Effects of Cu in CdS/CdTe solar cells studied with patterned doping and spatially resolved luminescence

Feldman, S. D.; Collins, R. T.; Kaydanov, V.; Ohno, T. R.
August 2004
Applied Physics Letters;8/30/2004, Vol. 85 Issue 9, p1529
Academic Journal
CdS/CdTe solar cells were nonuniformly doped at the backsurface of the CdTe with Cu evaporated through a shadow mask. Spatially resolved electroluminescence measurements showed strong correlation of emission intensity with the Cu pattern for all photon energies. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements performed on the exact same region showed no correlation with the Cu pattern when integrated over all energies. However, lower energy PL (located in a broad defect-related band) was slightly more intense in Cu-doped regions, whereas the intensity of PL from shallower states was slightly greater in undoped regions. These small differences in spectra were discernable only with the patterned doping and spatially resolved characterization used here.


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