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Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon: how to correlate layer properties and solar cell performance

Wyrsch, Nicolas ; Feitknecht, Luc ; Droz, Corinne ; Torres, Pedro ; Shah, Arvind ; Poruba, A. ; Vaněček, Milan

In: Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 2000, vol. 266-269, p. 1099-1103

Undoped hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) layers and cells have been deposited by plasma chemical vapour deposition at low temperature at different powers and silane dilutions. Electronic transport properties and defect density of the layers have been compared to the cell performances to identify the important material properties for solar cell applications. A correlation is found... Plus

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    Summary
    Undoped hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) layers and cells have been deposited by plasma chemical vapour deposition at low temperature at different powers and silane dilutions. Electronic transport properties and defect density of the layers have been compared to the cell performances to identify the important material properties for solar cell applications. A correlation is found between the defect density, μ0τ0 quality parameter, and cell efficiency. Anisotropy of the transport properties in some μc-Si:H is also demonstrated.