5), the initial best cell conversion efficiency (11.2%) for such hybrid cells was comparable to a reference device efficiency (∼ 13%), grown entirely in the AP-MOCVD batch reactor. The performance and structure of the hybrid and conventional devices are compared for spectral response, CdTe grain morphology and crystal structure. These preliminary results reported on the transfer from a batch to an inline AP-MOCVD reactor which holds a good potential for the large-scale production of thin film photovoltaics devices and related materials. - Highlights: • Inline metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) used to grow CdTe films • Desired dopant profiles in CdTe:As achieved with inline MOCVD reactor • Initial conversion efficiency of 11.2% was comparable to batch devices (∼ 13%). • Inline MOCVD holds a good potential for large-scale thin film photovoltaics production

  7. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the VCd− and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl2 annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures

  8. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Yi Deng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the VCd− and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl2 annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  9. Cu-doped CdS and its application in CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Deng, Yi [School of Automation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430070 (China); College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Hankou University, Wuhan, Hubei 430212 (China); Yang, Jun; Yang, Ruilong; Shen, Kai; Wang, Dezhao [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Wang, Deliang, E-mail: eedewang@ustc.edu.cn [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

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    Cu is widely used in the back contact formation of CdTe thin film solar cells. However, Cu is easily to diffuse from the back contact into the CdTe absorber layer and even to the cell junction interface CdS/CdTe. This phenomenon is generally believed to be the main factor affecting the CdTe solar cell stability. In this study Cu was intentionally doped in CdS thin film to study its effect on the microstructural, optical and electrical properties of the CdS material. Upon Cu doping, the V{sub Cd{sup −}} and the surface-state-related photoluminescence emissions were dramatically decreased/quenched. The presence of Cu atom hindered the recrystallization/coalescence of the nano-sized grains in the as-deposited CdS film during the air and the CdCl{sub 2} annealing. CdTe thin film solar cell fabricated with Cu-doped CdS window layers demonstrated much decreased fill factor, which was induced by the increased space-charge recombination near the p-n junction and the worsened junction crystalline quality. Temperature dependent current-voltage curve measurement indicated that the doped Cu in the CdS window layer was not stable at both room and higher temperatures.

  10. Purified water etching of native oxides on heteroepitaxial CdTe thin films

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    Meinander, Kristoffer; Carvalho, Jessica L.; Miki, Carley; Rideout, Joshua; Jovanovic, Stephen M.; Devenyi, Gabriel A.; Preston, John S.

    2014-12-01

    The etching of native oxides on compound semiconductors is an important step in the production of electronic and optoelectronic devices. Although it is known that the native oxide on CdTe can be etched through a rinsing in purified water, a deeper investigation into this process has not been done. Here we present results on both surface morphology changes and reaction rates for purified water etching of the native oxide on heteroepitaxial CdTe thin films, as studied by atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Together with a characterization of both the structure and stoichiometry of the initial native oxide, we show how an altering of the pH-level of the etchant will affect the etching rates. If oxide regrowth was allowed, constant etching rates could be observed for all etchants, while a logarithmic decrease in oxide thickness was observed if regrowth was inhibited. Both acidic and basic etchants proved to be more efficient than neutral water.

  11. Red shift for CdTe nanoparticle thin films and suspensions during heating.

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    Dunn, S; Gardner, H C; Bertoni, C; Gallardo, D E; Gaponik, N; Eychmüller, A

    2008-05-01

    The work that we have conducted shows that temperature affects the wavelength of light emitted from CdTe nanoparticle clusters that are in a suspension or deposited into thin films via a layer-by-layer process. Compared with the stock suspension, the films show an initial photoluminescent shift, of circa 6-8 nm to the red, when the particles are deposited. A shift of circa 6-8 nm is also seen when the suspensions are first heated to 85 degrees C from room temperature (20 degrees C) having been stored in a fridge at 5 degrees C. This shift is non-recoverable. With continual cycling from room temperature to 85 degrees C the suspensions show a slight tendency for the emission to move increasingly to the red; whereas the films show no such tendency. In both cases, the range in emission is ca 10 nm from the room temperature state to 80 degrees C. The intensity of the emission from the film drops abruptly (ca 50% reduction) after one cycle of heating; in the suspension there is an initial increase (ca 3-5% increase) in intensity before it decays. We see that the shift towards the red has been attributed to energy transfer or a rearrangement of the packing of the particles in the thin films. After conducting analysis of the films using scanning probe microscopy we have determined that a change in the morphology is responsible for the permanent shift in emission wavelength associated with prolonged heating. The influence of traps has not been ruled out, but the morphological change in the samples is very large and is likely to be the dominating mechanism affecting change for the red shift at room temperature. PMID:18572681

  12. Influence of thickness on physical properties of vacuum evaporated polycrystalline CdTe thin films for solar cell applications

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    Chander, Subhash; Dhaka, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents the influence of thickness on physical properties of polycrystalline CdTe thin films. The thin films of thickness 450 nm, 650 nm and 850 nm were deposited employing thermal vacuum evaporation technique on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. The physical properties of these as-grown thin films were investigated employing the X-ray diffraction (XRD), source meter, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The structural analysis reveals that the films have zinc-blende cubic structure and polycrystalline in nature with preferred orientation (111). The structural parameters like lattice constant, interplanar spacing, grain size, strain, dislocation density and number of crystallites per unit area are calculated. The average grain size and optical band gap are found in the range 15.16-21.22 nm and 1.44-1.63 eV respectively and observed to decrease with thickness. The current-voltage characteristics show that the electrical conductivity is observed to decrease with thickness. The surface morphology shows that films are free from crystal defects like pin holes and voids as well as homogeneous and uniform. The EDS patterns show the presence of cadmium and tellurium elements in the as grown films. The experimental results reveal that the film thickness plays significant role on the physical properties of as-grown CdTe thin films and higher thickness may be used as absorber layer to solar cells applications.

  13. A Comparative Study on the Optical Properties of Multilayer CdSe / CdTe Thin Film with Single Layer CdTe and CdSe Films

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    M. Melvin David Kumar; Suganthi Devadason

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    CdTe and CdSe single layer thin films and CdSe / CdTe multilayer (ML) thin film were prepared by using physical vapour deposition method. Optical properties of CdSe / CdTe multilayer thin film shows different behavior due to type II band structure alignment. Energy band gap value of CdSe / CdTe ML thin film is shifted to higher value than that of single layer CdTe film. This is due to decrease in crystallite size to dimension smaller than the Bohr exciton radius of CdTe (14 nm). Crystallite ...

  14. The large-area CdTe thin film for CdS/CdTe solar cell prepared by physical vapor deposition in medium pressure

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    Luo, Run; Liu, Bo; Yang, Xiaoyan; Bao, Zheng; Li, Bing; Zhang, Jingquan; Li, Wei; Wu, Lili; Feng, Lianghuan

    2016-01-01

    The Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film has been prepared by physical vapor deposition (PVD), the Ar + O2 pressure is about 0.9 kPa. This method is a newer technique to deposit CdTe thin film in large area, and the size of the film is 30 × 40 cm2. This method is much different from the close-spaced sublimation (CSS), as the relevance between the source temperature and the substrate temperature is weak, and the gas phase of CdTe is transferred to the substrate by Ar + O2 flow. Through this method, the compact and uniform CdTe film (30 × 40 cm2) has been achieved, and the performances of the CdTe thin film have been determined by transmission spectrum, SEM and XRD. The film is observed to be compact with a good crystallinity, the CdTe is polycrystalline with a cubic structure and a strongly preferred (1 1 1) orientation. Using the CdTe thin film (3 × 5 cm2) which is taken from the deposited large-area film, the 14.6% efficiency CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell has been prepared successfully. The structure of the cell is glass/FTO/CdS/CdTe/graphite slurry/Au, short circuit current density (Jsc) of the cell is 26.9 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage (Voc) is 823 mV, and filling factor (FF) is 66.05%. This technique can be a quite promising method to apply in the industrial production, as it has great prospects in the fabricating of large-area CdTe film.

  15. Preparation and Properties of Evaporated CdTe and All Thin Film CdTe/CdS Solar Cells

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    Shahzad, Naseem

    1991-05-01

    Cadmium telluride thin films were prepared by vacuum evaporation of CdTe powder in an attempt to fabricate all thin film solar cells of the type CdTe/CdS. Characterization of CdTe has shown it to have a band gap of 1.522 eV and a resistivity of 22Ω-cm. As prepared, solar cells exhibited low values of output parameters. Given quantity of copper was then deposited on top of the CdTe/CdS solar cells and the whole system was annealed at 350° C. This copper doping changed the output parameters favorably with a maximum efficiency of 1.9%.

  16. Optical and structural characterization of oleic acid-stabilized CdTe nanocrystals for solution thin film processing

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    Claudio Davet Gutiérrez-Lazos; Mauricio Ortega-López; Pérez-Guzmán, Manuel A; A. Mauricio Espinoza-Rivas; Francisco Solís-Pomar; Rebeca Ortega-Amaya; L. Gerardo Silva-Vidaurri; Virginia C. Castro-Peña; Eduardo Pérez-Tijerina

    2014-01-01

    This work presents results of the optical and structural characterization of oleic acid-stabilized cadmium telluride nanocrystals (CdTe-NC) synthesized by an organometallic route. After being cleaned, the CdTe-NC were dispersed in toluene to obtain an ink-like dispersion, which was drop-cast on glass substrate to deposit a thin film. The CdTe-NC colloidal dispersion as well as the CdTe drop-cast thin films were characterized with regard to the optical and structural properties. TEM analysis i...

  17. Thin-film-based CdTe photovoltaic module characterization: Measurements and energy prediction improvement

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    Lay-Ekuakille, A.; Arnesano, A.; Vergallo, P.

    2013-01-01

    Photovoltaic characterization is a topic of major interest in the field of renewable energy. Monocrystalline and polycrystalline modules are mostly used and, hence characterized since many laboratories have data of them. Conversely, cadmium telluride (CdTe), as thin-film module are, in some circumstances, difficult to be used for energy prediction. This work covers outdoor testing of photovoltaic modules, in particular that regarding CdTe ones. The scope is to obtain temperature coefficients that best predict the energy production. A First Solar (K-275) module has been used for the purposes of this research. Outdoor characterizations were performed at Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy. The location of Lecce city represents a typical site in the South Italy. The module was exposed outdoor and tested under clear sky conditions as well as under cloudy sky ones. During testing, the global-inclined irradiance varied between 0 and 1500 W/m2. About 37 000 I-V characteristics were acquired, allowing to process temperature coefficients as a function of irradiance and ambient temperature. The module was characterized by measuring the full temperature-irradiance matrix in the range from 50 to 1300 W/m2 and from -1 to 40 W/m2 from October 2011 to February 2012. Afterwards, the module energy output, under real conditions, was calculated with the "matrix method" of SUPSI-ISAAC and the results were compared with the five months energy output data of the same module measured with the outdoor energy yield facility in Lecce.

  18. X-ray, electron microscopy and photovoltaic studies on CdTe thin films deposited normally at different substrate temperatures

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    Saha, S.; Pal, U.; Samantaray, B.K.; Chaudhuri, A.K. (Indian Inst. of Tech., Kharagpur (IN). Dept. of Physics and Meteorology); Banerjee, H.D. (Indian Inst. of Tech., Kharagpur (India). Materials Science Centre)

    1990-12-01

    X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction studies were conducted on CdTe thin films deposited on glass substrates kept at different substrate temperatures. Variation of the different structural parameters, such as lattice constant, crystallite size, r.m.s. strain, dislocation density and stacking fault probability with substrate temperature, was investigated in the temperature range 300 to 498 K. An increase in the lattice constant and crystallite size values and a decrease in the other parameters with increase in temperature of the substrate was observed. A photovoltage was observed for CdTe film deposited normally on glass substrates kept at higher substrate temperatures. The development of photovoltage in the film is explained in the light of the formation of crystallites of variable structure. (author).

  19. Growth of polycrystalline CdS and CdTe thin layers for high efficiency thin film solar cells

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    Romeo, N.; Bosio, A.; Tedeschi, R.; Canevari, V. [Parma Univ. (Italy). Dipartimento di Fisica

    2000-10-16

    Recently, conversion efficiencies close to 16% for thin film solar cells based on the CdS/CdTe heterojunction have been reported. These relevant results, however, have not yet solved the problems which arise when industrial production is undertaken as the demand for low cost imposes constraints which considerably limit the final efficiency of the cells. In this paper, we will show that very high conversion efficiencies can still be achieved even making use of low cost soda-lime glass as substrate. In fact, the Na contained in this kind of glass diffuses during the fabrication of the cell into the active layers of the device causing a substantial decrease of the fill factor and consequently of the efficiency of the cell. In particular, we will describe the methods and the magnetron sputtering techniques used to grow a polycrystalline CdS thin film with a controlled Na content. We will also describe the details of the growth via the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) technique of the CdTe polycrystalline film, which are crucial for the heterojunction and the back contact which has been fabricated exploiting the characteristics of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} which is a low gap p-type semiconductor with a high conductivity. (orig.)

  20. Effective Ag doping by He-Ne laser exposure to improve the electrical and the optical properties of CdTe thin films for heterostructured thin film solar cells

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    The cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film solar cell is one of the strongest candidates due to the optimum band gap energy (about 1.4 eV) for solar energy absorption, high light absorption capability and lower cost requirements for solar cell production. However, the maximum efficiency of a CdTe thin film solar cell still remains just 16.5% despite its excellent absorption coefficient; i.e., the electrical properties of CdTe thin film, including the resistivity, must be improved to enhance the energy conversion efficiency. Silver (Ag) was doped by using helium-neon (He-Ne) laser (632.8 nm) exposure into sputtering-deposited p-type CdTe thin films. The resistivity of the Ag-doped CdTe thin films was reduced from 2.97 x 104 Ω-cm to the order of 5.16 x 10'-'2 Ω-cm. The carrier concentration of CdTe thin films had increased to 1.6 x 1018 cm-3 after a 15-minute exposure to the He-Ne laser. The average absorbance value of CdTe thin films was improved from 1.81 to 3.01 by the doping of Ag due to impurity-scattering. These improved properties should contribute to the efficiency of the photovoltaic effect of the photogenerated charged carriers. The methodology in this study is very simple and effective to dope a multilayered thin film solar cell with a relatively short process time, no wet-process, and selective treatment.

  1. CdTe thin film solar cells produced using a chamberless inline process via metalorganic chemical vapour deposition

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    Cd1−xZnxS and CdTe:As thin films were deposited using a recently developed chamberless inline process via metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) at atmospheric pressure and assessed for fabrication of CdTe photovoltaic (PV) solar cells. Initially, CdS and Cd1−xZnxS coatings were applied onto 15 × 15 cm2 float glass substrates, characterised for their optical properties, and then used as the window layer in CdTe solar cells which were completed in a conventional MOCVD (batch) reactor. Such devices provided best conversion efficiency of 13.6% for Cd0.36Zn0.64S and 10% for CdS which compare favourably to the existing baseline MOCVD (batch reactor) devices. Next, sequential deposition of Cd0.36Zn0.64S and CdTe:As films was realised by the chamberless inline process. The chemical composition of a 1 μm CdTe:As/150 nm Cd0.36Zn0.64S bi-layer was observed via secondary ions mass spectroscopy, which showed that the key elements are uniformly distributed and the As doping level is suitable for CdTe device applications. CdTe solar cells formed using this structure provided a best efficiency of 11.8% which is promising for a reduced absorber thickness of 1.25 μm. The chamberless inline process is non-vacuum, flexible to implement and inherits from the legacy of MOCVD towards doping/alloying and low temperature operation. Thus, MOCVD enabled by the chamberless inline process is shown to be an attractive route for thin film PV applications. - Highlights: • CdS, CdZnS and CdTe thin films grown by a chamberless inline process • The inline films assessed for fabricating CdTe solar cells • 13.6% conversion efficiency obtained for CdZnS/CdTe cells

  2. Design and optimization of large area thin-film CdTe detector for radiation therapy imaging applications

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    Purpose: The authors investigate performance of thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) in detecting high-energy (6 MV) x rays. The utilization of this material has become technologically feasible only in recent years due to significant development in large area photovoltaic applications. Methods: The CdTe film is combined with a metal plate, facilitating conversion of incoming photons into secondary electrons. The system modeling is based on the Monte Carlo simulations performed to determine the optimized CdTe layer thickness in combination with various converter materials. Results: The authors establish a range of optimal parameters producing the highest DQE due to energy absorption, as well as signal and noise spatial spreading. The authors also analyze the influence of the patient scatter on image formation for a set of detector configurations. The results of absorbed energy simulation are used in device operation modeling to predict the detector output signal. Finally, the authors verify modeling results experimentally for the lowest considered device thickness. Conclusions: The proposed CdTe-based large area thin-film detector has a potential of becoming an efficient low-cost electronic portal imaging device for radiation therapy applications.

  3. Effect of CdCl2 treatment on structural and electronic property of CdTe thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    The structural and electrical properties of the magnetron sputtered CdTe thin films with subsequent CdCl2 solution treatment have been studied with a major focus on the influence of CdCl2 treatment to achieve high quality thin films. In this study, CdTe films with a thickness of 1.5 to 2 μm have been grown using the magnetron sputtering technique on top of glass substrate at an optimized substrate temperature of 250 °C. Aqueous CdCl2 concentration varied from 0.3 mol to 1.2 mol with the annealing temperature from 360 °C to 450 °C. The surface roughness of the films increases with the increase of solution concentration, while it fluctuates with the increase of annealing temperature. The density of nucleation centers and the strain increases for the films treated at 360 °C with 0.3 M to1.2 M while the grain growth of the films reduces. However, these strains are released at higher annealing temperatures, resulting in reduced dislocation densities, structural defects as well as increased crystalline property and grain size. The carrier concentration increases with the increase of treated CdCl2 concentration and subsequent annealing temperature. The highest carrier concentration of 1.05 × 1014/cm3 was found for the CdTe thin films treated with 0.3 M CdCl2 solution followed by an annealing treatment at 420 °C for 20 min. - Highlights: • CdTe thin films are grown as absorption layers in CdTe solar cells by sputtering. • CdTe film quality in terms of structural and electronic properties is examined. • All growth parameters are optimized in the range of 1.5 to 2 μm CdTe films

  4. Effect of CdCl{sub 2} treatment on structural and electronic property of CdTe thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Islam, M.A. [Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Hossain, M.S.; Aliyu, M.M. [Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Karim, M.R. [Center of Excellence for Research in Engineering Materials (CEREM) College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Razykov, T.; Sopian, K. [Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Amin, N., E-mail: nowshad@eng.ukm.my [Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Center of Excellence for Research in Engineering Materials (CEREM) College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, 11421 (Saudi Arabia)

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    The structural and electrical properties of the magnetron sputtered CdTe thin films with subsequent CdCl{sub 2} solution treatment have been studied with a major focus on the influence of CdCl{sub 2} treatment to achieve high quality thin films. In this study, CdTe films with a thickness of 1.5 to 2 μm have been grown using the magnetron sputtering technique on top of glass substrate at an optimized substrate temperature of 250 °C. Aqueous CdCl{sub 2} concentration varied from 0.3 mol to 1.2 mol with the annealing temperature from 360 °C to 450 °C. The surface roughness of the films increases with the increase of solution concentration, while it fluctuates with the increase of annealing temperature. The density of nucleation centers and the strain increases for the films treated at 360 °C with 0.3 M to1.2 M while the grain growth of the films reduces. However, these strains are released at higher annealing temperatures, resulting in reduced dislocation densities, structural defects as well as increased crystalline property and grain size. The carrier concentration increases with the increase of treated CdCl{sub 2} concentration and subsequent annealing temperature. The highest carrier concentration of 1.05 × 10{sup 14}/cm{sup 3} was found for the CdTe thin films treated with 0.3 M CdCl{sub 2} solution followed by an annealing treatment at 420 °C for 20 min. - Highlights: • CdTe thin films are grown as absorption layers in CdTe solar cells by sputtering. • CdTe film quality in terms of structural and electronic properties is examined. • All growth parameters are optimized in the range of 1.5 to 2 μm CdTe films.

  5. Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition of CdTe for High-Efficiency Thin-Film PV Devices; Annual Report, 26 January 1998-25 January 1999

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    ITN's 3-year project, titled ''Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition (APCVD) of CdTe for High-Efficiency Thin-Film Photovoltaic (PV) Devices,'' has the overall objectives of improving thin-film CdTe PV manufacturing technology and increasing CdTe PV device power conversion efficiency. CdTe deposition by APCVD employs the same reaction chemistry as has been used to deposit 16%-efficient CdTe PV films, i.e., close-spaced sublimation, but employs forced convection rather than diffusion as a mechanism of mass transport. Tasks of the APCVD program center on demonstrating APCVD of CdTe films, discovering fundamental mass-transport parameters, applying established engineering principles to the deposition of CdTe films, and verifying reactor design principles that could be used to design high-throughput, high-yield manufacturing equipment. Additional tasks relate to improved device measurement and characterization procedures that can lead to a more fundamental understanding of CdTe PV device operation, and ultimately, to higher device conversion efficiency and greater stability. Specifically, under the APCVD program, device analysis goes beyond conventional one-dimensional device characterization and analysis toward two-dimension measurements and modeling. Accomplishments of the first year of the APCVD subcontract include: selection of the Stagnant Flow Reactor design concept for the APCVD reactor, development of a detailed reactor design, performance of detailed numerical calculations simulating reactor performance, fabrication and installation of an APCVD reactor, performance of dry runs to verify reactor performance, performance of one-dimensional modeling of CdTe PV device performance, and development of a detailed plan for quantification of grain-boundary effects in polycrystalline CdTe devices

  6. Physical properties of electron beam evaporated CdTe and CdTe:Cu thin films

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    In this paper, we report on physical properties of pure and Cu doped cadmium telluride (CdTe) films deposited onto corning 7059 microscopic glass substrates by electron beam evaporation technique. X-ray diffraction study showed that all the deposited films belong to amorphous nature. The average transmittance of the films is varied between 77% and 90%. The optical energy band gap of pure CdTe film is 1.57 eV and it decreased to 1.47 eV upon 4 wt. % of Cu addition, which may be due to the extension of localized states in the band structure. The refractive index of the films was calculated using Swanepoel method. It was observed that the dispersion data obeyed the single oscillator of the Wemple-Didomenico model, from which the dispersion energy (Ed) parameters, dielectric constants, plasma frequency, and oscillator energy (Eo) of CdTe and CdTe:Cu films were calculated and discussed in detail with the light of possible mechanisms underlying the phenomena. The variation in intensity of photoluminescence band edge emission peak observed at 820 nm with Cu dopant is due to the change in surface state density. The observed trigonal lattice of Te peaks in the micro-Raman spectra confirms the p-type conductive nature of films, which was further corroborated by the Hall effect measurement. The lowest resistivity of 6.61 × 104 Ω cm was obtained for the CdTe:Cu (3 wt. %) film

  7. Processing and characterization of large-grain thin-film CdTe

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    Basic material studies addressing the growth and processing of CdTe have resulted in dense, defect-free as-grown CdTe films on 7059 glass with initial grain sizes of ∼0.2 μm. Innovations in postdeposition processing (no CdCl2) have resulted in films with >50 μm grain sizes. Scanning electron microscopy analyses confirm film density while concurrent cathodluminescence reveals a change in the recombination efficiency. Transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that films grown below 300 degree C are defect-free, while films grown above 300 degree C contain defects. Photoluminescence lifetime measurements reveal a fivefold increase in lifetime following postdeposition processing of these films. These results were correlated with x-ray photoemission measurements of the Te 4d, Cd 4d, and valence band. This indicates that grain boundaries are the main factor limiting lifetimes. Based on these results, we have developed an understanding of the effects of oxygen and grain boundary oxides on postdeposition processing and enhanced grain growth

  8. Characterization of Highly Efficient CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells by the Capacitance-Voltage Profiling Technique

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    Okamoto, Tamotsu; Yamada, Akira; Konagai, Makoto

    2000-05-01

    The electrical properties of highly efficient CdTe thin film solar cells prepared by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) were investigated by capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurement. According to the dependence of the cell performance on the substrate temperature in the CSS process, the open-circuit voltage (Voc) increased with increasing the substrate temperature below 630°C@. The carrier concentration profiles revealed that the net acceptor concentration exponentially increased from the CdS/CdTe interface to the rear and that the acceptor concentration increased with increasing substrate temperature. This result suggests that Voc is improved as a result of the increase in the acceptor concentration.

  9. Characterization of Sputtered CdTe Thin Films with Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Correlation with Device Performance.

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    Nowell, Matthew M; Scarpulla, Michael A; Paudel, Naba R; Wieland, Kristopher A; Compaan, Alvin D; Liu, Xiangxin

    2015-08-01

    The performance of polycrystalline CdTe photovoltaic thin films is expected to depend on the grain boundary density and corresponding grain size of the film microstructure. However, the electrical performance of grain boundaries within these films is not well understood, and can be beneficial, harmful, or neutral in terms of film performance. Electron backscatter diffraction has been used to characterize the grain size, grain boundary structure, and crystallographic texture of sputtered CdTe at varying deposition pressures before and after CdCl2 treatment in order to correlate performance with microstructure. Weak fiber textures were observed in the as-deposited films, with (111) textures present at lower deposition pressures and (110) textures observed at higher deposition pressures. The CdCl2-treated samples exhibited significant grain recrystallization with a high fraction of twin boundaries. Good correlation of solar cell efficiency was observed with twin-corrected grain size while poor correlation was found if the twin boundaries were considered as grain boundaries in the grain size determination. This implies that the twin boundaries are neutral with respect to recombination and carrier transport. PMID:26077102

  10. Health, safety and environmental risks from the operation of CdTe and CIS thin-film modules

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    This paper identifies the materials embedded in on a type of CIS (Copper indium diselenide) and four different types of CdTe (cadmium telluride) thin-film modules. It refers to the results of our outdoor leaching experiments on photovoltaic (PV) samples broken into small fragments. Estimations for modules accidents on the roof or in the garden of a residential house, e.g. leaching of hazardous materials into water or soil, are given. The outcomes of our estimations show some module materials released into water or oil during leaching accidents. In a worst-case scenario for CdTe modules the leached cadmium concentration in the collected water is estimated to be no higher than the German drinking water limit concentration. For the CIS module scenario the estimated leached element concentrations are about one to two orders of magnitude below the German drinking water limit concentration. For broken CIS and CdTe modules on the ground no critical increase of the natural element concentration is observed after leaching into the soil for 1 year. (Author)

  11. Optical and structural characterization of oleic acid-stabilized CdTe nanocrystals for solution thin film processing

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This work presents results of the optical and structural characterization of oleic acid-stabilized cadmium telluride nanocrystals (CdTe-NC synthesized by an organometallic route. After being cleaned, the CdTe-NC were dispersed in toluene to obtain an ink-like dispersion, which was drop-cast on glass substrate to deposit a thin film. The CdTe-NC colloidal dispersion as well as the CdTe drop-cast thin films were characterized with regard to the optical and structural properties. TEM analysis indicates that the CdTe-NC have a nearly spherical shape (3.5 nm as mean size. Electron diffraction and XRD diffraction analyses indicated the bulk-CdTe face-centered cubic structure for CdTe-NC. An additional diffraction line corresponding to the octahedral Cd3P2 was also detected as a secondary phase, which probably originates by reacting free cadmium ions with trioctylphosphine (the tellurium reducing agent. The Raman spectrum exhibits two broad bands centered at 141.6 and 162.3 cm−1, which could be associated to the TO and LO modes of cubic CdTe nanocrystals, respectively. Additional peaks located in the 222 to 324 cm−1 range, agree fairly well with the wavenumbers reported for TO modes of octahedral Cd3P2.

  12. [Spectral analyzing effects of atmosphere states on the structure and characteristics of CdTe polycrystalline thin films made by close-spaced sublimation].

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    Zheng, Hua-jing; Zheng, Jia-gui; Feng, Liang-huan; Zhang, Jing-quan; Xie, Er-qing

    2005-07-01

    The structure and characteristics of CdTe thin films are dependent on the working atmosphere states in close-spaced sublimation. In the present paper, CdTe polycrystalline thin films were deposited by CSS in mixture atmosphere of argon and oxygen. The physical mechanism of CSS was analyzed, and the temperature distribution in CSS system was measured. The dependence of preliminary nucleus creation on the atmosphere states (involving component and pressure) was studied. Transparencies were measured and optic energy gaps were calculated. The results show that: (1) The CdTe films deposited in different atmospheres are cubic structure. With increasing oxygen concentration, a increases and reaches the maximum at 6% oxygen concentration, then reduces, and increases again after passing the point at 12% oxygen concentration. Among them, the sample depositing at 9% oxygen concentration is the best. The optic energy gaps are 1.50-1.51 eV for all CdTe films. (2) The samples depositing at different pressures at 9% oxygen concentration are all cubical structure of CdTe, and the diffraction peaks of CdS and SnO2:F still appear. With the gas pressure increasing, the crystal size of CdTe minishes, the transparency of the thin film goes down, and the absorption side shifts to the short-wave direction. (3) The polycrystalline thin films with high quality deposit in 4 minutes under the depositing condition that the substrate temperature is 550 degrees C, and source temperature is 620 degrees C at 9% oxygen concentration. PMID:16241058

  13. A photoluminescence comparison of CdTe thin films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy, metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, and sputtering in ultrahigh vacuum

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    Feng, Z. C.; Bevan, M. J.; Krishnaswamy, S. V.; Choyke, W. J.

    1988-09-01

    High perfection CdTe thin films have been grown on (001) InSb and CdTe substrates by molecular-beam epitaxy, metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and sputtering in ultrahigh vacuum techniques. The quality of the as-grown CdTe films are characterized by 2-K photoluminescence. The spectra show strong and sharp exciton transitions and weak 1.40-1.50-eV defect-related bands. Radiative defect densities of lower than 0.002 are realized. High-resolution spectroscopy shows that the full width at half maximum of the principal bound exciton lines is about 0.1 meV. Such small ρ values and narrow photoluminescence lines have not been previously reported. The largest luminescence efficiency is observed for MOCVD-CdTe films grown on CdTe substrates. A variety of impurities appear to be responsible for the observed radiative transitions in these three kinds of CdTe films. We attempt to assign the observed impurity related lines by a comparison with ``known'' impurities in bulk CdTe spectra given in the literature.

  14. Atomic-resolution characterization of the effects of CdCl2 treatment on poly-crystalline CdTe thin films

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    Paulauskas, T.; Buurma, C.; Colegrove, E.; Guo, Z.; Sivananthan, S.; Chan, M. K. Y.; Klie, R. F.

    2014-08-01

    Poly-crystalline CdTe thin films on glass are used in commercial solar-cell superstrate devices. It is well known that post-deposition annealing of the CdTe thin films in a CdCl2 environment significantly increases the device performance, but a fundamental understanding of the effects of such annealing has not been achieved. In this Letter, we report a change in the stoichiometry across twin boundaries in CdTe and propose that native point defects alone cannot account for this variation. Upon annealing in CdCl2, we find that the stoichiometry is restored. Our experimental measurements using atomic-resolution high-angle annular dark field imaging, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope are supported by first-principles density functional theory calculations.

  15. CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells and Modules Tutorial; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Albin, David S.

    2015-06-13

    This is a tutorial presented at the 42nd IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference to cover the introduction, background, and updates on CdTe cell and module technology, including CdTe cell and module structure and fabrication.

  16. Wide bandgap thin film solar cells from CdTe alloys

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    Ternary films of CdZnTe and CdMnTe were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), respectively, on glass/SnO2/CdS substrates with target bandgap of 1.7 to 1.8 eV for solar cell applications. The authors describe x-ray diffraction, surface photovoltage spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy measurements performed to estimate bandgap, compositional uniformity, and interface quality of the films. Front-wall CdTe cell (glass/SnO2/CdS/CdTe/ZnTe/Metal) efficiencies were --9%, while CdZnTe and CdMnTe efficiencies were --3.6% and 6%, respectively. n-i-p cell efficiencies were consistently higher than n-p cells. Optimum cell processing temperature for CdZnTe films was found to be less than 4000C. Higher processing temperatures caused a shift in bandgap coupled with film quality degradation

  17. Progress towards high efficiency thin film CdTe solar cells

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    Mitchell, K.W.; Eberspacher, C.; Cohen, F.; Avery, J.; Duran, G.; Bottenberg, W.

    1988-01-15

    This paper describes work investigating high rate cadmium telluride (CdTe) film deposition by close-space vapor transport, leading to 4 cm/sup 2/ tin oxide/CdTe solar cells of efficiency greater than 10%. Under a 100 mW cm/sup -2/ air mass 1.5 global spectrum, a cell of efficiency 10.5% had a short-circuit current of 28.1 mA cm/sup -2/, an open circuit voltage of 0.663 V and a fill factor of 0.563. Our major achievements include (1) the use of completely nonvacuum processing, (2) the fabrication of simple transparent conductive oxide/CdTe cells without need of a CdS window layer, and (3) screenprinted back contacts.

  18. Influence of plasma parameters and substrate temperature on the structural and optical properties of CdTe thin films deposited on glass by laser ablation

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    Quiñones-Galván, J. G.; Santana-Aranda, M. A.; Pérez-Centeno, A. [Departamento de Física, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingenierías, Universidad de Guadalajara, Boulevard Marcelino García Barragán 1421, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44430 (Mexico); Camps, Enrique [Departamento de Física, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apartado Postal 18-1027, D.F., C.P. 11801 (Mexico); Campos-González, E.; Guillén-Cervantes, A.; Santoyo-Salazar, J.; Zelaya-Angel, O. [Departamento de Física, CINVESTAV-IPN, Apartado Postal 14-740, D. F. C.P. 07360 (Mexico); Hernández-Hernández, A. [Escuela Superior de Apan, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Calle Ejido de Chimalpa Tlalayote s/n Colonia Chimalpa, Apan Hidalgo (Mexico); Moure-Flores, F. de [Facultad de Química, Materiales, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro C.P. 76010 (Mexico)

    2015-09-28

    In the pulsed laser deposition of thin films, plasma parameters such as energy and density of ions play an important role in the properties of materials. In the present work, cadmium telluride thin films were obtained by laser ablation of a stoichiometric CdTe target in vacuum, using two different values for: substrate temperature (RT and 200 °C) and plasma energy (120 and 200 eV). Structural characterization revealed that the crystalline phase can be changed by controlling both plasma energy and substrate temperature; which affects the corresponding band gap energy. All the thin films showed smooth surfaces and a Te rich composition.

  19. Influence of plasma parameters and substrate temperature on the structural and optical properties of CdTe thin films deposited on glass by laser ablation

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    In the pulsed laser deposition of thin films, plasma parameters such as energy and density of ions play an important role in the properties of materials. In the present work, cadmium telluride thin films were obtained by laser ablation of a stoichiometric CdTe target in vacuum, using two different values for: substrate temperature (RT and 200 °C) and plasma energy (120 and 200 eV). Structural characterization revealed that the crystalline phase can be changed by controlling both plasma energy and substrate temperature; which affects the corresponding band gap energy. All the thin films showed smooth surfaces and a Te rich composition

  20. A Comparative Study on the Optical Properties of Multilayer CdSe / CdTe Thin Film with Single Layer CdTe and CdSe Films

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    M. Melvin David Kumar

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available CdTe and CdSe single layer thin films and CdSe / CdTe multilayer (ML thin film were prepared by using physical vapour deposition method. Optical properties of CdSe / CdTe multilayer thin film shows different behavior due to type II band structure alignment. Energy band gap value of CdSe / CdTe ML thin film is shifted to higher value than that of single layer CdTe film. This is due to decrease in crystallite size to dimension smaller than the Bohr exciton radius of CdTe (14 nm. Crystallite size of the multilayer sample was calculated with the predictions of the effective mass approximation model (i.e., Brus model. It is observed that the photoluminescence peak of CdSe / CdTe ML thin film is red shifted compared to the peaks corresponding to individual CdSe and CdTe thin films. This may be due to the presence of type II quantum dot formation in the CdSe / CdTe heterostructure multilayer thin film.

  1. High-Efficiency CdTe and CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cells: Highlights and Challenges; Preprint

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    Noufi, R.; Zweibel, K.

    2006-05-01

    Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules of CdTe and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) have the potential to reach cost-effective PV-generated electricity. These technologies have transitioned from the laboratory to the market place. Pilot production and first-time manufacturing are ramping up to higher capacity and enjoying a flood of venture-capital funding. CIGS solar cells and modules have achieved 19.5% and 13% efficiencies, respectively. Likewise, CdTe cells and modules have reached 16.5% and 10.2% efficiencies, respectively. Even higher efficiencies from the laboratory and from the manufacturing line are only a matter of time. Manufacturing-line yield continues to improve and is surpassing 85%. Long-term stability has been demonstrated for both technologies; however, some failures in the field have also been observed, emphasizing the critical need for understanding degradation mechanisms and packaging options. The long-term potential of the two technologies require R&D emphasis on science and engineering-based challenges to find solutions to achieve targeted cost-effective module performance, and in-field durability. Some of the challenges are common to both, e.g., in-situ process control and diagnostics, thinner absorber, understanding degradation mechanisms, protection from water vapor, and innovation in high-speed processing and module design. Other topics are specific to the technology, such as lower-cost and fast-deposition processes for CIGS, and improved back contact and voltage for CdTe devices.

  2. Characterization of Cu1.4Te Thin Films for CdTe Solar Cells

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The copper telluride thin films were prepared by a coevaporation technique. The single-phase Cu1.4Te thin films could be obtained after annealing, and annealing temperature higher than 220°C could induce the presence of cuprous telluride coexisting phase. Cu1.4Te thin films also demonstrate the high carrier concentration and high reflectance for potential photovoltaic applications from the UV-visible-IR transmittance and reflectance spectra, and Hall measurements. With contacts such as Cu1.4Te and Cu1.4Te/CuTe, cell efficiencies comparable to those with conventional back contacts have been achieved. Temperature cycle tests show that the Cu1.4Te contact buffer has also improved cell stability.

  3. Cd-Te-In oxide thin films as possible transparent buffer layer in CdTe based solar cells

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    Castro-Rodriguez, R; Camacho, J M; Pena, J L [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Merida, C.P. 97310, Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Martel, A; Mendez-Gamboa, J, E-mail: romano@mda.cinvestav.m [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. AP 150 Cordemex, 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)

    2009-05-01

    Cd-Te-In-oxide thin films were grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique using CdTe powder embedded in a matrix of indium metallic as target. The films were deposited at different oxygen pressures (P{sub o2}) from 15 to 50 mTorr at substrate temperature of 420{sup 0}C. Sheet resistance (R{sub sheet}) and transmission spectrum were measured as a function of P{sub o2}. From measurements of optical transmission, the Photonic Flux Density (PFD) spectrum were obtained and the integral of these PFD for each film were evaluated between energy range of 1.5 eV and 2.4 eV for obtain the amount of photons that can be transferred across the film in this range of solar energy spectrum. These values were evaluated over the R{sub sheet} to be used as a figure of merit. The best choice in our conditions was the films with P{sub o2} =28.5 mTorr, where the figure of merit reaches the maximum value.

  4. Eects of Post Deposition Treatments on Vacuum Evaporated CdTe Thin Films and CdS=CdTe Heterojunction Devices

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    Bayhan, Habibe; Erçelebý, Çiðdem

    1998-05-01

    CdTe, CdS thin films and n-CdS/p-CdTe heterostructures have been prepared by conventional vacuum evaporation technique. Some post deposition treatments to optimize the device efficiency have been analyzed and the effects of the individual process steps on the material and device properties were investigated. Annealing in air with and without CdCl2-treatment decreased the CdTe resistivity. The CdCl2-dip followed by annealing in air at 300°C for 5 min improved the grain size and polycrystalline nature of CdTe thin films. Solar efficiency improvements were achieved when heterojunctions were prepared on successively treated (i.e. etched, air annealed, CdCl2-processed) CdTe surfaces. Etching of the CdTe surface with potassium dichromate solution prior to metal contact deposition lead to the formation of low-resistance Au contacts and increase in open circuit voltage and fill factor values.

  5. Raman investigation on thin and thick CdTe films obtained by close spaced vacuum sublimation technique

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    The CdTe thin and thick films were obtained by the close spaced vacuum sublimation technique on a glass substrate under the following growth conditions: the evaporator temperature was 620 C; and the substrate temperature was varied in the range from 250 C to 550 C. High purity CdTe powder was used as a charge for evaporation. The Raman spectra were measured using TRIAX 320 and TRIAX 550 spectrometers at room temperature. The 488-nm line and 514.5-nm line of an Ar+ laser and a 785-nm diode laser were used as excitation sources. The signal was collected by the liquid nitrogen cooled charge-coupled-device (CCD) detector. A number of intense Raman peaks at 140, 167, 190, 271, 332 and 493 cm-1 were observed and were interpreted as TO (140 cm-1), 1LO (167 cm-1), 2LO (332 cm-1), 3LO (493 cm-1) phonon modes and plasmon-phonon mode (190 cm-1). The presence of several phonon replicas in the Raman spectra confirms high crystal quality of the samples. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Eects of Post Deposition Treatments on Vacuum Evaporated CdTe Thin Films and CdS=CdTe Heterojunction Devices

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    BAYHAN, Habibe; ERÇELEBİ, Çiğdem

    1998-01-01

    CdTe, CdS thin films and n-CdS/p-CdTe heterostructures have been prepared by conventional vacuum evaporation technique. Some post deposition treatments to optimize the device efficiency have been analyzed and the effects of the individual process steps on the material and device properties were investigated. Annealing in air with and without CdCl2-treatment decreased the CdTe resistivity. The CdCl2-dip followed by annealing in air at 300\\circC for 5 min improved the grain size and polycrystal...

  7. Analysis of the diode characteristics of thin film solar cells based on CdTe

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    A physical approach to the optimization of photoelectric processes in thin film multilayer systems has been developed. By means of a simulation of the influence of light-diode characteristics on the efficiency factor, it is concluded that the optimization of the photoelectric processes in ITO/CdS/CdTe/Cu/Au film solar cells is mainly determined by two competing physical mechanisms: an increase in the efficiency of the process of distribution of nonequilibrium charge carriers and a reduction in the efficiency of their generation, as the CdS layer thickness grows

  8. Monte Carlo computer simulation of the deposition of CdTe thin films by close-spaced sublimation

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    Romeo, N.; Tedeschi, R.; Ferrari, L.; Pasquali, S.; Bosio, A.; Canevari, V. [Parma Univ. (Italy). Dipartimento di Fisica

    2000-10-16

    Thin film solar cells based on the CdS/CdTe heterojunction, where the CdTe polycrystalline layer is deposited making use of the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) technique have attained a very good level of conversion efficiency in recent times. Despite this apparently consolidated situation the debate on the formation of the CdS/CdTe heterojunction is still open indicating that a certain margin of improvement is still possible. In particular, the conclusion that a CdS{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloy is formed at the CdS/CdTe interface due to interdiffusion that takes place during fabrication. The extent of the interdiffusion and the value of x depend on many factors such as deposition temperature, gas pressure and geometrical parameters. The situation is even more complicated because while the deposition is in progress, the ratio between the number of Te and the Cd atoms which are reaching the target is invariably greater than one. To shed some light on these issues it is mandatory to know at least the exact Te/Cd ratio as a function of the deposition parameters. To this end we carried out a Monte Carlo computer simulation of the CdTe deposition in our CSS equipment. The computer code was implemented starting from very simple hypotheses simulating the deposition in perfect gas at constant temperature. Subsequently, we added more physical reality including temperature gradient between source and target. The code was then finally optimized introducing the usual null-event method which confirmed the consistency of our results. (orig.)

  9. Influence of post-deposition heat treatment on optical properties derived from UV–vis of cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films deposited on amorphous substrate

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Annealing-induced change in optical parameters of CdTe film was derived from UV–vis study. • Optical constants of the films were evaluated using Swanepoel method. • Dispersion energy data obeyed the single oscillator of the Wemple−Didomenico model. • Cd deficiency of the film confirmed the p-type conductive nature. - Abstract: In this work, we report on post-deposition heat treatment (annealing)-induced change in optical properties derived from UV–vis study of CdTe thin films prepared on amorphous glass substrate by electron beam evaporation technique. Annealing effect gives rise to the enhancement in crystalline nature (zinc blende structure) of CdTe films with (1 1 1) preferred orientation. The average transmittance was increased with the annealing temperature and the slight shift in transmission threshold towards higher wavelength region revealed the systematic reduction in optical energy band gap. The existence of shallow level just below the conduction band, within the band gap was identified in the range of 0.23 and 0.14 eV for the films annealed at 200 and 450 °C, respectively. The optical quality of deposited films was confirmed by the photoluminescence study. In addition, the scanning electron microscopic measurement supports the result of X-ray diffraction study. The Swanepoel, Hervé-Vandamme, and Wemple−DiDomenico models have been employed to evaluate the various optical parameters of CdTe films. These results are correlated well with other physical properties and discussed with the possible concepts underlying the phenomena

  10. High Efficiency Thin Film CdTe and a-Si Based Solar Cells: Annual Technical Report, 4 March 1999 - 3 March 2000; ANNUAL

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    This report describes the research on high-efficiency CdTe-based thin-film solar cells and on high-efficiency a-Si-based thin-film solar cells. Implemented a diode-array spectrograph system and used optical emission spectroscopy to help optimize the reactive sputtering of N-doped ZnTe for CdTe back-contact structures. Identified the photoluminescence signatures of various defect states in CdTe related to Cd vacancies, CuCd acceptors, Cu-VCd complexes, and donor-acceptor pairs, and related these states to instabilities in the hole concentration at room temperature. Showed that Cu is an important non-radiative center in CdS, reducing the PL efficiency. Studied band tailing in CdS weakly alloyed with CdTe and CdTe weakly alloyed with CdS. Fabricated superstrate ITO/CdS/CdTe cells on Mo substrates with efficiencies above 7.5%. Collaborated in studies of EXAFS of Cu in CdTe which indicate a Cu-Te bond length of 2.62(angstrom) or 6.7% shorter than the CdTe, bond in agreement with calculations of Wei et al. Provided assistance to two groups on laser scribing. Comparatively studied the performance of a-SiGe solar cells and properties of a-SiGe single-layer films deposited using a wide range of H dilution, observed transition from a-SiGe to(mu)c-SiGe at high H dilution and the impact on cell performances. Comparatively studied the performance of a-SiGe solar cells and properties of a-SiGe single-layer films with different Ge contents, suitable for use as component cells of triple-junction devices. Fabricated a-Si-based solar cells on ultra-thin stainless-steel substrate (7.5 micron) and obtained equivalent performance and yield as on the regular SS substrates (127 microns). Comparatively studied the performance of a-Si-based solar cells on SS substrates and on SnO2-coated glass substrates. Studied the performance of p-layers deposited under various deposition conditions for n-i-p type solar cells. Performed an analysis for the component cell current-matching within a triple

  11. High Efficiency Thin Film CdTe and a-Si Based Solar Cells: Annual Technical Report, 4 March 1999 - 3 March 2000

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    Compaan, A. D.; Deng, X.; Bohn, R. G. (The University of Toledo)

    2001-08-29

    This report describes the research on high-efficiency CdTe-based thin-film solar cells and on high-efficiency a-Si-based thin-film solar cells. Implemented a diode-array spectrograph system and used optical emission spectroscopy to help optimize the reactive sputtering of N-doped ZnTe for CdTe back-contact structures. Identified the photoluminescence signatures of various defect states in CdTe related to Cd vacancies, CuCd acceptors, Cu-VCd complexes, and donor-acceptor pairs, and related these states to instabilities in the hole concentration at room temperature. Showed that Cu is an important non-radiative center in CdS, reducing the PL efficiency. Studied band tailing in CdS weakly alloyed with CdTe and CdTe weakly alloyed with CdS. Fabricated superstrate ITO/CdS/CdTe cells on Mo substrates with efficiencies above 7.5%. Collaborated in studies of EXAFS of Cu in CdTe which indicate a Cu-Te bond length of 2.62 {angstrom} or 6.7% shorter than the CdTe, bond in agreement with calculations of Wei et al. Provided assistance to two groups on laser scribing. Comparatively studied the performance of a-SiGe solar cells and properties of a-SiGe single-layer films deposited using a wide range of H dilution, observed transition from a-SiGe to {mu}c-SiGe at high H dilution and the impact on cell performances. Comparatively studied the performance of a-SiGe solar cells and properties of a-SiGe single-layer films with different Ge contents, suitable for use as component cells of triple-junction devices. Fabricated a-Si-based solar cells on ultra-thin stainless-steel substrate (7.5 micron) and obtained equivalent performance and yield as on the regular SS substrates (127 microns). Comparatively studied the performance of a-Si-based solar cells on SS substrates and on SnO2-coated glass substrates. Studied the performance of p-layers deposited under various deposition conditions for n-i-p type solar cells. Performed an analysis for the component cell current-matching within a

  12. Depth profiling sulphur in bulk CdTe and {CdTe}/{CdS} thin film heterojunctions

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    Lane, D. W.; Conibeer, G. J.; Romani, S.; Healy, M. J. F.; Rogers, K. D.

    1998-03-01

    Polycrystalline CdTeCdS heterojunction solar cells are a possible candidate for the low cost, high efficiency conversion of solar energy. The formation of an intermediate CdS xTe 1- x layer during a high temperature annealing stage is believed to increase optical absorption and decrease cell efficiency. S diffusion in single crystal CdTe has been investigated by NRA using the 32S (d,p o) 33S nuclear reaction, at a deuteron energy of 2 MeV. Details of the NRA depth profiling procedure are given, which was found to be relatively straightforward and suitable for use on a small Van de Graaff accelerator. The resulting diffusion parameters are compared to those obtained by SIMS using a Cs + primary ion beam, examining negative secondary ions. The diffusion coefficients were found to be 1.1 × 10 -15cm 2 s -1 at 450°C and ˜8 × 10 -15cm -1 s at 550°C. S diffusion in thin films was also investigated by 2 MeV 4He + RBS on annealed polycrystalline CdSCdTe multilayers.

  13. Grain boundaries in CdTe thin film solar cells: a review

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    Major, Jonathan D.

    2016-09-01

    The current state of knowledge on the impact of grain boundaries in CdTe solar cells is reviewed with emphasis being placed on working cell structures. The role of the chemical composition of grain boundaries as well as growth processes are discussed, along with characterisation techniques such as electron beam induced current and cathodoluminescence, which are capable of extracting information on a level of resolution comparable to the size of the grain boundaries. Work which attempts to relate grain boundaries to device efficiency is also assessed and gaps in the current knowledge are highlighted.

  14. Fabrication of stable, large-area thin-film CdTe photovoltaic modules

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    Zhou, T. X.

    1995-06-01

    During the period of this subcontract, May 1991 through February 1995, Solar Cells, Inc. has developed and demonstrated a low-cost process to fabricate stable large-area cadmium telluride based thin-film photovoltaic modules. This report summarizes the final phase of the project which is concentrated on process optimization and product life tests. One of the major post-deposition process steps, the CdCl2 heat treatment, has been experimentally replaced with alternative treatments with vapor chloride or chlorine gas. Material and device qualities associated with alternative treatments are comparable or superior to those with the conventional treatment. Extensive experiments have been conducted to optimize the back-electrode structure in order to ensure long term device stability. Numerous small-area cells and minimodules have been subjected to a variety of stress tests, including but not limited to continuous light soak under open or short circuit or with resistive load, for over 10,000 hours. Satisfactory stability has been demonstrated on 48 and 64 sq cm minimodules under accelerated tests and on 7200 sq cm large modules under normal operating conditions. The conversion efficiency has also been significantly improved during this period. The total area efficiency of 7200 sq cm module has reached 8.4%, corresponding to a 60.3 W normalized output; the efficiency of 64 sq cm minimodules and 1.1 sq cm cells has reached 10.5% (aperture area) and 12.4% (total area), respectively.

  15. Effect of in situ UHV CdCl2-activation on the electronic properties of CdTe thin film solar cells

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    To reach reasonable conversion efficiencies of approximately 10% and above with CdTe thin film solar cells an activation step involving chlorine at elevated temperatures seems to be necessary before back contact formation. This activation process has been simulated in an ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) system. Solar cells with a maximum efficiency of 9.1% have been prepared using this process. In addition the effect of the CdCl2 activation process on the electronic properties of each solar cell layer, SnO2, CdS and CdTe has been investigated in situ using photoelectron spectroscopy. The effects of the activation on the Fermi level position of all investigated layers is presented and discussed

  16. Electrochemical Deposition of CdTe Semiconductor Thin Films for Solar Cell Application Using Two-Electrode and Three-Electrode Configurations: A Comparative Study

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    O. K. Echendu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of CdTe semiconductor were electrochemically deposited using two-electrode and three-electrode configurations in potentiostatic mode for comparison. Cadmium sulphate and tellurium dioxide were used as cadmium and tellurium sources, respectively. The layers obtained using both configurations exhibit similar structural, optical, and electrical properties with no specific dependence on any particular electrode configuration used. These results indicate that electrochemical deposition (electrodeposition of CdTe and semiconductors in general can equally be carried out using two-electrode system as well as the conventional three-electrode system without compromising the essential qualities of the materials produced. The results also highlight the advantages of the two-electrode configuration in process simplification, cost reduction, and removal of a possible impurity source in the growth system, especially as the reference electrode ages.

  17. Improved Intrinsic Stability of CdTe Polycrystalline Thin Film Devices

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    Albin, D.; Berniard, T.; McMahon, T.; Noufi, R.; Demtsu, S.

    2005-01-01

    A systems-driven approach linking upstream solar cell device fabrication history with downstream performance and stability has been applied to CdS/CdTe small-area device research. The best resulting initial performance (using thinner CdS, thicker CdTe, no oxygen during VCC, and the use of NP etch) was shown to simultaneously correlate with poor stability. Increasing the CdS layer thickness significantly improved stability at only a slight decrease in overall performance. It was also determined that cell perimeter effects can accelerate degradation in these devices. A ''margined'' contact significantly reduces the contribution of edge shunting to degradation, and thus yields a more accurate determination of the intrinsic stability. Pspice discrete element models demonstrate how spatially localized defects can effectively dominate degradation. Mitigation of extrinsic shunting improved stabilized efficiency degradation levels (SEDL) to near 20% in 100 C tests. Further process optimization to reduce intrinsic effects improved SEDL to better than 10% at the same stress temperatures and times.

  18. High throughput manufacturing of thin-film CdTe photovoltaic modules. Annual subcontract report, 16 November 1993--15 November 1994

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    Sandwisch, D W [Solar Cells, Inc., Toledo, OH (United States)

    1995-11-01

    This report describes work performed by Solar Cells, Inc. (SCI), under a 3-year subcontract to advance SCI`s PV manufacturing technologies, reduce module production costs, increase module performance, and provide the groundwork for SCI to expand its commercial production capacities. SCI will meet these objectives in three phases by designing, debugging, and operating a 20-MW/year, automated, continuous PV manufacturing line that produces 60-cm {times} 120-cm thin-film CdTe PV modules. This report describes tasks completed under Phase 1 of the US Department of Energy`s PV Manufacturing Technology program.

  19. High-quality CdTe films from nanoparticle precursors

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    Schulz, D.L.; Pehnt, M.; Urgiles, E. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    In this paper the authors demonstrate that nanoparticulate precursors coupled with spray deposition offers an attractive route into electronic materials with improved smoothness, density, and lower processing temperatures. Employing a metathesis approach, cadmium iodide was reacted with sodium telluride in methanol solvent, resulting in the formation of soluble NaI and insoluble CdTe nanoparticles. After appropriate chemical workup, methanol-capped CdTe colloids were isolated. CdTe thin film formation was achieved by spray depositing the nanoparticle colloids (25-75 {Angstrom} diameter) onto substrates at elevated temperatures (T = 280-440{degrees}C) with no further thermal treatment. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Cubic CdTe phase formation was observed by XRD, with a contaminant oxide phase also detected. XPS analysis showed that CdTe films produced by this one-step method contained no Na or C and substantial O. AFM gave CdTe grain sizes of {approx}0.1-0.3 {mu}m for film sprayed at 400{degrees}C. A layer-by-layer film growth mechanism proposed for the one-step spray deposition of nanoparticle precursors will be discussed.

  20. Effect of thickness and cold substrate on transport properties of thermally evaporated CdTe thin films

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    El-Mongy, A.Abd; Hashem, H.M.; Ramadan, A.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Helwan, Cairo (Egypt)

    2005-08-01

    The correlation between the structural characteristics (stoichiometry and crystallite size) of CdTe films and their electronic transport properties were the aims of the present study to bring attention to the dual importance of grain size and conversion of the semiconductivity type with changing film thickness. Two main parameters were considered: the substrate temperature and film thickness. Transport properties were influenced by grain boundaries as well as by native doping. Optical measurements showed two main direct transitions at energies: E{sub 1} {approx}1.55 eV (fundamental gap) and E{sub 2}{approx}2.49 eV (due to valence band splitting). Both transitions were found to be thickness dependent with a marked change at a film thickness of about 300 nm. In the case of low substrate temperature, the scaling relation between resistivity and grain size showed a deviation from linear behavior at a size of 20 nm and the transmission coefficient is reduced. Also, the deposition on cold substrate enhanced both dark and photoconductivity for films of thickness {>=}300 nm. It is also proved that the carrier transport was affected by the transmission coef-ficient for carriers to pass a single grain boundary as well as the number of grain boundaries per mean free path. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. New Sunshine Program for fiscal 2000. Development of photovoltaic system commercialization technology - Development of thin-film solar cell manufacturing technology - Development of low-cost/large area module manufacturing technology (Development of high-reliability CdTe solar cell module manufacturing technology); 2000 nendo New sunshine keikaku seika hokokusho. Taiyoko hatsuden system jitsuyoka gijutsu kaihatsu, Hakumaku taiyodenchi no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu, Tei cost dai menseki mojuru seizo gijutsu kaihatsu (Koshinraisei CdTe taiyo denchi mojuru no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu)

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    2001-03-01

    Research and development was conducted for reliable CdTe solar cell modules, large in area and high in efficiency. In the study of large-area CdS thin film fabrication, a conversion efficiency of 12.5-14.2% was achieved in a cell in a large-area substrate using a mist method-aided process of continuous CdS film fabrication. In the study of large-area CdTe thin film fabrication, the optimization was studied of the base-forming CdS film fabrication conditions and of the CdTe film fabrication conditions in a method using a CdTe powder processed by dry kneading, and a conversion efficiency peak was found to exist when the CdS film thickness was in the range of 700-900 angstrom. In the fabrication of large-area submodules, a large-area substrate was taken up, and TCO (transparent conducting oxide) film was fabricated by the mist method, CdTe film by the normal pressure CSS method, electrodes by the screen printing method, and CdTe film patterns by the blast method. As the result, a conversion efficiency of 11.0% was achieved. In a cost estimation for large-area CdTe solar cell modules, 140 yen/Wp (conversion efficiency: 11.0%, annual production: 100 MW) was obtained. (NEDO)

  2. Study of the physical properties of Bi doped CdTe thin films deposited by close space vapour transport

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    Bi doped cadmium telluride (CdTe:Bi) thin films were grown on glass-substrates by the close space vapour transport method. CdTe:Bi crystals grown by the vertical Bridgman method, varying the nominal Bi concentration in the range between 1 x 1017 and 8 x 1018 cm-3, were used in powder form for CdTe:Bi thin film deposition. Dark conductivity and photoconductivity measurements in the 90-300 K temperature range and determination by photoacoustic spectroscopy of the optical-absorption coefficient of the films in the 1.0 to 2.4 eV spectral region were carried out. The influence of Bi doping levels upon the intergrain barrier height and other associated grain boundary parameters of the polycrystalline CdTe:Bi thin films were determined from electrical, optical and morphological characterization

  3. Study of the Mg incorporation in CdTe for developing wide band gap Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te thin films for possible use as top-cell absorber in a tandem solar cell

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    Martinez, Omar S. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Universidad Politecnica del Estado de Guerrero, Comunidad de Puente Campuzano, C.P. 40325 Taxco de Alarcon, Guerrero (Mexico); Millan, Aduljay Remolina [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Huerta, L.; Santana, G. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. C.P 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Mathews, N.R.; Ramon-Garcia, M.L.; Morales, Erik R. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Mathew, X., E-mail: xm@cie.unam.mx [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thin films of Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te with high spatial uniformity and band gap in the range of 1.6-1.96 eV were deposited by vacuum co-evaporation of CdTe and Mg. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Obtained Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te films have the structural characteristics of the CdTe, evidence of the change in atomic scattering due to incorporation of Mg was observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRD and XPS data confirmed the incorporation of Mg in the lattice of CdTe. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SEM images revealed the impact of Mg incorporation on the morphology of the films, the changes in grain size and grain morphology are noticeable. - Abstract: Thin films of Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te with band gap in the range of 1.6-1.96 eV were deposited by vacuum co-evaporation of CdTe and Mg on glass substrates heated at 300 Degree-Sign C. Different experimental techniques such as XRD, UV-vis spectroscopy, SEM, and XPS were used to study the effect of Mg incorporation into the lattice of CdTe. The band gap of the films showed a clear tendency to increase as the Mg content in the film is increased. The Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te films maintain all the structural characteristics of the CdTe, however, diminishing of intensity for the XRD patterns is observed due to both change in preferential orientation and change in atomic scattering due to the incorporation of Mg. SEM images showed significant evidences of morphological changes due to the presence of Mg. XRD, UV-vis spectroscopy, and XPS data confirmed the incorporation of Mg in the lattice of CdTe. The significant increase in band gap of CdTe due to incorporation of Mg suggests that the Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te thin film is a candidate material to use as absorber layer in the top-cell of a tandem solar cell.

  4. Preparation and characterization of pulsed laser deposited a novel CdS/CdSe composite window layer for CdTe thin film solar cell

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    Yang, Xiaoyan; Liu, Bo; Li, Bing; Zhang, Jingquan; Li, Wei; Wu, Lili; Feng, Lianghuan

    2016-03-01

    A novel CdS/CdSe composite window structure was designed and then the corresponding films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition as an improved window layer for CdTe-based solar cells. Two types of this composite window structure with 5 cycles and 10 cycles CdS/CdSe respectively both combined with CdS layers were prepared at 200 °C compared with pure CdS window layer and finally were applied into CdTe thin film solar cells. The cross section and surface morphology of the two composite window layers were monitored by using scanning electron microscopy and the result shows that the pulsed laser deposited composite window layers with good crystallinity are stacking together as the design. The devices based on CdS/CdSe composite window layers have demonstrated the enhanced photocurrent collection from both short and long wavelength regions compared to CdS/CdTe solar cell. The efficiency of the best reference CdS/CdTe solar cell was 10.72%. And the device with 5 cycles CdS/CdSe composite window showed efficiency of 12.61% with VOC of 772.92 mV, JSC of 25.11 mA/cm2 and FF of 64.95%. In addition, there are some differences which exist within the optical transmittance spectra and QE curves between the two CdS/CdSe composite window samples, indicating that the volume proportion of CdSe may influence the performance of CdTe thin film solar cell.

  5. Technology Support for High-Throughput Processing of Thin-Film CdTe PV Modules Annual Technical Report, Phase II

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    Rose, D.H.; Powell, R.C.; Karpov, V.; Grecu, D.; Jayamaha, U.; Dorer, G.L. (First Solar, L.L.C.)

    2001-02-05

    Results and conclusions from Phase II of a three-year subcontract are presented. The subcontract, entitled Technology Support for High-Throughput Processing of Thin-Film CdTe PV Modules, is First Solar's portion of the Thin-Film Photovoltaic Partnership Program. The research effort of this subcontract is divided into four areas of effort: (1) process and equipment development, (2) efficiency improvement, (3) characterization and analysis, and (4) environmental, health, and safety. As part of the process and equipment development effort, a new semiconductor deposition system with a throughput of 3 m2/min was completed, and a production line in a new 75,000 ft2 facility was started and is near completion. As part of the efficiency-improvement task, research was done on cells and modules with thin CdS and buffer layers as way to increase photocurrent with no loss in the other photovoltaic characteristics. A number of activities were part of the characterization and analysis task, including developing a new admittance spectroscopy system, with a range of 0.001 Hz to 100 kHz, to characterize cells. As part of the environmental, health, and safety task, the methanol-based CdCl2 process was replaced with aqueous-CdCl2. This change enabled the retention of a De Minimus level of emissions for the manufacturing plant, so no permitting is required.

  6. Optimization of the front contact to minimize short-circuit current losses in CdTe thin-film solar cells

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    Kephart, Jason Michael

    With a growing population and rising standard of living, the world is in need of clean sources of energy at low cost in order to meet both economic and environmental needs. Solar energy is an abundant resource which is fundamentally adequate to meet all human energy needs. Photovoltaics are an attractive way to safely convert this energy to electricity with little to no noise, moving parts, water, or arable land. Currently, thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride are a low-cost solution with multiple GW/year commercial production, but have lower conversion efficiency than the dominant technology, crystalline silicon. Increasing the conversion efficiency of these panels through optimization of the electronic and optical structure of the cell can further lower the cost of these modules. The front contact of the CdTe thin-film solar cell is critical to device efficiency for three important reasons: it must transmit light to the CdTe absorber to be collected, it must form a reasonably passive interface and serve as a growth template for the CdTe, and it must allow electrons to be extracted from the CdTe. The current standard window layer material, cadmium sulfide, has a low bandgap of 2.4 eV which can block over 20% of available light from being converted to mobile charge carriers. Reducing the thickness of this layer or replacing it with a higher-bandgap material can provide a commensurate increase in device efficiency. When the CdS window is made thinner, a degradation in electronic quality of the device is observed with a reduction in open-circuit voltage and fill factor. One commonly used method to enable a thinner optimum CdS thickness is a high-resistance transparent (HRT) layer between the transparent conducting oxide electrode and window layer. The function of this layer has not been fully explained in the literature, and existing hypotheses center on the existence of pinholes in the window layer which are not consistent with observed results

  7. XPS Study of CdTe Thin Films Doped with Gd%掺Gd-CdTe薄膜的XPS研究

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    安晓晖; 李蓉萍; 田磊; 何志刚; 吴蓉; 李忠贤

    2012-01-01

    CdTe thin film doped with Gd has been obtained by vacuum evaporation technique with two sources , and chemical state has been studied by X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy. XPS data show that Cd,Te,O,C and Gd elements exist on the surface of the film. C1s and O1s binding energy indicates that the two elements mainly exist in the form of physical adsorption. The experiment results show that Cd and Te atoms exist in oxidation state as in well as in CdTe. Due to carbon pol-lution, Gd element does not appear on the surface, only appears in the etching process. Erosion analysis shows the Cd element s content is greater than Te, and the ratio between them tends to 1:0. 8.%应用双源法真空蒸发制备掺Gd的CdTe薄膜,并借助XPS对其进行组份分析.实验表明,Gd掺杂的CdTe薄膜的组分为Cd、Te、O、C、Gd等元素,其中C、O主要以物理吸附方式存在于薄膜表面;Cd、Te元素的存在方式为CdTe化合物及其氧化物形式;而Gd元素由于碳污染的原因在其表面未曾出现,只在刻蚀过程中出现;深度剥蚀分析表明在样品内部Cd元素的含量大于Te元素的含量,且接近于1∶0.8,趋于稳定.

  8. Photoconductivity of CdTe Nanocrystal-Based Thin Films. Te2- Ligands Lead To Charge Carrier Diffusion Lengths Over 2 Micrometers

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    Crisp, Ryan W. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Callahan, Rebecca [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Reid, Obadiah G. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Dolzhnikov, Dmitriy S. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Talapin, Dmitri V. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States); Rumbles, Garry [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Luther, Joseph M. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Kopidakis, Nikos [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2015-11-16

    We report on photoconductivity of films of CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) using time-resolved microwave photoconductivity (TRMC). Spherical and tetrapodal CdTe NCs with tunable size-dependent properties are studied as a function of surface ligand (including inorganic molecular chalcogenide species) and annealing temperature. Relatively high carrier mobility is measured for films of sintered tetrapod NCs (4 cm2/(V s)). Our TRMC findings show that Te2- capped CdTe NCs show a marked improvement in carrier mobility (11 cm2/(V s)), indicating that NC surface termination can be altered to play a crucial role in charge-carrier mobility even after the NC solids are sintered into bulk films.

  9. Correlations of Capacitance-Voltage Hysteresis with Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cell Performance During Accelerated Lifetime Testing

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    Albin, D.; del Cueto, J.

    2011-03-01

    In this paper we present the correlation of CdTe solar cell performance with capacitance-voltage hysteresis, defined presently as the difference in capacitance measured at zero-volt bias when collecting such data with different pre-measurement bias conditions. These correlations were obtained on CdTe cells stressed under conditions of 1-sun illumination, open-circuit bias, and an acceleration temperature of approximately 100 degrees C.

  10. Polycrystalline thin films

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    Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.; Ullal, H.

    1987-02-01

    This annual report for fiscal year 1986 summarizes the status, accomplishments, and projected future research directions of the Polycrystalline Thin Film Task in the Photovoltaic Program Branch of the Solar Energy Research Institute's Solar Electric Research Division. Subcontracted work in this area has concentrated on the development of CuInSe2 and CdTe technologies. During FY 1986, major progress was achieved by subcontractors in (1) achieving 10.5% (SERI-verified) efficiency with CdTe, (2) improving the efficiency of selenized CuInSe2 solar cells to nearly 8%, and (3) developing a transparent contact to CdTe cells for potential use in the top cells of tandem structures.

  11. Effects of high-temperature annealing on ultra-thin CdTe solar cells

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    High-temperature annealing (HTA), a process step prior to vapor cadmium chloride (VCC) treatment, has been found to be useful for improving the crystallinity of CdTe films and the efficiency of ultra-thin CdTe solar cells. Scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, photoluminescence measurements and analyses on photoluminescence results using spectral deconvolution reveal that the additional HTA step produces substantial grain growth and reduces grain boundary defects. It also reduces excessive sulfur diffusion across the junction that can occur during the VCC treatment. The HTA step helps to produce pinhole-free CdTe films and reduce electrical shorts in ultra-thin CdTe solar cells. An efficiency of about 11.6% has been demonstrated for ultra-thin CdS/CdTe solar cells processed with HTA step.

  12. CdTe Films Deposited by Closed-space Sublimation

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    2001-01-01

    CdTe films are prepared by closed-space sublimation technology. Dependence of film crystalline on substrate materials and substrate temperature is investigated. It is found that films exhibit higher crystallinity at substrate temperature higher than 400℃. And the CdTe films deposited on CdS films with higher crystallinity have bigger crystallite and higher uniformity. Treatment with CdCl2 methanol solution promotes the crystallite growth of CdTe films during annealing.

  13. High-efficiency CdTe thin-film solar cells using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R. J.; Meyers, P. V.; Liu, C. H.

    1989-06-01

    Energy conversion efficiency of metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe as an intrinsic active layer in n-i-p solar cell structures is reported. Small-area devices with efficiencies over 9 percent have been demonstrated. I-V characteristics, photospectral response, and the results of Auger profiling of structural composition for typical devices will be presented. Also presented are preliminary results on similar photovoltaic devices having Cd(0.85)Mn(0.15)Te in place of CdTe as an i layer.

  14. High-efficiency CdTe thin-film solar cells using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R.J.; Meyers, P.V.; Liu, C.H.

    1989-05-01

    Energy conversion efficiency of metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe as an intrinsic active layer in n-i-p solar cell structures is reported. Small-area devices with efficiencies over 9% have been demonstrated. I--V characteristics, photospectral response, and the results of Auger profiling of structural composition for typical devices will be presented. Also presented are preliminary results on similar photovoltaic devices having Cd/sub 0.85/Mn/sub 0.15/Te in place of CdTe as an i layer.

  15. High-efficiency CdTe thin-film solar cells using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition techniques

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    Nouhi, A.; Stirn, R. J.; Meyers, P. V.; Liu, C. H.

    1989-01-01

    Energy conversion efficiency of metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe as an intrinsic active layer in n-i-p solar cell structures is reported. Small-area devices with efficiencies over 9 percent have been demonstrated. I-V characteristics, photospectral response, and the results of Auger profiling of structural composition for typical devices will be presented. Also presented are preliminary results on similar photovoltaic devices having Cd(0.85)Mn(0.15)Te in place of CdTe as an i layer.

  16. Landfill waste and recycling: Use of a screening-level risk assessment tool for end-of-life cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) panels

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    Grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power is currently one of the fastest growing power-generation technologies in the world. While PV technologies provide the environmental benefit of zero emissions during use, the use of heavy metals in thin-film PV cells raises important health and environmental concerns regarding the end-of-life disposal of PV panels. To date, there is no published quantitative assessment of the potential human health risk due to cadmium leaching from cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV panels disposed in a landfill. Thus, we used a screening-level risk assessment tool to estimate possible human health risk associated with disposal of CdTe panels into landfills. In addition, we conducted a literature review of potential cadmium release from the recycling process in order to contrast the potential health risks from PV panel disposal in landfills to those from PV panel recycling. Based on the results of our literature review, a meaningful risk comparison cannot be performed at this time. Based on the human health risk estimates generated for PV panel disposal, our assessment indicated that landfill disposal of CdTe panels does not pose a human health hazard at current production volumes, although our results pointed to the importance of CdTe PV panel end-of-life management. - Highlights: • Analysis of possible human health risk posed by disposal of CdTe panels into landfills. • Qualitative comparison of risks associated with landfill disposal and recycling of CdTe panels. • Landfill disposal of CdTe panels does not pose a human health hazard at current production volumes. • There could be potential risks associated with recycling if not properly managed. • Factors other than concerns over toxic substances will likely drive the decisions of how to manage end-of-life PV panels

  17. Size dependent electron transfer from CdTe quantum dots linked to TiO2 thin films in quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    In this present study, we demonstrate the size dependent charge transfer from CdTe quantum dots (QDs) into TiO2 substrate and relate this charge transfer to the actual behavior of a CdTe sensitized solar cell. CdTe QDs was synthesized using mercaptopropionic acid as the capping agent. The conduction band offset for TiO2 and CdTe QDs indicates thermodynamically favorable band edge positions for smaller QDs for the electron-transfer at the QD–TiO2 interface. Time-resolved emission studies were carried out for CdTe QD on glass and CdTe QD on TiO2 substrates. Results on the quenching of QD luminescence, which relates to the transfer kinetics of electrons from the QD to the TiO2 film, showed that at the smaller QD sizes the transfer kinetics are much more rapid than at the larger sizes. I–V characteristics of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSC) with different sized QDs were also investigated indicating higher current densities at smaller QD sizes consistent with the charge transfer results. The maximum injection rate constant and photocurrent were obtained for 2.5 nm CdTe QDs. We have been able to construct a solar cell with reasonable characteristics (Voc = 0.8 V, Jsc = 1 mA cm−2, FF = 60%, η = 0.5%). - Highlights: • Size dependant charge transfer from quantum dots to TiO2. • Smaller quantum dot sizes promote higher current densities in solar cell. • Smaller quantum dots have favorable band edge positions and transport kinetics

  18. Degradation sources of CdTe thin film PV: CdCl{sub 2} residue and shunting pinholes

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    Gorji, Nima E. [University of Bologna, Department of Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering, Bologna (Italy)

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    The present work considers two observable phenomena through the experimental fabrication and electrical characterization of the rf-sputtered CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells that extremely reduce the overall conversion efficiency of the device: CdCl{sub 2} residue on the surface of the semiconductor and shunting pinholes. The former happens through nonuniform treatment of the As-deposited solar cells before annealing at high temperature and the latter occurs by shunting pinholes when the cell surface is shunted by defects, wire-like pathways or scratches on the metallic back contact caused from the external contacts. Such physical problems may be quite common in the experimental activities and reduce the performance down to 4-5 % which leads to dismantle the device despite its precise fabrication. We present our electrical characterization on the samples that received wet CdCl{sub 2} surface treatment (uniform or nonuniform) and are damaged by the pinholes. (orig.)

  19. Thin film solar cells based on CdTe and Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) compounds

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    Gladyshev, P P [International University of Nature, Society and Man ' Dubna' , Dubna (Russian Federation); Filin, S V; Puzynin, A I; Tanachev, I A; Rybakova, A V; Tuzova, V V; Kozlovskiy, S A [Center of High Technologies of FSUE ' Applied Acoustics Research Institute' , Dubna (Russian Federation); Gremenok, V F; Mudryi, A V; Zaretskaya, E P [State Scientific and Production Association ' Scientific-Practical Materials, Researcher Center of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus' , Minsk (Belarus); Zalesskiy, V B; Kravchenko, V M; Leonova, U R; Khodin, A A; Pilipovich, V A; Polikanin, A M [Institute of Physics of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk (Belarus); Khrypunov, G S; Chernyh, E P; Kovtun, N A [National Technical University ' Kharkov Politechnical Institute' , Kharkov (Ukraine); Belonogov, E K, E-mail: pavel.gladyshev@niipa.ru [Voronej State Technical University, Voronej (Russian Federation)

    2011-04-01

    We are publishing recent results in chalcogenide photoelectric convertors fabrication, which are efforts of many scientific teams from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Competitively high efficiency of photoelectric convertors (11.4% for CdTe and 11% for CIGS) was achieved in the process of our work. Furthermore, luminescent filters for improvement of spectral response of such chalcogenide solar cells in a short wavelengths region were also developed and investigated here.

  20. Growth of CdTe: Al films

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    CdTe: AI films were grown by the close space vapor transport technique combined with free evaporation (CSVT-FE). The Aluminum (Al) evaporation was made by two kinds of sources: one made of graphite and the other of tantalum. The films were deposited on glass substrates. The Al source temperature was varied maintaining the CdTe source temperature fixed as well as the substrate temperature. The films were characterized by x-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDAX), x-ray diffraction and optical transmission. The results showed for the films grown with the graphite source for Al evaporation, the Al did not incorporate in the CdTe matrix, at least to the level of EDAX sensitivity; they maintained the same crystal structure and band gap. For the samples grown with the tantalum source, we were able to incorporate the Al. The x-ray diffraction patterns show that the films have a crystal structure that depends on Al concentration. They were cubic up to 2.16 at. % Al concentration; for 19.65 at. % we found a mixed phase; for Al concentration higher than 21 at. % the films were amorphous. For samples with cubic structure it was found that the lattice parameter decreases and the band gap increases with Al concentration. (Author)

  1. Orientational domains in metalorganic chemical vapor deposited CdTe(111) film on cube-textured Ni

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    CdTe thin film was grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on cube-textured Ni substrate. The microstructures of the CdTe film and Ni substrate were studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) lattice imaging in cross sectional. The orientational relationships of multiple hetereoepitaxial domains in the CdTe film were examined by TEM diffraction. The observed epitaxy is [111]CdTe//[001]Ni. The adjacent domains in CdTe film have a 30° rotation with respect to each other as inferred by the observed different diffraction patterns obtained from different zone axes. The high resolution lattice imaging shows that lamellar twins dominate within each domain. Our results are compared with CdTe(111) film epitaxially grown on Si(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy reported in the literature. - Highlights: ► Epitaxial CdTe film grew on textured Ni at 350 °C despite of a large lattice mismatch. ► Epitaxial relationship is CdTe(111) parallel to Ni(001). ► 30° CdTe orientation domains inferred from transmission electron microscopy patterns ► Local inclined angle between CdTe and Ni at the interface is due to vertical mismatch. ► Single crystal-like epitaxial semiconductors can be grown on low cost metal sheet

  2. Ultra-thin bifacial CdTe solar cell

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    Marsillac, S.; Parikh, V.Y.; Compaan, A.D. [PVIC, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Mail Stop 111, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)

    2007-09-22

    Developing a high-quality transparent back contact, while maintaining efficient light transmission through the top absorber layer, are key components for achieving high-efficiency II-VI polycrystalline thin-film tandem solar cells. Combining these two elements, we fabricated ultra-thin bifacial CdTe solar cells (0.68 {mu}m) with ZnTe:N/ITO transparent back contact and achieved efficiencies of 5.7% and 5.0% with illumination from the glass and the contact side, respectively. Device analysis, using (J-V) and QE measurements, show that the loss in efficiency is due to higher R{sub S} and J{sub 0} as well as lower, side-dependent, photons absorption. (author)

  3. Effect of Substrate Temperature on CdTe Thin Film Property and Solar Cell Performance%衬底温度对碲化镉薄膜性质及太阳电池性能的影响

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    曹胜; 武莉莉; 冯良桓; 王文武; 张静全; 郁骁骑; 李鑫鑫; 李卫; 黎兵

    2016-01-01

    蒸汽输运法是制备高质量且大面积均匀的 CdTe 薄膜的一种优良的方法。采用自主研发的一套蒸汽输运沉积系统制备了 CdTe 多晶薄膜,并研究了衬底温度对 CdTe 薄膜性质及太阳电池性能的影响。利用 XRD、SEM、UV-Vis和Hall等测试手段研究了衬底温度对薄膜的结构、光学性质和电学性质的影响。结果表明,蒸汽输运法制备的CdTe薄膜具有立方相结构,且沿(111)方向高度择优。随着衬底温度的升高(520℃~640℃), CdTe薄膜的平均晶粒尺寸从2mm增大到约6mm, CdTe薄膜的载流子浓度也从1.93×1010 cm–3提高到2.36×1013 cm–3,说明提高衬底温度能够降低CdTe薄膜的缺陷复合,使薄膜的p型更强。实验进一步研究了衬底温度对CdTe薄膜太阳电池性能的影响,结果表明适当提高衬底温度,能够大幅度提高电池的效率、开路电压和填充因子,但是过高的衬底温度又会降低电池的长波光谱响应,导致电池转换效率的下降。经过参数优化,在衬底温度为610℃、无背接触层小面积CdTe薄膜太阳电池的转换效率达到11.2%。%Vapor transport deposition is an excellent method for preparing large area CdTe thin films with high quality and uniformity. Polycrystalline CdTe thin films were deposited by home-made vapor transport deposition system (VTD). The effects of substrate temperature on the property of CdTe film and the performance of CdTe solar cell were inves-tigated. CdTe thin films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectrometer, and Hall Effect system. The results show that the CdTe thin films deposited by vapor transport deposi-tion are cubic phase with a preferred orientation in (111) direction. The average grain size increases from 2mm to 6mm and the carrier concentration increases from 1.93×1010 cm–3 to 2.36×1013 cm–3 when the substrate temperature increases from 520 ℃ to 620 ℃. This

  4. PENINGKATAN KUALITAS FILM TIPIS CdTe SEBAGAI ABSORBER SEL SURYA DENGAN MENGGUNAKAN DOPING TEMBAGA (Cu

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    Full Text Available Film tipis CdTe dengan doping tembaga (Cu berkonsenterasi 2% telah berhasil ditumbuhkan di atas substrat Indium Tin Oxide (ITO dengan metode dc magnetron sputtering. Penelitian ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui pengaruh doping Cu(2% terhadap struktur morfologi, struktur kristal, fotoluminisensi dan resistivitas listrik film CdTe. Citra morfologi Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM dan hasil analisis struktur dengan X-Ray Diffraction (XRD menunjukkan bahwa film CdTe:Cu(2% mempunyai citra permukaan dan struktur kristal yang lebih sempurna dibandingkan film CdTe tanpa doping. Hasil analisis spektrometer fotoluminisensi menunjukkan bahwa film CdTe dan CdTe(2% mempunyai puncak fotoluminisensi pada tiga panjang gelombang yang identik yaitu 685 nm (1,81 eV, 725 nm (1,71 eV dan 740 nm (1,67 eV. Film CdTe dengan doping Cu(2% memiliki intensitas puncak fotoluminisensi yang lebih tajam pada pita energi 1,81 eV dibandingkan dengan film CdTe tanpa doping. Pengukuran arus dan tegangan (I-V menunjukkan bahwa pemberian doping Cu(2% dapat menurunkan resistivitas film dari 8,40x109 Ωcm menjadi 6,92x105 Ωcm. Sebagai absorber sel surya, kualitas film tipis CdTe telah berhasil ditingkatkan dengan pemberian doping Cu(2%.CdTe:Cu(2% thin film has been successfully grown on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO substrates by using dc magnetron sputtering. This study was carried out in order to investigate the effect of Cu(2% doping on the morphologycal structure, crystal structure, photoluminesence, and resistivity of CdTe thin film. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM  images and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD results showed that CdTe:Cu(2% thin film has morphologycal and crystal structures more perfect than undoped CdTe film. Photoluminesence spectroscopy results showed that CdTe and CdTe:Cu(2% thin films have luminesence peak at three identical wevelength regions i.e. 685 nm (1.81 eV, 725 nm (1.71 eV and 740 nm (1.67 eV however CdTe:Cu(2% film shows sharper photoluminescence peak at band

  5. Graded-Bandgap Solar Cells Using All-Electrodeposited ZnS, CdS and CdTe Thin-Films

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    A 3-layer graded-bandgap solar cell with glass/FTO/ZnS/CdS/CdTe/Au structure has been fabricated using all-electrodeposited ZnS, CdS and CdTe thin layers. The three semiconductor layers were electrodeposited using a two-electrode system for process simplification. The incorporation of a wide bandgap amorphous ZnS as a buffer/window layer to form glass/FTO/ZnS/CdS/CdTe/Au solar cell resulted in the formation of this 3-layer graded-bandgap device structure. This has yielded corresponding impro...

  6. CdTe devices and method of manufacturing same

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    Gessert, Timothy A.; Noufi, Rommel; Dhere, Ramesh G.; Albin, David S.; Barnes, Teresa; Burst, James; Duenow, Joel N.; Reese, Matthew

    2015-09-29

    A method of producing polycrystalline CdTe materials and devices that incorporate the polycrystalline CdTe materials are provided. In particular, a method of producing polycrystalline p-doped CdTe thin films for use in CdTe solar cells in which the CdTe thin films possess enhanced acceptor densities and minority carrier lifetimes, resulting in enhanced efficiency of the solar cells containing the CdTe material are provided.

  7. Thin films

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    This volume is a compilation of papers presented at the 1990 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society in a symposium entitled Thin Films: Stresses and Mechanical Properties II. As indicated by the title, the symposium was the second in a series, the first of which was held at the Fall Meeting in 1988. The importance of thin film mechanical properties is now recognized to the extent that basic characterization techniques such as microindentation and thin film stress measurement are performed routinely, and new characterization techniques are being developed on a daily basis. Many of the papers in the symposium dealt with the developments in these characterization methods and their application to a broad spectrum of materials such as compositionally modulated structures, ion implanted materials, optical coatings, and the numerous metals, ceramics and organics used in semiconductor device manufacture

  8. On the doping problem of CdTe films: The bismuth case

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    The controlled increase of hole concentration is an important issue and still an unsolved problem for polycrystalline CdTe-based solar cells. The typical hole concentration of as-grown CdTe thin-films goes up to 1013 cm-3, depending on the specific growth technique. The highest electron concentration obtained for CdS, the suitable window partner material of CdTe, is around 1015 cm-3. Thus, the PV-performance of a CdS/CdTe device can be optimized if the hole concentration in CdTe is increased. We have faced up this problem by studying the electrical properties of two types of CdTe films: CdTe films grown by Close Space Vapor Transport using a CdTe:Bi powder as the starting material and CdTe sputtered films doped by implantation with different Bi-doses. Temperature-dependent resistivity and Hall effect measurements and a discussion on the efficiency of both doping processes are presented

  9. On the doping problem of CdTe films: The bismuth case

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    Vigil-Galan, O. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas del IPN, Edif. 9, UPALM, 07738 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Brown, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Toledo, 43606 Toledo, OH (United States); Ruiz, C.M. [Depto. Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Vidal-Borbolla, M.A. [Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Av. Karakorum 1470, Lomas 4a. Secc., 78210 San Luis Potosi, SLP (Mexico); Ramirez-Bon, R. [CINVESTAV-IPN, U. Queretaro, Libramiento Norponiente No. 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, 76230 Santiago de Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Sanchez-Meza, E. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas del IPN, Edif. 9, UPALM, 07738 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Tufino-Velazquez, M. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas del IPN, Edif. 9, UPALM, 07738 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)], E-mail: mtufinovel@yahoo.com.mx; Calixto, M. Estela [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas del IPN, Edif. 9, UPALM, 07738 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Compaan, A.D. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Toledo, 43606 Toledo, OH (United States); Contreras-Puente, G. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas del IPN, Edif. 9, UPALM, 07738 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    2008-08-30

    The controlled increase of hole concentration is an important issue and still an unsolved problem for polycrystalline CdTe-based solar cells. The typical hole concentration of as-grown CdTe thin-films goes up to 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}, depending on the specific growth technique. The highest electron concentration obtained for CdS, the suitable window partner material of CdTe, is around 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}. Thus, the PV-performance of a CdS/CdTe device can be optimized if the hole concentration in CdTe is increased. We have faced up this problem by studying the electrical properties of two types of CdTe films: CdTe films grown by Close Space Vapor Transport using a CdTe:Bi powder as the starting material and CdTe sputtered films doped by implantation with different Bi-doses. Temperature-dependent resistivity and Hall effect measurements and a discussion on the efficiency of both doping processes are presented.

  10. Thin Films

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    Šolcová, Olga

    Maribor: Univerza v Mariboru, 2013. [Nanofuture. Maribor (SI), 03.02.2013-07.02.2013] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA01020804 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : sol-gel methods * thin films * nannomaterials Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  11. Flexible CdTe solar cells on polymer films

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    Tiwari, A.N.; Romeo, A.; Baetzner, D.; Zogg, H. [ETH Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Thin Film Physics Group, Zurich (Switzerland)

    2001-07-01

    Lightweight and flexible CdTe/CdS solar cells on polyimide films have been developed in a 'superstrate configuration' where the light is absorbed in CdTe after passing through the polyimide substrate. The average optical transmission of the approximately 10-{mu}m-thin spin-coated polyimide substrate layer is more than {approx}75% for wavelengths above 550 nm. RF magnetron sputtering was used to grow transparent conducting ZnO:Al layers on polyimide films. CdTe/CdS layers were grown by evaporation of compounds, and a CdCl{sub 2} annealing treatment was applied for the recrystallisation and junction activation. Solar cells of 8.6% efficiency with V{sub oc} = 763 mV, I{sub sc} = 20.3 mA/cm{sup 2} and FF = 55.7% were obtained. (Author)

  12. Graded-Bandgap Solar Cells Using All-Electrodeposited ZnS, CdS and CdTe Thin-Films

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available A 3-layer graded-bandgap solar cell with glass/FTO/ZnS/CdS/CdTe/Au structure has been fabricated using all-electrodeposited ZnS, CdS and CdTe thin layers. The three semiconductor layers were electrodeposited using a two-electrode system for process simplification. The incorporation of a wide bandgap amorphous ZnS as a buffer/window layer to form glass/FTO/ZnS/CdS/CdTe/Au solar cell resulted in the formation of this 3-layer graded-bandgap device structure. This has yielded corresponding improvement in all the solar cell parameters resulting in a conversion efficiency >10% under AM1.5 illumination conditions at room temperature, compared to the 8.0% efficiency of a 2-layer glass/FTO/CdS/CdTe/Au reference solar cell structure. These results demonstrate the advantages of the multi-layer graded-bandgap device architecture over the conventional 2-layer structure. In addition, they demonstrate the effective application of the two-electrode system as a simplification to the conventional three-electrode system in the electrodeposition of semiconductors with the elimination of the reference electrode as a possible impurity source.

  13. Structural and optical properties of Cu-doped CdTe films with hexagonal phase grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    F. de Moure-Flores; J. G. Quiñones-Galván; A. Guillén-Cervantes; Santoyo-Salazar, J.; A. Hernández-Hernández; Olvera, M. de la L.; M. Zapata-Torres; Meléndez-Lira, M.

    2012-01-01

    Cu-doped CdTe thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition on Corning glass substrates using powders as target. Films were deposited at substrate temperatures ranging from 100 to 300 °C. The X-ray diffraction shows that both the Cu-doping and the increase in the substrate temperature promote the presence of the hexagonal CdTe phase. For a substrate temperature of 300 °C a CdTe:Cu film with hexagonal phase was obtained. Raman and EDS analysis indicate that the films grew with an excess ...

  14. Technology support for high-throughput processing of thin-film CdTe PV modules: Annual technical report, Phase 1, 1 April 1998--31 March 1999

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    Rose, D.H.; Powell, R.C.; Grecu, D.; Jayamaha, U.; Hanak, J.J.; Bohland, J.; Smigielski, K.; Dorer, G.L.

    1999-10-25

    This report describes work performed by First Solar, L.L.C., during Phase 1 of this 3-year subcontract. The research effort of this subcontract is divided into four areas: (1) process and equipment development, (2) efficiency improvement, (3) characterization and analysis, and (4) environmental, health, and safety. As part of the process development effort, the output of the pilot-production facility was increased. More than 6,200 8-ft{sup 2} CdS/CdTe plates were produced during Phase 1--more than double the total number produced prior to Phase 1. This increase in pilot-production rate was accomplished without a loss in the PV conversion efficiency: the average total-area AM1.5 efficiency of sub-modules produced during the reporting period was 6.4%. Several measurement techniques, such as large-area measurement of CdS thickness, were developed to aid process improvement, and the vapor-transport deposition method was refined. CdTe thickness uniformity and reproducibility were improved. From a population of more than 1,100 plates, the mean standard deviation within a plate was 7.3% and the standard deviation of individual-plate averages was 6.8%. As part of the efficiency-improvement task, research was done on devices with thin-CdS and buffer layers. A cell with 13.9% efficiency was produced on a high-quality substrate, and higher than 12% efficiency was achieved with a cell with no CdS layer. A number of experiments were performed as part of the characterization and analysis task. The temperature dependence of CdTe modules was investigated; the power output was found to be relatively insensitive (<5%) to temperature in the 25 to 50 C range. As part of the characterization and analysis task, considerable effort was also given to reliability verification and improvement. The most carefully monitored array, located at the NREL, was found to have unchanged power output within the margin of error of measurement (5%) after 5 years in the field. The first round of National

  15. INTEGRATIION STYDY OF CdTe THIN FILMS PV MODULE%CdTe组件集成结构模拟优化及前、背电极接触电阻测定

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    汪灵; 曾广根; 蔡伟; 冯良桓; 张静全; 蔡亚平; 武莉莉; 李卫; 黎兵; 雷智; 郑家贵

    2011-01-01

    设计特定的测试结构,测量CdTe太阳电池组件的相邻单元电池的前电极与背电极的接触电阻,研究接触电阻与激光刻蚀刻痕的关系;使用module design simulator软件模拟分析相关膜层电子学性质、集成结构、单元电池性能对电池组件性能的影响.对CdTe电池组件接触电阻测量结果表明:随Ni层厚度增加,接触电阻减小,镍电极镀层较厚(410nm)时,接触电阻在10-3Ω·cm2数量级;加宽刻痕宽度使接触电阻略有下降;基频刻蚀CdTe层所得刻痕的接触电阻比倍频刻蚀高1~2个数量级.module design simulator软件模拟分析结果表明:CdTe薄膜太阳电池组件性能除与单元电池性能参数(转换效率、填充因子、短路电流、开路电压)相关外,单元电池宽度、TCO层方块电阻(或透过率)、CdTe层方块电阻、集成接触区接触电阻都对电池组件的性能存在影响.%The CdTe thin films PV module had been studied by measuring the contact resistance between the back contact metal and the front TCO film of the adjacent elementary cells. The "MODULE DESIGN SIMULATOR" software had been used to simulate the effects of the film electronic performance, the integration structure, and the contact elementary cell characteristics on module characteristics. The contact resistance decreases with the increasing of the thickness of Ni film. And the contact resistance increases 1 -2 orders of magnitude when the CdTe films were etched by basic frequency laser. The highest efficiency corresponds with the optimized cell width and the width of the notches. The unit cell width, sheet resistance of TCO & CdTe, and TCO/Ni contact resistance have great effect on the property of the module, respectively. With the increasing of TCO sheet resistance, the conversion efficiency firstly increase sharply and then decrease slowly. Increasing the sheet resistance of CdTe will lead to the increasing of both conversion efficiency and fill factor.

  16. Development of a computer model for polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe sub 2 and CdTe solar cells

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    Gray, J.L.; Schwartz, R.J.; Lee, Y.J. (Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN (United States))

    1992-04-01

    This report describes work to develop a highly accurate numerical model for CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells. ADEPT (A Device Emulation Program and Toolbox), a one-dimensional semiconductor device simulation code developed at Purdue University, was used as the basis of this model. An additional objective was to use ADEPT to analyze the performance of existing and proposed CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cell structures. The work is being performed in two phases. The first phase involved collecting device performance parameters, cell structure information, and material parameters. This information was used to construct the basic models to simulate CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells. This report is a tabulation of information gathered during the first phase of this project on the performance of existing CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells, the material properties of CuInSr{sub 2}, CdTe, and CdS, and the optical absorption properties of CuInSe{sub 2}, CdTe, and CdS. The second phase will entail further development and the release of a version of ADEPT tailored to CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells that can be run on a personal computer. In addition, ADEPT will be used to analyze the performance of existing and proposed CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cell structures. 110 refs.

  17. Thin Films

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    2003-01-01

    the optical absorption are consistent with the film color changes. Finally, the optical and electrochromic properties of the films prepared by this method are compared with those of our sputtered films already studied and with other works.

  18. Ion channeling studies of CdTe films on GaAs

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    Thin films of [111] oriented CdTe have been MOCVD grown onto [111] GaAs substrates. When thickness exceed 1000 Angstrom the epitaxy is quite good (backscattering minimum yield of approximately 15%) in spite of a 14% lattice mismatch. A narrowing of the Cd angular scan suggests a displacement of some of the Cd atoms in the lattice. A model based on a Te vacancy is presented to describe the data

  19. Preparation and Properties of CdTe Polycrystalline Films for Solar Cells

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    ZHENG Huajing; ZHANG Jingquan; FENG Lianghuan; ZHENG Jiagui; CAI Wei; LI Bing; CAI Yaping

    2006-01-01

    The structure and characteristics of CdTe thin films are closely dependent on the whole deposition process in close-space sublimation (CSS). The physical mechanism of CSS was analyzed and the temperature distribution in CSS system was measured, and the influences of the increasing-temperature process and pressure on the preliminary nucleus creation were studied. The results indicate: the samples deposited at different pressures have a cubical structure of CdTe and the diffraction peaks of CdS and SnO2∶F. As the atmosphere pressure increases, the crystal size of CdTe decreases, the rate of the transparency of the thin film decreases and the absorption side moves towards the short-wave direction. After a 4-minute depositing process with a substrate temperature of 500 ℃ and a source temperature of 620 ℃, the polycrystalline thin films can be made, so the production of high-quality integrated cell with SnO2:F/CdS/CdTe/Au structure is hopeful.

  20. Overview and Challenges of Thin Film Solar Electric Technologies

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    Ullal, H. S.

    2008-12-01

    In this paper, we report on the significant progress made worldwide by thin-film solar cells, namely, amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology status is also discussed in detail. In addition, R&D and technology challenges in all three areas are elucidated. The worldwide estimated projection for thin-film PV technology production capacity announcements are estimated at more than 5000 MW by 2010.

  1. Elucidating PID Degradation Mechanisms and In-Situ Dark I-V Monitoring for Modeling Degradation Rate in CdTe Thin-Film Modules

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    Hacke, Peter; Spataru, Sergiu; Johnston, Steve;

    2016-01-01

    A progression of potential-induced degradation (PID) mechanisms are observed in CdTe modules, including shunting/junction degradation and two different manifestations of series resistance depending on the stress level and water ingress. The dark I-V method for in-situ characterization of Pmax based...

  2. Electron transient transport in CdTe polycrystalline films

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    Ramírez-Bon, R.; Sánchez-Sinencio, F.; González de la Cruz, G.; Zelaya, O.

    1991-11-01

    Electron transient currents between coplanar electrodes have been measured in intrinsic polycrystalline films of CdTe, by means of the time of flight technique. The experimental results: electron transient current vs time, transit time vs voltage and the temperature dependence of the electron drift mobility, show features characteristics of dispersive electrical transport similar to that observed in disordered solids.

  3. Effect of active treatments on photovoltaic characteristics of structures based on CdTe films

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    Photoelectric characteristics of ITO/CdTe structures fabricated by the thermal evaporation in vacuum followed by their deposition in a quasi closed volume have been studied before and after treatments of various kinds. Some specimens were subjected to a 'chloride' treatment, the others were annealed in air. Afterward, the specimens were treated in hydrogen plasma, and they were covered with a thin diamond-like carbon film. The 'chloride' treatment of ITO/CdTe structures is shown to result in an increase of the diffusion length of charge carriers in the CdTe layer. The thermal annealing did not affect this parameter, but significantly enhanced the photosensitivity, which means a reduction of the surface recombination rate in the surface CdTe layer. For all considered ITO/CdTe structures obtained by the thermal evaporation in vacuum, the following treatment in hydrogen plasma and the deposition of thin diamondlike films brought about a substantial increase in the diffusion length of charge carriers in the CdTe layer. The ITO/CdTe structures obtained by the thermal vacuum evaporation and treated with hydrogen plasma demonstrated a significant enhancement of their spectral sensitivity in a wavelength range of 400-800 nm, whereas the same effect for structures subjected to the 'chloride' treatment was obtained after the sequential hydrogen plasma treatment and the diamond-like carbon film deposition.

  4. Photo-responsivity characterizations of CdTe films for direct-conversion X-ray detectors

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    We have fabricated and investigated thin, polycrystalline, cadmium-telluride (CdTe) films in order to utilize them for optical switching readout layers in direct-conversion X-ray detectors. The polycrystalline CdTe films are fabricated on ITO glasses by using the physical vapor deposition (PVD) method at a slow deposition rate and a pressure of 10-6 torr. CdTe films with thicknesses of 5 and 20 μm are grown. The electrical and the optical characteristics of the CdTe films are investigated by measuring the dark-current and the photo-current as functions of the applied field under different wavelengths of light. Higher photo-currents are generated at the longer wavelengths of light for the same applied voltage. When a higher electrical field is applied to the 20 μm-thick CdTe film, a higher dark-current, a higher photo-current, a larger number of charges, and a higher quantum efficiency are generated.

  5. Characterization of CdTe Films Deposited at Various Bath Temperatures and Concentrations Using Electrophoretic Deposition

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available CdTe film was deposited using the electrophoretic deposition technique onto an ITO glass at various bath temperatures. Four batch film compositions were used by mixing 1 to 4 wt% concentration of CdTe powder with 10 mL of a solution of methanol and toluene. X-ray Diffraction analysis showed that the films exhibited polycrystalline nature of zinc-blende structure with the (111 orientation as the most prominent peak. From the Atomic Force Microscopy, the thickness and surface roughness of the CdTe film increased with the increase of CdTe concentration. The optical energy band gap of film decreased with the increase of CdTe concentration, and with the increase of isothermal bath temperature. The film thickness increased with respect to the increase of CdTe concentration and bath temperature, and following, the numerical expression for the film thickness with respect to these two variables has been established.

  6. Growth of CdTe films on GaAs by ionized cluster beam epitaxy

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    Tang, H. P.; Feng, J. Y.; Fan, Y. D.; Li, H. D.

    1991-06-01

    Stoichiometric epitaxial films of CdTe were grown on (100)GaAs substrates by ionized cluster beam (ICB) epitaxy. Streaky RHEED patterns indicated good crystallinity and surface flatness of the epitaxial CdTe films. CdTe(100) orientation was obtained when the substrate preheating temperature was 480°C, while CdTe growth inboth (100) and (111) orientations occured when the substrate preheating temperature was above 550°C. The characteristics of the ICB growth process were investigated and the cluster-involving growth behavior has been evidenced. When sufficient clusters were generated in the deposition beam under adequate source vapor pressures, the crystalline quality of the resulting CdTe epilayers improved significantly with the increase of kinetic energy of the CdTe clusters. The best CdTe epilayer obtained exhibited a CdTe(400) double crystal rocking curve (DCRC) having a FWHM of 630 arc sec.

  7. Growth of CdTe films on GaAs by ionized cluster beam epitaxy

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    Tang, H.P.; Feng, J.Y.; Fan, Y.D.; Li, H.D. (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China))

    1991-06-01

    Stoichiometric epitaxial films of CdTe were grown on (100)GaAs substrates by ionized cluster beam (ICB) epitaxy. Streaky RHEED patterns indicated good crystallinity and surface flatness of the epitaxial CdTe films. CdTe(100) orientation was obtained when the substrate preheating temperature was 480degC, while CdTe growth in both (100) and (111) orientations occurred when the substrate preheating temperature was above 550degC. The characteristics of the ICB growth process were investigated and the cluster-involving growth behavior has been evidenced. When sufficient clusters were generated in the deposition beam under adequate source vapor pressures, the crystalline quality of the resulting CdTe epilayers improved significantly with the increase of kinetic energy of the CdTe clusters. The best CdTe epilayer obtained exhibited a CdTe(400) double crystal rocking curve (DCRC) having a FWHM of 630 arc sec. (orig.).

  8. CdTe polycrystalline films on Ni foil substrates by screen printing and their photoelectric performance

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    Highlights: • The sintered CdTe polycrystalline films by a simple screen printing. • The flexible Ni foil was chose as substrates to reduce the weight of the electrode. • The compact CdTe film was obtained at 550 °C sintering temperature. • The photoelectric activity of the CdTe polycrystalline films was excellent. - Abstract: CdTe polycrystalline films were prepared on flexible Ni foil substrates by sequential screen printing and sintering in a nitrogen atmosphere for the first time. The effect of temperature on the quality of the screen-printed film was investigated in our work. The high-quality CdTe films were obtained after sintering at 550 °C for 2 h. The properties of the sintered CdTe films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction pattern and UV–visible spectroscopy. The high-quality CdTe films have the photocurrent was 2.04 mA/cm2, which is higher than that of samples prepared at other temperatures. Furthermore, CdCl2 treatment reduced the band gap of the CdTe film due to the larger grain size. The photocurrent of photoelectrode based on high crystalline CdTe polycrystalline films after CdCl2 treatment improved to 2.97 mA/cm2, indicating a potential application in photovoltaic devices

  9. Advances in thin-film solar cells

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    Dharmadasa, I M

    2012-01-01

    This book concentrates on the latest developments in our understanding of solid-state device physics. The material presented is mainly experimental and based on CdTe thin-film solar cells. It extends these new findings to CIGS thin-film solar cells and presents a new device design based on graded bandgap multilayer solar cells. This design has been experimentally tested using the well-researched GaAs/AlGaAs system and initial devices have shown impressive device parameters. These devices are capable of absorbing all radiation (UV, visible, and infra-red) within the solar spectrum and combines

  10. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  11. Thin film processes II

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    Kern, Werner

    1991-01-01

    This sequel to the 1978 classic, Thin Film Processes, gives a clear, practical exposition of important thin film deposition and etching processes that have not yet been adequately reviewed. It discusses selected processes in tutorial overviews with implementation guide lines and an introduction to the literature. Though edited to stand alone, when taken together, Thin Film Processes II and its predecessor present a thorough grounding in modern thin film techniques.Key Features* Provides an all-new sequel to the 1978 classic, Thin Film Processes* Introduces new topics, and sever

  12. Annealing of Solar Cells and Other Thin Film Devices

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    Escobar, Hector; Kuhlman, Franz; Dils, D. W.; Lush, G. B.; Mackey, Willie R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Annealing is a key step in most semiconductor fabrication processes, especially for thin films where annealing enhances performance by healing defects and increasing grain sizes. We have employed a new annealing oven for the annealing of CdTe-based solar cells and have been using this system in an attempt to grow US on top of CdTe by annealing in the presence of H2S gas. Preliminary results of this process on CdTe solar cells and other thin-film devices will be presented.

  13. Carrier lifetimes in thin-film photovoltaics

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    Baek, Dohyun

    2015-09-01

    The carrier lifetimes in thin-film solar cells are reviewed and discussed. Shockley-Read-Hall recombination is dominant at low carrier density, Auger recombination is dominant under a high injection condition and high carrier density, and surface recombination is dominant under any conditions. Because the surface photovoltage technique is insensitive to the surface condition, it is useful for bulk lifetime measurements. The photoconductance decay technique measures the effective recombination lifetime. The time-resolved photoluminescence technique is very useful for measuring thin-film semiconductor or solar-cell materials lifetime, because the sample is thin, other techniques are not suitable for measuring the lifetime. Many papers have provided time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) lifetimes for copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) and CdTe thin-film solar cell. The TRPL lifetime strongly depends on open-circuit voltage and conversion efficiency; however, the TRPL life time is insensitive to the short-circuit current.

  14. Electrical and optical properties of magnetron sputtered Cd2SnO4 transparent conducting oxide thin films for use in CdTe solar devices

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    In this study cadmium stannate Cd2SnO4 (CTO), was sputtered onto borosilicate glass under substrate temperatures of ∼ 25 °C (room temp), 200 °C, 300 °C and 400 °C. The CTO films were then annealed in contact with cadmium sulfide (CdS). This annealing process consisted of placing the CTO samples face up in a thermal furnace with a separate piece of CdS film on a borosilicate substrate face down on top of the CTO sample. This arrangement was then heated to a temperature of 600 °C and annealed for one hour. The goal was to fabricate a CTO film with the highest transparency without sacrificing good electrical conductivity. The quality of CTO films, i.e. transparency and electrical conductivity can be greatly affected by processing conditions. In this paper the optical and electrical properties of CTO are investigated before and after thermal annealing to determine the affect of varying process conditions on the quality of the film. Spectroscopic ellipsometry analysis was performed on both as-deposited and annealed CTO to determine the nature of the optical response of the films over the spectral range of 0.73 to 3.34 eV. The electrical properties of the films were examined using both Hall effect data and optical Drude modeling of free carrier absorption. Structural properties of the films were determined from X-ray diffraction data. The result of this investigation is a high quality CTO film with a sheet resistance of ∼ 8 Ω/□. - Highlights: • Cadmium stannate (CTO) is characterized to achieve optimization as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO). • Spectroscopic ellipsometry results were substantiated with other measurements. • Specialized CTO processing yields a TCO film with low sheet resistance

  15. US Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells Program

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    Ullal, Harin S.; Zweibel, Kenneth; Mitchell, Richard L.

    1989-11-01

    The Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells Program, part of the United States National Photovoltaic Program, performs R and D on copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride thin films. The objective of the program is to support research to develop cells and modules that meet the U.S. Department of Energy's long-term goals by achieving high efficiencies (15 to 20 percent), low-cost ($50/m(sup 2)), and long-time reliability (30 years). The importance of work in this area is due to the fact that the polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe2 and CdTe solar cells and modules have made rapid advances. They have become the leading thin films for PV in terms of efficiency and stability. The U.S. Department of Energy has increased its funding through an initiative through the Solar Energy Research Institute in CuInSe2 and CdTe with subcontracts to start in spring 1990.

  16. US polycrystalline thin film solar cells program

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    Ullal, H S; Zweibel, K; Mitchell, R L [Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)

    1989-11-01

    The Polycrystalline Thin Film Solar Cells Program, part of the United States National Photovoltaic Program, performs R D on copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride thin films. The objective of the Program is to support research to develop cells and modules that meet the US Department of Energy's long-term goals by achieving high efficiencies (15%-20%), low-cost ($50/m{sup 2}), and long-time reliability (30 years). The importance of work in this area is due to the fact that the polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells and modules have made rapid advances. They have become the leading thin films for PV in terms of efficiency and stability. The US Department of Energy has increased its funding through an initiative through the Solar Energy Research Institute in CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe with subcontracts to start in Spring 1990. 23 refs., 5 figs.

  17. Optical properties of thermally evaporated cadmium telluride thin films

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    Khairnar, U.P.; Bhavsar, D.S.; Vaidya, R.U.; Bhavsar, G.P

    2003-05-26

    Polycrystalline CdTe films have been deposited onto glass substrates at 373 K by vacuum evaporation technique. The transmittance and reflectance have been measured at normal and near normal incidence, respectively, in the spectral range 200-2500 nm. The dependence of absorption coefficient, {alpha} on the photon energy have been determined. Analysis of the result showed that for CdTe films of different thicknesses, direct transition occurs with band gap energies in the range 1.45-1.52 eV. Refractive indices and extinction coefficients have been evaluated in the above spectral range. The XRD analysis confirmed that CdTe films are polycrystalline having hexagonal structure. The lattice parameters of thin films are almost matching with the JCPDS 82-0474 data for cadmium telluride.

  18. Thin-film solar cells. Duennschichtsolarzellen

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    Bloss, W.H.; Pfisterer, F.; Schock, H.W. (Stuttgart Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Physikalische Elektronik)

    1990-01-01

    The authors present the state of the art in research and development, technology, production and marketing, and of the prospects of thin-film solar cells. Thin-film solar cells most used at present are based on amorphous silicon and on the compound semiconductors CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe. Efficiencies in excess 12% have been achieved (14.1% with CuInSe{sub 2}). Stability is the main problem with amorphous silicon. Thin-film solar cells made from compound semiconductors do not have this problem, though their cost-effective series production needs to be shown still. The development potential of the three types mentioned will be ca. 30% in terms of efficiency: in terms of production cost, it is estimated with some certainty to be able to reach the baseline of 1 DM/Watt peak output (W{sub p}). (orig.).

  19. Substrate heating effect on the growth of a CdTe film on an InSb substrate by vacuum evaporation

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    Jiann-Ruey, Chen; Mau-Phon, Houng; Fenq-Lin, Jenq; Chien-Shyong, Fang; Wan-Sun, Tse

    1991-07-01

    Epitaxial CdTe thin films were grown on the (111) oriented InSb substrate by vacuum evaporation, with the substrate kept at 190-225°C during the film deposition. The chamber pressure during film deposition was at 3.5 × 10-6 mbar. X-ray diffraction was used to determine the film structure, while the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the X-ray diffraction peak was used to examine the crystallinity of the as-deposited films. The film morphology was observed by the scanning electron microscope (SEM), and the film composition was determined by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). The film quality was examined by infrared transmission spectroscopy. Results indicate that the quality of the grown CdTe films was improved with the higher substrate temperature during the film deposition.

  20. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  1. Carbon thin film thermometry

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    Collier, R. S.; Sparks, L. L.; Strobridge, T. R.

    1973-01-01

    The work concerning carbon thin film thermometry is reported. Optimum film deposition parameters were sought on an empirical basis for maximum stability of the films. One hundred films were fabricated for use at the Marshall Space Flight Center; 10 of these films were given a precise quasi-continuous calibration of temperature vs. resistance with 22 intervals between 5 and 80 K using primary platinum and germanium thermometers. Sensitivity curves were established and the remaining 90 films were given a three point calibration and fitted to the established sensitivity curves. Hydrogen gas-liquid discrimination set points are given for each film.

  2. Polycrystalline thin-film technology: Recent progress in photovoltaics

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    Mitchell, R. L.; Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H. S.

    1991-12-01

    Polycrystalline thin films have made significant technical progress in the past year. Three of these materials that have been studied extensively for photovoltaic (PV) power applications are copper indium diselenide (CuInSe2), cadmium telluride (CdTe), and thin film polycrystalline silicon (x-Si) deposited on ceramic substrates. The first of these materials, polycrystalline thin film CuInSe2, has made some rapid advances in terms of high efficiency and long term reliability. For CuInSe2 power modules, a world record has been reported on a 0.4 sq m module with an aperture-area efficiency of 10.4 pct. and a power output of 40.4 W. Additionally, outdoor reliability testing of CuInSe2 modules, under both loaded and open-circuit conditions, has resulted in only minor changes in module performance after more than 1000 days of continuous exposure to natural sunlight. CdTe module research has also resulted in several recent improvements. Module performance has been increased with device areas reaching nearly 900 sq cm. Deposition has been demonstrated by several different techniques, including electrodeposition, spraying, and screen printing. Outdoor reliability testing of CdTe modules was also carried out under both loaded and open-circuit conditions, with more than 600 days of continuous exposure to natural sunlight. These tests were also encouraging and indicated that the modules were stable within measurement error. The highest reported aperture-area module efficiency for CdTe modules is 10 pct.; the semiconductor material was deposited by electrodeposition. A thin-film CdTe photovoltaic system with a power output of 54 W has been deployed in Saudi Arabia for water pumping. The Module Development Initiative has made significant progress in support of the Polycrystalline Thin-Film Program in the past year, and results are presented in this paper.

  3. Polycrystalline thin-film technology: Recent progress in photovoltaics

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    Mitchell, R.L.; Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H.S.

    1991-12-01

    Polycrystalline thin films have made significant technical progress in the past year. Three of these materials that have been studied extensively for photovoltaic (PV) power applications are copper indium diselenide (CuInSe{sub 2}), cadmium telluride (CdTe), and thin-film polycrystalline silicon (x-Si) deposited on ceramic substrates. The first of these materials, polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2}, has made some rapid advances in terms of high efficiency and long-term reliability. For CuInSe{sub 2} power modules, a world record has been reported on a 0.4-m{sup 2} module with an aperture-area efficiency of 10.4% and a power output of 40.4 W. Additionally, outdoor reliability testing of CuInSe{sub 2} modules, under both loaded and open-circuit conditions, has resulted in only minor changes in module performance after more than 1000 days of continuous exposure to natural sunlight. CdTe module research has also resulted in several recent improvements. Module performance has been increased with device areas reaching nearly 900 cm{sup 2}. Deposition has been demonstrated by several different techniques, including electrodeposition, spraying, and screen printing. Outdoor reliability testing of CdTe modules was also carried out under both loaded and open-circuit conditions, with more than 600 days of continuous exposure to natural sunlight. These tests were also encouraging and indicated that the modules were stable within measurement error. The highest reported aperture-area module efficiency for CdTe modules is 10%; the semiconductor material was deposited by electrodeposition. A thin-film CdTe photovoltaic system with a power output of 54 W has been deployed in Saudi Arabia for water pumping. The Module Development Initiative has made significant progress in support of the Polycrystalline Thin-Film Program in the past year, and results are presented in this paper.

  4. Copper zinc tin sulfide-based thin film solar cells

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    Ito, Kentaro

    2014-01-01

    Beginning with an overview and historical background of Copper Zinc Tin Sulphide (CZTS) technology, subsequent chapters cover properties of CZTS thin films, different preparation methods of CZTS thin films, a comparative study of CZTS and CIGS solar cell, computational approach, and future applications of CZTS thin film solar modules to both ground-mount and rooftop installation. The semiconducting compound (CZTS) is made up earth-abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements, which make it an ideal candidate to replace Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and CdTe solar cells which face material scarcity and tox

  5. Aluminum doping of CdTe polycrystalline films starting from the heterostructure CdTe/Al

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    Becerril, M.; O. Vigil-Galán; G. Contreras-Puente; O. Zelaya-Angel

    2011-01-01

    Aluminum doped CdTe polycrystalline films were obtained from the heterostructure CdTe/Al/Corning glass. The aluminum was deposited by thermal vacuum evaporation and the CdTe by sputtering of a CdTe target. The aluminum was introduced into the lattice of the CdTe from a thermal annealed to the CdTe/Al/Corning glas heterostructure. The electrical, structural, nd optical properties were analyzed as a function of the Al concentrations. It found that when Al is incorporated, the electrical resisti...

  6. PENINGKATAN KUALITAS FILM TIPIS CdTe SEBAGAI ABSORBER SEL SURYA DENGAN MENGGUNAKAN DOPING TEMBAGA (Cu)

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    P. Marwoto; N.M. Darmaputra; Sugianto -; Othaman, Z.; E. Wibowo; S.Y. Astuti

    2012-01-01

    Film tipis CdTe dengan doping tembaga (Cu) berkonsenterasi 2% telah berhasil ditumbuhkan di atas substrat Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) dengan metode dc magnetron sputtering. Penelitian ini dilakukan untuk mengetahui pengaruh doping Cu(2%) terhadap struktur morfologi, struktur kristal, fotoluminisensi dan resistivitas listrik film CdTe. Citra morfologi Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) dan hasil analisis struktur dengan X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) menunjukkan bahwa film CdTe:Cu(2%) mempunyai citra perm...

  7. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

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    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  8. Flexible polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics for space applications

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    Armstrong, J. H.; Lanning, B. R.; Misra, M. S.; Kapur, V. K.; Basol, B. M.

    1993-01-01

    Polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics (PV), such as CIS and CdTe, have received considerable attention recently with respect to space power applications. Their combination of stability, efficiency, and economy from large-scale monolithic-integration of modules can have significant impact on cost and weight of PV arrays for spacecraft and planetary experiments. An added advantage, due to their minimal thickness (approximately 6 microns sans substrate), is the ability to manufacture lightweight, flexible devices (approximately 2000 W/kg) using large-volume manufacturing techniques. The photovoltaic effort at Martin Marietta and ISET is discussed, including large-area, large-volume thin-film deposition techniques such as electrodeposition and rotating cylindrical magnetron sputtering. Progress in the development of flexible polycrystalline thin-film PV is presented, including evaluation of flexible CIS cells. In addition, progress on flexible CdTe cells is presented. Finally, examples of lightweight, flexible arrays and their potential cost and weight impact is discussed.

  9. 具有复合背接触层的 CdTe多晶薄膜太阳电池%Polycrystalline CdTe thin- film solar cells with complex back contact layers

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    覃文治; 夏庚培; 郑家贵; 李卫; 蔡伟; 冯良桓; 蔡亚平; 黎兵; 张静全; 武莉莉

    2005-01-01

    To improve the properties of back contacts of CdTe solar cells, ZnTe:Cu and polycrystalline Cd1- xZnxTe films were deposited by simultaneous evaporation. Investigative data of the configuration and performance indicate that energy gap of Cd1- xZnxTe films assume quadratic connection with zinc content. With increasing of Cu content, energy gap of polycrystalline ZnTe:Cu will decrease. ZnTe/ZnTe:Cu or Cd1- xZnxTe/ZnTe:Cu back contacted cells can reduce the heterogeneous interface state density and modify the structure of energy band of the solar cells. Furthermore, diffusion of Cu can avoid by this compound films in CdTe solar cells. An efficiency of 13.38% of solar cell with dimension of 0.502cm2was fabricated.%为了提高 CdTe太阳电池的背接触性能,用共蒸发法制备了 ZnTe:Cu和 Cd1- xZnxTe多晶薄膜. 研究结果表明: Cd1- xZnxTe多晶薄膜的能隙与锌含量呈二次方关系, ZnTe:Cu多晶薄膜能隙随着掺 Cu浓度的增加而减小.分别用 ZnTe/ZnTe:Cu和 Cd1- xZnxTe/ZnTe:Cu复合膜作为背接触层,既能 修饰异质结界面,改善电池的能带结构,又能防止 Cu原子向电池内部扩散.因此获得了面积 0.502cm2,转换效率为 13.38%的 CdTe多晶薄膜太阳电池.

  10. Thin film device applications

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    1983-01-01

    Two-dimensional materials created ab initio by the process of condensation of atoms, molecules, or ions, called thin films, have unique properties significantly different from the corresponding bulk materials as a result of their physical dimensions, geometry, nonequilibrium microstructure, and metallurgy. Further, these characteristic features of thin films can be drasti­ cally modified and tailored to obtain the desired and required physical characteristics. These features form the basis of development of a host of extraordinary active and passive thin film device applications in the last two decades. On the one extreme, these applications are in the submicron dimensions in such areas as very large scale integration (VLSI), Josephson junction quantum interference devices, magnetic bubbles, and integrated optics. On the other extreme, large-area thin films are being used as selective coatings for solar thermal conversion, solar cells for photovoltaic conver­ sion, and protection and passivating layers. Ind...

  11. Ferroelectric thin films

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    The area of ferroelectric thin films has expanded rapidly recently with the advent of high quality multi-oxide deposition technology. Advances in thin film quality has resulted in the realization of new technologies not achievable through classical bulk ceramic processing techniques. An example of this progress is the co-processing of ferroelectric thin films with standard semiconductor silicon and GaAs integrated circuits for radiation hard, non-volatile memory products. While the development of this class of products is still embryonic, the forecasted market potential is rapidly out distancing the combined developmental effort. Historically the greatest use of bulk ferroelectric material has been in sensor technology, utilizing the pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the material. By comparison, a relatively small development effort has been reported for ferroelectric thin film senor technology, a field sure to provide exciting advances in the future. The papers in this proceedings volume were presented at the first symposium dedicated to the field of ferroelectric thin films held by the Materials Research Society at the Spring 1990 Meeting in San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1990. The symposium was designed to provide a comprehensive tutorial covering the newest advances of ferroelectric thin films, including material systems, new deposition techniques and physical, electrical and electro-optic characterization

  12. Evaporated VOx Thin Films

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    Stapinski, Tomasz; Leja, E.

    1989-03-01

    VOx thin films on glass were obtained by thermal evaporation of V205, powder. The structural investigations were carried out with the use of X-ray diffractometer. The electrical properties of the film were examined by means of temperature measurements of resistivity for the samples heat-treated in various conditions. Optical transmission and reflection spectra of VOX films of various composition showed the influence of the heat treatment.

  13. Polycrystalline thin film materials and devices

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    Baron, B. N.; Birkmire, R. W.; Phillips, J. E.; Shafarman, W. N.; Hegedus, S. S.; McCandless, B. E.

    1991-11-01

    Results and conclusions of Phase 1 of a multi-year research program on polycrystalline thin film solar cells are presented. The research comprised investigation of the relationships among processing, materials properties and device performance of both CuInSe2 and CdTe solar cells. The kinetics of the formation of CuInSe2 by selenization with hydrogen selenide was investigated and a CuInSe2/Cds solar cell was fabricated. An alternative process involving the reaction of deposited copper-indium-selenium layers was used to obtain single phase CuInSe2 films and a cell efficiency of 7 percent. Detailed investigations of the open circuit voltage of CuInSe2 solar cells showed that a simple Shockley-Read-Hall recombination mechanism can not account for the limitations in open circuit voltage. Examination of the influence of CuInSe2 thickness on cell performance indicated that the back contact behavior has a significant effect when the CuInSe2 is less than 1 micron thick. CdTe/CdS solar cells with efficiencies approaching 10 percent can be repeatedly fabricated using physical vapor deposition and serial post deposition processing. The absence of moisture during post deposition was found to be critical. Improvements in short circuit current of CdTe solar cells to levels approaching 25 mA/cm(exp 2) are achievable by making the CdS window layer thinner. Further reductions in the CdS window layer thickness are presently limited by interdiffusion between the CdS and the CdTe. CdTe/CdS cells stored without protection from the atmosphere were found to degrade. The degradation was attributed to the metal contact. CdTe cells with ZnTe:Cu contacts to the CdTe were found to be more stable than cells with metal contacts. Analysis of current-voltage and spectral response of CdTe/CdS cells indicates the cell operates as a p-n heterojunction with the diode current dominated by SRH recombination in the junction region of the CdTe.

  14. Polycrystalline thin film materials and devices

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    Baron, B.N.; Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E. (Delaware Univ., Newark, DE (United States). Inst. of Energy Conversion)

    1991-11-01

    Results and conclusion of Phase I of a multi-year research program on polycrystalline thin film solar cells are presented. The research comprised investigation of the relationships among processing, materials properties and device performance of both CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells. The kinetics of the formation of CuInSe{sub 2} by selenization with hydrogen selenide was investigated and a CuInSe{sub 2}/CdS solar cell was fabricated. An alternative process involving the reaction of deposited copper-indium-selenium layers was used to obtain single phase CuInSe{sub 2} films and a cell efficiency of 7%. Detailed investigations of the open circuit voltage of CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells showed that a simple Shockley-Read-Hall recombination mechanism can not account for the limitations in open circuit voltage. Examination of the influence of CuInSe{sub 2} thickness on cell performance indicated that the back contact behavior has a significant effect when the CuInSe{sub 2} is less than 1 micron thick. CdTe/CdS solar cells with efficiencies approaching 10% can be repeatedly fabricated using physical vapor deposition and serial post deposition processing. The absence of moisture during post deposition was found to be critical. Improvements in short circuit current of CdTe solar cells to levels approaching 25 mA/cm{sup 2} are achievable by making the CdS window layer thinner. Further reductions in the CdS window layer thickness are presently limited by interdiffusion between the CdS and the CdTe. CdTe/CdS cells stored without protection from the atmosphere were found to degrade. The degradation was attributed to the metal contact. CdTe cells with ZnTe:Cu contacts to the CdTe were found to be more stable than cells with metal contacts. Analysis of current-voltage and spectral response of CdTe/CdS cells indicates the cell operates as a p-n heterojunction with the diode current dominated by SRH recombination in the junction region of the CdTe.

  15. Recent developments in thin film solar cells

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    Dhere, N.G. (Inst. Militar de Engenharia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil))

    1990-12-15

    In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in improving the photovoltaic (PV) conversion efficiencies of thin film solar cells. The best active-area efficiencies (air mass 1.5) of thin film solar cells reported are as follows: polycrystalline CuInSe{sub 2}, 14.1%; CuIn(Ga)Se{sub 2}, 12.9%; CdTe, 12.3%, total area; single-junction hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), 12.0%; multiple-junction a-Si:H, 13.3%; cleaved epitaxial GaAs-Ga{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}As, 21.5%, total area. Laboratory methods for preparing small thin film solar cells are evaporation, closed-space sublimation, closed-space vapor transport, vapor phase epitaxy and metallo-organic chemical vapor deposition, while economic large-area deposition techniques such as sputtering, glow discharge reduction, electrodeposition, spraying and screen printing are being used for module fabrication. The following aperture-area efficiencies have been measured, at the Solar Energy Research Inst., for thin film modules: a-Si:H, 9.8%, 933 cm{sup 2}; CuIn(Ga)Se{sub 2}, 11.1%, 938 cm{sup 2}; CdTe, 7.3%, 838 cm{sup 2}. The instability issue of a-Si:H continues to be a high priority area. It is necessary to improve the open-circuit voltage of CuIn(Ga)Se{sub 2} cells, which do not seem to exhibit any intrinsic degradation mechanisms. With continued progress and increased production, PV modules are likely to become competitive for medium-scale power requirements in the mid-1990s. (orig.).

  16. Research on polycrystalline thin-film materials, cells, and modules

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    Mitchell, R.L.; Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H.S.

    1990-11-01

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) supports research activities in polycrystalline thin films through the Polycrystalline Thin-Film Program at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI). This program includes research and development (R D) in both copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride thin films for photovoltaic applications. The objective of this program is to support R D of photovoltaic cells and modules that meet the DOE long-term goals of high efficiency (15%--20%), low cost ($50/m{sup 2}), and reliability (30-year life time). Research carried out in this area is receiving increased recognition due to important advances in polycrystalline thin-film CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells and modules. These have become the leading thin-film materials for photovoltaics in terms of efficiency and stability. DOE has recognized this potential through a competitive initiative for the development of CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe modules. This paper focuses on the recent progress and future directions of the Polycrystalline Thin-Film Program and the status of the subcontracted research on these promising photovoltaic materials. 26 refs., 12 figs, 1 tab.

  17. Research on polycrystalline thin-film materials, cells, and modules

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    Mitchell, R. L.; Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H. S.

    1990-11-01

    DOE supports research activities in polycrystalline thin films through the Polycrystalline Thin Film Program. This program includes includes R and D in both copper indium diselenide and cadmium telluride thin films for photovoltaic applications. The objective is to support R and D of photovoltaic cells and modules that meet the DOE long term goals of high efficiency (15 to 20 percent), low cost ($50/sq cm), and reliability (30-year life time). Research carried out in this area is receiving increased recognition due to important advances in polycrystalline thin film CuInSe2 and CdTe solar cells and modules. These have become the leading thin film materials for photovoltaics in terms of efficiency and stability. DOE has recognized this potential through a competitive initiative for the development of CuInSe(sub 2) and CdTe modules. The recent progress and future directions are studied of the Polycrystalline Thin Film Program and the status of the subcontracted research on these promising photovoltaic materials.

  18. Heterogeneity in Polymer Thin Films

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    Kanaya, Toshiji; Inoue, Rintaro; Nishida, Koji

    2011-01-01

    In the last two decades very extensive studies have been performed on polymer thin films to reveal very interesting but unusual properties. One of the most interesting findings is the decrease in glass transition temperature Tg with film thickness in polystyrene (PS) thin film supported on Si substrate. Another interesting finding is apparent negative thermal expansivity in glassy state for thin films below ∼25 nm. In order to understand the unusual properties of polymer thin films we have st...

  19. Highly Luminescent Hybrid SiO2-Coated CdTe Quantum Dots Retained Initial Photoluminescence Efficiency in Sol-Gel SiO2 Film.

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    Sun, Hongsheng; Xing, Yugui; Wu, Qinan; Yang, Ping

    2015-02-01

    A highly luminescent silica film was fabricated using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APS) through a controlled sol-gel reaction. The pre-hydrolysis of TEOS and APS which resulted in the mixture of TEOS and APS in a molecular level is a key for the formation of homogenous films. The aminopropyl groups in APS play an important role for obtaining homogeneous film with high photoluminescence (PL). Red-emitting hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe nano-crystals (NCs) were fabricated by a two-step synthesis including a thin SiO2 coating via a sol-gel process and a subsequent refluxing using green-emitting CdTe NCs. The hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe NCs were embedded in a functional SiO2 film via a two-step process including adding the NCs in SiO2 sol with a high viscosity and almost without ethanol and a subsequent spinning coating. The hybrid SiO2-coated CdTe NCs retained their initial PL efficiency (54%) in the film. Being encapsulated with the hybrid NCs in the film, no change on the absorption and PL spectra of red-emitting CdTe NCs (632 nm) was observed. This indicates the hybrid NCs is stable enough during preparation. This phenomenon is ascribed to the controlled sol-gel process and a hybrid SiO2 shell on CdTe NCs. Because these films exhibited high PL efficiency and stability, they will be utilizable for potential applications in many fields. PMID:26353691

  20. Thin films and nanomaterials

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    The objective of this book is to disseminate the most recent research in Thin Films, Nanomaterials, Corrosion and Metallurgy presented at the International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM 2011) held in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India during 12-16 December 2011. The book is a compilation of 113 chapters written by active researchers providing information and critical insights into the recent advancements that have taken place. Important new applications are possible today in the fields of microelectronics, opto-electronics, metallurgy and energy by the application of thin films on solid surfaces. Recent progress in high vacuum technology and new materials has a remarkable effect in thin film quality and cost. This has led to the development of new single or multi-layered thin film devices with diverse applications in a multitude of production areas, such as optics, thermal barrier coatings and wear protections, enhancing service life of tools and to protect materials against thermal and atmospheric influence. On the other hand, thin film process techniques and research are strongly related to the basic research activities in nano technology, an increasingly important field with countless opportunities for applications due to the emergence of new properties at the nanoscale level. Materials and structures that are designed and fabricated at the nano scale level, offer the potential to produce new devices and processes that may enhance efficiencies and reduce costs in many areas, as photovoltaic systems, hydrogen storage, fuel cells and solar thermal systems. In the book, the contributed papers are classified under two sections i) thin films and ii) nanomaterials. The thin film section includes single or multi layer conducting, insulating or semiconducting films synthesized by a wide variety of physical or chemical techniques and characterized or analyzed for different applications. The nanomaterials section deals with novel or exciting materials

  1. Thin film photovoltaics

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    Zweibel, K; Ullal, H S

    1989-05-01

    Thin films are considered a potentially attractive technological approach to making cost-effective electricity by photovoltaics. Over the last twenty years, many have been investigated and some (cadmium telluride, copper indium diselenide, amorphous silicon) have become leading candidates for future large-scale commercialization. This paper surveys the past development of these key thin films and gives their status and future prospects. In all cases, significant progress toward cost-effective PV electricity has been made. If this progress continues, it appears that thin film PV could provide electricity that is competitive for summer daytime peaking power requirements by the middle of the 1990s; and electricity in a range that is competitive with fossil fuel costs (i.e., 6 cents/kilowatt-hour) should be available from PV around the turn of the century. 22 refs., 9 figs.

  2. Thin film temperature sensor

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    Grant, H. P.; Przybyszewski, J. S.

    1980-01-01

    Thin film surface temperature sensors were developed. The sensors were made of platinum-platinum/10 percent rhodium thermocouples with associated thin film-to-lead wire connections and sputtered on aluminum oxide coated simulated turbine blades for testing. Tests included exposure to vibration, low velocity hydrocarbon hot gas flow to 1250 K, and furnace calibrations. Thermal electromotive force was typically two percent below standard type S thermocouples. Mean time to failure was 42 hours at a hot gas flow temperature of 1250 K and an average of 15 cycles to room temperature. Failures were mainly due to separation of the platinum thin film from the aluminum oxide surface. Several techniques to improve the adhesion of the platinum are discussed.

  3. Thin Film Microbatteries

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    Thin film batteries are built layer by layer by vapor deposition. The resulting battery is formed of parallel plates, much as an ordinary battery construction, just much thinner. The figure (Fig. 1) shows an example of a thin film battery layout where films are deposited symmetrically onto both sides of a supporting substrate. The full stack of films is only 10 to 15 (micro)m thick, but including the support at least doubles the overall battery thickness. When the support is thin, the entire battery can be flexible. At least six companies have commercialized or are very close to commercializing such all-solid-state thin film batteries and market research predicts a growing market and a variety of applications including sensors, RFID tags, and smarter cards. In principle with a large deposition system, a thin film battery might cover a square meter, but in practice, most development is targeting individual cells with active areas less than 25 cm2. For very small battery areas, 2, microfabrication processes have been developed. Typically the assembled batteries have capacities from 0.1 to 5 mAh. The operation of a thin film battery is depicted in the schematic diagram (Fig. 2). Very simply, when the battery is allowed to discharge, a Li+ ion migrates from the anode to the cathode film by diffusing through the solid electrolyte. When the anode and cathode reactions are reversible, as for an intercalation compound or alloy, the battery can be recharged by reversing the current. The difference in the electrochemical potential of the lithium determines the cell voltage. Most of the thin films used in current commercial variations of this thin film battery are deposited in vacuum chambers by RF and DC magnetron sputtering and by thermal evaporation onto unheated substrates. In addition, many publications report exploring a variety of other physical and chemical vapor deposition processes, such as pulsed laser deposition, electron cyclotron resonance sputtering, and

  4. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  5. Thin film metal-oxides

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    Ramanathan, Shriram

    2009-01-01

    Presents an account of the fundamental structure-property relations in oxide thin films. This title discusses the functional properties of thin film oxides in the context of applications in the electronics and renewable energy technologies.

  6. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  7. Preparation and multicolored fluorescent properties of CdTe quantum dots/polymethylmethacrylate composite films

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    A new simple route was presented for the preparation of stable fluorescent CdTe/polymethylmethacrylate (CdTe/PMMA) composite films by using hydrophilic thioglycolic acid capped CdTe quantum dots (TGA-CdTe QDs) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as raw materials. The TGA-CdTe QDs were firstly exchanged with n-dodecanethiol (DDT) to become hydrophobic DDT-CdTe QDs via a ligand exchange strategy, and then incorporated into PMMA matrix to obtain fluorescent CdTe/PMMA composite films. The structure and optical properties of DDT-CdTe QDs and CdTe/PMMA composite films were investigated by XRD, IR, UV and PL techniques. The results indicated that the obtained DDT-CdTe QDs well preserved the intrinsic structure and the maximum emission wavelength of the initial water-soluble QDs and the resulting 6.10 wt% CdTe/PMMA composite film exhibited significantly enhanced PL intensity. Furthermore, the multicolored composite films with green, yellow-green, yellow and orange light emissions were well tuned by incorporating the CdTe QDs of various maximum emission wavelengths. The TEM image demonstrated that the CdTe QDs were well-dispersed in the PMMA matrix without aggregation. Superior photostability of QDs in the composite film was confirmed by fluorescence lifetime measurement. Thermo-gravimetric analysis of CdTe/PMMA composite films showed no obvious enhancement of thermal stability compared with pure PMMA. - Highlights: • Ligand-exchange strategy was used to render CdTe QDs oil-soluble. • CdTe QDs were incorporated into PMMA matrix to fabricate fluorescent films. • The resulting 6.10 wt% CdTe/PMMA film exhibited significantly enhanced PL intensity. • Fluorescent colors of films were tuned by varying the λem of incorporated CdTe QDs

  8. Preparation and multicolored fluorescent properties of CdTe quantum dots/polymethylmethacrylate composite films

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    Huang, Yanni; Liu, Jianjun, E-mail: jjliu717@aliyun.com; Yu, Yingchun; Zuo, Shengli

    2015-10-25

    A new simple route was presented for the preparation of stable fluorescent CdTe/polymethylmethacrylate (CdTe/PMMA) composite films by using hydrophilic thioglycolic acid capped CdTe quantum dots (TGA-CdTe QDs) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as raw materials. The TGA-CdTe QDs were firstly exchanged with n-dodecanethiol (DDT) to become hydrophobic DDT-CdTe QDs via a ligand exchange strategy, and then incorporated into PMMA matrix to obtain fluorescent CdTe/PMMA composite films. The structure and optical properties of DDT-CdTe QDs and CdTe/PMMA composite films were investigated by XRD, IR, UV and PL techniques. The results indicated that the obtained DDT-CdTe QDs well preserved the intrinsic structure and the maximum emission wavelength of the initial water-soluble QDs and the resulting 6.10 wt% CdTe/PMMA composite film exhibited significantly enhanced PL intensity. Furthermore, the multicolored composite films with green, yellow-green, yellow and orange light emissions were well tuned by incorporating the CdTe QDs of various maximum emission wavelengths. The TEM image demonstrated that the CdTe QDs were well-dispersed in the PMMA matrix without aggregation. Superior photostability of QDs in the composite film was confirmed by fluorescence lifetime measurement. Thermo-gravimetric analysis of CdTe/PMMA composite films showed no obvious enhancement of thermal stability compared with pure PMMA. - Highlights: • Ligand-exchange strategy was used to render CdTe QDs oil-soluble. • CdTe QDs were incorporated into PMMA matrix to fabricate fluorescent films. • The resulting 6.10 wt% CdTe/PMMA film exhibited significantly enhanced PL intensity. • Fluorescent colors of films were tuned by varying the λ{sub em} of incorporated CdTe QDs.

  9. Rare Earth Oxide Thin Films

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    2007-01-01

    Thin rare earth (RE) oxide films are emerging materials for microelectronic, nanoelectronic, and spintronic applications. The state-of-the-art of thin film deposition techniques as well as the structural, physical, chemical, and electrical properties of thin RE oxide films and of their interface with semiconducting substrates are discussed. The aim is to identify proper methodologies for the development of RE oxides thin films and to evaluate their effectiveness as innovative materials in different applications.

  10. Deposition of Cl-doped CdTe polycrystalline films by close-spaced sublimation

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    The effects of Cl-doping on the CdTe layers by the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) deposition were investigated. Cl-doped CdTe polycrystalline films were deposited on graphite substrates by CSS method using a mixture of CdTe and CdCl2 powder as a source. In X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the obtained films with various deposition times, many diffraction peaks other than CdTe peaks were observed in the deposition times lower than 10 min. These diffraction peaks were probably due to the formation of chlorides of Cd, Te and C, such as CdCl2, TeCl4, Te3Cl2 and C10Cl8. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses revealed that a large amount of chlorine was contained in the films with the deposition times lower than 10 min, and that Cl concentration decreased with increasing the deposition time above 3 min. These results indicate that the films containing the chlorides of Cd, Te and C in addition to CdTe are formed in the initial stage of the CSS deposition using a mixture of CdTe and CdCl2 powder as a source. Cross-sectional images revealed that the grain size was decreased by the effect of Cl-doping. Furthermore, current-voltage (I -V) characteristics of the CdTe/graphite structures were measured, and it was found that the resistivity of the Cl-doped CdTe layer was much higher than that of the undoped CdTe layer. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  12. Protein Thin Film Machines

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    Federici, Stefania; Oliviero, Giulio; Hamad-Schifferli, Kimberly; Bergese, Paolo

    2010-01-01

    We report the first example of microcantilever beams that are reversibly driven by protein thin film machines fuelled by cycling the salt concentration of the surrounding solution. We also show that upon the same salinity stimulus the drive can be completely reversed in its direction by introducing a surface coating ligand. Experimental results are throughout discussed within a general yet simple thermodynamic model.

  13. Thin film scintillators

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    McDonald, Warren; McKinney, George; Tzolov, Marian

    2015-03-01

    Scintillating materials convert energy flux (particles or electromagnetic waves) into light with spectral characteristic matching a subsequent light detector. Commercial scintillators such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and yttrium aluminum perovskite (YAP) are commonly used. These are inefficient at lower energies due to the conductive coating present on their top surface, which is needed to avoid charging. We hypothesize that nano-structured thin film scintillators will outperform the commercial scintillators at low electron energies. We have developed alternative thin film scintillators, zinc tungstate and zinc oxide, which show promise for higher sensitivity to lower energy electrons since they are inherently conductive. Zinc tungstate films exhibit photoluminescence quantum efficiency of 74%. Cathodoluminescence spectroscopy was applied in transmission and reflection geometries. The comparison between the thin films and the YAG and YAP commercial scintillators shows much higher light output from the zinc tungstate and zinc oxide at electron energies less than 5 keV. Our films were integrated in a backscattered electron detector. This detector delivers better images than an identical detector with commercial YAG scintillator at low electron energies. Dr. Nicholas Barbi from PulseTor LLC, Dr. Anura Goonewardene, NSF Grants: #0806660, #1058829, #0923047.

  14. Thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells

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    Chu, T. L.

    1987-10-01

    Cadmium telluride, with a room-temperature band-gap energy of 1.5 eV, is a promising thin-film photovoltaic material. The major objective of this research has been to demonstrate thin-film CdTe heterojunction solar cells with a total area greater than 1 sq cm and photovoltaic efficiencies of 13 percent or more. Thin-film p-CdTe/CdS/SnO2:F/glass solar cells with an AM1.5 efficiency of 10.5 percent have been reported previously. This report contains results of work done on: (1) the deposition, resistivity control, and characterization of p-CdTe films by the close-spaced sublimation process; (2) the deposition of large-band-gap window materials; (3) the electrical properties of CdS/CdTe heterojunctions; (4) the formation of stable, reproducible, ohmic contacts (such as p-HgTe) to p-CdTe; and (5) the preparation and evaluation of heterojunction solar cells.

  15. Characterization of thin film ZnCdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Mahammad Hussain, O.; Sreedhara Reddy, P.; Srinivasalu Naidu, B.; Uthanna, S.; Jayarama Reddy, P. (Sri Venkateswara Univ., Tirupati (India). Dept. of Physics)

    1991-07-01

    n-ZnCdS/p-CdTe polycrystalline thin film solar cells were fabricated by laser evaporating CdTe onto sprayed ZnCdS films. The cells were characterized by studying current-voltage, capacitance-voltage and spectral response measurements. A maximum efficiency of 7.6% was observed for a cell area of 1 cm{sup 2}. (author).

  16. Performance of thin-film CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Hussain, O. M.; Reddy, P. J.

    1991-07-01

    A polycrystalline thin-film CdS/CdTe solar cell has been fabricated by means of a laser evaporation of CdTe onto thermally-evaporated CdS films. The cell has demonstrated a maximum efficiency of about 8.25 percent, in conjunction with a quantum efficiency of about 80 percent. The In-doped CdS 0.5-micron thick films were deposited onto conducting glass substrates at 473 K and annealed at 673 K in a hydrogen atmosphere; the Sb-doped CdTe 5-micron thickness films were deposited and then heat-treated in air at 673 K.

  17. Polycrystalline thin-film solar cells and modules

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    Ullal, H.S.; Stone, J.L.; Zweibel, K.; Surek, T.; Mitchell, R.L.

    1991-12-01

    This paper describes the recent technological advances in polycrystalline thin-film solar cells and modules. Three thin film materials, namely, cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium diselenide (CuInSe{sub 2}, CIS) and silicon films (Si-films) have made substantial technical progress, both in device and module performance. Early stability results for modules tested outdoors by various groups worldwide are also encouraging. The major global players actively involved in the development of the these technologies are discussed. Technical issues related to these materials are elucidated. Three 20-kW polycrystalline thin-film demonstration photovoltaic (PV) systems are expected to be installed in Davis, CA in 1992 as part of the Photovoltaics for Utility-Scale Applications (PVUSA) project. This is a joint project between the US Department of Energy (DOE), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), California Energy Commission (CEC), and a utility consortium.

  18. Polycrystalline thin-film solar cells and modules

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    Ullal, H.S.; Stone, J.L.; Zweibel, K.; Surek, T.; Mitchell, R.L.

    1991-12-01

    This paper describes the recent technological advances in polycrystalline thin-film solar cells and modules. Three thin film materials, namely, cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium diselenide (CuInSe{sub 2}, CIS) and silicon films (Si-films) have made substantial technical progress, both in device and module performance. Early stability results for modules tested outdoors by various groups worldwide are also encouraging. The major global players actively involved in the development of the these technologies are discussed. Technical issues related to these materials are elucidated. Three 20-kW polycrystalline thin-film demonstration photovoltaic (PV) systems are expected to be installed in Davis, CA in 1992 as part of the Photovoltaics for Utility-Scale Applications (PVUSA) project. This is a joint project between the US Department of Energy (DOE), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG E), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), California Energy Commission (CEC), and a utility consortium.

  19. Physics of thin films

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    Francombe, M.H. (Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (US)); Vossen, J.L. (John Vossen Associates, Technical and Scientific Consulting, Bridgewater, NJ (US))

    1992-01-01

    This book of Physics of Thin Films emphasizes two main technical themes. The first is essentially an extension of the topical thrust on Thin Films for Advance Electronic Devices, developed in Volume 15 of this series. The second deals primarily with the physical and mechanical behavior of films and the influence of these in relation to various applications. The first of the four articles in this volume, by Neelkanth G. Dhere, discusses high-transition-temperature (T{sub c}) superconducting films. Since their discovery in 1986, both world-wide research activity and published literature on high-T{sub c} oxide films have exploded at a phenomenal rate. In his treatment, the author presents an effective survey of the already vast literature on this subject, discusses the numerous techniques under development for the growth of these perovskite-related complex oxides, and describes their key properties and applications. In particular, factors affecting the epitaxial structure, critical current capability, and microwave conductivity in Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O based film compositions are evaluated in relation to their use at 77K. An overview of potential applications in a variety of microwave devices, wide-band optical detectors, SQUID-type high-sensitivity magnetometers, etc., is included.

  20. Physics of thin films

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    This book of Physics of Thin Films emphasizes two main technical themes. The first is essentially an extension of the topical thrust on Thin Films for Advance Electronic Devices, developed in Volume 15 of this series. The second deals primarily with the physical and mechanical behavior of films and the influence of these in relation to various applications. The first of the four articles in this volume, by Neelkanth G. Dhere, discusses high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconducting films. Since their discovery in 1986, both world-wide research activity and published literature on high-Tc oxide films have exploded at a phenomenal rate. In his treatment, the author presents an effective survey of the already vast literature on this subject, discusses the numerous techniques under development for the growth of these perovskite-related complex oxides, and describes their key properties and applications. In particular, factors affecting the epitaxial structure, critical current capability, and microwave conductivity in Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O based film compositions are evaluated in relation to their use at 77K. An overview of potential applications in a variety of microwave devices, wide-band optical detectors, SQUID-type high-sensitivity magnetometers, etc., is included

  1. Characterization of CdTe Films Deposited at Various Bath Temperatures and Concentrations Using Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Zulkarnain Zainal; Mohd Norizam Md Daud; Azmi Zakaria; Mohd Sabri Mohd Ghazali; Atefeh Jafari; Wan Rafizah Wan Abdullah

    2012-01-01

    CdTe film was deposited using the electrophoretic deposition technique onto an ITO glass at various bath temperatures. Four batch film compositions were used by mixing 1 to 4 wt% concentration of CdTe powder with 10 mL of a solution of methanol and toluene. X-ray Diffraction analysis showed that the films exhibited polycrystalline nature of zinc-blende structure with the (111) orientation as the most prominent peak. From the Atomic Force Microscopy, the thickness and surface roughness of the ...

  2. Thin film cadmium telluride, zinc telluride, and mercury zinc telluride solar cells

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    Chu, T.L. (University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States))

    1992-04-01

    This report describes research to demonstrate (1) thin film cadmium telluride solar cells with a quantum efficiency of 75% or higher at 0. 44 {mu}m and a photovoltaic efficiency of 11.5% or greater, and (2) thin film zinc telluride and mercury zinc telluride solar cells with a transparency to sub-band-gap radiation of 65% and a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5% and 8%, respectively. Work was directed at (1) depositing transparent conducting semiconductor films by solution growth and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique, (2) depositing CdTe films by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) and MOCVD techniques, (3) preparing and evaluating thin film CdTe solar cells, and (4) preparing and characterizing thin film ZnTe, CD{sub 1-x}Zn{sub 1-x}Te, and Hg{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te solar cells. The deposition of CdS films from aqueous solutions was investigated in detail, and their crystallographic, optical, and electrical properties were characterized. CdTe films were deposited from DMCd and DIPTe at 400{degrees}C using TEGa and AsH{sub 3} as dopants. CdTe films deposited by CSS had significantly better microstructures than those deposited by MOCVD. Deep energy states in CdTe films deposited by CSS and MOCVD were investigated. Thin films of ZnTe, Cd{sub 1- x}Zn{sub x}Te, and Hg{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te were deposited by MOCVD, and their crystallographic, optical, and electrical properties were characterized. 67 refs.

  3. SIMS analysis for detection of contaminants in thin film photovoltaics

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    Morris, G. C.; Lyons, L. E.; Tandon, R. K.; Wood, B. J.

    1988-12-01

    Minor contaminants in electrodeposited thin film CdTe which produce efficient solar cells have been investigated by secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) using three different primary ions and three different SIMS instruments. To obtain SIMS data which represent what is present in the sample, a number of precautions must be taken. These are illustrated and positive SIMS data from an electrodeposited film show that it has fewer impurities than commercial crystal CdTe specified as 5N pure. The impurities in the film had not been intentionally added, so their source was investigated by SIMS and found to be the starting chemicals and deposition vessels. For quantification, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy and atomic absorption spectroscopy of the deposition solutions provided upper limits for the impurity concentration.

  4. Thin film cadmium telluride solar cells

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    Chu, T. L.; Chu, Shirley S.; Ang, S. T.; Mantravadi, M. K.

    1987-08-01

    Thin-film p-CdTe/CdS/SnO2:F/glass solar cells of the inverted configuration were prepared by the deposition of p-type CdTe films onto CdS/SnO2:F/glass substrates using CVD or close-spaced sublimation (CSS) techniques based on the procedures of Chu et al. (1983) and Nicholl (1963), respectively. The deposition rates of p-CdTe films deposited by CSS were higher than those deposited by the CVD technique (4-5 min were sufficient), and the efficiencies higher than 10 percent were obtained. However, the resistivity of films prepared by CSS was not as readily controlled as that of the CVD films. The simplest technique to reduce the resistivity of the CSS p-CdTe films was to incorporate a dopant, such as As or Sb, into the reaction mixture during the preparation of the source material. The films with resistivities in the range of 500-1000 ohm cm were deposited in this manner.

  5. Using atomistic simulations to model cadmium telluride thin film growth

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    Yu, Miao; Kenny, Steven D.

    2016-03-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) is an excellent material for low-cost, high efficiency thin film solar cells. It is important to conduct research on how defects are formed during the growth process, since defects lower the efficiency of solar cells. In this work we use computer simulation to predict the growth of a sputter deposited CdTe thin film. On-the-fly kinetic Monte Carlo technique is used to simulate the CdTe thin film growth on the (1 1 1) surfaces. The results show that on the (1 1 1) surfaces the growth mechanisms on surfaces which are terminated by Cd or Te are quite different, regardless of the deposition energy (0.1∼ 10 eV). On the Te-terminated (1 1 1) surface the deposited clusters first form a single mixed species layer, then the Te atoms in the mixed layer moved up to form a new layer. Whilst on the Cd-terminated (1 1 1) surface the new Cd and Te layers are formed at the same time. Such differences are probably caused by stronger bonding between ad-atoms and surface atoms on the Te layer than on the Cd layer.

  6. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  7. Facile method to prepare CdS nanostructure based on the CdTe films

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CdS nanostructure is directly fabricated on CdTe film only by heating treatment under H2S/N2 mixed atmosphere at a relatively low temperature (450 °C) with gold layer as the intermediate. • Nanostructure of CdS layer, varying from nanowires to nanosheets, may be controlled by the thickness of gold film. • The change of morphology adjusts its luminescence properties. - Abstract: Nanostructured cadmium sulfide (CdS) plays critical roles in electronics and optoelectronics. In this paper, we report a method to fabricate CdS nanostructure directly on CdTe film, via a thermal annealing method in H2S/N2 mixed gas flow at a relatively low temperature (450 °C). The microstructure and optical properties of CdS nanostructure are investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman, and photoluminescence. The morphology of CdS nanostructure, evolving from nanowires to nanosheets, can be controlled by the thickness of Au film deposited on the CdTe film. And CdS nanostructures are single crystalline with the hexagonal wurtzite structure. Raman spectroscopy under varying the excitation wavelengths confirm that synthesized CdS-CdTe films contain two layers, i.e., CdS nanostructure (top) and CdTe layer (bottom). The change of morphology modifies its luminescence properties. Obviously, through simply thermal annealing in H2S/N2 mixed gas, fabricating CdS nanostructure on CdTe film can open up the new possibility for obtaining high efficient CdTe solar cell

  8. Facile method to prepare CdS nanostructure based on the CdTe films

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    Ma, Ligang; Chen, Yuehui; Wei, Zelu; Cai, Hongling; Zhang, Fengming; Wu, Xiaoshan, E-mail: xswu@nju.edu.cn

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CdS nanostructure is directly fabricated on CdTe film only by heating treatment under H{sub 2}S/N{sub 2} mixed atmosphere at a relatively low temperature (450 °C) with gold layer as the intermediate. • Nanostructure of CdS layer, varying from nanowires to nanosheets, may be controlled by the thickness of gold film. • The change of morphology adjusts its luminescence properties. - Abstract: Nanostructured cadmium sulfide (CdS) plays critical roles in electronics and optoelectronics. In this paper, we report a method to fabricate CdS nanostructure directly on CdTe film, via a thermal annealing method in H{sub 2}S/N{sub 2} mixed gas flow at a relatively low temperature (450 °C). The microstructure and optical properties of CdS nanostructure are investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman, and photoluminescence. The morphology of CdS nanostructure, evolving from nanowires to nanosheets, can be controlled by the thickness of Au film deposited on the CdTe film. And CdS nanostructures are single crystalline with the hexagonal wurtzite structure. Raman spectroscopy under varying the excitation wavelengths confirm that synthesized CdS-CdTe films contain two layers, i.e., CdS nanostructure (top) and CdTe layer (bottom). The change of morphology modifies its luminescence properties. Obviously, through simply thermal annealing in H{sub 2}S/N{sub 2} mixed gas, fabricating CdS nanostructure on CdTe film can open up the new possibility for obtaining high efficient CdTe solar cell.

  9. Formation and Properties of Polycrystalline p-Type High-Conductivity CdTe Films by Coevaporation of CdTe and Te

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    Hayashi, Toshiya; Hayashi, Hiroaki; Fukaya, Mitsuru; Ema, Yoshinori

    1991-10-01

    Polycrystalline p-type high-dark-conductivity CdTe films have been prepared by coevaporation of CdTe and Te. The structural and electrical properties were investigated. The dark conductivity of the films at 300 K ranged from 6.32× 10-8 to 3.41 S cm-1. The film structure was of the zincblende type with a preferential orientation of the (111) planes parallel to the substrate. The crystallinity was rather good. From the measurements of the carrier concentration versus ambient temperature characteristics, it was found that the high-conductivity p-type conduction of the films was due to the formation of Cd vacancies, acceptors resulting from the coevaporation of CdTe and Te. It is shown that the high-conductivity films obtained are suitable for p-CdTe/n-CdS solar cells.

  10. Biomimetic thin film deposition

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    Rieke, P.R.; Graff, G.E.; Campbell, A.A.; Bunker, B.C.; Baskaran, S.; Song, L.; Tarasevich, B.J.; Fryxell, G.E.

    1995-09-01

    Biological mineral deposition for the formation of bone, mollusk shell and other hard tissues provides materials scientists with illustrative materials processing strategies. This presentation will review the key features of biomineralization and how these features can be of technical importance. We have adapted existing knowledge of biomineralization to develop a unique method of depositing inorganic thin films and coating. Our approach to thin film deposition is to modify substrate surfaces to imitate the proteins found in nature that are responsible for controlling mineral deposition. These biomimetic surfaces control the nucleation and growth of the mineral from a supersaturated aqueous solution. This has many processing advantages including simple processing equipment, environmentally benign reagents, uniform coating of highly complex shapes, and enhanced adherence of coating. Many different types of metal oxide, hydroxide, sulfide and phosphate materials with useful mechanical, optical, electronic and biomedical properties can be deposited.

  11. Thin film processes

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    Vossen, John L

    1978-01-01

    Remarkable advances have been made in recent years in the science and technology of thin film processes for deposition and etching. It is the purpose of this book to bring together tutorial reviews of selected filmdeposition and etching processes from a process viewpoint. Emphasis is placed on the practical use of the processes to provide working guidelines for their implementation, a guide to the literature, and an overview of each process.

  12. Handbook of thin film technology

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    Frey, Hartmut

    2015-01-01

    “Handbook of Thin Film Technology” covers all aspects of coatings preparation, characterization and applications. Different deposition techniques based on vacuum and plasma processes are presented. Methods of surface and thin film analysis including coating thickness, structural, optical, electrical, mechanical and magnetic properties of films are detailed described. The several applications of thin coatings and a special chapter focusing on nanoparticle-based films can be found in this handbook. A complete reference for students and professionals interested in the science and technology of thin films.

  13. Preparation and properties of evaporated CdTe films compared with single crystal CdTe

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    Bube, R. H.

    The hot wall vacuum deposition system is discussed and is is good temperature tracking between the furnace core and the CdTe source itself are indicated. Homojunction cells prepared by HWVE deposition of n-CdTe on p-CdTe substrates show no significant change in dark or light properties after open circuit storage for the next 9 months. CdTe single crystal boules were grown with P, As and Cs impurity. For P impurity it appears that the segregation coefficient is close to unity, that the value of hole density is controlled by the P, and that growth with excess Cd gives slightly higher values of hole density than growth with excess Te. CdTe:As crystals appear similar to CdTe:P crystals.

  14. Thin film mechanics

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    Cooper, Ryan C.

    This doctoral thesis details the methods of determining mechanical properties of two classes of novel thin films suspended two-dimensional crystals and electron beam irradiated microfilms of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Thin films are used in a variety of surface coatings to alter the opto-electronic properties or increase the wear or corrosion resistance and are ideal for micro- and nanoelectromechanical system fabrication. One of the challenges in fabricating thin films is the introduction of strains which can arise due to application techniques, geometrical conformation, or other spurious conditions. Chapters 2-4 focus on two dimensional materials. This is the intrinsic limit of thin films-being constrained to one atomic or molecular unit of thickness. These materials have mechanical, electrical, and optical properties ideal for micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems with truly novel device functionality. As such, the breadth of applications that can benefit from a treatise on two dimensional film mechanics is reason enough for exploration. This study explores the anomylously high strength of two dimensional materials. Furthermore, this work also aims to bridge four main gaps in the understanding of material science: bridging the gap between ab initio calculations and finite element analysis, bridging the gap between ab initio calculations and experimental results, nanoscale to microscale, and microscale to mesoscale. A nonlinear elasticity model is used to determine the necessary elastic constants to define the strain-energy density function for finite strain. Then, ab initio calculations-density functional theory-is used to calculate the nonlinear elastic response. Chapter 2 focuses on validating this methodology with atomic force microscope nanoindentation on molybdenum disulfide. Chapter 3 explores the convergence criteria of three density functional theory solvers to further verify the numerical calculations. Chapter 4 then uses this model to investigate

  15. Polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic technology

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    Ullal, H.S.; Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.L.; Noufi, R.

    1991-03-01

    Low-cost, high-efficiency thin-film modules are an exciting photovoltaic technology option for generating cost-effective electricity in 1995 and beyond. In this paper we review the significant technical progress made in the following thin films: copper indium diselenide, cadmium telluride, and polycrystalline thin silicon films. Also, the recent US DOE/SERI initiative to commercialize these emerging technologies is discussed. 6 refs., 9 figs.

  16. Temperature dependence of dc photoconductivity in CdTe thin films

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    Pradip Kumar Kalita

    2003-06-01

    The temperature dependence of dc photoconductivity in the measuring range 303–417 K has been studied in CdTe thin films having thickness < 4000 Å. The photoactivation energy decreases in dark which is explained on the basis of grain boundary (GB) effect. The current lost to recombination at GB space charge region causes a negative effect on the photosensitivity of the films. A decrease in photosensitivity with increase in temperature is attributed to the reduction of photoexcitation process. It is observed that the minority carrier lifetime varies inversely with light intensity which supports the sublinear relationship of photoconductivity with the intensity of light and thereby confirms the defect-controlled photoconductivity in CdTe thin films.

  17. Investigation on Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells

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    2003-01-01

    The preparation, current status and trends are investigated for silicon thin film solar cells. The advantages and disadvantages of amorphous silicon thin film, polycrystalline silicon thin film and mono-crystalline silicon thin film solar cells are compared. The future development trends are pointed out. It is found that polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells will be more promising for application with great potential.

  18. Superior stability of ultra thin CdTe solar cells with simple Cu/Au back contact

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    Due to its high scalability and low production cost, CdTe has shown a significant potential for high mass production, resulting to be one of the cheapest photovoltaic technologies available. Efficiencies exceeding 20% have been obtained by the application of high temperature CdTe deposition. However tellurium scarcity is a limitation for mass production and one of the possibilities to overcome this is the reduction of absorber thickness. We have already demonstrated efficiencies above 11% for devices with 1.5 μm thick CdTe. Nowadays we have fabricated ultra-thin absorber devices performing more than 13% efficiencies. But what is most interesting is that we have observed a different electrical operation and stability, connected to the fact that the depletion region takes a very large part of the device. In this work many CdTe solar cells with a standard Cu/Au back contact, made with different absorber thicknesses, were prepared, stored in dark and tested at different aging times, showing different reactions to the aging and in particular a remarkable stability as CdTe thickness reduces. - Highlights: • CdTe/CdS devices with 0.7, 1 and 1.8 μm thick absorbers have been prepared. • Superior stability in dark aging of ultra thin CdTe devices has been registered. • Electrical analysis shows different behaviors and nature of defects for thin CdTe samples. • For 6 μm CdTe samples degradation is driven mainly by defect compensation. • For ultra thin CdTe samples, degradation is dominated by impurities from the front contact

  19. Superior stability of ultra thin CdTe solar cells with simple Cu/Au back contact

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    Rimmaudo, Ivan; Salavei, Andrei; Xu, Bing Lei; Di Mare, Simone; Romeo, Alessandro, E-mail: alessandro.romeo@univr.it

    2015-05-01

    Due to its high scalability and low production cost, CdTe has shown a significant potential for high mass production, resulting to be one of the cheapest photovoltaic technologies available. Efficiencies exceeding 20% have been obtained by the application of high temperature CdTe deposition. However tellurium scarcity is a limitation for mass production and one of the possibilities to overcome this is the reduction of absorber thickness. We have already demonstrated efficiencies above 11% for devices with 1.5 μm thick CdTe. Nowadays we have fabricated ultra-thin absorber devices performing more than 13% efficiencies. But what is most interesting is that we have observed a different electrical operation and stability, connected to the fact that the depletion region takes a very large part of the device. In this work many CdTe solar cells with a standard Cu/Au back contact, made with different absorber thicknesses, were prepared, stored in dark and tested at different aging times, showing different reactions to the aging and in particular a remarkable stability as CdTe thickness reduces. - Highlights: • CdTe/CdS devices with 0.7, 1 and 1.8 μm thick absorbers have been prepared. • Superior stability in dark aging of ultra thin CdTe devices has been registered. • Electrical analysis shows different behaviors and nature of defects for thin CdTe samples. • For 6 μm CdTe samples degradation is driven mainly by defect compensation. • For ultra thin CdTe samples, degradation is dominated by impurities from the front contact.

  20. Characteristics of CdTe films and CdTe/CdS solar cells fabricated by photostimulated sublimation

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    Full text : The effect of illumination during the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) growth on composition, structural, electrical, optical and photovoltaic properties of CdTe films and CdTe/CdS solar cells was investigated. Data on comparative study by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), absorption spectra and conductivity-temperature measurements of CdTe films prepared by CSS method in a dark (CSSD) and under illumination (CSSI) were presented. It is shown that the growth rate of CdTe films under illumination is higher than that for films prepared without illumination. Moreover, the polycrystalline CdTe films of the cubic structure grown by CSSI technology were characterized with larger the grain size as compared to that for films prepared by CSSD

  1. Potential of thin-film solar cell module technology

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    Shimada, K.; Ferber, R. R.; Costogue, E. N.

    1985-01-01

    During the past five years, thin-film cell technology has made remarkable progress as a potential alternative to crystalline silicon cell technology. The efficiency of a single-junction thin-film cell, which is the most promising for use in flat-plate modules, is now in the range of 11 percent with 1-sq cm cells consisting of amorphous silicon, CuInSe2 or CdTe materials. Cell efficiencies higher than 18 percent, suitable for 15 percent-efficient flat plate modules, would require a multijunction configuration such as the CdTe/CuInSe2 and tandem amorphous-silicon (a-Si) alloy cells. Assessments are presented of the technology status of thin-film-cell module research and the potential of achieving the higher efficiencies required for large-scale penetration into the photovoltaic (PV) energy market.

  2. Optical properties of CuCdTeO thin films sputtered from CdTe-CuO composite targets

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    The effective complex dielectric function (ε) of Cu and O containing CdTe thin films is reported in the spectral range of 0.05 to 6 eV. The films were fabricated by rf sputtering from targets comprised by a mixture of CdTe and CuO powders with nominal Cu and O concentrations in the range of 2–10 at.%. Low concentration levels improved the crystalline quality of the films. Spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmittance measurements were used to determine ε. The critical point energies E1, E1 + Δ1, and E2 of CdTe are red-shifted with the incorporation of Cu and O. Also, an absorption band is developed in the infrared range which is associated with a mixture of CdTe and low resistivity phases Cu2−xTe according to an effective medium analysis. The elemental distribution of the films was mapped by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy using scanning transmission electron microscopy. - Highlights: • Incorporation of 2 to 10 at.% of Cu and O atoms in CdTe films • Improved crystalline quality with 2 and 3 at.% of Cu and O • Complex dielectric function of Cu and O containing CdTe thin films • Effective medium modeling of below band-gap absorption

  3. Advances in polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaics for space applications

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    Lanning, Bruce R.; Armstrong, Joseph H.; Misra, Mohan S.

    1994-01-01

    Polycrystalline, thin-film photovoltaics represent one of the few (if not the only) renewable power sources which has the potential to satisfy the demanding technical requirements for future space applications. The demand in space is for deployable, flexible arrays with high power-to-weight ratios and long-term stability (15-20 years). In addition, there is also the demand that these arrays be produced by scalable, low-cost, high yield, processes. An approach to significantly reduce costs and increase reliability is to interconnect individual cells series via monolithic integration. Both CIS and CdTe semiconductor films are optimum absorber materials for thin-film n-p heterojunction solar cells, having band gaps between 0.9-1.5 ev and demonstrated small area efficiencies, with cadmium sulfide window layers, above 16.5 percent. Both CIS and CdTe polycrystalline thin-film cells have been produced on a laboratory scale by a variety of physical and chemical deposition methods, including evaporation, sputtering, and electrodeposition. Translating laboratory processes which yield these high efficiency, small area cells into the design of a manufacturing process capable of producing 1-sq ft modules, however, requires a quantitative understanding of each individual step in the process and its (each step) effect on overall module performance. With a proper quantification and understanding of material transport and reactivity for each individual step, manufacturing process can be designed that is not 'reactor-specific' and can be controlled intelligently with the design parameters of the process. The objective of this paper is to present an overview of the current efforts at MMC to develop large-scale manufacturing processes for both CIS and CdTe thin-film polycrystalline modules. CIS cells/modules are fabricated in a 'substrate configuration' by physical vapor deposition techniques and CdTe cells/modules are fabricated in a 'superstrate configuration' by wet chemical

  4. CdTe钝化介质膜的溅射沉积及其X射线光电子能谱研究%The Sputtering Deposition and the X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study for the CdTe Thin Film

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    周咏东; 李言谨; 吴小山; 徐国森; 方家熊; 汤定元

    2001-01-01

    用Ar+束溅射沉积技术实现了CdTe薄膜的低温沉积生长。用X射线光电子能谱(XPS)分析技术对溅射沉积CdTe薄膜以及CdTe体晶中的Cd元素、Te元素化学环境进行了对比实验研究。实验表明:溅射沉积CdTe薄膜具有很好的组份均匀性,未探测到有元素(Cd、Te)沉积存在。%The CdTe film was grown by using the low-temperature ion beam sputtering technique. The Cd and Te elements in the sputtering CdTe film sample were studied and compared with those in the CdTe bulk using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique. It is proved that the constituent elements in the sputtering CdTe film are homogeneous. No element deposition (Cd, Te) is detceted.

  5. Novel p-Type Conductive Semiconductor Nanocrystalline Film as the Back Electrode for High-Performance Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian; Lin, Qinxian; Yang, Xiaoyang; Mei, Zongwei; Liang, Jun; Lin, Yuan; Pan, Feng

    2016-02-10

    Thin film solar cells, due to the low cost, high efficiency, long-term stability, and consumer applications, have been widely applied for harvesting green energy. All of these thin film solar cells generally adopt various metal thin films as the back electrode, like Mo, Au, Ni, Ag, Al, graphite, and so forth. When they contact with p-type layer, it always produces a Schottky contact with a high contact potential barrier, which greatly affects the cell performance. In this work, we report for the first time to find an appropriate p-type conductive semiconductor film, digenite Cu9S5 nanocrystalline film, as the back electrode for CdTe solar cells as the model device. Its low sheet resistance (16.6 Ω/sq) could compare to that of the commercial TCO films (6-30 Ω/sq), like FTO, ITO, and AZO. Different from the traditonal metal back electrode, it produces a successive gradient-doping region by the controllable Cu diffusion, which greatly reduces the contact potential barrier. Remarkably, it achieved a comparable power conversion efficiency (PCE, 11.3%) with the traditional metal back electrode (Cu/Au thin films, 11.4%) in CdTe cells and a higher PCE (13.8%) with the help of the Au assistant film. We believe it could also act as the back electrode for other thin film solar cells (α-Si, CuInS2, CIGSe, CZTS, etc.), for their performance improvement. PMID:26736028

  6. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films

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    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan

    2012-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  7. Thin-film microextraction.

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    Bruheim, Inge; Liu, Xiaochuan; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2003-02-15

    The properties of a thin sheet of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) membrane as an extraction phase were examined and compared to solid-phase microextraction (SPME) PDMS-coated fiber for application to semivolatile analytes in direct and headspace modes. This new PDMS extraction approach showed much higher extraction rates because of the larger surface area to extraction-phase volume ratio of the thin film. Unlike the coated rod formats of SPME using thick coatings, the high extraction rate of the membrane SPME technique allows larger amounts of analytes to be extracted within a short period of time. Therefore, higher extraction efficiency and sensitivity can be achieved without sacrificing analysis time. In direct membrane SPME extraction, a linear relationship was found between the initial rate of extraction and the surface area of the extraction phase. However, for headspace extraction, the rates were somewhat lower because of the resistance to analyte transport at the sample matrix/headspace barrier. It was found that the effect of this barrier could be reduced by increasing either agitation, temperature, or surface area of the sample matrix/headspace interface. A method for the determination of PAHs in spiked lake water samples was developed based on the membrane PDMS extraction coupled with GC/MS. A linearity of 0.9960 and detection limits in the low-ppt level were found. The reproducibility was found to vary from 2.8% to 10.7%. PMID:12622398

  8. Photovoltaic solar cell from low-cost thin-film technology

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    Full text : One of the main hindrances of using solar energy for electrical power supply is the high initial cost. Thin-film technologies hold considerable promise for substantial cost reduction for photovoltaic solar cells. The paper reviews the present state of the most advanced thin-film technologies. Amorphous silicon solar cells have surmounted the barrier to mass production. Pilot manufacturing lines are under construcion for CdTe thin-film module. Cu(In, Ga)Se2 has reached a record efficiency of 18.8 percent in the laboratory and pilot productions have benn announced by various companies

  9. Photovoltaic solar cell from low-cost thin-film technology

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    One of the main hindrances of using solar energy for electrical power supply is the high initial cost. Thin-film technologies hold considerable promise for substantial cost reduction for photovoltaic solar cells. The paper reviews the present state of the most advanced thin-film technologies. Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells have surmounted the barrier to mass production. Pilot manufacturing lines are under construction for CdTe thin-film module. Cu(In, Ga)Se2 has reached a record efficiency of 18.8 percent in the laboratory and pilot productions have been announced by various companies

  10. Process Development for High Voc CdTe Solar Cells

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    Ferekides, C. S.; Morel, D. L.

    2011-05-01

    This is a cumulative and final report for Phases I, II and III of this NREL funded project (subcontract # XXL-5-44205-10). The main research activities of this project focused on the open-circuit voltage of the CdTe thin film solar cells. Although, thin film CdTe continues to be one of the leading materials for large-scale cost-effective production of photovoltaics, the efficiency of the CdTe solar cells have been stagnant for the last few years. This report describes and summarizes the results for this 3-year research project.

  11. Thin functional conducting polymer films

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    Tian, S.

    2005-01-01

    In the present study, thin functional conducting polyaniline (PANI) films, either doped or undoped, patterned or unpatterned, were prepared by different approaches. The properties of the obtained PANI films were investigated in detail by a combination of electrochemistry with several other techniques, such as SPR, QCM, SPFS, diffraction, etc. The sensing applications (especially biosensing applications) of the prepared PANI films were explored. Firstly, the pure PANI films were prepar...

  12. Interfaces and thin films physics

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    The 1988 progress report of the Interfaces and Thin Film Physics laboratory (Polytechnic School France) is presented. The research program is focused on the thin films and on the interfaces of the amorphous semiconductor materials: silicon and silicon germanium, silicon-carbon and silicon-nitrogen alloys. In particular, the following topics are discussed: the basic processes and the kinetics of the reactive gas deposition, the amorphous materials manufacturing, the physico-chemical characterization of thin films and interfaces and the electron transport in amorphous semiconductors. The construction and optimization of experimental devices, as well as the activities concerning instrumentation, are also described

  13. Thin film cadmium telluride charged particle sensors for large area neutron detectors

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    Murphy, J. W.; Smith, L.; Calkins, J.; Mejia, I.; Cantley, K. D.; Chapman, R. A.; Quevedo-Lopez, M.; Gnade, B., E-mail: gnade@utdallas.edu [Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75080 (United States); Kunnen, G. R.; Allee, D. R. [Flexible Display Center, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona 85284 (United States); Sastré-Hernández, J.; Contreras-Puente, G. [Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City 07738 (Mexico); Mendoza-Pérez, R. [Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City 09790 (Mexico)

    2014-09-15

    Thin film semiconductor neutron detectors are an attractive candidate to replace {sup 3}He neutron detectors, due to the possibility of low cost manufacturing and the potential for large areas. Polycrystalline CdTe is found to be an excellent material for thin film charged particle detectors—an integral component of a thin film neutron detector. The devices presented here are characterized in terms of their response to alpha and gamma radiation. Individual alpha particles are detected with an intrinsic efficiency of >80%, while the devices are largely insensitive to gamma rays, which is desirable so that the detector does not give false positive counts from gamma rays. The capacitance-voltage behavior of the devices is studied and correlated to the response due to alpha radiation. When coupled with a boron-based neutron converting material, the CdTe detectors are capable of detecting thermal neutrons.

  14. Development of CdTe radiation detectors and their applications

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    We have been developing radiation detectors using cadmium telluride (CdTe), which has the high radiation absorption characteristic. The image pickup tube using polycrystalline CdTe thin film has been developed at the first stage. Furthermore, the X-ray imaging line sensor with high scanning speed and the radiation spectrometer with thermo-electric Peltier cooler were developed by using CdTe single crystal, which has high electric charge collection characteristics. At present, the energy discriminating photon counting radiation line sensors are developing. In this presentation, the feature of the detector using CdTe and their applications are described examples of development until now. (author)

  15. Thin-film solar cell

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    Metselaar, J.W.; Kuznetsov, V.I.

    1998-01-01

    The invention relates to a thin-film solar cell provided with at least one p-i-n junction comprising at least one p-i junction which is at an angle alpha with that surface of the thin-film solar cell which collects light during operation and at least one i-n junction which is at an angle beta with t

  16. Growth of ZnO nanowires through thermal oxidation of metallic zinc films on CdTe substrates

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    Martinez, O., E-mail: oscar@fmc.uva.es [Optronlab Group, Dpto. Fisica Materia Condensada, Edificio I-D, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo de Belen 1, 47011, Valladolid (Spain); Hortelano, V.; Jimenez, J. [Optronlab Group, Dpto. Fisica Materia Condensada, Edificio I-D, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo de Belen 1, 47011, Valladolid (Spain); Plaza, J.L.; Dios, S. de; Olvera, J.; Dieguez, E. [Laboratorio de Crecimiento de Cristales, Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Fath, R.; Lozano, J.G.; Ben, T.; Gonzalez, D. [Dpto. Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica y Q.I., Facultad de Ciencias, Apdo. 40, 11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain); Mass, J. [Dpto. de Fisica, Universidad del Norte, Km.5 Via Puerto Colombia, Barranquilla (Colombia)

    2011-04-28

    Research highlights: > ZnO nanowires grown from thermal Zn oxidation. > TEM reveals high quality thin nanowires several microns long. > New phase formation at long oxidation time. > Good spectroscopic properties measured by Raman, Photo and Cathodoluminsecence spectroscopies. - Abstract: <112-bar 0> wurtzite ZnO nanowires (NWs) have been obtained by oxidizing in air at 500 deg. C thermally evaporated Zn metal films deposited onto CdTe substrates. The presence of Cd atoms from the substrate on the ZnO seeding layer and NWs seems to affect the growth of the NWs. The effects of the oxidation time on the structural and optical properties of the NWs are described in detail. It is shown that the NWs density decreases and their length increases when increasing the oxidation time. Thicker Zn layers result in thinner and longer ZnO NWs. Very long oxidation times also lead to the formation of a new CdO phase which is related to the partial destruction and quality reduction of the NWs. The possible process for ZnO NW formation on CdTe substrates is discussed.

  17. Thin-Film Power Transformers

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    Katti, Romney R.

    1995-01-01

    Transformer core made of thin layers of insulating material interspersed with thin layers of ferromagnetic material. Flux-linking conductors made of thinner nonferromagnetic-conductor/insulator multilayers wrapped around core. Transformers have geometric features finer than those of transformers made in customary way by machining and mechanical pressing. In addition, some thin-film materials exhibit magnetic-flux-carrying capabilities superior to those of customary bulk transformer materials. Suitable for low-cost, high-yield mass production.

  18. Size effects in thin films

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    Tellier, CR; Siddall, G

    1982-01-01

    A complete and comprehensive study of transport phenomena in thin continuous metal films, this book reviews work carried out on external-surface and grain-boundary electron scattering and proposes new theoretical equations for transport properties of these films. It presents a complete theoretical view of the field, and considers imperfection and impurity effects.

  19. Technology support for initiation of high-throughput processing of thin-film CdTe PV modules. Phase 3 final technical report, 14 March 1997--1 April 1998

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    Powell, R.C.; Dorer, G.L.; Jayamaha, U.; Hanak, J.J. [Solar Cells, Inc., Toledo, OH (United States)

    1998-09-01

    Thin-film PV devices based on cadmium telluride have been identified as one of the candidates for high-performance, low-cost source of renewable electrical energy. Roadblocks to their becoming a part of the booming PV market growth have been a low rate of production and high manufacturing cost caused by several rate-limiting process steps. Solar Cells Inc. has focused on the development of manufacturing processes that will lead to high volume and low-cost manufacturing of solar cells and on increasing the performance of the present product. The process research in Phase 3 was concentrated on further refinement of a newly developed vapor transport deposition (VTD) process and its implementation into the manufacturing line. This development included subsystems for glass substrate transport, continuous feed of source materials, generation of source vapors, and uniform deposition of the semiconductor layers. As a result of this R and D effort, the VTD process has now achieved a status in which linear coating speeds in excess of 8 ft/min have been achieved for the semiconductor, equal to about two modules per minute, or 144 kW per 24 hour day. The process has been implemented in a production line, which is capable of round-the-clock continuous production of coated substrates 120 cm x 60 cm in size at a rate of 1 module every four minutes, equal to 18 kW/day. Currently the system cycle time is limited by the rate of glass introduction into the system and glass heating, but not by the rate of the semiconductor deposition. A new SCI record efficiency of 14.1% has been achieved for the cells.

  20. Nanotemplated lead telluride thin films

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    Li, Xiaohong; Nandhakumar, Iris S.; Attard, George S.; Markham, Matthew L.; Smith, David C.; Baumberg, Jeremy J.

    2009-01-01

    Direct lyotropic liquid crystalline templating has been successfully applied to produce nanostructured IV–VI semiconductor PbTe thin films by electrodeposition both on gold and n-type (100) silicon substrates. The PbTe films were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and polarized optical microscopy and the results show that the films have a regular hexagonal nanoarchitecture with a high crystalline rock salt structure and exhibit strong birefringenc...

  1. Thin films and froth flotation

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    The properties of thin, aqueous films on solid surfaces and their central role in the froth flotation process are discussed. The stability of these films can generally be described in terms of electrostatic and van der Waals forces. Significant experimental and theoretical advances are required in many areas (e.g. short range forces, film drainage) before a clear picture of the collision of, adhesion between and detachment of bubbles and particles will emerge. (orig.)

  2. Thin-film ternary superconductors

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    Physical properties and preparation methods of thin film ternary superconductors, (mainly molybdenum chalcogenides) are reviewed. Properties discussed include the superconducting critical fields and critical currents, resistivity and the Hall effect. Experimental results at low temperatures, together with electron microscopy data are used to determine magnetic flux pinning mechanisms in films. Flux pinning results, together with an empirical model for pinning, are used to get estimates for possible applications of thin film ternary superconductors where high current densities are needed in the presence of high magnetic fields. The normal state experimental data is used to derive several Fermi surface parameters, e.g. the Fermi velocity and the effective Fermi surface area. (orig.)

  3. Investigation of polycrystalline CdZnTe, CdMnTe, and CdTe films for photovoltaic applications

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    Rohatgi, A.; Ringel, S.A.; Sudharsanan, R. (School of Electrical Engineering, Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA (USA)); Meyers, P.V.; Liu, C.H.; Ramanthan, V. (Ametek Applied Materials Lab., Harleysville, PA (USA))

    1989-10-15

    Polycrystalline thin films of CdZnTe and CdMnTe have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, respectively, on CdS/SnO{sub 2}/glass substrates, with bandgaps of 1.65-1.75 eV for the top of a two-cell tandem design. P-i-n cells were fabricated and tested using Ni/p{sup +}-ZnTe as a back contact to the ternary films. CdTe cells were also fabricated using both growth techniques, which resulted in 9-10% efficiency and provided a baseline for ternary cell development. It was found that standard CdTe processing (400deg C air annealing) reduces the ternary bandgaps from about 1.7 to about 1.55 eV, resulting in significantly reduced subgap transmission with cell efficiencies of 3-4%. Optimum air-annealing conditions were determined to retain the 1.7 eV bandgaps; however, the cell performance was still limited by both poor CdZnTe/CdS interface quality and high series resistance. The junction interface was found to improve by annealing in the presence of hydrogen, which resulted in V{sub oc} values from 0.500 V to as high as 0.65 V, but the cell performance became increasingly limited by series resistance. The effects of cell processing on the properties of the CdZnTe/CdS interface, the bulk CdZnTe film, and the back-contact region have been investigated to provide guidelines for achieving high efficiency in widegap ternary cells. (orig.).

  4. Preparation of p-type NiO films by reactive sputtering and their application to CdTe solar cells

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    Ishikawa, Ryousuke; Furuya, Yasuaki; Araki, Ryouichi; Nomoto, Takahiro; Ogawa, Yohei; Hosono, Aikyo; Okamoto, Tamotsu; Tsuboi, Nozomu

    2016-02-01

    Transparent p-type NiO films were prepared by reactive sputtering using the facing-target system under Ar-diluted O2 gas at Tsub of 30 and 200 °C. The increasing intensity of dominant X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks indicates improvements in the crystallinity of NiO films upon Cu doping. In spite of the crystallographic and optical changes after Cu-doping, the electrical properties of Cu-doped NiO films were slightly improved. Upon Ag-doping at 30 °C under low O2 concentration, on the other hand, the intensity of the dominant (111) XRD peaks was suppressed and p-type conductivity increased from ˜10-3 to ˜10-1 S cm-1. Finally, our Ag-doped NiO films were applied as the back contact of CdTe solar cells. CdTe solar cells with a glass/ITO/CdS/CdTe/NiO structure exhibited an efficiency of 6.4%, suggesting the high potential of using p-type NiO for the back-contact film in thin-film solar cells.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of DC magnetron sputtered nano structured molybdenum thin films

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    Rondiya, S. R.; Rokade, A. V.; Jadhavar, A. A.; Pandharkar, S. M.; Kulkarni, R. R.; Karpe, S. D.; Diwate, K. D.; Jadkar, S. R.

    2016-04-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) thin films were deposited on corning glass (#7059) substrates using DC magnetron sputtering system. The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, morphology and topological properties have been investigated. Films were characterized by variety of techniques such as low angle x-ray diffraction (low angle XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM). The low angle XRD analysis revealed that the synthesized Mo films are nanocrystalline having cubic crystal structure with (110) preferential orientation. The microstructure of the deposited Mo thin films observed with FE-SEM images indicated that films are homogeneous and uniform with randomly oriented leaf shape morphology. The AFM analysis shows that with increase in substrate temperature the rms roughness of Mo films increases. The obtained results suggest that the synthesized nanostructured Mo thin films have potential application as a back contact material for high efficiency solar cells like CdTe, CIGS, CZTS etc.

  6. Calorimetry of epitaxial thin films.

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    Cooke, David W; Hellman, F; Groves, J R; Clemens, B M; Moyerman, S; Fullerton, E E

    2011-02-01

    Thin film growth allows for the manipulation of material on the nanoscale, making possible the creation of metastable phases not seen in the bulk. Heat capacity provides a direct way of measuring thermodynamic properties of these new materials, but traditional bulk calorimetric techniques are inappropriate for such a small amount of material. Microcalorimetry and nanocalorimetry techniques exist for the measurements of thin films but rely on an amorphous membrane platform, limiting the types of films which can be measured. In the current work, ion-beam-assisted deposition is used to provide a biaxially oriented MgO template on a suspended membrane microcalorimeter in order to measure the specific heat of epitaxial thin films. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction showed the biaxial order of the MgO template. X-ray diffraction was also used to prove the high quality of epitaxy of a film grown onto this MgO template. The contribution of the MgO layer to the total heat capacity was measured to be just 6.5% of the total addenda contribution. The heat capacity of a Fe(.49)Rh(.51) film grown epitaxially onto the device was measured, comparing favorably to literature data on bulk crystals. This shows the viability of the MgO∕SiN(x)-membrane-based microcalorimeter as a way of measuring the thermodynamic properties of epitaxial thin films. PMID:21361612

  7. Deposition of CdTe films under microgravity: Foton M3 mission

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    Benz, K.W.; Croell, A. [Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum FMF, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg (Germany); Zappettini, A.; Calestani, D. [CNR Parma, Instituto Materiali Speciali per Elettronica e Magnetismo IMEM, Fontani Parma (Italy); Dieguez, E. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Departamento de Fisica de Materiales; Carotenuto, L.; Bassano, E. [Telespazio Napoli, Via Gianturco 31, 80146 Napoli (Italy); Fiederle, M.

    2009-10-15

    Experiments of deposition of CdTe films have been carried out under microgravity in the Russian Foton M3 mission. The influence of gravity has been studied with these experiments and compared to the results of simulations. The measured deposition rate could be confirmed by the theoretical results for lower temperatures. For higher temperatures the measured thickness of the deposited films was larger compared to the theoretical data. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Photoluminescence waveguiding in CdSe and CdTe QDs-PMMA nanocomposite films

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    Suarez, I; Gordillo, H; Abargues, R; Albert, S; Martinez-Pastor, J, E-mail: isaac.suarez@uv.es [UMDO - Unidad Asociada al CSIC-IMM, Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, PO Box 22085, 46071 Valencia (Spain)

    2011-10-28

    In this paper, active planar waveguides based on the incorporation of CdSe and CdTe nanocrystal quantum dots in a polymer matrix are demonstrated. In the case of doping the polymer with both types of quantum dots, the nanocomposite film guides both emitted colors, green (550 nm, CdTe) and orange (600 nm, CdSe). The optical pumping laser can be coupled not only with a standard end-fire coupling system, but also directing the beam to the surface of the sample, indicating a good absorption cross-section and waveguide properties. To achieve these results, a study of the nanocomposite optical properties as a function of the nanocrystal concentration is presented and the optimum conditions are found for waveguiding.

  9. Characterization of nanocrystalline cadmium telluride thin films grown by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method

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    A U Ubale; R J Dhokne; P S Chikhlikar; V S Sangawar; D K Kulkarni

    2006-04-01

    Structural, electrical and optical characteristics of CdTe thin films prepared by a chemical deposition method, successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), are described. For deposition of CdTe thin films, cadmium acetate was used as cationic and sodium tellurite as anionic precursor in aqueous medium. In this process hydrazine hydrate is used as reducing agent and NH4OH as the catalytic for the decomposition of hydrazine. By conducting several trials optimization of the adsorption, reaction and rinsing time duration for CdTe thin film deposition was done. In this paper the structural, optical and electrical properties of CdTe film are reported. The XRD pattern shows that films are nanocrystalline in nature. The resistivity is found to be of the order of 4.11 × 103 -cm at 523 K temperature with an activation energy of ∼ 0.2 eV. The optical absorption studies show that films have direct band gap (1.41 eV).

  10. Effect of ZnO films on CdTe solar cells

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    Liu Tingliang; He Xulin; Zhang Jingquan; Feng Lianghuan; Wu Lili; Li Wei; Zeng Guanggen; Li Bing

    2012-01-01

    The ZnO high resistivity transparent (HRT) layers were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering on the 1mm borosilicate glass with 150 nm 1TO coating.The structural,optical and electrical properties of the as-deposited films were investigated by XRD,UV/Vis spectroscopy and four-probe technology.The interface characters of the ITO/ZnO and ZnO/CdS systems were studied by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiling tests.The results show that ZnO has good optical and electrical properties.The insertion of the ZnO films decreases the energy barrier between ITO and CdS films.The energy conversion efficiency and quantum efficiency were found to be 12.77% (8.9%) and > 90% (79%) with or (without)ZnO films of CdTe solar cells.Furthermore,the effect of thickness,mobility and carrier density of ZnO films on CdTe solar cells was analyzed by AMPD-1D.

  11. Effect of ZnO films on CdTe solar cells

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    The ZnO high resistivity transparent (HRT) layers were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering on the 1 mm borosilicate glass with 150 nm ITO coating. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the as-deposited films were investigated by XRD, UV/Vis spectroscopy and four-probe technology. The interface characters of the ITO/ZnO and ZnO/CdS systems were studied by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiling tests. The results show that ZnO has good optical and electrical properties. The insertion of the ZnO films decreases the energy barrier between ITO and CdS films. The energy conversion efficiency and quantum efficiency were found to be 12.77% (8.9%) and > 90% (79%) with or (without) ZnO films of CdTe solar cells. Furthermore, the effect of thickness, mobility and carrier density of ZnO films on CdTe solar cells was analyzed by AMPD-1D. (semiconductor materials)

  12. Photoluminescence and Electroluminescence Properties of CdTe Nanoparticles in Conjugated Polymer Hosts

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    GUO, Fengqi; XIE, Puhui

    2009-01-01

    The photoinduced energy transfer process from conjugated polymer (PPE4+) to CdTe nanocrystals was found both in solutions and in thin films by a fluorescence spectroscopic technique. Films of PPE4+ blended with CdTe-2 nanocrystals were formed by an electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly technique. Light emitting diodes were fabricated using CdTe-2 as an emitter in PPE4+ host. PPE4+ works as a molecular wire in the energy transfer process from the polymer to the CdTe-2 nanocrystals.

  13. Auger relative sensitivivity factors for CdTe oxide

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    Bartolo-Pérez, P.; Peña, J. L.; M.H. Farías

    1999-01-01

    The Auger lineshape of Te MNN in measurements of Auger spectra of CdTe oxide films with various degrees of oxidation was analyzed. By using standards from stoichiometric compounds, Auger relative sensitivity factors (RSF´s) of Cd, Te and O for CdTe oxide thin films were obtained. The value of the RFS of oxygen is about constant, 0.27-0.28, for the standard compound, CdO, TeO2 and CdTeO3 (considering the RSF of Cd as 1). However, the obtained RSF of Te changes from 0.69 in CdTe up to 0.87 in C...

  14. CdTe film structure formation in layerwise component sorption

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    Murashev, S.V.; Denisova, A.T.; Ezhovskii, Yu.K.

    1988-04-10

    Aleskovskii's insular hypothesis has been used in a new approach to film synthesis, where irreversible reactions occur at surfaces on sequential component treatment, where the components contain the compound units. One can synthesize a film of a strictly defined composition on the basis of the critical condensation temperatures T/sub A/ and T/sub B/ together with the compound decomposition temperature T/sub AB/, i.e., it is necessary to have T/sub A/, T/sub B/ < T/sub s/ < T/sub AB/, where T/sub s/ is substrate temperature. The authors used AGChT-23-17 single-crystal gallium arsenide substrates having (100) orientation. Films up to 15 nm thick were measured by ellipsometry, while thicker films were assessed with an interferometer. The cadmium telluride films were made by alternating treatment in cadmium and tellurium beams made by evaporation from Knudsen cells. The lower limit to monolayer growth is set by the onset of tellurium condensation, and the upper by the transition from irreversible chemisorption to reversible. The growth constant and the diffraction data indicate the mode of film formation, the growth direction, and the relationship to the structure, which is related to the temperature. Films with the best structure are made at substrate temperatures of 498-535 K.

  15. An assessment of the environmental impacts on thin film cadmium telluride modules based on life cycle analysis

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    Life cycle analysis has identified the production and decommissioning/disposal of thin film CdTe modules as the stages which have potentially the most severe environmental impacts. This paper investigates these stages with respect to materials, energy input and possible environmental and health implications

  16. Semiconductor-nanocrystal/conjugated polymer thin films

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Dittmer, Janke J.; Huynh, Wendy U.; Milliron, Delia

    2010-08-17

    The invention described herein provides for thin films and methods of making comprising inorganic semiconductor-nanocrystals dispersed in semiconducting-polymers in high loading amounts. The invention also describes photovoltaic devices incorporating the thin films.

  17. Preparation of thin vyns films

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    The fabrication of thin films of VYNS resin (copolymer of chloride and vinyl acetate) of superficial density from 3 to 50 μg/cm2 with solutions in cyclohexanone is presented. Study and discussion of some properties compared with formvar film (polyvinyl formals). It appears that both can be used as source supports but formvar films are prepared more easily and more quickly, in addition they withstand higher temperatures. The main quality of VYNS is that they can be easily separated even several days after their preparation

  18. Shielding superconductors with thin films

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    Posen, Sam; Catelani, Gianluigi; Liepe, Matthias U; Sethna, James P

    2015-01-01

    Determining the optimal arrangement of superconducting layers to withstand large amplitude AC magnetic fields is important for certain applications such as superconducting radiofrequency cavities. In this paper, we evaluate the shielding potential of the superconducting film/insulating film/superconductor (SIS') structure, a configuration that could provide benefits in screening large AC magnetic fields. After establishing that for high frequency magnetic fields, flux penetration must be avoided, the superheating field of the structure is calculated in the London limit both numerically and, for thin films, analytically. For intermediate film thicknesses and realistic material parameters we also solve numerically the Ginzburg-Landau equations. It is shown that a small enhancement of the superheating field is possible, on the order of a few percent, for the SIS' structure relative to a bulk superconductor of the film material, if the materials and thicknesses are chosen appropriately.

  19. Thin Film Solid Lubricant Development

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    Benoy, Patricia A.

    1997-01-01

    Tribological coatings for high temperature sliding applications are addressed. A sputter-deposited bilayer coating of gold and chromium is investigated as a potential solid lubricant for protection of alumina substrates during sliding at high temperature. Evaluation of the tribological properties of alumina pins sliding against thin sputtered gold films on alumina substrates is presented.

  20. Thin film polymeric gel electrolytes

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    Derzon, Dora K. (1554 Rosalba St. NE., Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM 87112); Arnold, Jr., Charles (3436 Tahoe, NE., Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM 87111); Delnick, Frank M. (9700 Fleming Rd., Dexter, MI 48130)

    1996-01-01

    Novel hybrid thin film electrolyte, based on an organonitrile solvent system, which are compositionally stable, environmentally safe, can be produced efficiently in large quantity and which, because of their high conductivities .apprxeq.10.sup.-3 .OMEGA..sup.-1 cm.sup.-1 are useful as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  1. Optical thin films test methodology

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    An over view of different test procedures for thin film optical coatings have been discussed in this paper. These procedures cover optical coatings for high precision and commercial applications. These tests include visual inspection test, self adhesion test, moderate abrasion test, etc. Two groups of testing sequences have been given depending upon the environmental conditions. (author)

  2. Trends in development of CuInSe sub 2 thin-film solar cells

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    Nakata, Tokio; Kunioka, Akio (Aoyama Gakuin Univ. School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo, Japan (JP))

    1988-11-30

    Recently, efforts for developing thin-film solar cells aimed to help reduce appliance cost are extensive. Already, amorphous Si solar cells and CdTe solar cells have been introduced to the market as power supply for hand-held calculators and other domestic appliances. Before thin-film solar cells can be used for electric power, the conversion efficiency must be improved. In this circumstance, attention is focused on CuInSe{sub 2} thin-film solar cells. Great efficiency improvement is expected when they are combined with amorphous Si solar cells into a tandem structure. This material will not deteriorate during a reasonable period of use, so it is very reliable. This paper discusses recent activities for developing CuInSe{sub 2} thin-film solar cells and tandem solar cells combining amorphous Si and CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells and discusses the future outlook. 23 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Band diagrams and performance of CdTe solar cells with a Sb2Te3 back contact buffer layer

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    Songbai Hu; Zhe Zhu; Wei Li; Lianghuan Feng; Lili Wu; Jingquan Zhang; Jingjing Gao

    2011-01-01

    Sb2Te3 thin films were prepared by vacuum co-evaporation and the crystallinity of the films was greatly improved after annealing at 573 K in N2 ambient. Then they were deposited on the CdTe thick films. Band diagrams of the as-deposited and annealed CdTe/Sb2Te3 interfaces were constructed. Consequently, Sb2Te3 was used as a back contact layer for CdTe thin film solar cells and the cell performance was investigated. It was found that the Sb impurities accumulated in the CdTe grain boundaries d...

  4. Superfast Thinning of a Nanoscale Thin Liquid Film

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    Winkler, Michael; Kofod, Guggi; Krastev, Rumen; Abel, Markus

    2011-01-01

    This fluid dynamics video demonstrates an experiment on superfast thinning of a freestanding thin aqueous film. The production of such films is of fundamental interest for interfacial sciences and the applications in nanoscience. The stable phase of the film is of the order $5-50\\,nm$; nevertheless thermal convection can be established which changes qualitatively the thinning behavior from linear to exponentially fast. The film is thermally driven on one spot by a very cold needle, establishi...

  5. Phase Coarsening in Thin Films

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    Wang, K. G.; Glicksman, M. E.

    2015-08-01

    Phase coarsening (Ostwald ripening) phenomena are ubiquitous in materials growth processes such as thin film formation. The classical theory explaining late-stage phase coarsening phenomena was developed by Lifshitz and Slyozov, and by Wagner in the 1960s. Their theory is valid only for a vanishing volume fraction of the second phase in three dimensions. However, phase coarsening in two-dimensional systems is qualitatively different from that in three dimensions. In this paper, the many-body concept of screening length is reviewed, from which we derive the growth law for a `screened' phase island, and develop diffusion screening theory for phase coarsening in thin films. The coarsening rate constant, maximum size of phase islands in films, and their size distribution function will be derived from diffusion screening theory. A critical comparison will be provided of prior coarsening concepts and improvements derived from screening approaches.

  6. Present status of the development of thin-film solar cells

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    Dhere, N.G. (Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA))

    1989-01-01

    The principle types of thin-film solar cells are based on single-junction and multi-junction hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), copper indium diselenide (CuInSe{sub 2}) and cadmium telluride (CdTe). Impressive gains in the performance of these cells have been reported in recent months. The problem of contacts to CdTe cells has been circumvented, resulting in the development of stable 11% efficient n-CdS/i-CdTe/p-ZnTe heterostructure solar cells. Total small-area (1 cm {sup 2}) efficiencies which have been measured at SERI under standard conditions (global AM 1.5) are as follows: single-junction a-Si:h, 11.5-12%; triple-junction a-Si:H:F, 12.4% (active area 13.3%); CuGaInSe {sub 2}, 14.1% (active area); CdTe, 10-11%; and CuInSe{sub 2}-a-Si:H cascade cells, 14.6%. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar-cell panels are being commercialized in several countries. Small-scale production of CdTe panels has also been undertaken. Recently, a CuInSe{sub 2} module with the world's highest thin-film module efficiency, 11.1% , an aperture area of 938 cm{sup 2} and a total power of 10.4 W, has been tested at SERI. (author).

  7. Solution-Processing of Chalcogenide Nanoparticles and Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Carreté, Àlex

    2015-01-01

    Tesi realitzada a l'Instut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya – IREC Thin film solar cells based on direct band gap semiconductors have attracted much research during last decades. Thin film technologies are currently commercial and display record power conversion efficiencies up to 20% at the laboratory scale. However, typical direct band gap semiconductors, CdTe and CuIn1-xGaxS2 (CIGS), content scarce and/or toxic elements such as In, Ga or Cd. An alternative to these materials is Cu2ZnS...

  8. CdTe Photovoltaics for Sustainable Electricity Generation

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    Munshi, Amit; Sampath, Walajabad

    2016-09-01

    Thin film CdTe (cadmium telluride) is an important technology in the development of sustainable and affordable electricity generation. More than 10 GW of installations have been carried out using this technology around the globe. It has been demonstrated as a sustainable, green, renewable, affordable and abundant source of electricity. An advanced sublimation tool has been developed that allows highly controlled deposition of CdTe films onto commercial soda lime glass substrates. All deposition and treatment steps can be performed without breaking the vacuum within a single chamber in an inline process that can be conveniently scaled to a commercial process. In addition, an advanced cosublimation source has been developed to allow the deposition of ternary alloys such as Cd x Mg1- x Te to form an electron reflector layer which is expected to address the voltage deficits in current CdTe devices and to achieve very high efficiency. Extensive materials characterization, including but not limited to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron back-scatter diffraction, has been performed to get a better understanding of the effects of processing conditions on CdTe thin film photovoltaics. This combined with computer modeling such as density function theory modeling gives a new insight into the mechanism of CdTe photovoltaic function. With all these efforts, CdTe photovoltaics has seen great progress in the last few years. Currently, it has been recorded as the cheapest source of electricity in the USA on a commercial scale, and further improvements are predicted to further reduce the cost while increasing its utilization. Here, we give an overview of the advantages of thin film CdTe photovoltaics as well as a brief review of the challenges that need to be addressed. Some fundamental studies of processing conditions for thin film CdTe are also presented

  9. CdTe Photovoltaics for Sustainable Electricity Generation

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    Munshi, Amit; Sampath, Walajabad

    2016-04-01

    Thin film CdTe (cadmium telluride) is an important technology in the development of sustainable and affordable electricity generation. More than 10 GW of installations have been carried out using this technology around the globe. It has been demonstrated as a sustainable, green, renewable, affordable and abundant source of electricity. An advanced sublimation tool has been developed that allows highly controlled deposition of CdTe films onto commercial soda lime glass substrates. All deposition and treatment steps can be performed without breaking the vacuum within a single chamber in an inline process that can be conveniently scaled to a commercial process. In addition, an advanced cosublimation source has been developed to allow the deposition of ternary alloys such as Cd x Mg1-x Te to form an electron reflector layer which is expected to address the voltage deficits in current CdTe devices and to achieve very high efficiency. Extensive materials characterization, including but not limited to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron back-scatter diffraction, has been performed to get a better understanding of the effects of processing conditions on CdTe thin film photovoltaics. This combined with computer modeling such as density function theory modeling gives a new insight into the mechanism of CdTe photovoltaic function. With all these efforts, CdTe photovoltaics has seen great progress in the last few years. Currently, it has been recorded as the cheapest source of electricity in the USA on a commercial scale, and further improvements are predicted to further reduce the cost while increasing its utilization. Here, we give an overview of the advantages of thin film CdTe photovoltaics as well as a brief review of the challenges that need to be addressed. Some fundamental studies of processing conditions for thin film CdTe are also presented

  10. Multi-Material Front Contact for 19% Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Joop van Deelen; Yasemin Tezsevin; Marco Barink

    2016-01-01

    The trade-off between transmittance and conductivity of the front contact material poses a bottleneck for thin film solar panels. Normally, the front contact material is a metal oxide and the optimal cell configuration and panel efficiency were determined for various band gap materials, representing Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS), CdTe and high band gap perovskites. Supplementing the metal oxide with a metallic copper grid improves the performance of the front contact and aims to increase the efficiency...

  11. Thin films stress modeling : a novel approach

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    Bhattacharyya, A. S.; Ramgiri, Praveen Kumar

    2015-01-01

    A novel approach to estimate the thin film stress was discussed based on surface tension. The effect of temperature and film thickness was studies. The effect of stress on the film mechanical properties was observed.

  12. Preparation and characterisation of nearly stoichiometric CdTe films from a non-aqueous electrodeposition bath

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    Gore, R. B.; Pandey, Rajendra Kumar; Kumar, S. R.

    1991-06-01

    The cathodic polarisation characteristics and the growth behaviour of CdTe films in an ethylene-glycol-based bath have been studied. Conditions favouring stoichiometric deposition have been examined. The influence of the processing variables on the film properties has also been discussed with the help of the XRD, SEM and XPS studies. It has been shown that the films deposited potentiostatically at -0.8 V are stoichiometric and single phase.

  13. Thin film cadmium telluride, zinc telluride, and mercury zinc telluride solar cells. Final subcontract report, 1 July 1988--31 December 1991

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    Chu, T.L. [University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States)

    1992-04-01

    This report describes research to demonstrate (1) thin film cadmium telluride solar cells with a quantum efficiency of 75% or higher at 0. 44 {mu}m and a photovoltaic efficiency of 11.5% or greater, and (2) thin film zinc telluride and mercury zinc telluride solar cells with a transparency to sub-band-gap radiation of 65% and a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5% and 8%, respectively. Work was directed at (1) depositing transparent conducting semiconductor films by solution growth and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique, (2) depositing CdTe films by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) and MOCVD techniques, (3) preparing and evaluating thin film CdTe solar cells, and (4) preparing and characterizing thin film ZnTe, CD{sub 1-x}Zn{sub 1-x}Te, and Hg{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te solar cells. The deposition of CdS films from aqueous solutions was investigated in detail, and their crystallographic, optical, and electrical properties were characterized. CdTe films were deposited from DMCd and DIPTe at 400{degrees}C using TEGa and AsH{sub 3} as dopants. CdTe films deposited by CSS had significantly better microstructures than those deposited by MOCVD. Deep energy states in CdTe films deposited by CSS and MOCVD were investigated. Thin films of ZnTe, Cd{sub 1- x}Zn{sub x}Te, and Hg{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Te were deposited by MOCVD, and their crystallographic, optical, and electrical properties were characterized. 67 refs.

  14. Influence of thermal treatment temperatures on CdTe nanocrystal films and photoelectric properties of ITO/CdTe/Al

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    Xu Wenqing; Qu Shengchun; Wang Kefan; Bi Yu; Liu Kong; Wang Zhanguo

    2012-01-01

    The influence of sintering temperatures on solution-processed cadmium telluride (CdTe) nanocrystal films is studied in order to maximize the performance of CdTe/Al Schottky nanocrystal solar cells,The best overall performance of 2.67% efficiency at air mass 1.5 was achieved from devices with CdTe films sintered at 350 ℃ X-ray diffraction,scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis absorption measurements show that the CdTe nanocrystal grains began to grow remarkably well when sintering temperatures increased to 350 ℃.By analyzing the current-voltage characteristics,we find that the short-circuit current densities of devices increase with sintering temperatures ranging from 200 to 400 ℃,but,the over-sintered (450 ℃) treatment induces the shunting of devices.

  15. The crystal structure of CdS-CdTe thin film heterojunction solar cells

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    Rogers, K.D.; Painter, J.D.; Healy, M.J.; Lane, D.W. [Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Mater. and Medical Sci.; Ozsan, M.E. [B.P. Solar Ltd., Middlesex (United Kingdom)

    1999-02-08

    A detailed structural analysis of electrodeposited CdS-CdTe thin film heterojunction solar cells was undertaken. X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry were used to provide stoichiometric and microcrystalline data at increasing depths through the CdTe and CdS films. A model of the nature and extent of interdiffusion caused by a post deposition anneal is developed. A region in both pre-annealed and post-annealed samples which possesses a significantly different microstructure to that of the bulk CdTe, was identified. Within this region a stoichiometric gradient occurs and the grain size and preferred orientation decrease with increasing depth. Maximum CdTe film stress (post anneal) is estimated to be 140 MPa close to the interface and a shift in optical band gap of 6 x 10{sup -3} eV was also determined from structural measurements. We provide evidence that sulphur diffusion into CdTe is structurally rather than thermodynamically limited within these systems. (orig.) 15 refs.

  16. Studies of key technologies for CdTe solar modules

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    2008-01-01

    In this paper, CdS thin films, which act as the window layer and n-type partner to the p-type CdTe layer, were prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD). CdTe thin films were deposited by the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) method. To obtain high-quality back contacts, a Te-rich layer was created with chemical etching and back contact materials were applied after CdTe annealing. The results indicate that the ZnTe/ZnTe:Cu complex layers show superior performance over other back contacts. Finally, by using laser scribing and mechanical scribing, the CdTe mini-modules were fabricated, in which a glass/SnO2:F/CdS/CdTe/ZnTe/ZnTe:Cu/Ni solar module with a PWQC-confirmed total-area efficiency of 7.03% (54 cm2) was achieved.

  17. Analysis of post deposition processing for CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells

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    McCandless, B.E.; Birkmire, R.W. (Inst. of Energy Conversion, Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States))

    1991-12-01

    A post-deposition process for optimizing the efficiency of thin film CdTe/CdS solar cells deposited by physical vapor deposition has been developed and the effects of the individual process steps on the materials and device properties have been analyzed. A 400degC heat treatment with CdCl{sub 2} restructures the CdTe resulting in enhanced grain size and crystallographic reorientation. Structural and optical measurements indicate interdiffusion of sulfur and tellurium during the heat treatment resulting in formation of a CdS{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} layer with a narrower band gap than CdTe. Bifacial current-voltage and quantum efficiency analysis of the CdTe devices at various stages of the optimization process shows the evolution of the device from a p-i-n structure to a heterojunction. A chemical treatment improves the open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) and Cu/Au contact to the CdTe. The optimization process can be applied to cells using CdTe and CdS deposited by different methods. (orig.).

  18. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Pohl, P.I.; Brinker, C.J. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1997-04-01

    Separating light gases using membranes is a technology area for which there exists opportunities for significant energy savings. Examples of industrial needs for gas separation include hydrogen recovery, natural gas purification, and dehydration. A membrane capable of separating H{sub 2} from other gases at high temperatures could recover hydrogen from refinery waste streams, and facilitate catalytic dehydrogenation and the water gas shift (CO + H{sub 2}O {yields} H{sub 2} + CO{sub 2}) reaction. Natural gas purification requires separating CH{sub 4} from mixtures with CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}S, H{sub 2}O, and higher alkanes. A dehydrating membrane would remove water vapor from gas streams in which water is a byproduct or a contaminant, such as refrigeration systems. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, natural gas constituents, and water vapor at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. It is in applications such as these that the authors expect inorganic molecular sieve membranes to compete most effectively with current gas separation technologies. Cryogenic separations are very energy intensive. Polymer membranes do not have the thermal stability appropriate for high temperature hydrogen recovery, and tend to swell in the presence of hydrocarbon natural gas constituents. The authors goal is to develop a family of microporous oxide films that offer permeability and selectivity exceeding those of polymer membranes, allowing gas membranes to compete with cryogenic and adsorption technologies for large-scale gas separation applications.

  19. SCAPS Modeling for Degradation of Ultrathin CdTe Films: Materials Interdiffusion

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    Houshmand, Mohammad; Zandi, M. Hossein; Gorji, Nima E.

    2015-09-01

    Ultrathin film solar cells based on CdS/CdTe ( d CdTe ≤ 1 µm) suffer from two main issues: incomplete photo absorption and high degradation rate. The former is cured by light-trapping techniques, whereas the latter is a matter of fabrication details. Interdiffusion of the material components and formation of subsequent interlayers at the front/back region can change the optical/electrical properties and performance/stability of the device. We model the degradation of the ultrathin CdTe film devices considering the material interdiffusion and interlayers formation: CdTeS, CdZnTe, Cu x Te (i.e., Te/Cu bilayer), and oxide interlayers (i.e., CdTeO3). The diffusion rate of the materials is considered separately and the reactions that change the interlayer's properties are studied. Additionally, a back contact of single-walled carbon nanotube showed a higher stability than the metallic contacts. A new time-dependent approach is applied to simulate the degradation rate due to formation of any interlayer. It is shown that the materials interdiffusion causes a defect increment under thermal stress and illumination. The metallic back contact accelerates the degradation, whereas single-walled carbon nanotubes show the highest stability. A SCAPS simulator was used because of its ability in defining the properties of the back contact and metastabilities at the interface layers. The properties of the layers were taken from the experimental data reported in the literature.

  20. Harnessing the Sun with Thin Film Photovoltaics: Preprint

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    Photovoltaic (PV) technologies have a substantial role in meeting electric power needs in the next century, especially with an expected competitive position compared to conventional power-generation and other renewable- energy technologies. Thin-film photovoltaic modules based on CdTe, CuInSe2 or Si can potentially be produced by economical, high-volume manufacturing techniques, dramatically reducing component cost. However, the translation of laboratory thin-film technologies to first-time, large-scale manufacturing has been much more difficult than expected. This is due to the complexity of the processes involved for making large-area PV modules at high rates and with high yields, and compounded by the lack of a fundamental scientific and engineering base required to properly engineer and operate manufacturing equipment. In this paper, we discuss the need to develop diagnostics tools and associated predictive models that quantitatively assess processing conditions and pro duct properties. Incorporation of the diagnostic sensors into both laboratory reactors and manufacturing facilities will (1) underpin the development of solar cells with improved efficiency, and (2) accelerate the scale-up process through intelligent process-control schemes. ''Next-generation'' high-performance (e.g., and gt;25% conversion efficiency) thin-film PV modules will also be assessed, along with critical issues associated with their development

  1. Thin films of soft matter

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    Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2007-01-01

    A detailed overview and comprehensive analysis of the main theoretical and experimental advances on free surface thin film and jet flows of soft matter is given. At the theoretical front the book outlines the basic equations and boundary conditions and the derivation of low-dimensional models for the evolution of the free surface. Such models include long-wave expansions and equations of the boundary layer type and are analyzed via linear stability analysis, weakly nonlinear theories and strongly nonlinear analysis including construction of stationary periodic and solitary wave and similarity solutions. At the experimental front a variety of very recent experimental developments is outlined and the link between theory and experiments is illustrated. Such experiments include spreading drops and bubbles, imbibitions, singularity formation at interfaces and experimental characterization of thin films using atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry and contact angle measurements and analysis of patterns using Minkows...

  2. Polycrystalline thin films : A review

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    Valvoda, V. [Charles Univ., Prague (Czech Republic). Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

    1996-09-01

    Polycrystalline thin films can be described in terms of grain morphology and in terms of their packing by the Thornton`s zone model as a function of temperature of deposition and as a function of energy of deposited atoms. Grain size and preferred grain orientation (texture) can be determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. A review of XRD analytical methods of texture analysis is given with main attention paid to simple empirical functions used for texture description and for structure analysis by joint texture refinement. To illustrate the methods of detailed structure analysis of thin polycrystalline films, examples of multilayers are used with the aim to show experiments and data evaluation to determine layer thickness, periodicity, interface roughness, lattice spacing, strain and the size of diffraction coherent volumes. The methods of low angle and high angle XRD are described and discussed with respect to their complementary information content.

  3. Organic thin-film photovoltaics

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    Liu, Miaoyin

    2010-01-01

    Zusammenfassung Zur Verbesserung der Leistungsumwandlung in organischen Solarzellen sind neue Materialien von zentraler Bedeutung, die sämtliche Erfordernisse für organische Photovoltaik-Elemente erfüllen. In der vorliegenden Arbeit „Organic thin-film photovoltaics“ wurden im Hinblick auf ein besseres Verständnis der Zusammenhänge zwischen molekularer Struktur und der Leistungsfähigkeit neue Materialien in „bulk-heterojunction“ Solarzellen und in Festphasen-Farbstoffsensibilisierten ...

  4. Photoconductivity of thin organic films

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    Thin organic films were deposited on silicon oxide surfaces with golden interdigitated electrodes (interelectrode gap was 2 μm), and the film resistivities were measured in dark and under white light illumination. The compounds selected for the measurements include molecules widely used in solar cell applications, such as polythiophene (PHT), fullerene (C60), pyrelene tetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc), as well as molecules potentially interesting for photovoltaic applications, e.g. porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The films were deposited using thermal evaporation (e.g. for C60 and CuPc films), spin coating for PHT, and Langmuir-Schaeffer for the layer-by-layer deposition of porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The most conducting materials in the series are films of PHT and CuPc with resistivities 1.2 x 103 Ω m and 3 x 104 Ω m, respectively. Under light illumination resistivity of all films decreases, with the strongest light effect observed for PTCDI, for which resistivity decreases by 100 times, from 3.2 x 108 Ω m in dark to 3.1 x 106 Ω m under the light.

  5. Compositional Change of the Au-Cu2Te Contact for Thin-Film CdS/CdTe Solar Cells

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    Uda, Hiroshi; Ikegami, Seiji; Sonomura, Hajimu

    1990-03-01

    The stability of thin-film CdS/CdTe solar cells with evaporated Au-Cu2Te contacts to the CdTe film has been investigated. A decrease in conversion efficiency due to an increase in series resistance was observed in the solar cells stored in air at room temperature for 120 days. The increase in series resistance is caused by an increase in contact resistance resulting from the compositional change in the Au-Cu2Te contact to the CdTe film.

  6. Thin-film CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    A thin-film solar cell with the configuration soda-lime glass ITO/CdS/CdTe/Au was reported earlier to have more than 10% conversion efficiency. To further improve the low-cost potential of the device, an SnO/sub 2/ layer was developed to replace ITO, and a new contact to CdTe using Ni or stainless steel to replace Au. The contact also improves the stability of the device. A low-cost method for monolithic integration of these cells to make a module is discussed. By this method, a module of 32 cm/sup 2/ area and 8.5% efficiency was fabricated. A simple and effective ''cross-cut'' method for minimizing the effects of shorting defects is also described

  7. Analysis of loss mechanisms in polycrystalline thin film solar cells

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    Sites, J. R.

    1990-08-01

    Our goal for thin-film polycrystalline solar cell analysis was to increase the useful information extracted from relatively straightforward electrical measurements. The strategy was to (1) systematize measurements and reporting, (2) organize results in terms of quantitative values for individual sources of current and voltage loss, and (3) evaluate possible analytical techniques to enhance precision and avoid pitfalls, and (4) insist on a viable physical explanation of each loss mechanism. Current-voltage, quantum efficiency, and capacitance measurements on CuInSe2 and CdTe solar cells from a variety of sources have been analyzed. In many cases losses were identified that may be lessened relatively easily. However, the operating voltage loss due to excessive forward recombination current throughout the depletion region remains the primary obstacle to efficiencies competitive with single crystal cells.

  8. Analysis of loss mechanisms in polycrystalline thin film solar cells

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    Sites, J.R. (Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (USA))

    1990-08-01

    Our goal for thin-film polycrystalline solar cell analysis was to increase the useful information extracted from relatively straightforward electrical measurements. The strategy was to (1) systematize measurements and reporting, (2) organize results in terms of quantitative values for individual sources of current and voltage loss, and (3) evaluate possible analytical techniques to enhance precision and avoid pitfalls, and (4) insist on a viable physical explanation of each loss mechanism. Current-voltage, quantum efficiency, and capacitance measurements on CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells from a variety of sources have been analyzed. In many cases losses were identified that may be lessened relatively easily. However, the operating voltage loss due to excessive forward recombination current throughout the depletion region remains the primary obstacle to efficiencies competitive with single crystal cells. 1 tab., 4 figs., 26 refs.

  9. Optical Characterization of Different Thin Film Module Technologies

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available For a complete quality control of different thin film module technologies (a-Si, CdTe, and CIS a combination of fast and nondestructive methods was investigated. Camera-based measurements, such as electroluminescence (EL, photoluminescence (PL, and infrared (IR technologies, offer excellent possibilities for determining production failures or defects in solar modules which cannot be detected by means of standard power measurements. These types of optical measurement provide high resolution images with a two-dimensional distribution of the characteristic features of PV modules. This paper focuses on quality control and characterization using EL, PL, and IR imaging with conventional cameras and an alternative excitation source for the PL-setup.

  10. Zinc oxide thin film acoustic sensor

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    Mohammed, Ali Jasim; Salih, Wafaa Mahdi; Hassan, Marwa Abdul Muhsien; Nusseif, Asmaa Deiaa; Kadhum, Haider Abdullah [Department of Physics , College of Science, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad (Iraq); Mansour, Hazim Louis [Department of Physics , College of Education, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad (Iraq)

    2013-12-16

    This paper reports the implementation of (750 nm) thickness of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin film for the piezoelectric pressure sensors. The film was prepared and deposited employing the spray pyrolysis technique. XRD results show that the growth preferred orientation is the (002) plane. A polycrystalline thin film (close to mono crystallite like) was obtained. Depending on the Scanning Electron Microscopy photogram, the film homogeneity and thickness were shown. The resonance frequency measured (about 19 kHz) and the damping coefficient was calculated and its value was found to be about (2.5538), the thin film be haves as homogeneous for under and over damped. The thin film pressure sensing was approximately exponentially related with frequency, the thin film was observed to has a good response for mechanical stresses also it is a good material for the piezoelectric properties.

  11. Flexible Tactile Sensor Using Polyurethane Thin Film

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    Seiji Aoyagi; Tomokazu Takahashi; Masato Suzuki

    2012-01-01

    A novel capacitive tactile sensor using a polyurethane thin film is proposed in this paper. In previous studies, capacitive tactile sensors generally had an air gap between two electrodes in order to enhance the sensitivity. In this study, there is only polyurethane thin film and no air gap between the electrodes. The sensitivity of this sensor is higher than the previous capacitive tactile sensors because the polyurethane is a fairly flexible elastomer and the film is very thin (about 1 µm)....

  12. Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    2007-01-01

    We review the field of thin-film silicon solar cells with an active layer thickness of a few micrometers. These technologies can potentially lead to low cost through lower material costs than conventional modules, but do not suffer from some critical drawbacks of other thin-film technologies, such as limited supply of basic materials or toxicity of the components. Amorphous Si technology is the oldest and best established thin-film silicon technology. Amorphous silicon is deposited at low t...

  13. Thin films for emerging applications v.16

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    Francombe, Maurice H

    1992-01-01

    Following in the long-standing tradition of excellence established by this serial, this volume provides a focused look at contemporary applications. High Tc superconducting thin films are discussed in terms of ion beam and sputtering deposition, vacuum evaporation, laser ablation, MOCVD, and other deposition processes in addition to their ultimate applications. Detailed treatment is also given to permanent magnet thin films, lateral diffusion and electromigration in metallic thin films, and fracture and cracking phenomena in thin films adhering to high-elongation substrates.

  14. Effect of interdiffusion and impurities on thin film CdTe/CdS photovoltaic junctions.

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    Potter, M.D.G.; Cousins, M.; Durose, K; Halliday, D.P.

    2000-01-01

    We have used low temperature photoluminescence (PL) to study thin film CdTe/CdS solar cell structures. The devices were produced by close space sublimation (CSS) and have undergone a post-growth treatment, a vital step in increasing device efficiency. The treatment consisted of evaporating a thin layer of CdCl2 onto the back CdTe surface and heat treating in air at 400 °C for between 10 and 120 min. This produced a range of device efficiencies from 2% to 9%. The efficiency improvements are th...

  15. Minerals deposited as thin films

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    Free matrix effects are due to thin film deposits. Thus, it was decided to investigate this technique as a possibility to use pure oxide of the desired element, extrapolating its concentration from analytical curves made with avoiding, at the same time, mathematical corrections. The proposed method was employed to determine iron and titanium concentrations in geological samples. The range studied was 0.1-5%m/m for titanium and 5-20%m/m for iron. For both elements the reproducibility was about 7% and differences between this method and other chemical determinations were 15% for titanium and 7% for iron. (Author)

  16. Interactions in thin aqueous films

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    Hänni-Ciunel, Katarzyna

    2006-01-01

    In der Arbeit werden die Wechselwirkungen in dünnen flüssigen Filmen untersucht und modifiziert. Schaum- (gas/flüssig/gas) und Benetzungsfilme (gas/flüssig/fest) werden mittels Thin Film Pressure Balance (TFPB) untersucht. Die Apparatur wurde im Rahmen der Arbeit für die Studien an asymmetrischen Filmen aufgebaut und modifiziert. Die Ladungen an den Filmgrenzflächen werden gezielt modifiziert. Die Adsoprtion von Tensiden bestimmt die Oberflächenladung an der gas/flüssig Grenzfläche. Die Oberf...

  17. The role of thin films in wetting

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    Marmur, Abraham

    1988-01-01

    The role of thin films in wetting is reviewed. Three modes of spontaneous spreading are discussed : incomplete spreading, complete spreading and mixed-mode spreading. A thin film can be either molecular or colloidal in thickness. Molecularly adsorbed films are mainly associated with incomplete spreading. Colloidal films usually extend from the bulk of the liquid in dynamic situations of complete spreading. Their existence at equilibriuim with the bulk depends on the orientation in the gravita...

  18. Characterization of CdS Thin-Film in High Efficient CdS/CdTe Solar Cells

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    Tsuji, Miwa; Aramoto, Tetsuya; Ohyama, Hideaki; Hibino, Takeshi; Omura, Kuniyoshi

    2000-07-01

    Cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin films are the most commonly used window materials for high efficient cadmium telluride (CdTe) and chalcopyrite polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaic devices. High efficient CdS/CdTe solar cells with thin CdS films have been developed using ultrathin CdS films with a thickness of less than 0.1 μm. CdS films were deposited on transparent conductive oxide (TCO)/glass substrates by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique. CdTe films were subsequently deposited by the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) technique. The screen printing and sintering method fabricated carbon and silver electrodes. Cell performance depends primarily on the electrical and optical properties of CdS films. Therefore we started to develop higher-quality CdS films and found clear differences between high- and low-quality CdS films from the analyses of scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS) and Fourier transforms-infrared spectrometry (FT-IR) measurements. As a result of controlling the quality of CdS films, a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 10.5% has been achieved for size of 1376 cm2 of the solar cells under the Air Mass (AM) 1.5 conditions of the Japan Quality Assurance Organization.

  19. Characterization of CdS thin film in high efficient CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Tsuji, Miwa; Aramoto, Tetsuya; Ohyama, Hideaki; Hibino, Takeshi; Omura, Kuniyoshi

    2000-06-01

    Cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin film is the most commonly used window material for high-efficient cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic devices. High-efficient CdS/CdTe solar cells have been developed using ultra-thin CdS films having a thickness of below 0.1 μm. CdS film is deposited on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) film coated glass substrates by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique, CdTe film is subsequently deposited by the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) technique. Finally, carbon and Ag-In electrodes are fabricated by the screen printing and sintering method. Cell performance depends primarily on the electrical and optical properties of CdS film, and hence we started to develop higher quality CdS film and found out clear differences between high- and low-quality CdS films from various analyses: SEM, AFM, SIMS, TDS and FT-IR. As a result of controlling qualities of CdS films, photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 10.5% has been achieved for a size of 1376 cm 2 of the solar module under air mass (AM) 1.5 conditions by the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA).

  20. Microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films

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    Tungsten oxide thin films are of great interest due to their promising applications in various optoelectronic thin film devices. We have investigated the microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films grown by DC magnetron sputtering on silicon substrate. The structural characterization and surface morphology were carried out using X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The as deposited films were amorphous, where as, the films annealed above 400 deg. were crystalline. In order to explain the microstructural changes due to annealing, we have proposed a 'instability wheel' model for the evolution of the microstructure. This model explains the transformation of mater into various geometries within them selves, followed by external perturbation.

  1. Investigation of deposition parameters for the non-aqueous electroplating of CdTe films and application in electrochemical photovoltaic cells

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    Gore, R.B.; Pandey, R.K.; Kulkarni, S.K.

    1989-03-01

    The cathodic deposition characteristics of Cd/sup 2+/ and Te/sup 4+/ in a non-aqueous electroplating bath have been studied. The deposition parameters have been optimised to yield uniform and well adhering films of CdTe in a non-aqueous medium. The influence of the potentiostatic and galvanostatic deposition conditions on the stoichiometry, structure and photoanodic behaviour of the CdTe films are also discussed.

  2. Thin liquid films dewetting and polymer flow

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    Blossey, Ralf

    2012-01-01

    This book is a treatise on the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of thin liquid films at solid surfaces and, in particular, their rupture instabilities. For the quantitative study of these phenomena, polymer thin films haven proven to be an invaluable experimental model system.   What is it that makes thin film instabilities special and interesting, warranting a whole book? There are several answers to this. Firstly, thin polymeric films have an important range of applications, and with the increase in the number of technologies available to produce and to study them, this range is likely to expand. An understanding of their instabilities is therefore of practical relevance for the design of such films.   Secondly, thin liquid films are an interdisciplinary research topic. Interdisciplinary research is surely not an end to itself, but in this case it leads to a fairly heterogeneous community of theoretical and experimental physicists, engineers, physical chemists, mathematicians and others working on the...

  3. Growth and characterization of CdS thin films on polymer substrates for photovoltaic applications.

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    Park, Yongseob; Kim, Eung Kwon; Lee, Suho; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2014-05-01

    In this work, cadmium sulfide (CdS) films were deposited on flexible polymer substrates such as polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The r.f. magnetron sputtering, which is cost-effective scalable technique, was used for the film deposition. The structural and optical properties of the films grown at different sputtering pressures were investigated. When the CdS film was deposited at lower pressure, the crystallinity and the preferred orientation toward c-axis in hexagonal phase was improved. However, the optical transmittance was reduced as the sputtering pressure was decreased. Compared with the glass substrate, CdS films grown on polymer substrates were exhibited some wore structural and optical characteristics. CdTe thin film solar cell applied to sputtered CdS as a window layer showed a maximum efficiency of 11.6%. PMID:24734656

  4. Characterization of thin film ZnCdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Hussain, O.M.; Reddy, P.S.; Naidu, B.S.; Uthanna, S.; Reddy, P.J. (Sri Venkateswara Univ., Tirupati (IN). Dept. of Physics)

    1991-11-01

    Thin films of II-VI compound semiconductors have attracted considerable interest in recent years due to their wide range of applications in the fabrication of cost effective solar cells. Among these, cadmium telluride is one of the most attractive candidates with a direct band gap of 1.5 eV which is optimum for solar energy conversion. Generally, n-CdS is used as window layer to p-CdTe to fabricate heterojunction solar cells because of its reasonable optical transparency and the ease of depositing low-resistivity films. n-ZnCdS/p-CdTe polycrystalline thin film solar cells were fabricated by laser evaporating CdTe onto sprayed ZnCdS films. The cells were characterized by studying current-voltage, capacitance-voltage and spectral response measurements. A maximum efficiency of 7.6% was observed for a cell area of 1 cm{sup 2}. (author).

  5. Ellipsometric Studies on Silver Telluride Thin Films

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    M. Pandiaraman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Silver telluride thin films of thickness between 45 nm and 145 nm were thermally evaporated on well cleaned glass substrates at high vacuum better than 10 – 5 mbar. Silver telluride thin films are polycrystalline with monoclinic structure was confirmed by X-ray diffractogram studies. AFM and SEM images of these films are also recorded. The phase ratio and amplitude ratio of these films were recorded in the wavelength range between 300 nm and 700 nm using spectroscopic ellipsometry and analysed to determine its optical band gap, refractive index, extinction coefficient, and dielectric functions. High absorption coefficient determined from the analysis of recorded spectra indicates the presence of direct band transition. The optical band gap of silver telluride thin films is thickness dependent and proportional to square of reciprocal of thickness. The dependence of optical band gap of silver telluride thin films on film thickness has been explained through quantum size effect.

  6. Temperature dependent electroreflectance study of CdTe solar cells

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    Cadmium telluride is a promising material for large scale photovoltaic applications. In this paper we study CdS/CdTe heterojunction solar cells with electroreflectance spectroscopy. Both CdS and CdTe layers in solar cells were grown sequentially without intermediate processing by the close-space sublimation method. Electroreflectance measurements were performed in the temperature range of T = 100–300 K. Two solar cells were investigated with conversion efficiencies of 4.1% and 9.6%. The main focus in this work was to study the temperature dependent behavior of the broadening parameter and the bandgap energy of CdTe thin film in solar cells. Room temperature bandgap values of CdTe were Eg = 1.499 eV and Eg = 1.481 eV for higher and lower efficiency solar cells, respectively. Measured bandgap energies are lower than for single crystal CdTe. The formation of CdTe1−xSx solid solution layer on the surface of CdTe is proposed as a possible cause of lower bandgap energies. - Highlights: ► Temperature dependent electroreflectance measurements of CdS/CdTe solar cells ► Investigation of junction properties between CdS and CdTe ► Formation of CdTe1− xSx solid solution layer in the junction area

  7. Effect of In Situ Thermal Annealing on Structural, Optical, and Electrical Properties of CdS/CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Alaa Ayad Al-mebir

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available An in situ thermal annealing process (iTAP has been introduced before the common ex situ cadmium chloride (CdCl2 annealing to improve crystal quality and morphology of the CdTe thin films after pulsed laser deposition of CdS/CdTe heterostructures. A strong correlation between the two annealing processes was observed, leading to a profound effect on the performance of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells. Atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy show that the iTAP in the optimal processing window produces considerable CdTe grain growth and improves the CdTe crystallinity, which results in significantly improved optoelectronic properties and quantum efficiency of the CdS/CdTe solar cells. A power conversion efficiency of up to 7.0% has been obtained on thin film CdS/CdTe solar cells of absorber thickness as small as 0.75 μm processed with the optimal iTAP at 450°C for 10–20 min. This result illustrates the importance of controlling microstructures of CdTe thin films and iTAP provides a viable approach to achieve such a control.

  8. Electrostatic thin film chemical and biological sensor

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    Prelas, Mark A.; Ghosh, Tushar K.; Tompson, Jr., Robert V.; Viswanath, Dabir; Loyalka, Sudarshan K.

    2010-01-19

    A chemical and biological agent sensor includes an electrostatic thin film supported by a substrate. The film includes an electrostatic charged surface to attract predetermined biological and chemical agents of interest. A charge collector associated with said electrostatic thin film collects charge associated with surface defects in the electrostatic film induced by the predetermined biological and chemical agents of interest. A preferred sensing system includes a charge based deep level transient spectroscopy system to read out charges from the film and match responses to data sets regarding the agents of interest. A method for sensing biological and chemical agents includes providing a thin sensing film having a predetermined electrostatic charge. The film is exposed to an environment suspected of containing the biological and chemical agents. Quantum surface effects on the film are measured. Biological and/or chemical agents can be detected, identified and quantified based on the measured quantum surface effects.

  9. Characterization of CdTe films with in situ CdCl{sub 2} treatment grown by a simple vapor phase deposition technique

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    Rios Flores, Araceli, E-mail: arios@mda.cinvestav.mx [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Merida, C.P. 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Castro-Rodriguez, R.; Pena, J.L. [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Merida, C.P. 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Romeo, N.; Bosio, A. [Dipartimento di fisica, Universita di Parma, Campus Universitario, Parco Area delle Scienza, 43100 Parma (Italy)

    2009-05-15

    A unique vapor phase deposition (VPD) technique was designed and built to achieve in situ CdCl{sub 2} treatment of CdTe film. The substrate temperature was 400 deg. C, and the temperature of CdTe mixture with CdCl{sub 2} source was 500 deg. C. The structural and morphological properties of CdTe have been studied as a function of wt.% CdCl{sub 2} concentration by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XRD measurements show that the presence of CdCl{sub 2} vapor induces (1 1 1)-oriented growth in the CdTe film. SEM measurements have shown enhance growth of grains, in the presence of CdCl{sub 2}. From AFM the roughness of the films showed a heavy dependence on CdCl{sub 2} concentration. In the presence of 4% CdCl{sub 2} concentration, the CdTe films roughness has a root mean square (rms) value of about 275 A. This value is about 831 A for the non-treated CdTe films.

  10. Nanostructured thin films and coatings functional properties

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    Zhang, Sam

    2010-01-01

    The second volume in ""The Handbook of Nanostructured Thin Films and Coatings"" set, this book focuses on functional properties, including optical, electronic, and electrical properties, as well as related devices and applications. It explores the large-scale fabrication of functional thin films with nanoarchitecture via chemical routes, the fabrication and characterization of SiC nanostructured/nanocomposite films, and low-dimensional nanocomposite fabrication and applications. The book also presents the properties of sol-gel-derived nanostructured thin films as well as silicon nanocrystals e

  11. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POLY-CRYSTALLINE SILICON THIN FILM

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    Y.F. Hu; H. Shen; Z.Y. Liu; L.S. Wen

    2003-01-01

    Poly-crystalline silicon thin film has big potential of reducing the cost of solar cells.In this paper the preparation of thin film is introduced, and then the morphology of poly-crystalline thin film is discussed. On the film we developed poly-crystalline silicon thin film solar cells with efficiency up to 6. 05% without anti-reflection coating.

  12. Thermal Expansion Coefficients of Thin Crystal Films

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    2005-01-01

    The formulas for atomic displacements and Hamiltonian of a thin crystal film in phonon occupation number representation are obtained with the aid of Green's function theory. On the basis of these results, the formulas for thermal expansion coefficients of the thin crystal film are derived with the perturbation theory, and the numerical calculations are carried out. The results show that the thinner films have larger thermal expansion coefficients.

  13. Slip-controlled thin film dynamics

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    Fetzer, R.; Rauscher, M; Münch, A.; Wagner, B. A.; Jacobs, K.

    2006-01-01

    In this study, we present a novel method to assess the slip length and the viscosity of thin films of highly viscous Newtonian liquids. We quantitatively analyse dewetting fronts of low molecular weight polystyrene melts on Octadecyl- (OTS) and Dodecyltrichlorosilane (DTS) polymer brushes. Using a thin film (lubrication) model derived in the limit of large slip lengths, we can extract slip length and viscosity. We study polymer films with thicknesses between 50 nm and 230 nm and various tempe...

  14. BDS thin film damage competition

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    Stolz, C J; Thomas, M D; Griffin, A J

    2008-10-24

    A laser damage competition was held at the 2008 Boulder Damage Symposium in order to determine the current status of thin film laser resistance within the private, academic, and government sectors. This damage competition allows a direct comparison of the current state-of-the-art of high laser resistance coatings since they are all tested using the same damage test setup and the same protocol. A normal incidence high reflector multilayer coating was selected at a wavelength of 1064 nm. The substrates were provided by the submitters. A double blind test assured sample and submitter anonymity so only a summary of the results are presented here. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes, coating materials, and layer count will also be shared.

  15. Thin-film optical shutter

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    Matlow, S. L.

    1981-02-01

    The ideal solution to the excessive solar gain problem is an optical shutter, a device which switches from being highly transmissive to solar radiation to being highly reflective to solar radiation when a critical temperature is reached in the enclosure. The switching occurs because one or more materials in the device undergo a phase transition at the critical temperature. A specific embodiment of macroconjugated macromolecules, the poly (p-phenylene)'s, was chosen as the one most likely to meet all of the requirements of the thin film optical shutter project (TFOS). The reason for this choice is explored. In order to be able to make meaningful calculations of the thermodynamic and optical properties of the poly (p-phenylene)'s a quantum mechanical method, the equilibrium bond length (EBL) theory, was developed. Some results of EBL theory are included.

  16. Effect of Annealing On Thin Film Fabrication of Cadmium Zinc Telluride by Single-R.F. Magnetron Sputtering Unit

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    Dr. Monisha Chakraborty A,

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, formation of Cd1-xZnxTe thin films under various annealing-environments, created by layer by layer deposition of individual CdTe and ZnTe targets from a Single-R.F. Magnetron Sputtering unit is investigated. Structural and optical characterization results show that Vacuum Annealing is the best suitable for the formation of better Cd1-xZnxTe XRD peaks of higher intensities in comparison to Argon or Nitrogen-Annealing, for a bi-layered deposited CdTe and ZnTe film on glass substrate. The crystallography of the Cd1-xZnxTe films formed appeared to be either Cubic or Rhombohedral type. Also, it has been noticed, that the more inert the annealing-environment is, the lesser is the heat loss by the film-substrate and this results in better fusing of the deposited particles to move more from the poly-crystalline to the mono-crystalline structure. Also higher inert environment causes more Cadmium evaporation and this consequently drives the lattice-constant and the band-gap energy of the formed Cd1-xZnxTe thin film to move from the CdTe side to the ZnTe side. The method developed here with proper annealing ambiance for Cd1-xZnxTe fabrication can be implemented in laboratories lacking in Co-Sputtering machine.

  17. Plasmonic modes in thin films: quo vadis?

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    AntonioPolitano

    2014-07-01

    Recent calculations indicate the emergence of acoustic surface plasmons (ASP in Ag thin films exhibiting quantum well states and in graphene films. The slope of the dispersion of ASP decreases with film thickness. We also discuss open issues in research on plasmonic modes in graphene/metal interfaes.

  18. Chemical bath deposition of II-VI compound thin films

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    Oladeji, Isaiah Olatunde

    form 0.2 to 0.5 mum with improved quality. A novel chemical activated diffusion of Cd into ZnS thin film at temperature lower than 100°C is also developed. This in conjunction with thermal activated diffusion at 400°C has enabled us to synthesize Cd1-xZn xS thin films suitable for solar cells from CBD grown CdS/ZnS multilayer. The potential application of the new Cd1-xZnxS/CdS/CdTe solar cell structure is also demonstrated. The unoptimized structure grown on transparent conducting oxide coated soda lime glass of 3mm thickness with no antireflection coating yielded a 10% efficiency. This efficiency is the highest ever recorded in any Cd1-xZnxS film containing CdTe solar cells.

  19. Development of Earth-Abundant Tin(II) Sulfide Thin-Film Solar Cells by Vapor Deposition

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    Sinsermsuksakul, Prasert

    2013-01-01

    To sustain future civilization, the development of alternative clean-energy technologies to replace fossil fuels has become one of the most crucial and challenging problems of the last few decades. The thin film solar cell is one of the major photovoltaic technologies that is promising for renewable energy. The current commercial thin film PV technologies are based on \\(Cu(In,Ga)Se_2\\) and CdTe. Despite their success in reducing the module cost below $1/Wp, these absorber materials face limit...

  20. Magnetization in permalloy thin films

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    Rachana Gupta; Mukul Gupta; Thomas Gutberlet

    2008-11-01

    Thin films of permalloy (Ni80Fe20) were prepared using an Ar+N2 mixture with magnetron sputtering technique at ambient temperature. The film prepared with only Ar gas shows reflections corresponding to the permalloy phase in X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. The addition of nitrogen during sputtering results in broadening of the peaks in XRD pattern, which finally leads to an amorphous phase. The - loop for the sample prepared with only Ar gas is matching well with the values obtained for the permalloy. For the samples prepared with increased nitrogen partial pressure the magnetic moment decreased rapidly and the values of coercivity increased. The polarized neutron reflectivity measurements (PNR) were performed in the sample prepared with only Ar gas and with nitrogen partial pressure of 5 and 10%. It was found that the spin-up and spin-down reflectivities show exactly similar reflectivity for the sample prepared with Ar gas alone, while PNR measurements on 5 and 10% sample show splitting in the spin-up and spin-down reflectivity.

  1. Thin-film cadmium telluride photovoltaics: ES and H issues, solutions, and perspectives

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    Photovoltaics (PV) is a growing business worldwide, with new technologies evolving towards potentially large-volume production. PV use produces no emissions, thus offsetting many potential environmental problems. However, the new PV technologies also bring unfamiliar environment, safety, and health (ES and H) challenges that require innovative solutions. This is a summary of the issues, solutions, and perspectives associated with the use of cadmium in one of the new and important PV technologies: thin-film, cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV, which is being developed and commercialized by several companies including Solar Cells Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), BP Solar (Fairfield, California), and Matsushita (Japan). The principal ES and H issue for thin-film cadmium telluride PV is the potential introduction of cadmium--a toxic heavy metal--into the air or water. The amount of cadmium in thin-film PV, however, is quite small--one nickel cadmium flashlight battery has about as much cadmium (7 g) as a square meter of PV module using current technology--and a typical cordless power tool will have 5--10 batteries. CdTe modules are also very well sealed, limiting the chance of release. Nonetheless, minimizing the amount of cadmium in cadmium telluride modules and preventing the introduction of that cadmium into the environment is a top priority for National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers and cadmium telluride PV manufacturers

  2. Performance of thin-film Cds/CdTe solar cells

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    Hussain, O.M.; Reddy, P.J. (Sri Venkateswara Univ., Tirupati (India). Dept. of Physics)

    1991-07-15

    Cadmium telluride is a very promising material for producing efficient thin-film solar cells because is has a direct bandgap of 1.5 eV, which is optimum for solar energy conversion. Many researchers have employed close space vapour transport, screen printing, thermal evaporation and electrochemical deposition techniques for the fabrication of Cds/CdTe solar cells, and have obtained a conversion efficiency of about 10%. In this investigation polycrystalline thin-film Cds/CdTe solar cells were fabricated by employing a laser evaporation technique for the deposition of CdTe films. The cells were characterized by studying the current-voltage, capacitance-voltage and spectral response measurements. (Author).

  3. Processing and modeling issues for thin-film solar cell devices. Final report

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    Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Institute of Energy Conversion

    1997-11-01

    During the third phase of the subcontract, IEC researchers have continued to provide the thin film PV community with greater depth of understanding and insight into a wide variety of issues including: the deposition and characterization of CuIn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2}, a-Si, CdTe, CdS, and TCO thin films; the relationships between film and device properties; and the processing and analysis of thin film PV devices. This has been achieved through the systematic investigation of all aspects of film and device production and through the analysis and quantification of the reaction chemistries involved in thin film deposition. This methodology has led to controlled fabrications of 15% efficient CuIn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}Se{sub 2} solar cells over a wide range of Ga compositions, improved process control of the fabrication of 10% efficient a-Si solar cells, and reliable and generally applicable procedures for both contacting and doping films. Additional accomplishments are listed below.

  4. Band diagrams and performance of CdTe solar cells with a Sb2Te3 back contact buffer layer

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Sb2Te3 thin films were prepared by vacuum co-evaporation and the crystallinity of the films was greatly improved after annealing at 573 K in N2 ambient. Then they were deposited on the CdTe thick films. Band diagrams of the as-deposited and annealed CdTe/Sb2Te3 interfaces were constructed. Consequently, Sb2Te3 was used as a back contact layer for CdTe thin film solar cells and the cell performance was investigated. It was found that the Sb impurities accumulated in the CdTe grain boundaries diffuse deeply in the CdTe layer, and more photogenerated electrons and holes are separated by the segregated SbCd+ donors into the GBs. What is more, the doping concentration in the vicinity of the CdTe/CdS heterojunction increases for the formation of substitutional SbTe- acceptors under the Cd-rich conditions. For the introduction of the p-type Sb2Te3 layers as the back contact to the CdTe thin film solar cells, the performance of CdTe thin film solar cells has been greatly improved and an efficiency of 13.1% (FF=62.3%, Jsc=25.8 mA/cm2, Voc= 815.8 mV obtained.

  5. TiO2 thin film photocatalyst

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    YU Jiaguo

    2004-01-01

    It is well known that the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films strongly depends on the preparing methods and post-treatment conditions, since they have a decisive influence on the chemical and physical properties of TiO2 thin films.Therefore, it is necessary to elucidate the influence of the preparation process and post-treatment conditions on the photocatalytic activity and surface microstructures of the films. This review deals with the preparation of TiO2 thin film photocatalysts by wet-chemical methods (such as sol-gel, reverse micellar and liquid phase deposition) and the comparison of various preparation methods as well as their advantage and disadvantage. Furthermore, it is discussed that the advancement of photocatalytic activity, super-hydrophilicity and bactericidal activity of TiO2 thin film photocatalyst in recent years.

  6. Alumina Thin Film Growth: Experiments and Modeling

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    Wallin, Erik

    2007-01-01

    The work presented in this thesis deals with experimental and theoretical studies related to the growth of crystalline alumina thin films. Alumina, Al2O3, is a polymorphic material utilized in a variety of applications, e.g., in the form of thin films. Many of the possibilities of alumina, and the problems associated with thin film synthesis of the material, are due to the existence of a range of different crystalline phases. Controlling the formation of the desired phase and the transformati...

  7. Electrochromism of amorphous ruthenium oxide thin films

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Edwin; Deb, Satyen K. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Center for Basic Sciences, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Cheong, Hyeonsik M. [Sogang University, Shinsoo-Dong, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-12-01

    We report on the electrochromic behavior of amorphous ruthenium oxide thin films and their electrochemical characteristics for use as counterelectrodes for electrochromic devices. Hydrous ruthenium oxide thin films were prepared by cyclic voltammetry on ITO coated glass substrates from an aqueous ruthenium chloride solution. The cyclic voltammograms of this material show the capacitive behavior including two redox reaction peaks in each cathodic and anodic scan. The ruthenium oxide thin film electrode exhibits a 50% modulation of optical transmittance at 670 nm wavelength with capacitor charge/discharge.

  8. Technology of Environmental Thin Film

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  9. Polycrystalline thin film cadmium telluride solar cells fabricated by electrodeposition. Annual technical report, 20 March 1995--19 March 1996

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    Trefny, J U; Mao, D [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    1997-04-01

    The objective of this project is to develop improved processes for fabricating CdTe/CdS polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. Researchers used electrodeposition to form CdTe; electrodeposition is a non-vacuum, low-cost technique that is attractive for economic, large-scale production. During the past year, research and development efforts focused on several steps that are most critical to the fabricating high-efficiency CdTe solar cells. These include the optimization of the CdTe electrodeposition process, the effect of pretreatment of CdS substrates, the post-deposition annealing of CdTe, and back-contact formation using Cu-doped ZnTe. Systematic investigations of these processing steps have led to a better understanding and improved performance of the CdTe-based cells. Researchers studied the structural properties of chemical-bath-deposited CdS thin films and their growth mechanisms by investigating CdS samples prepared at different deposition times; investigated the effect of CdCl{sub 2} treatment of CdS films on the photovoltaic performance of CdTe solar cells; studied Cu-doped ZnTe as a promising material for forming stable, low-resistance contacts to the p-type CdTe; and investigated the effect of CdTe and CdS thickness on the photovoltaic performance of the resulting cells. As a result of their systematic investigation and optimization of the processing conditions, researchers improved the efficiency of CdTe/CdS cells using ZnTe back-contact and electrodeposited CdTe. The best CdTe/CdS cell exhibited a V{sub oc} of 0.778 V, a J{sub sc} of 22.4 mA/cm{sup 2}, a FF of 74%, and an efficiency of 12.9% (verified at NREL). In terms of individual parameters, researchers obtained a V{sub oc} over 0.8 V and a FF of 76% on other cells.

  10. CdTe buffered GaAs thin-slab IR waveguide modulators and T/R filter

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    Cheo, P. K.; Brown, R. T.; Carrier, G.; Glueck, W.; Wagner, R.; Gilden, M.

    1989-07-01

    Broadband electrooptic modulation and frequency shifting of CO2 lasers using GaAs thin-slab waveguides have been described previously. The performance of an unbuffered GaAs waveguide traveling-wave modulator has been found to yield a sideband power conversion efficiency of 4.5 + or - .0000045 or -43.6 dB for one watt of microwave drive power. This paper presents the performance of CdTe buffered GaAs waveguide modulator and describes the structural parameters that have been modified to gain 5 dB improvement from that provided by unbuffered IR waveguide modulators. CdTe buffered GaAs thin-slab waveguide modulators with very low optical and microwave insertion losses, have been fabricated. The measured single sideband power that can be converted from the CO2 laser input power is -39 dB for one watt microwave driver power, as compared to a measured value of -44 dB from an unbuffered modulator. The output beam quality has also been improved significantly. A transmission/reflection filter designed to separate the sidebands from the carrier has been fabricated and tested. The rejection ratio of carrier power to sideband power is -19 dB.

  11. Research on Advanced Thin Film Batteries

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    Goldner, Ronald B. [Tufts Univ., Medford, MA (United States)

    2003-11-24

    During the past 7 years, the Tufts group has been carrying out research on advanced thin film batteries composed of a thin film LiCo02 cathode (positive electrode), a thin film LiPON (lithium phosphorous oxynitride) solid electrolyte, and a thin film graphitic carbon anode (negative electrode), under grant DE FG02-95ER14578. Prior to 1997, the research had been using an rfsputter deposition process for LiCoOi and LiPON and an electron beam evaporation or a controlled anode arc evaporation method for depositing the carbon layer. The pre-1997 work led to the deposition of a single layer cell that was successfully cycled for more than 400 times [1,2] and the research also led to the deposition of a monolithic double-cell 7 volt battery that was cycled for more than 15 times [3]. Since 1997, the research has been concerned primarily with developing a research-worthy and, possibly, a production-worthy, thin film deposition process, termed IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition) for depositing each ofthe electrodes and the electrolyte of a completely inorganic solid thin film battery. The main focus has been on depositing three materials - graphitic carbon as the negative electrode (anode), lithium cobalt oxide (nominally LiCoCb) as the positive electrode (cathode), and lithium phosphorus oxynitride (LiPON) as the electrolyte. Since 1998, carbon, LiCoOa, and LiPON films have been deposited using the IBAD process with the following results.

  12. Textured conducting glass by nanosphere lithography for increased light absorption in thin-film solar cells

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    Nanoscale surface texturing in thin-film solar cells has been shown to enhance device efficiency by increasing light absorption through reduced reflectance and increased light scattering across a broad range of wavelengths and angles. However, light trapping in the industrial thin-film cells is still sub-optimal and creating optimized nanoscale texture over a large area remains challenging. In this article, we present a well-controlled low-cost process to fabricate a periodic nanocone texture optimized for maximum light absorption in thin-film microcrystalline silicon solar cells. The texture is fabricated using nanosphere lithography with the period controlled by the nanosphere diameter and the texture shape and aspect ratio controlled by the reactive ion etching conditions. Finite-difference time-domain optical simulations are used to optimize the texture in the state-of-the-art microcrystalline cells, and optical absorption measurements show that the same cells fabricated on the optimized nanocone-textured substrates exhibit a relative short-circuit current increase of close to 30% compared to a reference state-of-the-art cell with a randomly textured zinc oxide layer. This nanocone texturing technique is compatible with standard thin-film cell fabrication processes and can also be used for other thin-film cells (CIGS, CdTe, CZTS, etc) to maximize light absorption and minimize layer thickness enabling more efficient carrier collection and lower overall cost. (paper)

  13. Fabrication of CdS/CdTe-Based Thin Film Solar Cells Using an Electrochemical Technique

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    Full Text Available Thin film solar cells based on cadmium telluride (CdTe are complex devices which have great potential for achieving high conversion efficiencies. Lack of understanding in materials issues and device physics slows down the rapid progress of these devices. This paper combines relevant results from the literature with new results from a research programme based on electro-plated CdS and CdTe. A wide range of analytical techniques was used to investigate the materials and device structures. It has been experimentally found that n-, i- and p-type CdTe can be grown easily by electroplating. These material layers consist of nano- and micro-rod type or columnar type grains, growing normal to the substrate. Stoichiometric materials exhibit the highest crystallinity and resistivity, and layers grown closer to these conditions show n → p or p → n conversion upon heat treatment. The general trend of CdCl2 treatment is to gradually change the CdTe material’s n-type electrical property towards i-type or p-type conduction. This work also identifies a rapid structural transition of CdTe layer at 385 ± 5 °C and a slow structural transition at higher temperatures when annealed or grown at high temperature. The second transition occurs after 430 °C and requires more work to understand this gradual transition. This work also identifies the existence of two different solar cell configurations for CdS/CdTe which creates a complex situation. Finally, the paper presents the way forward with next generation CdTe-based solar cells utilising low-cost materials in their columnar nature in graded bandgap structures. These devices could absorb UV, visible and IR radiation from the solar spectrum and combine impact ionisation and impurity photovoltaic (PV effect as well as making use of IR photons from the surroundings when fully optimised.

  14. Enhanced electrochemiluminescence of CdTe quantum dots with carbon nanotube film and its sensing of methimazole

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    A novel analytical method was reported based on electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of CdTe quantum dots (QDs) using carbon nanotube (CNT) modified glass carbon (GC) electrode. It was found that the CNT film on the GC electrode could greatly enhance the ECL intensity of CdTe QDs dispersed in aqueous solution, and the ECL peak potential and ECL onset potential both shifted positively. Influences of some factors on the ECL intensity were investigated using CNT modified GC electrode, and a high sensitive method for the determination of methimazole was developed under the optimal conditions. The ECL intensity decreased linearly in the concentration range of 1.0 x 10-9 to 4.0 x 10-7 M for methimazole with the relative coefficient of 0.995, which showed finer sensitivity than that at bare electrode. Thus, CNT modified electrode would have a great merit to expand the application of QD ECL

  15. Permanent laser conditioning of thin film optical materials

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    Wolfe, C. Robert; Kozlowski, Mark R.; Campbell, John H.; Staggs, Michael; Rainer, Frank

    1995-01-01

    The invention comprises a method for producing optical thin films with a high laser damage threshold and the resulting thin films. The laser damage threshold of the thin films is permanently increased by irradiating the thin films with a fluence below an unconditioned laser damage threshold.

  16. Effect of In Situ Thermal Annealing Process on Structural, Optical and Electrical Properties of CdSCdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Al-mebir, Alaa Ayad Khedhair

    Cadmium Telluride has long been recognized as the second lowest- cost material after Si in the world photovoltaic market, specifically for thin-film solar cells. The two attractive properties of the CdTe are its nearly ideal band gap of ˜1.5 eV for single p-n junction photovoltaic and its high optical absorption coefficient up to 105 cm-1. Therefore, a thickness of ˜1 mum of CdTe can absorb up to 90% of the incident light. The key to high-performance thin film CdTe-based solar cells is controlling microstructure of the CdS/CdTe through obtaining high-quality crystalline CdTe thin films that have low density pinholes and other defects and form high-quality p-n heterojunction interfaces on the CdS or other window layers. Considering these, the relative high temperatures used for CdTe thick film growth may not be suitable in the thin film case due to lack of control in CdTe microstructure evolution. Therefore, development of low-temperature processes for CdTe thin film solar cells is important to achieving a precise control of the CdS/CdTe microstructure and optoelectronic properties. In addition, low temperatures provide benefits in wider selection of substrates especially those for low-cost, flexible solar cells applications. However, the CdS/CdTe solar cells based on thin CdTe films fabricated at low temperature have generally poor performance as a result of increased density of grain boundaries and defects. In order to address this issue, we have developed an in situ thermal annealing process (iTAP) immediately after the CdS/CdTe deposition using Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at 200 °C and before the common ex situ CdCl2 annealing typically employed for optimization of the CdTe-based solar cells. A systematic study on the microstructure, optical and optoelectronic properties of CdS/CdTe solar cells processed under different iTAP conditions has been carried out. It has been found that these physical properties depend sensitively on the iTAP processing conditions

  17. Effect of CdCl2 annealing treatment on CdS thin films and CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells

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    In order to study the effect of CdCl2 annealing treatment on thin CdS films and CdTe/CdS thin film solar cells, a comparative study was carried out on three types of CdTe/CdS solar cells, which had different kinds of CdS window layer: as-deposited CdS, air-annealed CdS without CdCl2 pre-coating, and CdCl2-annealed CdS. When annealed in air the CdS film was partially oxidated to CdO and CdSO4. These oxides increased the series resistance of the CdTe solar cell and led to the lowest fill factor. The presence of CdCl2 on the surface of a CdS thin film during heat treatment in air protected it from oxidation and promoted the recrystallization of the CdS film, resulting in large and closely packed grains with a grain size of ∝ 50 -150 nm. CdTe/CdS solar cell with such a kind of CdS window layer showed the largest short circuit current and highest conversion efficiency of 12.4%. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. 14%-efficient flexible CdTe solar cells on ultra-thin glass substrates

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    Flexible glass enables high-temperature, roll-to-roll processing of superstrate devices with higher photocurrents than flexible polymer foils because of its higher optical transmission. Using flexible glass in our high-temperature CdTe process, we achieved a certified record conversion efficiency of 14.05% for a flexible CdTe solar cell. Little has been reported on the flexibility of CdTe devices, so we investigated the effects of three different static bending conditions on device performance. We observed a consistent trend of increased short-circuit current and fill factor, whereas the open-circuit voltage consistently dropped. The quantum efficiency under the same static bend condition showed no change in the response. After storage in a flexed state for 24 h, there was very little change in device efficiency relative to its unflexed state. This indicates that flexible glass is a suitable replacement for rigid glass substrates, and that CdTe solar cells can tolerate bending without a decrease in device performance

  19. Phase transformation kinetics in thin films

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    This book contains papers presented at the materials Research Society Symposium on Phase Transformations Kinetics in Thin Films held in Anaheim, California from April 29 through May 1, 1991. This symposium provided a multidisciplinary forum for explorations, on experimental and theoretical levels, of thin film reactions and stability, phase nucleation and growth, and amorphization. The papers in this volume, refereed by the peer review process, are organized according to materials and techniques and do not reflect the order of presentations at the symposium. Symposium sessions were organized in the areas of thin-film crystallization, solid-state amorphization, interfacial reactions, solid-state transformations, phase-change optical media and ferroelectric thin films. Contributed papers ranged from theoretical determination of the limits to melt nucleation to commercial concerns of processing techniques for specific properties. Despite this breadth, the similarity of experimental techniques and thermodynamic underpinnings for most of the materials provided a common basis for discussions

  20. Highly stretchable wrinkled gold thin film wires

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    With the growing prominence of wearable electronic technology, there is a need to improve the mechanical reliability of electronics for more demanding applications. Conductive wires represent a vital component present in all electronics. Unlike traditional planar and rigid electronics, these new wearable electrical components must conform to curvilinear surfaces, stretch with the body, and remain unobtrusive and low profile. In this paper, the piezoresistive response of shrink induced wrinkled gold thin films under strain demonstrates robust conductive performance in excess of 200% strain. Importantly, the wrinkled metallic thin films displayed negligible change in resistance of up to 100% strain. The wrinkled metallic wires exhibited consistent performance after repetitive strain. Importantly, these wrinkled thin films are inexpensive to fabricate and are compatible with roll to roll manufacturing processes. We propose that these wrinkled metal thin film wires are an attractive alternative to conventional wires for wearable applications

  1. Highly stretchable wrinkled gold thin film wires

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    Kim, Joshua, E-mail: joshuk7@uci.edu; Park, Sun-Jun; Nguyen, Thao [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States); Chu, Michael [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States); Pegan, Jonathan D. [Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States); Khine, Michelle, E-mail: mkhine@uci.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States)

    2016-02-08

    With the growing prominence of wearable electronic technology, there is a need to improve the mechanical reliability of electronics for more demanding applications. Conductive wires represent a vital component present in all electronics. Unlike traditional planar and rigid electronics, these new wearable electrical components must conform to curvilinear surfaces, stretch with the body, and remain unobtrusive and low profile. In this paper, the piezoresistive response of shrink induced wrinkled gold thin films under strain demonstrates robust conductive performance in excess of 200% strain. Importantly, the wrinkled metallic thin films displayed negligible change in resistance of up to 100% strain. The wrinkled metallic wires exhibited consistent performance after repetitive strain. Importantly, these wrinkled thin films are inexpensive to fabricate and are compatible with roll to roll manufacturing processes. We propose that these wrinkled metal thin film wires are an attractive alternative to conventional wires for wearable applications.

  2. Electroless plating of thin gold films directly onto silicon nitride thin films and into micropores.

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    Whelan, Julie C; Karawdeniya, Buddini Iroshika; Bandara, Y M Nuwan D Y; Velleco, Brian D; Masterson, Caitlin M; Dwyer, Jason R

    2014-07-23

    A method to directly electrolessly plate silicon-rich silicon nitride with thin gold films was developed and characterized. Films with thicknesses coating planar, curved, and line-of-sight-obscured silicon nitride surfaces. PMID:24999923

  3. Shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence (SHINEF) of CdTe quantum dots

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    We report shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence (SHINEF) of CdTe quantum dots. Enhanced spectra are obtained after Ag SHINs were spread onto homogenous CdTe quantum dot/polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) films on quartz. The thin silica shell of the SHINs effectively isolates the Ag cores, preventing short-range quenching to the metal and enabling plasmon enhancement of the quantum dot fluorescence (ca. 35 fold). - Highlights: • Shell-Isolated Nanoparticles-Enhanced Fluorescence (SHINEF). • Synthesis of CdTe quantum dot. • Layer-by-Layer technique for thin films preparation. • Different size of CdTe quantum dots. • Size effect of quantum dots in enhanced factor

  4. Shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence (SHINEF) of CdTe quantum dots

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    Ramírez-Maureira, Monica; Vargas, Víctor C [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 7800003 (Chile); Riveros, Ana [Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 7803287 (Chile); Goulet, Paul J.G. [Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, 13699-5810 (United States); Osorio-Román, Igor O., E-mail: iosorior@uwindsor.ca [Facultad de Química, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, 7820436 (Chile)

    2015-02-01

    We report shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced fluorescence (SHINEF) of CdTe quantum dots. Enhanced spectra are obtained after Ag SHINs were spread onto homogenous CdTe quantum dot/polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) films on quartz. The thin silica shell of the SHINs effectively isolates the Ag cores, preventing short-range quenching to the metal and enabling plasmon enhancement of the quantum dot fluorescence (ca. 35 fold). - Highlights: • Shell-Isolated Nanoparticles-Enhanced Fluorescence (SHINEF). • Synthesis of CdTe quantum dot. • Layer-by-Layer technique for thin films preparation. • Different size of CdTe quantum dots. • Size effect of quantum dots in enhanced factor.

  5. Progress in Thin Film Solar Cells Based on Cu2ZnSnS4

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    Hongxia Wang

    2011-01-01

    The research in thin film solar cells has been dominated by light absorber materials based on CdTe and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) in the last several decades. The concerns of environment impact of cadmium and the limited availability of indium in those materials have driven the research towards developing new substitute light absorbers made from earth abundant, environment benign materials. Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) semiconductor material has emerged as one of the most promising candidates for this aim and h...

  6. Robust Measurement of Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules Exhibiting Light-Induced Transients: Preprint

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    Deceglie, Michael, G.; Silverman, Timothy J.; Marion, Bill; Kurtz, Sarah R.

    2015-09-09

    Light-induced changes to the current-voltage characteristic of thin-film photovoltaic modules (i.e. light-soaking effects) frustrate the repeatable measurement of their operating power. We describe best practices for mitigating, or stabilizing, light-soaking effects for both CdTe and CIGS modules to enable robust, repeatable, and relevant power measurements. We motivate the practices by detailing how modules react to changes in different stabilization methods. We also describe and demonstrate a method for validating alternative stabilization procedures, such as those relying on forward bias in the dark. Reliable measurements of module power are critical for qualification testing, reliability testing, and power rating.

  7. High temperature superconducting thin film microwave filters

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    Low loss thin films of high temperature superconductors (HTSC) on MgO as well as LaAlO3 substrates has been successfully developed. This effort aims at the development of application oriented innovations, such as HTSC based passive microwave devices. As an initial attempt in developing microwave devices, we have designed, fabricated and tested HTSC microstrip resonators at X-band using YBCO thin films on LaAlO3 substrates

  8. Advances in CZTS thin films and nanostructured

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    Ali, N.; Ahmed, R.; Bakhtiar-Ul-Haq; Shaari, A.

    2015-06-01

    Already published data for the optical band gap (Eg) of thin films and nanostructured copper zinc tin sulphide (CZTS) have been reviewed and combined. The vacuum (physical) and non-vacuum (chemical) processes are focused in the study for band gap comparison. The results are accumulated for thin films and nanostructured in different tables. It is inferred from the re- view that the nanostructured material has plenty of worth by engineering the band gap for capturing the maximum photons from solar spectrum.

  9. Laser-annealing of thin semiconductor films

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    Boneberg, Johannes; Nedelcu, Johann; Bucher, Ernst; Leiderer, Paul

    1994-01-01

    Optical reflectivity and transmissivity measurements have been used to investigate the dynamics of melting and recrystallisation of thin films of Si and Ge after laser-annealing with a ns Nd:YAG-laser pulse. We report on temperature dependent changes of the reflectivity of the liquid phase above and below the melting point and on various nucleation and solidification scenarios in thin film, depending on the energy density of the amding laser.

  10. Characteristics and durability of fluoropolymer thin films

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    Cheneler, David; Bowen, James; Evans, Stephen D.; Górzny, Marcin; Adams, Michael J; Ward, Michael C.L.

    2011-01-01

    The use of plasma-polymerised fluoropolymer (CFxOy) thin films in the manufacture of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices is well-established, being employed in the passivation step of the deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) process, for example. This paper presents an investigation of the effect of exposure to organic and aqueous liquid media on plasma polymerised CFxOy thin films. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ellipsometry, X-ray photoelectron spec...

  11. Thin film description by wavelet coefficients statistics

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    Boldyš, Jiří; Hrach, R.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 55, č. 1 (2005), s. 55-64. ISSN 0011-4626 Grant ostatní: GA UK(CZ) 173/2003 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : thin films * wavelet transform * descriptors * histogram model Subject RIV: BD - Theory of Information Impact factor: 0.360, year: 2005 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2009/ZOI/boldys-thin film description by wavelet coefficients statistics .pdf

  12. Epitaxy, thin films and superlattices

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    Jagd Christensen, Morten

    1997-05-01

    This report is the result of structural investigations of 3d transition metal superlattices consisting of Fe/V, Cr/Mn, V/Mn and Fe/Mn, and a structural and magnetic study of a series of Ho/Pr alloys. The work includes preparation and characterization of substrates as well as growth of thin films and Fe/V superlattices by molecular beam epitaxy, including in-situ characterization by reflection high energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy. Structural characterization has been done by x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction. The x-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on the rotating copper anode at Risoe, and at synchrotron facilities in Hamburg and Brookhaven, and the neutron scattering was done at the Danish research reactor DR3 at Risoe. In addition to longitudinal scans, giving information about the structural parameters in the modulation direction, non-specular scans were also performed. This type of scans gives information about in-plane orientation and lattice parameters. From the analysis, structural information is obtained about lattice parameters, epitaxial strain, coherence lengths and crystallographic orientation for the superlattice systems, except Fe/Mn superlattices, which could not be modelled. For the Ho/Pr alloys, x-ray magnetic scattering was performed, and the crystal and magnetic structure was investigated. (au) 14 tabs.; 58 ills., 96 refs.

  13. Studies in thin film flows

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    McKinley, I S

    2000-01-01

    the general case of non-zero capillary number numerically. Using the lubrication approximation to the Navier-Stokes equations we investigate the evolution and stability of a thin film of incompressible Newtonian fluid on a planar substrate subjected to a jet of air blowing normally to the substrate. For the simple model of the air jet we adopt, the initially axisymmetric problems we study are identical to those of a drop spreading on a turntable rotating at constant angular velocity (the simplest model for spin coating). We consider both drops without a dry patch (referred to as 'non-annular') and drops with a dry patch at their centre (referred to as 'annular'). First, both symmetric two-dimensional and axisymmetric three-dimensional drops are considered in the quasi-static limit of small capillary number. The evolution of both non-annular and annular drops and the stability of equilibrium solutions to small perturbations with zero wavenumber are determined. Using a specially developed finite-difference code...

  14. Epitaxy, thin films and superlattices

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    This report is the result of structural investigations of 3d transition metal superlattices consisting of Fe/V, Cr/Mn, V/Mn and Fe/Mn, and a structural and magnetic study of a series of Ho/Pr alloys. The work includes preparation and characterization of substrates as well as growth of thin films and Fe/V superlattices by molecular beam epitaxy, including in-situ characterization by reflection high energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy. Structural characterization has been done by x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction. The x-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on the rotating copper anode at Risoe, and at synchrotron facilities in Hamburg and Brookhaven, and the neutron scattering was done at the Danish research reactor DR3 at Risoe. In addition to longitudinal scans, giving information about the structural parameters in the modulation direction, non-specular scans were also performed. This type of scans gives information about in-plane orientation and lattice parameters. From the analysis, structural information is obtained about lattice parameters, epitaxial strain, coherence lengths and crystallographic orientation for the superlattice systems, except Fe/Mn superlattices, which could not be modelled. For the Ho/Pr alloys, x-ray magnetic scattering was performed, and the crystal and magnetic structure was investigated. (au)

  15. Superconducting thin-film gradiometer

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    We describe the design, fabrication, and performance of planar thin-film dc SQUID's and planar gradiometers in which a dc SQUID is incorporated as a null detector. Each gradiometer was fabricated on a planar substrate and measured an off-diagonal component of changes in the magnetic field gradient. The gradiometer with the highest sensitivity had 127 x 33-mm loops that could be connected in parallel or in series: The sensitivities were 2.1 x 10-13 and 3.7 x 10-13 T m-1 Hz/sup -1/2/, respectively. The intrinsic balance of the gradiometers was about 100 ppm for fields parallel to their plane, and a balance of about 1 ppm could be achieved for fields perpendicular to their plane. When the series-loop gradiometer was rotated through 3600 in the earth's field, the output returned to its initial value to within an amount corresponding to a balance of 1 ppm. Possible improvements in sensitivity are discussed

  16. Solution-Processed, Ultrathin Solar Cells from CdCl3(-)-Capped CdTe Nanocrystals: The Multiple Roles of CdCl3(-) Ligands.

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    Zhang, Hao; Kurley, J Matthew; Russell, Jake C; Jang, Jaeyoung; Talapin, Dmitri V

    2016-06-22

    Solution-processed CdTe solar cells using CdTe nanocrystal (NC) ink may offer an economically viable route for large-scale manufacturing. Here we design a new CdCl3(-)-capped CdTe NC ink by taking advantage of novel surface chemistry. In this ink, CdCl3(-) ligands act as surface ligands, sintering promoters, and dopants. Our solution chemistry allows obtaining very thin continuous layers of high-quality CdTe which is challenging for traditional vapor transport methods. Using benign solvents, in air, and without additional CdCl2 treatment, we obtain a well-sintered CdTe absorber layer from the new ink and demonstrate thin-film solar cells with power conversion efficiency over 10%, a record efficiency for sub-400 nm thick CdTe absorber layer. PMID:27269672

  17. Microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films

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    Hembram, K. P. S. S.; Thomas, Rajesh; Rao, G. Mohan

    2009-10-01

    Tungsten oxide thin films are of great interest due to their promising applications in various optoelectronic thin film devices. We have investigated the microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films grown by DC magnetron sputtering on silicon substrate. The structural characterization and surface morphology were carried out using X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The as deposited films were amorphous, where as, the films annealed above 400 °C were crystalline. In order to explain the microstructural changes due to annealing, we have proposed a "instability wheel" model for the evolution of the microstructure. This model explains the transformation of mater into various geometries within them selves, followed by external perturbation.

  18. Microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films

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    Hembram, K.P.S.S., E-mail: hembram@isu.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012 (India); Theoretical Science Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore - 560064 (India); Thomas, Rajesh; Rao, G. Mohan [Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012 (India)

    2009-10-30

    Tungsten oxide thin films are of great interest due to their promising applications in various optoelectronic thin film devices. We have investigated the microstructural evolution of tungsten oxide thin films grown by DC magnetron sputtering on silicon substrate. The structural characterization and surface morphology were carried out using X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The as deposited films were amorphous, where as, the films annealed above 400 deg. were crystalline. In order to explain the microstructural changes due to annealing, we have proposed a 'instability wheel' model for the evolution of the microstructure. This model explains the transformation of mater into various geometries within them selves, followed by external perturbation.

  19. Development of Combinatorial Pulsed Laser Deposition for Expedited Device Optimization in CdTe/CdS Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Ali Kadhim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A combinatorial pulsed laser deposition system was developed by integrating a computer controlled scanning sample stage in order to rapidly screen processing conditions relevant to CdTe/CdS thin-film solar cells. Using this system, the thickness of the CdTe absorber layer is varied across a single sample from 1.5 μm to 0.75 μm. The effects of thickness on CdTe grain morphology, crystal orientation, and cell efficiency were investigated with respect to different postprocessing conditions. It is shown that the thinner CdTe layer of 0.75 μm obtained the best power conversion efficiency up to 5.3%. The results of this work shows the importance that CdTe grain size/morphology relative to CdTe thickness has on device performance and quantitatively exhibits what those values should be to obtain efficient thin-film CdTe/CdS solar cells fabricated with pulsed laser deposition. Further development of this combinatorial approach could enable high-throughput exploration and optimization of CdTe/CdS solar cells.

  20. Thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Brendel, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    This introduction to the physics of silicon solar cells focuses on thin cells, while reviewing and discussing the current status of the important technology. An analysis of the spectral quantum efficiency of thin solar cells is given as well as a full set of analytical models. This is the first comprehensive treatment of light trapping techniques for the enhancement of the optical absorption in thin silicon films.

  1. Rietveld analysis of CdS/CdTe thin film junctions submitted to a CdCl2 heat treatment

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    In this work we investigate the effects of a CdCl2 heat treatment on the interface of CdTe/CdS heterojunction solar cells using Rietveld analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns. Although the Rietveld method is an important tool for the study of materials by X-ray diffraction, there have been few reports of its use in thin film analysis. The results showed the occurrence of interdiffusion in the CdS–CdTe boundary, with substitution of tellurium by sulfur in the CdTe lattice that resulted in a CdSxTe1−x alloy. The sulfur content of the alloy was greater than in previous studies. This is attributed to the low oxygen concentration during processing and the strong (111) texture of the CdTe films. - Highlights: • CdS/CdTe solar cells were treated in the presence of CdCl2 vapor. • Interdiffusion in CdS/CdTe junction was investigated by Rietveld analysis. • Sulfur replaces tellurium in the CdTe layer. • Sulfur amount increases with the temperature of the CdCl2 heat treatment. • Introduction of sulfur led to a nanocrystalline component in CdTe layer

  2. Post deposition purification of PTCDA thin films

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    The decomposition of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules during evaporation of unpurified raw material in ultra high vacuum was studied. The fragments were identified by mass spectrometry and the influence of these fragments and further contaminations of the raw material on the electronic structure of PTCDA thin films was measured by photoemission spectroscopy. Annealing of contaminated PTCDA films was tested as cheap and easy to perform method for (partial) post deposition purification of the contaminated films

  3. Resource recovery from urban stock, the example of cadmium and tellurium from thin film module recycling.

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    Simon, F-G; Holm, O; Berger, W

    2013-04-01

    Raw material supply is essential for all industrial activities. The use of secondary raw material gains more importance since ore grade in primary production is decreasing. Meanwhile urban stock contains considerable amounts of various elements. Photovoltaic (PV) generating systems are part of the urban stock and recycling technologies for PV thin film modules with CdTe as semiconductor are needed because cadmium could cause hazardous environmental impact and tellurium is a scarce element where future supply might be constrained. The paper describes a sequence of mechanical processing techniques for end-of-life PV thin film modules consisting of sandblasting and flotation. Separation of the semiconductor material from the glass surface was possible, however, enrichment and yield of valuables in the flotation step were non-satisfying. Nevertheless, recovery of valuable metals from urban stock is a viable method for the extension of the availability of limited natural resources. PMID:23402897

  4. Degradation and device physics modeling of SWCNT/CdTe thin film photovoltaics

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    Houshmand, Mohammad; Zandi, M. Hossein; Gorji, Nima E.

    2015-12-01

    We propose single walled carbon nanotubes as the n-type window partner of CdTe layer in a conventional CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells. The semiconductor nanotubes have superior optical and electrical properties i.e. controllable high band gap, being highly conductive and non-diffusive (not mobile). We modeled current-voltage characteristics of hybrid SWCNT/CdTe structure using Sah-Noyce-Shockley theory instead of Schottky barrier theory. The former theory is rather strong since it is based on carrier transport in the depletion region of a pn junction and considers the defect density within the depletion width. Also, a time dependent approach is used to simulate the degradation of device metrics under bias, illumination and temperature. It is discussed how a nanolayer can reduce the degradation rate of a thin film solar cell by surpassing grain boundaries and mobile ions migration towards junction.

  5. Polymer surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Neutron reflectometry can be used in various ways to investigate surfaces, interfaces and thin films of polymers. Its potential comes mostly from the possibilities offered by selective deuteration, where a particular component can be made visible with respect to its activity at the interface. In addition the depth resolution is much better than with most other direct techniques, and details of the profiles may be resolved. Several examples will be discussed including the segment diffusion at the interface between two polymer films, the determination of the narrow interfaces between incompatible polymer blends and the development of order in thin diblock copolymer films. (author) 10 figs., 2 tabs., 38 refs

  6. Thin-film Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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    Dudney, N. J.; Bates, J. B.; Lubben, D.

    1995-06-01

    Thin film rechargeable lithium batteries using ceramic electrolyte and cathode materials have been fabricated by physical deposition techniques. The lithium phosphorous oxynitride electrolyte has exceptional electrochemical stability and a good lithium conductivity. The lithium insertion reaction of several different intercalation materials, amorphous V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, amorphous LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and crystalline LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} films, have been investigated using the completed cathode/electrolyte/lithium thin film battery.

  7. Polymer surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    1996-11-01

    Neutron reflectometry can be used in various ways to investigate surfaces, interfaces and thin films of polymers. Its potential comes mostly from the possibilities offered by selective deuteration, where a particular component can be made visible with respect to its activity at the interface. In addition the depth resolution is much better than with most other direct techniques, and details of the profiles may be resolved. Several examples will be discussed including the segment diffusion at the interface between two polymer films, the determination of the narrow interfaces between incompatible polymer blends and the development of order in thin diblock copolymer films. (author) 10 figs., 2 tabs., 38 refs.

  8. Development of Combinatorial Pulsed Laser Deposition for Expedited Device Optimization in CdTe/CdS Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    A combinatorial pulsed laser deposition system was developed by integrating a computer controlled scanning sample stage in order to rapidly screen processing conditions relevant to CdTe/CdS thin-film solar cells. Using this system, the thickness of the CdTe absorber layer is varied across a single sample from 1.5 μm to 0.75 μm. The effects of thickness on CdTe grain morphology, crystal orientation, and cell efficiency were investigated with respect to different postprocessing conditions. It i...

  9. Thin Ice Films at Mineral Surfaces.

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    Yeşilbaş, Merve; Boily, Jean-François

    2016-07-21

    Ice films formed at mineral surfaces are of widespread occurrence in nature and are involved in numerous atmospheric and terrestrial processes. In this study, we studied thin ice films at surfaces of 19 synthetic and natural mineral samples of varied structure and composition. These thin films were formed by sublimation of thicker hexagonal ice overlayers mostly produced by freezing wet pastes of mineral particles at -10 and -50 °C. Vibration spectroscopy revealed that thin ice films contained smaller populations of strongly hydrogen-bonded water molecules than in hexagonal ice and liquid water. Thin ice films at the surfaces of the majority of minerals considered in this work [i.e., metal (oxy)(hydr)oxides, phyllosilicates, silicates, volcanic ash, Arizona Test Dust] produced intense O-H stretching bands at ∼3400 cm(-1), attenuated bands at ∼3200 cm(-1), and liquid-water-like bending band at ∼1640 cm(-1) irrespective of structure and composition. Illite, a nonexpandable phyllosilicate, is the only mineral that stabilized a form of ice that was strongly resilient to sublimation in temperatures as low as -50 °C. As mineral-bound thin ice films are the substrates upon which ice grows from water vapor or aqueous solutions, this study provides new constraints from which their natural occurrences can be understood. PMID:27377606

  10. Micro-Raman and UV-VIS Studies of 100 MeV Ni4+ Irradiated Cadmium Telluride Thin Films

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    Neelam Pahwa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available CdTe thin films grown by thermal evaporation on quartz substrates were irradiated with Swift (100 MeV Ni 4 + ions for fluences in the range 1.0 × 1011 - 1.0 × 1013 cm – 2. The modification in the structure and optical properties has been studied as a function of ion fluence using Micro-Raman spectroscopy and UV-VIS spectroscopy. In Micro Raman spectrum, weak LO and TO modes of CdTe and A1 & E modes of Te were observed with blue shift which was found to increase with increase in fluence. Intensity of these modes decreased with increase in ion fluence. UV-transmission showed pronounced interference fringes, indicating a good quality of the films. The bandgap was found to increase in the range 1.4-1.75 eV with increase in fluence.

  11. Orientation of CdTe epitaxial films on GaAs(100) grown by vacuum evaporation

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    Houng Mauphon; Fu Shenli; Jenq Fenqlin (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung Univ., Tainan (Taiwan)); Chen Jiannruey (Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua Univ., Hsinchu (Taiwan))

    1991-08-15

    The growth of (100)- and (111)-oriented CdTe epitaxial layers on (100)-oriented GaAs substrates were investigated. Ar{sup +} plasma bombardment was used to remove the surface oxide layer, while preheating the substrate before evaporation was performed to deplete arsenic on the GaAs substrate surface. Results indicate that the CdTe(100) will grow on GaAs(100) with an oxide layer remaining on the surface. For the GaAs(100) substrate with the oxide layer removed by plasma bombardment, CdTe(100) will grow on the arsenic-depleted GaAs substrate, while CdTe(111) will grow on the GaAs substrate without arsenic depletion. A model is proposed that a tellurium-rich surface is formed on the arsenic-depleted GaAs surface through Ga-Te bonding on which the CdTe(100) will grow, whereas CdTe(111) will grow on a tellurium-poor surface. The photoluminescence investigation conforms to our proposed model. (orig.).

  12. Nanostructured thin films as functional coatings

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    Lazar, Manoj A; Tadvani, Jalil K; Tung, Wing Sze; Lopez, Lorena; Daoud, Walid A, E-mail: Walid.Daoud@sci.monash.edu.au [School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Monash University, Churchill, VIC 3842 (Australia)

    2010-06-15

    Nanostructured thin films is one of the highly exploiting research areas particularly in applications such as photovoltaics, photocatalysis and sensor technologies. Highly tuned thin films, in terms of thickness, crystallinity, porosity and optical properties, can be fabricated on different substrates using the sol-gel method, chemical solution deposition (CSD), electrochemical etching, along with other conventional methods such as chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and physical vapour deposition (PVD). The above mentioned properties of these films are usually characterised using surface analysis techniques such as XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM, ellipsometry, electrochemistry, SAXS, reflectance spectroscopy, STM, XPS, SIMS, ESCA, X-ray topography and DOSY-NMR. This article presents a short review of the preparation and characterisation of thin films of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide and modified silicon as well as their application in solar cells, water treatment, water splitting, self cleaning fabrics, sensors, optoelectronic devices and lab on chip systems.

  13. Nanostructured thin films as functional coatings

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    Nanostructured thin films is one of the highly exploiting research areas particularly in applications such as photovoltaics, photocatalysis and sensor technologies. Highly tuned thin films, in terms of thickness, crystallinity, porosity and optical properties, can be fabricated on different substrates using the sol-gel method, chemical solution deposition (CSD), electrochemical etching, along with other conventional methods such as chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and physical vapour deposition (PVD). The above mentioned properties of these films are usually characterised using surface analysis techniques such as XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM, ellipsometry, electrochemistry, SAXS, reflectance spectroscopy, STM, XPS, SIMS, ESCA, X-ray topography and DOSY-NMR. This article presents a short review of the preparation and characterisation of thin films of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide and modified silicon as well as their application in solar cells, water treatment, water splitting, self cleaning fabrics, sensors, optoelectronic devices and lab on chip systems.

  14. Polycrystalline thin film materials and devices. Annual subcontract report, 16 January 1990--15 January 1991

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    Baron, B.N.; Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E. [Delaware Univ., Newark, DE (United States). Inst. of Energy Conversion

    1991-11-01

    Results and conclusion of Phase I of a multi-year research program on polycrystalline thin film solar cells are presented. The research comprised investigation of the relationships among processing, materials properties and device performance of both CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe solar cells. The kinetics of the formation of CuInSe{sub 2} by selenization with hydrogen selenide was investigated and a CuInSe{sub 2}/CdS solar cell was fabricated. An alternative process involving the reaction of deposited copper-indium-selenium layers was used to obtain single phase CuInSe{sub 2} films and a cell efficiency of 7%. Detailed investigations of the open circuit voltage of CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells showed that a simple Shockley-Read-Hall recombination mechanism can not account for the limitations in open circuit voltage. Examination of the influence of CuInSe{sub 2} thickness on cell performance indicated that the back contact behavior has a significant effect when the CuInSe{sub 2} is less than 1 micron thick. CdTe/CdS solar cells with efficiencies approaching 10% can be repeatedly fabricated using physical vapor deposition and serial post deposition processing. The absence of moisture during post deposition was found to be critical. Improvements in short circuit current of CdTe solar cells to levels approaching 25 mA/cm{sup 2} are achievable by making the CdS window layer thinner. Further reductions in the CdS window layer thickness are presently limited by interdiffusion between the CdS and the CdTe. CdTe/CdS cells stored without protection from the atmosphere were found to degrade. The degradation was attributed to the metal contact. CdTe cells with ZnTe:Cu contacts to the CdTe were found to be more stable than cells with metal contacts. Analysis of current-voltage and spectral response of CdTe/CdS cells indicates the cell operates as a p-n heterojunction with the diode current dominated by SRH recombination in the junction region of the CdTe.

  15. Physical properties of transparent conducting Cd-Te-In-O thin films

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    Cd-Te-In-O thin films are grown by pulsed laser deposition using a composite target of CdTe powder embedded in an indium matrix. Oxygen pressures range from 2.00 to 6.67 Pa at a substrate temperature of 420 oC. The structure, optical transmission and sheet resistance of the films are measured. Substitutional compounds with In2-2x(Cd,Te)2xO3 stoichiometry are found at high oxygen pressures. A ternary phase diagram of the CdO-In2O3-TeO2 system shows the relationship between the structure and the stoichiometry of the films. To evaluate film performance, a figure of merit is proposed based on the relationship between the integral photonic flux and the sheet resistance. The best figure of merit values corresponds to a sample prepared at 3.8 Pa O2 that consists of (In2O3)0.3(CdTe2O5)0.7 and exhibits an optical band gap of 3.0 eV. This sample is a suitable substrate for electrodeposition due to its good electrochemical stability.

  16. Niobium Thin Film Characterization for Thin Film Technology Used in Superconducting Radiofrequency Cavities

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    Dai, Yishu; Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2015-10-01

    Superconducting RadioFrequency (SRF) penetrates about 40-100 nm of the top surface, making thin film technology possible in producing superconducting cavities. Thin film is based on the deposition of a thin Nb layer on top of a good thermal conducting material such as Al or Cu. Thin film allows for better control of the surface and has negligible response to the Earth's magnetic field, eliminating the need for magnetic shielding of the cavities. Thin film superconductivity depends heavily on coating process conditions, involving controllable parameters such as crystal plane orientation, coating temperature, and ion energy. MgO and Al2O3 substrates are used because they offer very smooth surfaces, ideal for studying film growth. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to characterize surface's morphology. It is evident that a lower nucleation energy and a long coating time increases the film quality in the r-plane sapphire crystal orientation. The quality of the film increases with thickness. Nb films coated on r-plane, grow along the (001) plane and yield a much higher RRR compared to the films grown on a- and c-planes. This information allows for further improvement on the research process for thin film technology used in superconducting cavities for the particle accelerators. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Jefferson Lab, Old Dominion University.

  17. Properties of CdTe films deposited by electron beam evaporation

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    Murali, K.R.; Radhakrishna, I.; Nagaraja Rao, K.; Venkatesan, V.K. (Central Electrotechnical Research Inst., Karaikudi (India))

    1990-04-01

    Cadmium telluride thin films were prepared by electron beam evaporation on glass substrates kept at different temperatures in the range 30-300degC. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and optical absorption measurements. The conductivity of the films was measured in the temperature range 100-300 K. While the low temperature data (100-200 K) could be explained by the variable range hopping process, the high temperature data (200-300 K) could be explained on the basis of Seto's model for thermionic emission of the carriers over the grain boundaries. Transmission spectra have indicated a direct and gap around 1.55 eV. (orig.).

  18. Electrochemical Analysis of Conducting Polymer Thin Films

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    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte multilayers built via the layer-by-layer (LbL method has been one of the most promising systems in the field of materials science. Layered structures can be constructed by the adsorption of various polyelectrolyte species onto the surface of a solid or liquid material by means of electrostatic interaction. The thickness of the adsorbed layers can be tuned precisely in the nanometer range. Stable, semiconducting thin films are interesting research subjects. We use a conducting polymer, poly(p-phenylene vinylene (PPV, in the preparation of a stable thin film via the LbL method. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been used to characterize the ionic conductivity of the PPV multilayer films. The ionic conductivity of the films has been found to be dependent on the polymerization temperature. The film conductivity can be fitted to a modified Randle’s circuit. The circuit equivalent calculations are performed to provide the diffusion coefficient values.

  19. Hydrogen behavior in nanocrystalline titanium thin films

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    Nanocrystalline titanium films of different thicknesses, sputtered on sapphire substrates, were charged electrochemically with hydrogen. Hydrogen absorption and the thermodynamics of the nanocrystalline Ti-H thin film system were studied using electromotive force (EMF) measurements. The phase boundaries obtained from the EMF-pressure-concentration curves were confirmed by X-ray diffraction, complemented by in situ stress measurements during hydrogen charging. The change in the stress increase with hydrogen concentration was found to be in good agreement with the obtained phase boundaries. In comparison to bulk Ti-H system, considerable changes, such as shifted phase boundaries, and narrowed and sloped miscibility gaps, were observed in Ti-H thin films. These changes vary among the films of different crystalline orientation and are attributed to both microstructural effects and stress contributions. The influence of the initial crystallographic growth orientation of Ti films on the measured thermodynamic isotherms, phase transitions and stress development is discussed in detail.

  20. Thermal conductivity of nanoscale thin nickel films

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    2005-01-01

    The inhomogeneous non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) scheme is applied to model phonon heat conduction in thin nickel films. The electronic contribution to the thermal conductivity of the film is deduced from the electrical conductivity through the use of the Wiedemann-Franz law. At the average temperature of T = 300 K, which is lower than the Debye temperature ()D = 450 K,the results show that in a film thickness range of about 1-11 nm, the calculated cross-plane thermal conductivity decreases almost linearly with the decreasing film thickness, exhibiting a remarkable reduction compared with the bulk value. The electrical and thermal conductivities are anisotropic in thin nickel films for the thickness under about 10 nm. The phonon mean free path is estimated and the size effect on the thermal conductivity is attributed to the reduction of the phonon mean free path according to the kinetic theory.

  1. Critical behavior of ferromagnetic Ising thin films

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    In the present work, we study the magnetic properties and critical behavior of simple cubic ferromagnetic thin films. We simulate LxLxd films with semifree boundary conditions on the basis of the Monte Carlo method and the Ising model with nearest neighbor interactions. A Metropolis dynamics was implemented to carry out the energy minimization process. For different film thickness, in the nanometer range, we compute the temperature dependence of the magnetization, the magnetic susceptibility and the fourth order Binder's cumulant. Bulk and surface contributions of these quantities are computed in a differentiated fashion. Additionally, according to finite size scaling theory, we estimate the critical exponents for the correlation length, magnetic susceptibility, and magnetization. Results reveal a strong dependence of critical temperature and critical exponents on the film thickness. The obtained critical exponents are finally compared to those reported in literature for thin films

  2. Thermal conductivities of thin, sputtered optical films

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    The normal component of thin-film thermal conductivity has been measured for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, for several advanced sputtered optical materials. Included are data for single layers of boron nitride, silicon aluminum nitride, silicon aluminum oxynitride, silicon carbide, and for dielectric-enhanced metal reflectors of the form Al(SiO2/Si3N4)n and Al(Al2O3/AlN)n. Sputtered films of more conventional materials such as SiO2, Al2O3, Ta2O5, Ti, and Si have also been measured. The data show that thin-film thermal conductivities are typically 10 to 100 times lower than conductivities for the same materials in bulk form. Structural disorder in the amorphous or fine-grained films appears to account for most of the conductivity difference. Conclusive evidence for a film--substrate interface contribution is presented

  3. Surface morphology of thin films polyoxadiazoles

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available urpose: The purpose of this paper was to analyse the surface morphology of thin films polyoxadiazoles. Design/methodology/approach: SSix different polymers which belong to the group of polyoxadiazoles were dissolved in the solvent NMP. Each of these polymer was deposited on a glass substrate and a spin coating method was applied with a spin speed of 1000, 2000 and 3000 rev/min. Changes in surface topography and roughness were observed. An atomic force microscope AFM Park System has been used. Photos have been taken in noncontact mode while observing an area of 10 x 10 microns.Findings: The analysis of images has confirmed that the quality of thin films depends upon the used polymers. It was also observed that the parameters of the spin coating method have significant effect on the morphology and the surface roughness. The speed of the spin has got a strong impact on the topography of the thin films obtained.Research limitations/implications: The morphology of polyoxadiazoles thin films has been described. This paper include description how the spin speed influences the morphology of polymer thin films. In order to use a polymer thin film in photovoltaics or optoelectronics it must have a uniform thickness and a low surface roughness. Further research, in which the optical properties of thin films are investigated, is strongly recommended.Practical implications: Conductive polymers may find applications in photovoltaics or optoelectronics. It is important to study this group of material engineering and to find a new use for them. Materials from which thin films are made of will have an impact on the properties and characteristics of electronics devices in which they are be applied.Originality/value: The value of this paper is defining the optimal parameters of spin-coating technology for six polyoxadiazoles. The results allow the choosing optimal parameters of the deposition process. Spin coating is a very good method to obtain thin films which

  4. Fundamentals of polycrystalline thin film materials and devices

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    Baron, B.N.; Birkmire, R.W.; Phillips, J.E.; Shafarman, W.N.; Hegedus, S.S.; McCandless, B.E. (Delaware Univ., Newark, DE (USA). Inst. of Energy Conversion)

    1991-01-01

    This report presents the results of a one-year research program on polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. The research was conducted to better understand the limitations and potential of solar cells using CuInSe{sub 2} and CdTe by systematically investigating the fundamental relationships linking material processing, material properties, and device behavior. By selenizing Cu and In layers, we fabricated device-quality CuInSe{sub 2} thin films and demonstrated a CuInSe{sub 2} solar cell with 7% efficiency. We added Ga, to increase the band gap of CuInSe{sub 2} devices to increase the open-circuit voltage to 0.55 V. We fabricated and analyzed Cu(InGa)Se{sub 2}/CuInSe{sub 2} devices to demonstrate the potential for combining the benefits of higher V{sub oc} while retaining the current-generating capacity of CuInSe{sub 2}. We fabricated an innovative superstrate device design with more than 5% efficiency, as well as a bifacial spectral-response technique for determining the electron diffusion length and optical absorption coefficient of CuInSe{sub 2} in an operational cell. The diffusion length was found to be greater than 1 {mu}m. We qualitatively modeled the effect of reducing heat treatments in hydrogen and oxidizing treatments in air on the I-V behavior of CuInSe{sub 2} devices. We also investigated post-deposition heat treatments and chemical processing and used them to fabricate a 9.6%-efficient CdTe/CdS solar cell using physical vapor deposition.

  5. Fundamentals of polycrystalline thin film materials and devices

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    Baron, Bill N.; Birkmire, Robert W.; Phillips, James E.; Shafarman, William N.; Hegedus, Steven S.; McCandless, Brian E.

    1991-01-01

    This report presents the results of a one-year research program on polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. The research was conducted to better understand the limitations and potential of solar cells using CuInSe2 and CdTe by systematically investigating the fundamental relationships linking material processing, material properties, and device behavior. By selenizing Cu and In layers, we fabricated device-quality CuInSe2 thin films and demonstrated a CuInSe2 solar cell with 7 percent efficiency. We added Ga, to increase the band gap of CuInSe2 devices to increase the open-circuit voltage to 0.55 V. We fabricated and analyzed CuInGaSe2/CuInSe2 devices to demonstrate the potential for combining the benefits of higher V(sub oc) while retaining the current-generating capacity of CuInSe2. We fabricated an innovative superstrate device design with more than 5 percent efficiency, as well as a bifacial spectral-response technique for determining the electron diffusion length and optical absorption coefficient of CuInSe2 in an operational cell. The diffusion length was found to be greater than 1 micron. We qualitatively modeled the effect of reducing heat treatments in hydrogen and oxidizing treatments in air on the I-V behavior of CuInSe2 devices. We also investigated post-deposition heat treatments and chemical processing and used them to fabricate a 9.6 percent-efficient CdTe/CdS solar cell using physical vapor deposition.

  6. Topics on thin film CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    1988-01-15

    Efficient thin film CdS/CdTe solar cells can be prepared by the close-spaced sublimation technique onto soda-lime glass coated with either indium tin oxide or tin oxide. Oxygen is needed to enchance the p characteristics of CdTe; a high substrate temperature is needed to reduce the interfacial defects at the CdS/CdTe junction. Cells with gold electrodes are not stable owing to Au-CdTe interaction. Alternative electrodes to CdTe can be prepared by using a HNO/sub 3/-H/sub 3/PO/sub 4/ surface treatment. The cells showed 30-40% efficiency degradation when aged over 2 years at 100/sup 0/C under continuous air mass 1 illumination. The degradation appears to result from a decrease in the carrier concentration with aging. The aging process is not sensitive to ambience but is sensitive to the presence of light or voltage bias. It is believed to be related to the dependence of the effective carrier concentration on the cooling rate subsequent to the CdTe deposition. Defect interaction may be a possible cause of the aging behavior but photoluminescence and deep-level studies have not established the mechanism involved. The evidence suggests that trace impurities can have significant effects on the behavior of the cells and could be responsible for the aging behavior.

  7. Thin Films in the Photovoltaic Industry

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    In the past years, the yearly world market growth rate for Photovoltaics was an average of more than 40%, which makes it one of the fastest growing industries at present. Business analysts predict the market volume to increase to 40 billion euros in 2010 and expect rising profit margins and lower prices for consumers at the same time. Today PV is still dominated by wafer based Crystalline Silicon Technology as the 'working horse' in the global market, but thin films are gaining market shares. For 2007 around 12% are expected. The current silicon shortage and high demand has kept prices higher than anticipated from the learning curve experience and has widened the windows of opportunities for thin film solar modules. Current production capacity estimates for thin films vary between 3 and 6 GW in 2010, representing a 20% market share for these technologies. Despite the higher growth rates for thin film technologies compared with the industry average, Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies are still facing a number of challenges to maintain this growth and increase market shares. The four main topics which were discussed during the workshop were: Potential for cost reduction; Standardization; Recycling; Performance over the lifetime.

  8. Ion beam-based characterization of multicomponent oxide thin films and thin film layered structures

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    Fabrication of thin film layered structures of multi-component materials such as high temperature superconductors, ferroelectric and electro-optic materials, and alloy semiconductors, and the development of hybrid materials requires understanding of film growth and interface properties. For High Temperature Superconductors, the superconducting coherence length is extremely short (5--15 Angstrom), and fabrication of reliable devices will require control of film properties at extremely sharp interfaces; it will be necessary to verify the integrity of thin layers and layered structure devices over thicknesses comparable to the atomic layer spacing. Analytical techniques which probe the first 1--2 atomic layers are therefore necessary for in-situ characterization of relevant thin film growth processes. However, most surface-analytical techniques are sensitive to a region within 10--40 Angstrom of the surface and are physically incompatible with thin film deposition and are typically restricted to ultra high vacuum conditions. A review of ion beam-based analytical methods for the characterization of thin film and multi-layered thin film structures incorporating layers of multicomponent oxides is presented. Particular attention will be paid to the use of time-of-flight techniques based on the use of 1- 15 key ion beams which show potential for use as nondestructive, real-time, in-situ surface diagnostics for the growth of multicomponent metal and metal oxide thin films

  9. Measuring thin films by transmission spectroscopy

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    Full text: The refractive index, extinction coefficient and thickness of thin dielectric films are important parameters for device manufacturers and experimenters. We have developed a method which allows these values to be determined from a single transmission spectrum of the film as deposited on a known substrate. The technique exploits the interference fringes seen in such a transmission spectrum to establish envelope functions of the turning points in the spectrum. From these envelope functions the refractive index and extinction coefficient of the film is determined at each turning point. Consequently we can determine the film's thickness with a single measurement step. Copyright (2005) Australian Institute of Physics

  10. Thermal conductivity of dielectric thin films

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    A direct reading thermal comparator has been used to measure the thermal conductivity of dielectric thin film coatings. In the past, the thermal comparator has been used extensively to measure the thermal conductivity of bulk solids, liquids, and gases. The technique has been extended to thin film materials by making experimental improvements and by the application of an analytical heat flow model. Our technique also allows an estimation of the thermal resistance of the film/substrate interface which is shown to depend on the method of film deposition. The thermal conductivity of most thin films was found to be several orders of magnitude lower than that of the material in bulk form. This difference is attributed to structural disorder of materials deposited in thin film form. The experimentation to date has centered primarily on optical coating materials. These coatings, used to enhance the optical properties of components such as lenses and mirrors, are damaged by thermal loads applied in high-power laser applications. It has been widely postulated that there may be a correlation between the thermal conductivity and the damage threshold of these materials. 31 refs., 11 figs., 8 tabs

  11. Organic thin films and surfaces directions for the nineties

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    Ulman, Abraham

    1995-01-01

    Physics of Thin Films has been one of the longest running continuing series in thin film science consisting of 20 volumes since 1963. The series contains some of the highest quality studies of the properties ofvarious thin films materials and systems.In order to be able to reflect the development of todays science and to cover all modern aspects of thin films, the series, beginning with Volume 20, will move beyond the basic physics of thin films. It will address the most important aspects of both inorganic and organic thin films, in both their theoretical as well as technological aspects. Ther

  12. Progress in Thin Film Solar Cells Based on Cu2ZnSnS4

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    Hongxia Wang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The research in thin film solar cells has been dominated by light absorber materials based on CdTe and Cu(In,GaSe2 (CIGS in the last several decades. The concerns of environment impact of cadmium and the limited availability of indium in those materials have driven the research towards developing new substitute light absorbers made from earth abundant, environment benign materials. Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS semiconductor material has emerged as one of the most promising candidates for this aim and has attracted considerable interest recently. Significant progress in this relatively new research area has been achieved in the last three years. Over 130 papers on CZTS have been published since 2007, and the majority of them are on the preparation of CZTS thin films by different methods. This paper, will review the wide range of techniques that have been used to deposit CZTS semiconductor thin films. The performance of the thin film solar cells using the CZTS material will also be discussed.

  13. Crystallization of zirconia based thin films.

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    Stender, D; Frison, R; Conder, K; Rupp, J L M; Scherrer, B; Martynczuk, J M; Gauckler, L J; Schneider, C W; Lippert, T; Wokaun, A

    2015-07-28

    The crystallization kinetics of amorphous 3 and 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (3YSZ and 8YSZ) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), spray pyrolysis and dc-magnetron sputtering are explored. The deposited films were heat treated up to 1000 °C ex situ and in situ in an X-ray diffractometer. A minimum temperature of 275 °C was determined at which as-deposited amorphous PLD grown 3YSZ films fully crystallize within five hours. Above 325 °C these films transform nearly instantaneously with a high degree of micro-strain when crystallized below 500 °C. In these films the t'' phase crystallizes which transforms at T > 600 °C to the t' phase upon relaxation of the micro-strain. Furthermore, the crystallization of 8YSZ thin films grown by PLD, spray pyrolysis and dc-sputtering are characterized by in situ XRD measurements. At a constant heating rate of 2.4 K min(-1) crystallization is accomplished after reaching 800 °C, while PLD grown thin films were completely crystallized already at ca. 300 °C. PMID:26119755

  14. Solid surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Lüth, Hans

    2015-01-01

    This book emphasises both experimental and theoretical aspects of surface, interface and thin-film physics. As in previous editions the preparation of surfaces and thin films, their atomic and morphological structure, their vibronic and electronic properties as well as fundamentals of adsorption are treated. Because of their importance in modern information technology and nanostructure research, particular emphasis is paid to electronic surface and interface states, semiconductor space charge layers and heterostructures. A special chapter of the book is devoted to collective phenomena at interfaces and in thin films such as superconductivity and magnetism. The latter topic includes the meanwhile important issues giant magnetoresistance and spin-transfer torque mechanism, both effects being of high interest in information technology. In this new edition, for the first time, the effect of spin-orbit coupling on surface states is treated. In this context the class of the recently detected topological insulators,...

  15. Method for synthesizing thin film electrodes

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    Boyle, Timothy J.

    2007-03-13

    A method for making a thin-film electrode, either an anode or a cathode, by preparing a precursor solution using an alkoxide reactant, depositing multiple thin film layers with each layer approximately 500 1000 .ANG. in thickness, and heating the layers to above 600.degree. C. to achieve a material with electrochemical properties suitable for use in a thin film battery. The preparation of the anode precursor solution uses Sn(OCH.sub.2C(CH.sub.3).sub.3).sub.2 dissolved in a solvent in the presence of HO.sub.2CCH.sub.3 and the cathode precursor solution is formed by dissolving a mixture of (Li(OCH.sub.2C(CH.sub.3).sub.3)).sub.8 and Co(O.sub.2CCH.sub.3).H.sub.2O in at least one polar solvent.

  16. Thin Film Photovoltaic/Thermal Solar Panels

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    2008-01-01

    A solar panel is described.in which thin films of semiconductor are deposited onto a metal substrate.The semiconductor-metal combination forms a thin film photovoltaic cell,and also acts as a reflector,absorber tandem, which acts as a solar selective surface,thus enhancing the solar thermal performance of the collector plate.The use of thin films reduces the distance heat is required to flow from the absorbing surface to the metal plate and heat exchange conduits.Computer modelling demonstrated that,by suitable choice of materials,photovohaic efficiency call be maintained,with thermal performance slishtly reduced,compared to that for thermal-only panels.By grading the absorber layer-to reduce the band gap in the lower region-the thermal performance can be improved,approaching that for a thermal-only solar panel.

  17. Multifractal characteristics of titanium nitride thin films

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    Ţălu Ştefan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The study presents a multi-scale microstructural characterization of three-dimensional (3-D micro-textured surface of titanium nitride (TiN thin films prepared by reactive DC magnetron sputtering in correlation with substrate temperature variation. Topographical characterization of the surfaces, obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM analysis, was realized by an innovative multifractal method which may be applied for AFM data. The surface micromorphology demonstrates that the multifractal geometry of TiN thin films can be characterized at nanometer scale by the generalized dimensions Dq and the singularity spectrum f(α. Furthermore, to improve the 3-D surface characterization according with ISO 25178-2:2012, the most relevant 3-D surface roughness parameters were calculated. To quantify the 3-D nanostructure surface of TiN thin films a multifractal approach was developed and validated, which can be used for the characterization of topographical changes due to the substrate temperature variation.

  18. Nanostructured thin films and coatings mechanical properties

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    The first volume in "The Handbook of Nanostructured Thin Films and Coatings" set, this book concentrates on the mechanical properties, such as hardness, toughness, and adhesion, of thin films and coatings. It discusses processing, properties, and performance and provides a detailed analysis of theories and size effects. The book presents the fundamentals of hard and superhard nanocomposites and heterostructures, assesses fracture toughness and interfacial adhesion strength of thin films and hard nanocomposite coatings, and covers the processing and mechanical properties of hybrid sol-gel-derived nanocomposite coatings. It also uses nanomechanics to optimize coatings for cutting tools and explores various other coatings, such as diamond, metal-containing amorphous carbon nanostructured, and transition metal nitride-based nanolayered multilayer coatings.

  19. Domains in Ferroic Crystals and Thin Films

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    Tagantsev, Alexander K; Fousek, Jan

    2010-01-01

    Domains in Ferroic Crystals and Thin Films presents experimental findings and theoretical understanding of ferroic (non-magnetic) domains developed during the past 60 years. It addresses the situation by looking specifically at bulk crystals and thin films, with a particular focus on recently-developed microelectronic applications and methods for observation of domains with techniques such as scanning force microscopy, polarized light microscopy, scanning optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and surface decorating techniques. Domains in Ferroic Crystals and Thin Films covers a large area of material properties and effects connected with static and dynamic properties of domains, which are extremely relevant to materials referred to as ferroics. In most solid state physics books, one large group of ferroics is customarily covered: those in which magnetic properties play a dominant role. Numerous books are specifically devoted to magnetic ferroics and cover a wide spectrum of magnetic domain phenomena. In co...

  20. Vibration welding system with thin film sensor

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    Cai, Wayne W; Abell, Jeffrey A; Li, Xiaochun; Choi, Hongseok; Zhao, Jingzhou

    2014-03-18

    A vibration welding system includes an anvil, a welding horn, a thin film sensor, and a process controller. The anvil and horn include working surfaces that contact a work piece during the welding process. The sensor measures a control value at the working surface. The measured control value is transmitted to the controller, which controls the system in part using the measured control value. The thin film sensor may include a plurality of thermopiles and thermocouples which collectively measure temperature and heat flux at the working surface. A method includes providing a welder device with a slot adjacent to a working surface of the welder device, inserting the thin film sensor into the slot, and using the sensor to measure a control value at the working surface. A process controller then controls the vibration welding system in part using the measured control value.

  1. Magnetically actuated peel test for thin films

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    Delamination along thin film interfaces is a prevalent failure mechanism in microelectronic, photonic, microelectromechanical systems, and other engineering applications. Current interfacial fracture test techniques specific to thin films are limited by either sophisticated mechanical fixturing, physical contact near the crack tip, or complicated stress fields. Moreover, these techniques are generally not suitable for investigating fatigue crack propagation under cyclical loading. Thus, a fixtureless and noncontact experimental test technique with potential for fatigue loading is proposed and implemented to study interfacial fracture toughness for thin film systems. The proposed test incorporates permanent magnets surface mounted onto micro-fabricated released thin film structures. An applied external magnetic field induces noncontact loading to initiate delamination along the interface between the thin film and underlying substrate. Characterization of the critical peel force and peel angle is accomplished through in situ deflection measurements, from which the fracture toughness can be inferred. The test method was used to obtain interfacial fracture strength of 0.8-1.9 J/m2 for 1.5-1.7 μm electroplated copper on natively oxidized silicon substrates. - Highlights: ► Non-contact magnetic actuation test for interfacial fracture characterization. ► Applied load is determined through voltage applied to the driving electromagnet. ► Displacement and delamination propagation is measured using an optical profiler. ► Critical peel force and peel angle is measured for electroplated Cu thin-film on Si. ► The measured interfacial fracture energy of Cu/Si interface is 0.8-1.9 J/m2.

  2. Tailoring electronic structure of polyazomethines thin films

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this work is to show how electronic properties of polyazomethine thin films deposited by chemical vapor deposition method (CVD can be tailored by manipulating technological parameters of pristine films preparation as well as modifying them while the as-prepared films put into iodine atmosphere.Design/methodology/approach: The recent achievements in the field of designing and preparation methods to be used while preparing polymer photovoltaic solar cells or optoelectronic devices.Findings: The method used allow for pure pristine polymer thin films to be prtepared without any unintentional doping taking place during prepoaration methods. This is a method based on polycondensation process, where polymer chain developing is running directly due to chemical reaction between molecules of bifunctional monomers. The method applied to prepare thin films of polyazomethines takes advantage of monomer transporting by mreans of neutral transport agent as pure argon is.Research limitations/implications: The main disadvantage of alternately conjugated polymers seems to be quite low mobility of charge carrier that is expected to be a consequence of their backbone being built up of sp2 hybridized carbon and nitrogen atoms. Varying technological conditions towards increasing reagents mass transport to the substrate is expected to give such polyazomethine thin films organization that phenylene rin stacking can result in special π electron systems rather than linear ones as it is the case.Originality/value: Our results supply with original possibilities which can be useful in ooking for good polymer materials for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications. These results have been gained on polyazomethine thin films but their being isoelectronic counterpart to widely used poly p-phenylene vinylene may be very convenient to develop high efficiency polymer solar cells

  3. Bilaterally Microstructured Thin Polydimethylsiloxane Film Production

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    Vudayagiri, Sindhu; Yu, Liyun; Hassouneh, Suzan Sager;

    2015-01-01

    Thin PDMS films with complex microstructures are used in the manufacturing of dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) actuators, sensors and generators, to protect the metal electrode from large strains and to assure controlled actuation. The current manufacturing process at Danfoss Polypower A...... with the existing manufacturing process. In employing the new technique, films with microstructures on both surfaces are successfully made with two different liquid silicone rubber (LSR) formulations: 1) pure XLR630 and 2) XLR630 with titanium dioxide (TiO2). The LSR films (∼70 μm) are cast on a....../S produces films with a one-sided microstructured surface only. It would be advantageous to produce a film with both surfaces microstructured, as this increases the film’s performance efficiency. The new technique introduced herein produces bilaterally microstructured film by combining an embossing method...

  4. Thin film oxygen partial pressure sensor

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    Wortman, J. J.; Harrison, J. W.; Honbarrier, H. L.; Yen, J.

    1972-01-01

    The development is described of a laboratory model oxygen partial pressure sensor using a sputtered zinc oxide thin film. The film is operated at about 400 C through the use of a miniature silicon bar. Because of the unique resistance versus temperature relation of the silicon bar, control of the operational temperature is achieved by controlling the resistance. A circuit for accomplishing this is described. The response of sputtered zinc oxide films of various thicknesses to oxygen, nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, and water vapor caused a change in the film resistance. Over a large range, film conductance varied approximately as the square root of the oxygen partial pressure. The presence of water vapor in the gas stream caused a shift in the film conductance at a given oxygen partial pressure. A theoretical model is presented to explain the characteristic features of the zinc oxide response to oxygen.

  5. Solid-state thin-film supercapacitor with ruthenium oxide and solid electrolyte thin films

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    Yoon, Y. S.; Cho, W. I.; Lim, J. H.; Choi, D. J.

    Direct current reactive sputtering deposition of ruthenium oxide thin films (bottom and top electrodes) at 400°C are performed to produce a solid-state thin-film supercapacitor (TFSC). The supercapacitor has a cell structure of RuO 2/Li 2.94PO 2.37N 0.75 (Lipon)/RuO 2/Pt. Radio frequency, reactive sputtering deposition of an Li 2.94PO 2.37N 0.75 electrolyte film is performed on the bottom RuO 2 film at room temperature to separate the bottom and top RuO 2 electrodes electrically. The stoichiometry of the RuO 2 thin film is investigated by Rutherford back-scattering spectrometry (RBS). X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the as-deposited RuO 2 thin film is an amorphous phase. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements reveal that the RuO 2/Lipon/RuO 2 hetero-interfaces have no inter-diffusion problems. Charge-discharge measurements with constant current at room temperature clearly reveal typical supercapacitor behaviour for a RuO 2/Lipon/RuO 2/Pt cell structure. Since the electrolyte thin film has low ionic mobility, the capacity and cycle performance are inferior to those of a bulk type of supercapacitor. These results indicate that a high performance, TFSC can be fabricated by a solid electrolyte thin film with high ionic conductivity.

  6. Functional planar thin film optical waveguide lasers

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    Fabrication and characterization of planar and channel waveguiding thin films with the goal to develop active and passive elements are intensively studied over the last 20 years. Large scale of materials and properties were tested (morphology, crystallinity, luminescence, waveguiding, etc.). The goal of our contribution is to give an overview of materials and fabrication processes which were used for development and construction of functional planar waveguide lasers (PWL). The compact survey of finalized PWL and their basic parameters is given. A special part is devoted to fabrication of waveguide lasers using laser technology. Applications of thin film waveguide lasers are mentioned

  7. Thin Films Made Fast and Modified Fast

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    Thin films are playing a more and more important role for technological applications and there are many aspects of materials surface processing and thin film production, ranging from simple heat treatments to ion implantation or laser surface treatments. These methods are often very complicated, involving many basic processes and they have to be optimized for the desired application. Nuclear methods, especially Moessbauer spectroscopy, can be successfully applied for this task and some examples will be presented for laser-beam and ion-beam based processes.

  8. Intrinsically conductive polymer thin film piezoresistors

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    Lillemose, Michael; Spieser, Martin; Christiansen, N.O.;

    2008-01-01

    We report on the piezoresistive effect in the intrinsically conductive polymer, polyaniline. A process recipe for indirect patterning of thin film polyaniline has been developed. Using a specially designed chip, the polyaniline thin films have been characterised with respect to resistivity and...... strain sensitivity using two- and four-point measurement method. We have found that polyaniline has a negative gauge factor of K = -4.9, which makes it a candidate for piezoresistive read-out in polymer based MEMS-devices. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  9. Local Structure and Electrical Performance of Pulsed Laser Deposited CdTe/CdS Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Nabizadeh, Arya; Lesinski, Darren; Cerqueira, Luis; Sahiner, Mehmet; Sahiner-Amscl Team

    2015-03-01

    The photovoltaic thin films of CdS/CdTe were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass. The local structural variations in the thin films around Cd atom upon variations in the thin film growth parameters were investigated by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) and x-ray diffraction. X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements were performed at the National Synchrotron Light Source of Brookhaven National Laboratory. The effect of the thicknesses of the CdS and CdTe layers, laser energy and the substrate temperature on the local crystal structure and coordination around the Cd atoms were investigated through quantitative multiple scattering analysis and modeling of the x-ray absorption spectroscopy data. The induced local structural modifications upon varying synthesis conditions are correlated with the electrical performance of these photovoltaic thin-films. The quantitative multiple scattering analyses and modeling of X-ray absorption spectroscopy data revealed the local environment around the Cd atoms are highly sensitive to thin film deposition parameters and the variations of the Cd local structure influences interface quality consequently, affect the electrical performance of these photovoltaic thin films. This work is supported by NSF Award #:DMI-0420952 and Research Corporation Award #:CC6405 and New Jersey Space Grant Consortium.

  10. Electrical analysis of niobium oxide thin films

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    In this work, a series of niobium oxide thin films was deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. The total pressure of Ar/O2 was kept constant at 1 Pa, while the O2 partial pressure was varied up to 0.2 Pa. The depositions were performed in a grounded and non-intentionally heated substrate, resulting in as-deposited amorphous thin films. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the absence of crystallinity. Dielectric measurements as a function of frequency (40 Hz–110 MHz) and temperature (100 K–360 K) were performed. The dielectric constant for the film samples with thickness (d) lower than 650 nm decreases with the decrease of d. The same behaviour was observed for the conductivity. These results show a dependence of the dielectric permittivity with the thin film thickness. The electrical behaviour was also related with the oxygen partial pressure, whose increment promotes an increase of the Nb2O5 stoichiometry units. - Highlights: • Niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. • XRD showed a phase change with the increase of the P(O2). • Raman showed that increasing P(O2), Nb2O5 amorphous increases. • Conductivity tends to decrease with the increase of P(O2). • Dielectric analysis indicates the inexistence of preferential grow direction

  11. Perovskite Thin Films via Atomic Layer Deposition

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    2014-10-30

    © 2014 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. (Graph Presented) A new method to deposit perovskite thin films that benefit from the thickness control and conformality of atomic layer deposition (ALD) is detailed. A seed layer of ALD PbS is place-exchanged with PbI2 and subsequently CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite. These films show promising optical properties, with gain coefficients of 3200 ± 830 cm-1.

  12. Dynamics of liquid films and thin jets

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    Zak, M.

    1979-01-01

    The theory of liquid films and thin jets as one- and two-dimensional continuums is examined. The equations of motion have led to solutions for the characteristic speeds of wave propagation for the parameters characterizing the shape. The formal analogy with a compressible fluid indicates the possibility of shock wave generation in films and jets and the formal analogy to the theory of threads and membranes leads to the discovery of some new dynamic effects. The theory is illustrated by examples.

  13. Viscous fingering in volatile thin films

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    Agam, Oded

    2008-01-01

    A thin water film on a cleaved mica substrate undergoes a first order phase transition between two values of film thickness. By inducing a finite evaporation rate of the water, the interface between the two phases develops a fingering instability similar to that observed in the Saffman-Taylor problem. We draw the connection between the two problems, and construct solutions describing the dynamics of evaporation in this system.

  14. Thin film dynamics with surfactant phase transition

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    Köpf, M. H.; Gurevich, S. V.; Friedrich, R.

    2009-01-01

    A thin liquid film covered with an insoluble surfactant in the vicinity of a first-order phase transition is discussed. Within the lubrication approximation we derive two coupled equations to describe the height profile of the film and the surfactant density. Thermodynamics of the surfactant is incorporated via a Cahn-Hilliard type free-energy functional which can be chosen to describe a transition between two stable phases of different surfactant density. Within this model, a linear stabilit...

  15. CdTe deposition by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique onto ZnO nanowires

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    In this study is reported CdTe deposition by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature onto ZnO nanowires (NWs). The as-deposited CdTe layer exhibits poor crystalline quality and not well defined optical transition which is probably result of its amorphous nature. The implementation of an annealing step and chemical treatment by CdCl2 to the classical SILAR technique improved significantly the CdTe film quality. The XRD analysis showed that the as treated layers are crystallized in the cubic zinc blende structure. The full coverage of ZnO nanowires and thickness of the CdTe shell, composed of small crystallites, was confirmed by STEM and TEM analysis. The layer thickness could be controlled by the number of SILAR cycles. The sharper optical transitions for the annealed and CdCl2 treated heterostructures additionally proves the enhancement of the layer crystalline quality. For comparison CdTe was also deposited by close space sublimation (CSS) method onto ZnO nanowires. It is shown that the SILAR deposited CdTe exhibits equal crystalline and optical properties to that prepared by CSS. These results demonstrate that SILAR technique is more suitable for conformal thin film deposition on nanostructures. CdTe extremely thin film deposited by SILAR method onto ZnO nanowire. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Optimized conditions for the improvement of thin film CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Efficient thin film CdS/CdTe solar cell performance requires optimum parameters of each layer of this cell and of the barrier structure. Moreover, the effect of optical losses, recombination losses at front and back surface of CdTe and recombination losses in the space-charge region (SCR) must be considered in order to really analyze the role of these parameters on the performance of these cells. This work is focused on studying theoretically the effect of the thickness of the front contact (ITO), thickness of the window layer (CdS), thickness of the absorber layer (CdTe), width of the space-charge region and electron lifetime on the efficiency of CdS/CdTe solar cells. The reflection losses from interfaces and absorption losses in ITO and CdS, front and rear surface recombination losses of CdTe as well as recombination losses in SCR have been studied. It has been observed that the short-circuit current strongly depends on the thickness of ITO, thickness of CdS, thickness CdTe and electron lifetime. The concentration of uncompensated impurities (Na − Nd) in CdTe, which determines the width of SCR, plays a key role in the generation of photocurrent. The recombination losses in the SCR decrease rapidly with increasing the carrier lifetime in this region and can be ignored at lifetime of 10−7 s. The reflectivity from the back contact introduces a small influence in increasing the short-current density particularly at thick absorber layer (5–8 μm). Under the conditions of Na − Nd ~ 1016 cm−3, τn = 10−6 s, dCdTe = 8 μm, dITO = 100 nm, and dCdS = 100 nm, the recombination and optical losses record their minimum ratio of 27%. Most of these losses (24%) are due to the optical losses. The efficiency of CdS/CdTe under these parameters is about 18.2% which is exactly matching with the recent experimental studies. Moreover, an ultrathin CdTe (= 1 μm) is sufficient to introduce high efficiency of 16.4%. - Highlights: • This work represents a theoretical study

  17. Mechanical integrity of thin films

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    Mechanical considerations starting with the initial film deposition including questions of adhesion and grading the interface are reviewed. Growth stresses, limiting thickness, stress relief, control aging, and creep are described

  18. Thin film PV standing tall side-by-side with multi-crystalline silicon: also in terms of reliability

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    Dhere, Neelkanth G.; Ward, Allan; Wieting, Robert; Guha, Subhendu; Dhere, Ramesh G.

    2015-09-01

    Triple junction hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) have shown exceptionally good reliability and durability. Cadmium telluride, CdTe PV modules have shown the lowest production cost without subsidies. Copper-indium gallium selenide sulfide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) cells and modules have been showing efficiencies equal or greater than those of multi-crystalline, (mx-Si), PV modules. Early generation CIGS and CdTe PV modules had a different qualification standard 61646 as compared to 61215 for crystalline silicon, (c-Si), PV modules. This, together with small vulnerability in harsh climates, was used to create doubts about their reliability. Recently CdTe and CIGS glass-to-glass modules have passed the rigorous accelerated tests, especially as long as the edge seals are not compromised. Moreover, the cumulative shipment of these modules is more than 12 GW demonstrating the customer confidence in these products. Hence it can be stated that also in terms of the reliability and durability all the thin film PV modules stand tall and compare favorably with mx-Si.

  19. All-sputtered 14% CdS/CdTe thin-film solar cell with ZnO:Al transparent conducting oxide

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    Radio-frequency (rf)-sputtered Al-doped ZnO was used as the transparent front contact in the fabrication of high efficiency superstrate configuration CdS/CdTe thin-film solar cells. These cells had CdS and CdTe layers also deposited by rf sputtering at 250 deg. C with the highest processing temperature of 387 deg. C reached during a post-deposition treatment. The devices were tested at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and yielded an efficiency of 14.0%, which is excellent for a CdTe cell using ZnO and also for any sputtered CdTe solar cell. The low-temperature deposition process using sputtering for all semiconductor layers facilitates the use of ZnO and conveys significant advantages for the fabrication of more complex multiple layers needed for the fabrication of tandem polycrystalline solar cells and for cells on polymer materials

  20. YBCO thin films in ac and dc films

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    Shahzada, S

    2001-01-01

    We report studies on the dc magnetization of YBCO thin films in simultaneously applied dc and ac fields. The effect of the ac fields is to decrease the irreversible magnetization drastically leading to complete collapse of the hysteresis loops for relatively small ac fields (250e). The magnitude of the decrease depends on the component of the ac field parallel to the c-axis. The decrease is non-linear with ac amplitude and is explained in the framework of the critical state response of ultra thin films in perpendicular geometry. The ac fields increase the relaxation rapidly at short times while the long time response appears unaffected. (author)

  1. Biaxial Fatigue Testing of Thin Films

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    A new experimental setup, which allows for testing in an equi-biaxial loading condition, has been developed and applied to investigate the fatigue behaviour of thin films. A load controlled cycling, performed at room temperature on flat specimens, reproduces the strain amplitude and mean strain in the film corresponding to a thermal cycling in a given temperature range. The setup is based on the ring-on-ring test, which has been successfully used in biaxial fracture testing of glass and ceramics, and includes an optical in-situ failure detection system. The method is validated for specimens consisting in a gold film deposited on a polymer substrate

  2. Study of iron mononitride thin films

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    Tayal, Akhil, E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in; Gupta, Mukul, E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in; Phase, D. M., E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in; Reddy, V. R., E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in; Gupta, Ajay, E-mail: mgupta@csr.res.in [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore,-452001 (India)

    2014-04-24

    In this work we have studied the crystal structural and local ordering of iron and nitrogen in iron mononitride thin films prepared using dc magnetron sputtering at sputtering power of 100W and 500W. The films were sputtered using pure nitrogen to enhance the reactivity of nitrogen with iron. The x-ray diffraction (XRD), conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (SXAS) studies shows that the film crystallizes in ZnS-type crystal structure.

  3. Energetic Deposition of Niobium Thin Film in Vacuum

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    Wu, Genfa

    2002-01-01

    Niobium thin films are expected to be free of solid inclusions commonly seen in solid niobium. For particle accelerators, niobium thin film has the potential to replace the solid niobium in the making of the accelerating structures. In order to understand and improve the superconducting performance of niobium thin films at cryogenic temperature, an energetic vacuum deposition system has been developed to study deposition energy effects on the properties of niobium thin films on various substr...

  4. Accessing the quantum palette: quantum-dot spectral conversion towards the BIPV application of thin-film micro-modules

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    Hodgson, S. D.; Kartopu, G.; Rugen-Hankey, S. L.; Clayton, A. J.; Barrioz, V.; Irvine, S. J. C.

    2015-10-01

    To demonstrate the potential for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) incorporation of thin-film photovoltaics, commercially available quantum dots (QDs) have been deposited, as part of a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) composite film, on a cadmium telluride (CdTe) micro-module. This resulted in an increase in photocurrent generation through the luminescent down-shifting (LDS) process. The optical properties of these films were characterized through UV-vis spectroscopy. The impact of the film on the micro-module was studied through current-voltage (I-V) and external quantum efficiency measurements. Further layers were added to the initial single-layer LDS film, however no additional improvement to the micro-module were observed. Additionally, a range of emission wavelengths have been explored. The majority of these films, when tested on a CdTe device, were shown to improve the photocurrent generation whilst also visually displaying the vivid colour palette provided by quantum confined materials. The future feasibility of using QD based LDS films for large scale BIPV-based power generation has also been discussed.

  5. Accessing the quantum palette: quantum-dot spectral conversion towards the BIPV application of thin-film micro-modules

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    To demonstrate the potential for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) incorporation of thin-film photovoltaics, commercially available quantum dots (QDs) have been deposited, as part of a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) composite film, on a cadmium telluride (CdTe) micro-module. This resulted in an increase in photocurrent generation through the luminescent down-shifting (LDS) process. The optical properties of these films were characterized through UV–vis spectroscopy. The impact of the film on the micro-module was studied through current–voltage (I–V) and external quantum efficiency measurements. Further layers were added to the initial single-layer LDS film, however no additional improvement to the micro-module were observed. Additionally, a range of emission wavelengths have been explored. The majority of these films, when tested on a CdTe device, were shown to improve the photocurrent generation whilst also visually displaying the vivid colour palette provided by quantum confined materials. The future feasibility of using QD based LDS films for large scale BIPV-based power generation has also been discussed. (paper)

  6. Correlated dewetting patterns in thin polystyrene films

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    We describe preliminary results of experiments and simulations concerned with the dewetting of thin polystyrene films (thickness < 7 nm) on top of silicon oxide wafers. In the experiments we scratched an initially flat film with an atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip, producing dry channels in the film. Dewetting of the films was imaged in situ using AFM and a correlated pattern of holes ('satellite holes') was observed along the rims bordering the channels. The development of this complex film rupture process was simulated and the results of experiments and simulations are in good agreement. On the basis of these results, we attempt to explain the appearance of satellite holes and their positions relative to pre-existing holes

  7. Humidity sensing characteristics of hydrotungstite thin films

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    G V Kunte; S A Shivashankar; A M Umarji

    2008-11-01

    Thin films of the hydrated phase of tungsten oxide, hydrotungstite (H2WO4.H2O), have been grown on glass substrates using a dip-coating technique. The -axis oriented films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The electrical conductivity of the films is observed to vary with humidity and selectively show high sensitivity to moisture at room temperature. In order to understand the mechanism of sensing, the films were examined by X-ray diffraction at elevated temperatures and in controlled atmospheres. Based on these observations and on conductivity measurements, a novel sensing mechanism based on protonic conduction within the surface layers adsorbed onto the hydrotungstite film is proposed.

  8. Correlated dewetting patterns in thin polystyrene films

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    Neto, C; Seemann, R; Blossey, R; Becker, J; Grün, G

    2003-01-01

    We describe preliminary results of experiments and simulations concerned with the dewetting of thin polystyrene films (thickness < 7 nm) on top of silicon oxide wafers. In the experiments we scratched an initially flat film with an atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip, producing dry channels in the film. Dewetting of the films was imaged in situ using AFM and a correlated pattern of holes ('satellite holes') was observed along the rims bordering the channels. The development of this complex film rupture process was simulated and the results of experiments and simulations are in good agreement. On the basis of these results, we attempt to explain the appearance of satellite holes and their positions relative to pre-existing holes.

  9. Resistance contact thin-film resistor

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    Spirin V. G.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The analytical model of the calculation of the contact resistance of the thin-film resistor is Offered. The Explored dependency of the contact resistance from wedge of the pickling. The Considered influence adhesive layer on warm-up stability of the resistor. They Are Received formulas of the calculation systematic and casual inaccuracy contributed by contact resistance.

  10. New techniques for producing thin boron films

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    A review will be presented of methods for producing thin boron films using an electron gun. Previous papers have had the problem of spattering of the boron source during the evaporation. Methods for reducing this problem will also be presented. 12 refs., 4 figs

  11. Electrical characterization of thin film ferroelectric capacitors

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    Tiggelman, M.P.J.; Reimann, K.; Klee, M.; Beelen, D.; Keur, W.; Schmitz, J.; Hueting, R.J.E.

    2006-01-01

    Tunable capacitors can be used to facilitate the reduction of components in wireless technologies. The tunability of the capacitors is caused by the sensitivity of the relative dielectric constant to a change in polarization with electric field. Thin film ferroelectric MIM capacitors on silicon offe

  12. Ferromagnetic resonance in very thin films

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    Cochran, J. F.; Kamberský, Vladimír

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 302, - (2006), s. 348-361. ISSN 0304-8853 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : ferromagnetic resonance * magnetic thin films Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.212, year: 2006

  13. Flexoelectricity in barium strontium titanate thin film

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    Kwon, Seol Ryung; Huang, Wenbin; Yuan, Fuh-Gwo; Jiang, Xiaoning, E-mail: xjiang5@ncsu.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); Shu, Longlong [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States); Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, International Center for Dielectric Research, Xi' an Jiao Tong University, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); Maria, Jon-Paul [Department of Material Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States)

    2014-10-06

    Flexoelectricity, the linear coupling between the strain gradient and the induced electric polarization, has been intensively studied as an alternative to piezoelectricity. Especially, it is of interest to develop flexoelectric devices on micro/nano scales due to the inherent scaling effect of flexoelectric effect. Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} thin film with a thickness of 130 nm was fabricated on a silicon wafer using a RF magnetron sputtering process. The flexoelectric coefficients of the prepared thin films were determined experimentally. It was revealed that the thin films possessed a transverse flexoelectric coefficient of 24.5 μC/m at Curie temperature (∼28 °C) and 17.44 μC/m at 41 °C. The measured flexoelectric coefficients are comparable to that of bulk BST ceramics, which are reported to be 10–100 μC/m. This result suggests that the flexoelectric thin film structures can be effectively used for micro/nano-sensing devices.

  14. A ferroelectric transparent thin-film transistor

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    Prins, MWJ; GrosseHolz, KO; Muller, G; Cillessen, JFM; Giesbers, JB; Weening, RP; Wolf, RM

    1996-01-01

    Operation is demonstrated of a field-effect transistor made of transparant oxidic thin films, showing an intrinsic memory function due to the usage of a ferroelectric insulator. The device consists of a high mobility Sb-doped n-type SnO2 semiconductor layer, PbZr0.2Ti0.8Os3 as a ferroelectric insula

  15. Microwave-enhanced thin-film deposition

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    Chitre, S.

    1984-01-01

    The deposition of semiconducting and insulating thin films at low temperatures using microwave technology was explored. The method of plasma formations, selection of a power source, the design of the microwave plasma cavity, the microwave circuitry, impedance matching, plasma diagnostics, the deposition chamber and the vacuum system were studied.

  16. Rechargeable Thin-film Lithium Batteries

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    Bates, J. B.; Gruzalski, G. R.; Dudney, N. J.; Luck, C. F.; Yu, Xiaohua

    1993-08-01

    Rechargeable thin film batteries consisting of lithium metal anodes, an amorphous inorganic electrolyte, and cathodes of lithium intercalation compounds have recently been developed. The batteries, which are typically less than 6 {mu}m thick, can be fabricated to any specified size, large or small, onto a variety of substrates including ceramics, semiconductors, and plastics. The cells that have been investigated include Li TiS{sub 2}, Li V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and Li Li{sub x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, with open circuit voltages at full charge of about 2.5, 3.6, and 4.2, respectively. The development of these batteries would not have been possible without the discovery of a new thin film lithium electrolyte, lithium phosphorus oxynitride, that is stable in contact with metallic lithium at these potentials. Deposited by rf magnetron sputtering of Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4} in N{sub 2}, this material has a typical composition of Li{sub 2.9}PO{sub 3.3}N{sub 0.46} and a conductivity at 25{degrees}C of 2 {mu}S/cm. The maximum practical current density obtained from the thin film cells is limited to about 100 {mu}A/cm{sup 2} due to a low diffusivity of Li{sup +} ions in the cathodes. In this work, the authors present a short review of their work on rechargeable thin film lithium batteries.

  17. Thermoviscoelastic models for polyethylene thin films

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    Li, Jun; Kwok, Kawai; Pellegrino, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a constitutive thermoviscoelastic model for thin films of linear low-density polyethylene subject to strains up to yielding. The model is based on the free volume theory of nonlinear thermoviscoelasticity, extended to orthotropic membranes. An ingredient of the present approach...

  18. Surface spin slips in thin holmium films

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    F. H. S. Sales

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available We report a theoretical investigation of new spin slips phases of thin holmium (Ho films. The new phases originate from the loss of coordination of atoms in the near surface region, which affects the balance between exchange and anisotropy energies, favoring the alignment of near surface spins along the basal plane easy axis directions.

  19. Monte Carlo simulation of magnetic nanostructured thin films

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    Guan Zhi-Qiang; Yutaka Abe; Jiang Dong-Hua; Lin Hai; Yoshitake Yamazakia; Wu Chen-Xu

    2004-01-01

    @@ Using Monte Carlo simulation, we have compared the magnetic properties between nanostructured thin films and two-dimensional crystalline solids. The dependence of nanostructured properties on the interaction between particles that constitute the nanostructured thin films is also studied. The result shows that the parameters in the interaction potential have an important effect on the properties of nanostructured thin films at the transition temperatures.

  20. Interdiffusion of CdS and Zn2SnO4 layers and its application in CdS/CdTe polycrystalline thin-film solar cells

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    In this work, we found that the interdiffusion of the CdS and Zn2SnO4 (ZTO) layers can occur either at high temperature (550--650oC) in Ar or at lower temperature (400--420oC) in a CdCl2 atmosphere. By integrating a Zn2SnO4 film into a CdS/CdTe solar cell as a buffer layer, this interdiffusion feature can solve several critical issues and improve device performance and reproducibility of both SnO2-based and Cd2SnO4-based CdTe cells. Interdiffusion consumes the CdS film from both the ZTO and CdTe sides during the device fabrication process and improves quantum efficiency at short wavelengths. The ZTO film acts as a Zn source to alloy with the CdS film, which results in increases in the band gap of the window layer and in short-circuit current density Jsc. Interdiffusion can also significantly improve device adhesion after CdCl2 treatment, thus providing much greater process latitude when optimizing the CdCl2 process step. The optimum CdCl2-treated CdTe device has high quantum efficiency at long wavelength, because of its good junction properties and well-passivated CdTe film. We have fabricated a Cd2SnO4/Zn2SnO4/CdS/CdTe cell demonstrating an NREL-confirmed total-area efficiency of 15.8% (Voc=844.3mV, Jsc=25.00mA/cm2, and fill factor=74.82%). This high-performance cell is one of the best thin-film CdTe solar cells in the world

  1. Interdiffusion of CdS and Zn2SnO4 layers and its application in CdS/CdTe polycrystalline thin-film solar cells

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    Wu, X.; Asher, S.; Levi, D. H.; King, D. E.; Yan, Y.; Gessert, T. A.; Sheldon, P.

    2001-04-01

    In this work, we found that the interdiffusion of the CdS and Zn2SnO4 (ZTO) layers can occur either at high temperature (550-650 °C) in Ar or at lower temperature (400-420 °C) in a CdCl2 atmosphere. By integrating a Zn2SnO4 film into a CdS/CdTe solar cell as a buffer layer, this interdiffusion feature can solve several critical issues and improve device performance and reproducibility of both SnO2-based and Cd2SnO4-based CdTe cells. Interdiffusion consumes the CdS film from both the ZTO and CdTe sides during the device fabrication process and improves quantum efficiency at short wavelengths. The ZTO film acts as a Zn source to alloy with the CdS film, which results in increases in the band gap of the window layer and in short-circuit current density Jsc. Interdiffusion can also significantly improve device adhesion after CdCl2 treatment, thus providing much greater process latitude when optimizing the CdCl2 process step. The optimum CdCl2-treated CdTe device has high quantum efficiency at long wavelength, because of its good junction properties and well-passivated CdTe film. We have fabricated a Cd2SnO4/Zn2SnO4/CdS/CdTe cell demonstrating an NREL-confirmed total-area efficiency of 15.8% (Voc=844.3 mV, Jsc=25.00 mA/cm2, and fill factor=74.82%). This high-performance cell is one of the best thin-film CdTe solar cells in the world.

  2. High rate deposition of thin film cadmium sulphide by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Cadmium Sulphide (CdS) is an important n-type semiconductor widely used as a window layer in thin film photovoltaics Copper Indium Selenide, Copper Indium Gallium (di)Selenide, Copper Zinc Tin Sulphide and Cadmium Telluride (CdTe). Cadmium Sulphide has been deposited using a number of techniques but these techniques can be slow (chemical bath deposition and Radio Frequency sputtering) or the uniformity and the control of thickness can be relatively difficult (close space sublimation). In this paper we report on the development of a process using pulsed Direct Current magnetron sputtering which allows nanometre control of thin film thickness using time only. The CdS thin films deposited in this process are highly uniform and smooth. They exhibit the preferred hexagonal structure at room temperature deposition and they have excellent optical properties. Importantly, the process is highly stable despite the use of a semi-insulating magnetron target. Moreover, the process is very fast. The deposition rate using 1.5 kW of power to a 6-inch circular magnetron was measured to be greater than 8 nm/s. This makes the process suitable for industrial deployment. - Highlights: • Pulsed DC magnetron sputtering of CdS • High deposition rate deposition • Uniform, pinhole free films

  3. Deposition and doping of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells

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    1% oxygen is incorporated into both CdS and CdTe layers through RF sputtering of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells. The optical and electrical parameters of the oxygenated and O2-free devices are compared after CdCl2 treatment and annealing in ambient Ar and/or air. The effects of ambient annealing on the electrical and optical properties of the films are investigated using current—voltage characterization, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and optical transmission spectroscopy. The 1% oxygen content can slightly increase the grain size while the crystallinity does not change. Annealing in ambient Ar can increase the transmission rate of the oxygenated devices. (paper)

  4. Thin Films Characterization by Ultra Trace Metrology

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    Sensitive and accurate characterization of thin films used in nanoelectronics, thinner than a few nm, represents a challenge for many conventional methods, especially when considering in-line control. With capabilities in the E10 at/cm2 (2O3 tunnel oxide deposited on a magnetic stack. On the other hand, composition analysis by TXRF, and especially the detection of minor elements into thin films, requires the use of a specific incident angle to optimize sensitivity. Under the best conditions, determination of the composition of Co -based self aligned barriers (CoWP and CoWMoPB films with Co concentration >80%) is done with a precision of 6% on P, 8% on Mo and 13% on W (standard deviation)

  5. Hematite thin films: growth and characterization

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    Uribe, J. D.; Osorio, J.; Barrero, C. A.; Giratá, D.; Morales, A. L.; Devia, A.; Gómez, M. E.; Ramirez, J. G.; Gancedo, J. R.

    We have grown hematite (α - Fe 2 O 3) thin films on stainless steel and (001)-silicon single-crystal substrates by RF magnetron sputtering process in argon atmosphere at substrate temperatures from 400 to 800°C. Conversion Electron Mössbauer (CEM) spectra of the sample grown on stainless steel at 400°C exhibit values for hyperfine parameter characteristic of bulk hematite phase in the weak ferromagnetic state. Also, the relative line intensity ratio suggests that the magnetization vector of the polycrystalline film is aligned preferentially parallel to the surface. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of the polycrystalline thin film grown on steel substrates also corresponds to α - Fe 2O3. The samples were also analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), those grown on stainless steel reveal a morphology consisting of columnar grains with random orientation, given the inhomogeneity of the substrate surface.

  6. Effect of In Situ Thermal Annealing on Structural, Optical, and Electrical Properties of CdS/CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Alaa Ayad Al-mebir; Paul Harrison; Ali Kadhim; Guanggen Zeng; Judy Wu

    2016-01-01

    An in situ thermal annealing process (iTAP) has been introduced before the common ex situ cadmium chloride (CdCl2) annealing to improve crystal quality and morphology of the CdTe thin films after pulsed laser deposition of CdS/CdTe heterostructures. A strong correlation between the two annealing processes was observed, leading to a profound effect on the performance of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells. Atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy show that the iTAP in the optimal processing w...

  7. Chemical and microstructural study in radio frequency sputtered CdTe oxide films prepared at different N{sub 2}O pressures. Oxygen incorporation and film resputtering

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    Caballero-Briones, F. [CICATA-IPN Unidad Altamira, Km 14.5 Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial Altamira, 89600, Altamira, Tamps (Mexico)], E-mail: fcaballerobriones@ub.edu; Oliva, A.I.; Bartolo-Perez, P. [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Unidad Merida, A.P. 73 Cordemex, 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Zapata-Navarro, A. [CICATA-IPN Unidad Legaria, Legaria 694 Col. Irrigacion 11500, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Pena, J.L. [Applied Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN Unidad Merida, A.P. 73 Cordemex, 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)

    2008-10-01

    CdTe oxide films were grown by radio frequency sputtering in Ar-N{sub 2}O plasma at different N{sub 2}O partial pressures. The film oxygen content determined by Auger electron spectroscopy ranged from 15 to 60 at.%. The free O{sub 2} production during film deposition was monitored by in situ mass spectroscopy and it was found that it increases linearly over a critical N{sub 2}O pressure {approx} 4.7 x 10{sup -3} Pa alike the oxygen in the films. Film microstructure was studied by Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Evidence of bands related to terminal Te-O vibrations was found in films prepared below the N{sub 2}O critical pressure, becoming predominant in films with higher oxygen content. The morphology and roughness evolution of the films confirm that they consist of a mixture of phases. Surface structures of the Ia-type and of the Ib-type were observed below and above the critical N{sub 2}O pressure. Eventually, ion bombardment process caused film resputtering.

  8. Chemical and microstructural study in radio frequency sputtered CdTe oxide films prepared at different N2O pressures. Oxygen incorporation and film resputtering

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    CdTe oxide films were grown by radio frequency sputtering in Ar-N2O plasma at different N2O partial pressures. The film oxygen content determined by Auger electron spectroscopy ranged from 15 to 60 at.%. The free O2 production during film deposition was monitored by in situ mass spectroscopy and it was found that it increases linearly over a critical N2O pressure ∼ 4.7 x 10-3 Pa alike the oxygen in the films. Film microstructure was studied by Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Evidence of bands related to terminal Te-O vibrations was found in films prepared below the N2O critical pressure, becoming predominant in films with higher oxygen content. The morphology and roughness evolution of the films confirm that they consist of a mixture of phases. Surface structures of the Ia-type and of the Ib-type were observed below and above the critical N2O pressure. Eventually, ion bombardment process caused film resputtering

  9. Low cost sprayed CdTe solar cell research. First quarterly progress report, 15 August-14 November 1979

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    Sienkiewicz, P.; Lis, S.; Serreze, H.B.; Entine, G.

    1979-12-01

    During the first quarter of this contract, facilities for the spray pyrolysis deposition of CdTe thin films using a process anolagous to that used to spray deposit device-quality films of CdS were prepared. A Te salt, ..beta..-(CH/sub 3/)/sub 2/TeI/sub 2/, suitable for use in the spray process was synthesized. The facilities were shown to function properly by the successful spraying of good quality CdS thin films. A number of initial spray experiments were conducted utilizing the ..beta..-(CH/sub 3/)/sub 2/TeI/sub 2/ and other inorganic tellurium-bearing compounds which also show great promise in producing low-cost sprayed CdTe solar cells. Initial chemical tests of these films indicated the presence of both Cd and Te, and x-ray diffraction analysis is presently underway to determine the actual concentration of CdTe.

  10. Molecular solution processing of metal chalcogenide thin film solar cells

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    Yang, Wenbing

    The barrier to utilize solar generated electricity mainly comes from their higher cost relative to fossil fuels. However, innovations with new materials and processing techniques can potentially make cost effective photovoltaics. One such strategy is to develop solution processed photovoltaics which avoid the expensive vacuum processing required by traditional solar cells. The dissertation is mainly focused on two absorber material system for thin film solar cells: chalcopyrite CuIn(S,Se)2 (CISS) and kesterite Cu2ZnSn(S,Se) 4 organized in chronological order. Chalcopyrite CISS is a very promising material. It has been demonstrated to achieve the highest efficiency among thin film solar cells. Scaled-up industry production at present has reached the giga-watt per year level. The process however mainly relies on vacuum systems which account for a significant percentage of the manufacturing cost. In the first section of this dissertation, hydrazine based solution processed CISS has been explored. The focus of the research involves the procedures to fabricate devices from solution. The topics covered in Chapter 2 include: precursor solution synthesis with a focus on understanding the solution chemistry, CISS absorber formation from precursor, properties modification toward favorable device performance, and device structure innovation toward tandem device. For photovoltaics to have a significant impact toward meeting energy demands, the annual production capability needs to be on TW-level. On such a level, raw materials supply of rare elements (indium for CIS or tellurium for CdTe) will be the bottleneck limiting the scalability. Replacing indium with zinc and tin, earth abundant kesterite CZTS exhibits great potential to reach the goal of TW-level with no limitations on raw material availability. Chapter 3 shows pioneering work towards solution processing of CZTS film at low temperature. The solution processed devices show performances which rival vacuum

  11. Thin film bismuth iron oxides useful for piezoelectric devices

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    Zeches, Robert J.; Martin, Lane W.; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2016-05-31

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising a thin film of BiFeO.sub.3 having a thickness ranging from 20 nm to 300 nm, a first electrode in contact with the BiFeO.sub.3 thin film, and a second electrode in contact with the BiFeO.sub.3 thin film; wherein the first and second electrodes are in electrical communication. The composition is free or essentially free of lead (Pb). The BFO thin film is has the piezoelectric property of changing its volume and/or shape when an electric field is applied to the BFO thin film.

  12. Energetic deposition of thin metal films

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    Al-Busaidy, M S K

    2001-01-01

    deposited films. The primary aim of this thesis was to study the physical effect of energetic deposition metal thin films. The secondary aim is to enhance the quality of the films produced to a desired quality. Grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity (GIXR) measurements from a high-energy synchrotron radiation source were carried out to study and characterise the samples. Optical Profilers Interferometery, Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Medium energy ion spectroscopy (MEIS), and the Electron microscope studies were the other main structural characterisation tools used. AI/Fe trilayers, as well as multilayers were deposited using a Nordico planar D.C. magnetron deposition system at different voltage biases and pressures. The films were calibrated and investigated. The relation between energetic deposition variation and structural properties was intensely researched. Energetic deposition refers to the method in which the deposited species possess higher kinetic energy and impact ...

  13. Basic thin film processing for high-Tc superconductors

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    Much attention has been paid for the thin films of perovskite-type oxides especially for the thin films of the high-Tc superconducting ceramics. Historically the thin films of the perovskite-type oxides have been studied as a basic research for ferroelectric materials. Thin films of BaTiO3 and PbTiO3 were tried to deposited and there ferroelectricity was evaluated. Recently this kind of perovskite thin films, including PZT (PbTiO3-PbZrO3) and PLZT [(Pb, La) (Zr, T)O3] have been studied in relation to the synthesis of thin film dielectrics, pyroelectrics, piezoelectrics, electro-optic materials, and acousto-optic materials. Thin films of BPB (BaPbO3- BaBiO3) were studied as oxide superconductors. At present the thin films of the rare-earth high-Tc superconductors of LSC (La1-xSrxCuO4) and YBC (YBa2Cu3O7-δ) have been successfully synthesized owing to the previous studies on the ferroelectric thin films of the perovskite- type oxides. Similar to the rare-earth high-Tc superconductors thin films of the rare-earth-free high-Tc superconductors of BSCC (Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O)9 and TBCC (Tl- Ba-Ca-Cu-O)10 system have been synthesized. In this section the basic processes for the fabrication of the high- Tc perovskite superconducting thin films are described

  14. Thin Films for Coating Nanomaterials

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    S.M.Mukhopadhyay; P.Joshi; R.V.Pulikollu

    2005-01-01

    For nano-structured solids (those with one or more dimensions in the 1-100 nm range), attempts of surface modification can pose significant and new challenges. In traditional materials, the surface coating could be several hundreds nanometers in thickness, or even microns and millimeters. In a nano-structured material, such as particle or nanofibers, the coating thickness has to be substantially smaller than the bulk dimensions (100 nm or less), yet be durable and effective. In this paper, some aspects of effective nanometer scale coatings have been discussed. These films have been deposited by a non-line of sight (plasma)techniques; and therefore, they are capable of modifying nanofibers, near net shape cellular foams, and other high porosity materials. Two types of coatings will be focused upon: (a) those that make the surface inert and (b) those designed to enhance surface reactivity and bonding. The former has been achieved by forming 1-2 nm layer of -CF2- (and/or CF3) groups on the surface, and the latter by creating a nanolayer of SiO2-type compound. Nucleation and growth studies of the plasma-generated film indicate that they start forming as 2-3 nm high islands that grow laterally, and eventually completely cover the surface with 2-3nm film. Contact angle measurements indicate that these nano-coatings are fully functional even before they have achieved complete coverage of 2-3 nm. They should therefore be applicable to nano-structural solids.This is corroborated by application of these films on vapor grown nanofibers of carbon, and on graphitic foams. Coated and uncoated materials are infiltrated with epoxy matrix to form composites and their microstructure, as well as mechanical behaviors are compared. The results show that the nano-oxide coating can significantly enhance bond formation between carbon and organic phases, thereby enhancing wettability,dispersion, and composite behavior. The fluorocarbon coating, as expected, reduces bond formation, and

  15. Optical thin films and coatings from materials to applications

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    Flory, Francois

    2013-01-01

    Optical coatings, including mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, beam splitters, and filters, are an integral part of most modern optical systems. This book provides an overview of thin film materials, the properties, design and manufacture of optical coatings and their use across a variety of application areas.$bOptical coatings, including mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, beam splitters, and filters, are an integral part of most modern optical systems. Optical thin films and coatings provides an overview of thin film materials, the properties, design and manufacture of optical coatings and their use across a variety of application areas. Part one explores the design and manufacture of optical coatings. Part two highlights unconventional features of optical thin films including scattering properties of random structures in thin films, optical properties of thin film materials at short wavelengths, thermal properties and colour effects. Part three focusses on novel materials for optical thin films and coatings...

  16. PLD-grown thin film saturable absorbers

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    Tellkamp, Friedjof

    2012-11-01

    The subject of this thesis is the preparation and characterization of thin films made of oxidic dielectrics which may find their application as saturable absorber in passively Q-switched lasers. The solely process applied for fabrication of the thin films was the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) which stands out against other processes by its flexibility considering the composition of the systems to be investigated. Within the scope of this thesis the applied saturable absorbers can be divided into two fundamentally different kinds of functional principles: On the one hand, saturable absorption can be achieved by ions embedded in a host medium. Most commonly applied bulk crystals are certain garnets like YAG (Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}) or the spinel forsterite (Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}), in each case with chromium as dopant. Either of these media was investigated in terms of their behavior as PLD-grown saturable absorber. Moreover, experiments with Mg{sub 2}GeO{sub 4}, Ca{sub 2}GeO{sub 4}, Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and further garnets like YSAG or GSGG took place. The absorption coefficients of the grown films of Cr{sup 4+}:YAG were determined by spectroscopic investigations to be one to two orders of magnitude higher compared to commercially available saturable absorbers. For the first time, passive Q-switching of a Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm with Cr{sup 4+}:YAG thin films could be realized as well as with Cr:Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films. On the other hand, the desirable effect of saturable absorption can also be generated by quantum well structures. For this purpose, several layer system like YAG/LuAG, Cu{sub 2}O/MgO, and ZnO/corumdum were investigated. It turned out that layer systems with indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) did not only grew in an excellent way but also showed up a behavior regarding their photo luminescence which cannot be explained by classical considerations. The observed luminescence at roughly 3 eV (410 nm) was assumed to be of excitonic nature and its

  17. Biaxially oriented CdTe films on glass substrate through nanostructured Ge/CaF2 buffer layers

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    Lord, R. J.; Su, P.-Y.; Bhat, I.; Zhang, S. B.; Lu, T.-M.; Wang, G.-C.

    2015-09-01

    Heteroepitaxial CdTe films were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on glass substrates through nanostructured Ge/CaF2 buffer layers which were biaxially oriented. It allows us to explore the structural properties of multilayer biaxial semiconductor films which possess small angle grain boundaries and to test the principle of a solar cell made of such low-cost, low-growth-temperature semiconductor films. Through the x-ray diffraction and x-ray pole figure analysis, the heteroepitaxial relationships of the mutilayered films are determined as [111] in the out-of-plane direction and CdTe//Ge//{ }{{{CaF}}2} in the in-plane direction. The I-V curves measured from an ITO/CdS/CdTe/Ge/CaF2/glass solar cell test structure shows a power conversion efficiency of ˜η = 1.26%, illustrating the initial success of such an approach. The observed non-ideal efficiency is believed to be due to a low shunt resistance and high series resistance as well as some residual large-angle grain boundary effects, leaving room for significant further improvement.

  18. Non-local thin films in Casimir force calculations

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    Esquivel, R.; Svetovoy, V.

    2005-01-01

    he Casimir force is calculated between plates with thin metallic coating. Thin films are described with spatially dispersive (nonlocal) dielectric functions. For thin films the nonlocal effects are more relevant than for half-spaces. However, it is shown that even for film thickness smaller than the mean free path for electrons, the difference between local and nonlocal calculations of the Casimir force is of the order of a few tenths of a percent. Thus the local description of thin metallic ...

  19. Nitrogen doped zinc oxide thin film

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    Li, Sonny X.

    2003-12-15

    To summarize, polycrystalline ZnO thin films were grown by reactive sputtering. Nitrogen was introduced into the films by reactive sputtering in an NO{sub 2} plasma or by N{sup +} implantation. All ZnO films grown show n-type conductivity. In unintentionally doped ZnO films, the n-type conductivities are attributed to Zn{sub i}, a native shallow donor. In NO{sub 2}-grown ZnO films, the n-type conductivity is attributed to (N{sub 2}){sub O}, a shallow double donor. In NO{sub 2}-grown ZnO films, 0.3 atomic % nitrogen was found to exist in the form of N{sub 2}O and N{sub 2}. Upon annealing, N{sub 2}O decomposes into N{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. In furnace-annealed samples N{sub 2} redistributes diffusively and forms gaseous N{sub 2} bubbles in the films. Unintentionally doped ZnO films were grown at different oxygen partial pressures. Zni was found to form even at oxygen-rich condition and led to n-type conductivity. N{sup +} implantation into unintentionally doped ZnO film deteriorates the crystallinity and optical properties and leads to higher electron concentration. The free electrons in the implanted films are attributed to the defects introduced by implantation and formation of (N{sub 2}){sub O} and Zni. Although today there is still no reliable means to produce good quality, stable p-type ZnO material, ZnO remains an attractive material with potential for high performance short wavelength optoelectronic devices. One may argue that gallium nitride was in a similar situation a decade ago. Although we did not obtain any p-type conductivity, we hope our research will provide a valuable reference to the literature.

  20. High-efficiency, flexible CdTe solar cells on ultra-thin glass substrates

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    Flexible, high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells can enable applications that take advantage of high specific power, flexible form factors, lower installation and transportation costs. Here, we report a certified record efficiency of 16.4% for a flexible CdTe solar cell that is a marked improvement over the previous standard (14.05%). The improvement was achieved by replacing chemical-bath-deposited CdS with sputtered CdS:O and also replacing the high-temperature sputtered ZnTe:Cu back contact layer with co-evaporated and rapidly annealed ZnTe:Cu. We use quantum efficiency and capacitance-voltage measurements combined with device simulations to identify the reasons for the increase in efficiency. Both device simulations and experimental results show that higher carrier density can quantitatively account for the increased open circuit voltage (VOC) and Fill Factor (FF), and likewise, the increase in short circuit current density (JSC) can be attributed to the more transparent CdS:O

  1. Dependence of CdTe response of bias history

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    Sites, J.R.; Sasala, R.A.; Eisgruber, I.L. [Colorado State Univ., Boulder, CO (United States)

    1995-11-01

    Several time-dependent effect have been observed in CdTe cells and modules in recent years. Some appear to be related to degradation at the back contact, some to changes in temperature at the thin-film junction, and some to the bias history of the cell or module. Back-contact difficulties only occur in some cases, and the other two effects are reversible. Nevertheless, confusion in data interpretation can arise when these effects are not characterized. This confusion can be particularly acute when more than one time-dependent effect occurs during the same measurement cycle. The purpose of this presentation is to help categorize time-dependent effects in CdTe and other thin-film cells to elucidate those related to bias history, and to note differences between cell and module analysis.

  2. Resource recovery from urban stock, the example of cadmium and tellurium from thin film module recycling

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    Highlights: ► The semiconductor layer on thin-film photovoltaic modules can be removed from the glass-plate by vacuum blast cleaning. ► The separation of blasting agent and semiconductor can be performed using flotation with a valuable yield of 55%. ► PV modules are a promising source for the recovery of tellurium in the future. - Abstract: Raw material supply is essential for all industrial activities. The use of secondary raw material gains more importance since ore grade in primary production is decreasing. Meanwhile urban stock contains considerable amounts of various elements. Photovoltaic (PV) generating systems are part of the urban stock and recycling technologies for PV thin film modules with CdTe as semiconductor are needed because cadmium could cause hazardous environmental impact and tellurium is a scarce element where future supply might be constrained. The paper describes a sequence of mechanical processing techniques for end-of-life PV thin film modules consisting of sandblasting and flotation. Separation of the semiconductor material from the glass surface was possible, however, enrichment and yield of valuables in the flotation step were non-satisfying. Nevertheless, recovery of valuable metals from urban stock is a viable method for the extension of the availability of limited natural resources

  3. Cross-sectional electrostatic force microscopy of thin-film solar cells

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    Ballif, C.; Moutinho, H. R.; Al-Jassim, M. M.

    2001-01-01

    In a recent work, we showed that atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a powerful technique to image cross sections of polycrystalline thin films. In this work, we apply a modification of AFM, namely, electrostatic force microscopy (EFM), to investigate the electronic properties of cleaved II-VI and multijunction thin-film solar cells. We cleave the devices in such a way that they are still working with their nominal photovoltaic efficiencies and can be polarized for the measurements. This allows us to differentiate between surface effects (work function and surface band bending) and bulk device properties. In the case of polycrystalline CdTe/CdS/SnO2/glass solar cells, we find a drop of the EFM signal in the area of the CdTe/CdS interface (±50 nm). This drop varies in amplitude and sign according to the applied external bias and is compatible with an n-CdS/p-CdTe heterojunction model, thereby invalidating the possibility of a deeply buried n-p CdTe homojunction. In the case of a triple-junction GaInP/GaAs/Ge device, we observe a variation of the EFM signal linked to both the material work-function differences and to the voltage bias applied to the cell. We attempt a qualitative explanation of the results and discuss the implications and difficulties of the EFM technique for the study of such thin-film devices.

  4. Resource recovery from urban stock, the example of cadmium and tellurium from thin film module recycling

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    Simon, F.-G., E-mail: franz-georg.simon@bam.de [BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Division 4.3 Contaminant Transfer and Environmental Technologies, Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin (Germany); Holm, O.; Berger, W. [BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Division 4.3 Contaminant Transfer and Environmental Technologies, Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin (Germany)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► The semiconductor layer on thin-film photovoltaic modules can be removed from the glass-plate by vacuum blast cleaning. ► The separation of blasting agent and semiconductor can be performed using flotation with a valuable yield of 55%. ► PV modules are a promising source for the recovery of tellurium in the future. - Abstract: Raw material supply is essential for all industrial activities. The use of secondary raw material gains more importance since ore grade in primary production is decreasing. Meanwhile urban stock contains considerable amounts of various elements. Photovoltaic (PV) generating systems are part of the urban stock and recycling technologies for PV thin film modules with CdTe as semiconductor are needed because cadmium could cause hazardous environmental impact and tellurium is a scarce element where future supply might be constrained. The paper describes a sequence of mechanical processing techniques for end-of-life PV thin film modules consisting of sandblasting and flotation. Separation of the semiconductor material from the glass surface was possible, however, enrichment and yield of valuables in the flotation step were non-satisfying. Nevertheless, recovery of valuable metals from urban stock is a viable method for the extension of the availability of limited natural resources.

  5. High-efficiency thin-film cadmium telluride photovoltaic cells. Annual technical report, January 20, 1996--January 19, 1997

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    Compaan, A D; Bohn, R G; Contreras-Puente, G [Univ. of Toledo, OH (United States)

    1997-08-01

    The University of Toledo photovoltaics group has been instrumental in developing rf sputtering for CDs/CdTe thin-film solar cells. During the third phase of the present contract our work focussed on efforts to determine factors which limit the efficiency in our {open_quotes}all-sputtered{close_quotes} thin-film CdTe solar cells on soda-lime glass. We find that our all-sputtered cells, which are deposited at substantially lower temperature than those by sublimation or vapor deposition, require less aggressive CdCl{sub 2} treatments than do other deposition techniques and this is presumably related to CDs/CdTe interdiffusion. The CDs/CdTe interdiffusion process has been studied by several methods, including photoluminescence and capacitance-voltage measurements. Furthermore, we have deposited special thin bilayer films on quartz and borosilicate glass. Interdiffusion in these thin bilayers have been probed by Rutherford backscattering, with collaborators at Case Western Reserve University, and grazing incidence x-ray scattering (GIXS), with collaborators at the University at Buffalo and Brookhaven National Lab. Also, in order better to understand the properties of the ternary alloy material, we used laser physical vapor deposition to prepare a series of CdS{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} films on borosilicate glass. The composition of the alloy films was determined by wavelength dispersive x-ray spectroscopy at NREL. These films are currently being investigated by us and other groups at NREL and IEC.

  6. PST thin films for electrocaloric coolers

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    Relaxor behaviour in a thin film of partially ordered PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) was confirmed via slim P-E loops and the frequency dependence of the temperature at which the dielectric constant is maximum. Indirect measurements of the electrocaloric effect suggest that removing a field of 774 kV cm-1 yields a temperature change of -3.5 deg. C to -6.9 deg. C over a broad range of operating temperatures near room temperature (1-127 deg. C), with a correspondingly large refrigerant capacity of 662 J kg-1. In addition to low electrical hysteresis, there is negligible thermal hysteresis. PST thin films are therefore promising for EC cooling near room temperature.

  7. Generalized Ellipsometry on Ferromagnetic Sculptured Thin Films.

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    Schmidt, Daniel; Hofmann, Tino; Mok, Kah; Schmidt, Heidemarie; Skomski, Ralf; Schubert, Eva; Schubert, Mathias

    2011-03-01

    We present and discuss generalized ellipsometry and generalized vector-magneto-optic ellipsometry investigations on cobalt nanostructured thin films with slanted, highly-spatially coherent, columnar arrangement. The samples were prepared by glancing angle deposition. The thin films are highly transparent and reveal strong form-induced birefringence. We observe giant Kerr rotation in the visible spectral region, tunable by choice of the nanostructure geometry. Spatial magnetization orientation hysteresis and magnetization magnitude hysteresis properties are studied using a 3-dimensional Helmholtz coil arrangement allowing for arbitrary magnetic field direction at the sample position for field strengths up to 0.4 Tesla. Analysis of data obtained within this novel vector-magneto-optic setup reveals magnetization anisotropy of the Co slanted nanocolumns supported by mean-field theory modeling.

  8. Multiferroic oxide thin films and heterostructures

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    Lu, Chengliang, E-mail: cllu@mail.hust.edu.cn, E-mail: Tao.Wu@kaust.edu.sa [School of Physics and Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Hu, Weijin; Wu, Tom, E-mail: cllu@mail.hust.edu.cn, E-mail: Tao.Wu@kaust.edu.sa [Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia); Tian, Yufeng [School of Physics, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Multiferroic materials promise a tantalizing perspective of novel applications in next-generation electronic, memory, and energy harvesting technologies, and at the same time they also represent a grand scientific challenge on understanding complex solid state systems with strong correlations between multiple degrees of freedom. In this review, we highlight the opportunities and obstacles in growing multiferroic thin films with chemical and structural integrity and integrating them in functional devices. Besides the magnetoelectric effect, multiferroics exhibit excellent resistant switching and photovoltaic properties, and there are plenty opportunities for them to integrate with other ferromagnetic and superconducting materials. The challenges include, but not limited, defect-related leakage in thin films, weak magnetism, and poor control on interface coupling. Although our focuses are Bi-based perovskites and rare earth manganites, the insights are also applicable to other multiferroic materials. We will also review some examples of multiferroic applications in spintronics, memory, and photovoltaic devices.

  9. Multiferroic oxide thin films and heterostructures

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    Lu, Chengliang

    2015-05-26

    Multiferroic materials promise a tantalizing perspective of novel applications in next-generation electronic, memory, and energy harvesting technologies, and at the same time they also represent a grand scientific challenge on understanding complex solid state systems with strong correlations between multiple degrees of freedom. In this review, we highlight the opportunities and obstacles in growing multiferroic thin films with chemical and structural integrity and integrating them in functional devices. Besides the magnetoelectric effect, multiferroics exhibit excellent resistant switching and photovoltaic properties, and there are plenty opportunities for them to integrate with other ferromagnetic and superconducting materials. The challenges include, but not limited, defect-related leakage in thin films, weak magnetism, and poor control on interface coupling. Although our focuses are Bi-based perovskites and rare earth manganites, the insights are also applicable to other multiferroic materials. We will also review some examples of multiferroic applications in spintronics, memory, and photovoltaic devices.

  10. Photoluminescence Study of Enhanced Light Emission from HgCdTe Thin Films due to a Surface Pattern

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    Haugan, Espen Tunhøvd

    2015-01-01

    HgCdTe thin film samples with a CdTe passivation layer have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy, and photolithography has been used to etch a triangular pattern of holes into the passivation layer. The enhancement in light emission from the samples due to their surface pattern has been measured by means of photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), giving values ranging from 31 % to 163 %. PL-measurements and simulations with both the transfer matrix method and the 3D finite-difference time d...

  11. Electrical characterization of thin film ferroelectric capacitors

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    Tiggelman, M.P.J.; Reimann, K.; Klee, M.; Beelen, D; Keur, W.; J. Schmitz; Hueting, R.J.E.

    2006-01-01

    Tunable capacitors can be used to facilitate the reduction of components in wireless technologies. The tunability of the capacitors is caused by the sensitivity of the relative dielectric constant to a change in polarization with electric field. Thin film ferroelectric MIM capacitors on silicon offer a re-use of electronic circuitry, low tuning voltages, a high capacitance density, a low cost, a presence of bulk acoustic wave resonance(s) and decoupling functionality. The basic operation and ...

  12. Amperometric Noise at Thin Film Band Electrodes

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    Larsen, Simon T.; Heien, Michael L.; Taboryski, Rafael

    2012-01-01

    Background current noise is often a significant limitation when using constant-potential amperometry for biosensor application such as amperometric recordings of transmitter release from single cells through exocytosis. In this paper, we fabricated thin-film electrodes of gold and conductive...... presented here can be used for choosing an electrode material and dimensions and when designing chip-based devices for low-noise current measurements....

  13. Ferromagnetic Liquid Thin Films Under Applied Field

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    Banerjee, S.; Widom, M.

    1999-01-01

    Theoretical calculations, computer simulations and experiments indicate the possible existence of a ferromagnetic liquid state, although definitive experimental evidence is lacking. Should such a state exist, demagnetization effects would force a nontrivial magnetization texture. Since liquid droplets are deformable, the droplet shape is coupled with the magnetization texture. In a thin-film geometry in zero applied field, the droplet has a circular shape and a rotating magnetization texture ...

  14. Electrochemical Analysis of Conducting Polymer Thin Films

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    Bin Wang; Vyas, Ritesh N.

    2010-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers built via the layer-by-layer (LbL) method has been one of the most promising systems in the field of materials science. Layered structures can be constructed by the adsorption of various polyelectrolyte species onto the surface of a solid or liquid material by means of electrostatic interaction. The thickness of the adsorbed layers can be tuned precisely in the nanometer range. Stable, semiconducting thin films are interesting research subjects. We use a conducting...

  15. Thin-film silicon solar cell technology

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    Shah, A.V.; Meier, J.; Kroll, U.; Droz, C.; Bailat, J. [University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). Inst. of Microtechnology; Schade, H. [RWE Schott Solar GmbH, Putzbrunn (Germany); Vanecek, M. [Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic). Inst. of Physics; Vallat Sauvain, E.; Wyrsch, N. [University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). Inst. of Microtechnology; Unaxis SPTec S A, Neuchatel (Switzerland)

    2004-07-01

    This paper describes the use, within p-i-n- and n-i-p-type solar cells, of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si:H) thin films (layers), both deposited at low temperatures (200{sup o}C) by plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition (PECVD), from a mixture of silane and hydrogen. Optical and electrical properties of the i-layers are described. These properties are linked to the microstructure and hence to the i-layer deposition rate, that in turn, affects throughput in production. The importance of contact and reflection layers in achieving low electrical and optical losses is explained, particularly for the superstrate case. Especially the required properties for the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) need to be well balanced in order to provide, at the same time, for high electrical conductivity (preferably by high electron mobility), low optical absorption and surface texture (for low optical losses and pronounced light trapping). Single-junction amorphous and microcrystalline p-i-n-type solar cells, as fabricated so far, are compared in their key parameters (J{sub sc},FF,V{sub oc}) with the [theoretical] limiting values. Tandem and multijunction cells are introduced; the {mu}c-Si: H/a-Si: H or [micromorph] tandem solar cell concept is explained in detail, and recent results obtained here are listed and commented. Factors governing the mass-production of thin-film silicon modules are determined both by inherent technical reasons, described in detail, and by economic considerations. The cumulative effect of these factors results in distinct efficiency reductions from values of record laboratory cells to statistical averages of production modules. Finally, applications of thin-film silicon PV modules, especially in building-integrated PV (BIPV) are shown. In this context, the energy yields of thin-film silicon modules emerge as a valuable gauge for module performance, and compare very favourably with those of

  16. Thin film sensors for measuring small forces

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    F. Schmaljohann; Hagedorn, D.; LÖffler, F.

    2015-01-01

    Especially in the case of measuring small forces, the use of conventional foil strain gauges is limited. The measurement uncertainty rises by force shunts and is due to the polymer foils used, as they are susceptible to moisture. Strain gauges in thin film technology present a potential solution to overcome these effects because of their direct and atomic contact with the measuring body, omitting an adhesive layer and the polymer foil. For force measurements up to 1 N, a...

  17. Structures for dense, crack free thin films

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    Jacobson, Craig P.; Visco, Steven J.; De Jonghe, Lutgard C.

    2011-03-08

    The process described herein provides a simple and cost effective method for making crack free, high density thin ceramic film. The steps involve depositing a layer of a ceramic material on a porous or dense substrate. The deposited layer is compacted and then the resultant laminate is sintered to achieve a higher density than would have been possible without the pre-firing compaction step.

  18. Surface morphology of thin films polyoxadiazoles

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    J. Weszka; M.M. Szindler; M. Chwastek-Ogierman; M. Bruma; P. Jarka; Tomiczek, B.

    2011-01-01

    urpose: The purpose of this paper was to analyse the surface morphology of thin films polyoxadiazoles. Design/methodology/approach: SSix different polymers which belong to the group of polyoxadiazoles were dissolved in the solvent NMP. Each of these polymer was deposited on a glass substrate and a spin coating method was applied with a spin speed of 1000, 2000 and 3000 rev/min. Changes in surface topography and roughness were observed. An atomic force microscope AFM Park System has been used....

  19. Amorphous silicon for thin-film transistors

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    Schropp, Rudolf Emmanuel Isidore

    1987-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) has considerable potential as a semiconducting material for large-area photoelectric and photovoltaic applications. Moreover, a-Si:H thin-film transistors (TFT’s) are very well suited as switching devices in addressable liquid crystal display panels and addressable image sensor arrays, due to a new technology of low-cost, Iow-temperature processing overlarge areas. ... Zie: Abstract

  20. Fluxoid dynamics in superconducting thin film rings

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    Kirtley, J. R.; Tsuei, C. C.; Kogan, V. G.; Clem, J. R.; Raffy, H.; Li, Z. Z.

    2003-01-01

    We have measured the dynamics of individual magnetic fluxoids entering and leaving photolithographically patterned thin film rings of the underdoped high-temperature superconductor Bi$_2$Sr$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{8+\\delta}$, using a variable sample temperature scanning SQUID microscope. These results can be qualitatively described using a model in which the fluxoid number changes by thermally activated nucleation of a Pearl vortex in, and transport of the Pearl vortex across, the ring wall.