Study of a-SiC : H buffer layer on nc-Si/a-Si : H solar cells deposited by PECVD technique.

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This work deals with the study of the role of the buffer layers thickness on the TCO/p-a-SiC:H/buffer(1)/buffer(2)/i-(nc-Si/a-Si:H)/n-a-Si:H/Al solar cell I-V and impedance performances. The aim was to improve the p/i interface region, which has a large influence on the solar cell characteristics and stability. In order to match the difference between the p and i layers optical gaps, the buffer layers were deposited using, for each layer, different methane to silane mixtures, aiming to obtain a gradual match of the corresponding optical gaps. The intrinsic layer was deposited at high hydrogen dilution rates at 27.12 MHz in conditions that allowed the incorporation of nanoparticles/nanoclusters. Solar cells with fill factor of 0.63; open circuit voltage of 0.93 Volts; short circuit current density of 16.13 mA/cm(2) and an efficiency of 9.4% were produced with buffer layers around 1.3 nm thick. When comparing these solar cells with conventional amorphous silicon solar cells we notice that the quantum efficiency from ultraviolet to green regions is improved up to 13%, in average. Concerning solar cell capacitance, the data show that the best solar cells exhibit the highest capacitance, meaning that the films are compact and dense, in-line with the other electrical characteristics obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Event31st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


Conference31st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Period1/01/05 → …


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