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Mason L. Terry, Daniel Inns, Armin G. Aberle, "Rapid Thermal Annealing and Hydrogen Passivation of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells on Low-Temperature Glass", Advances in OptoElectronics, vol. 2007, Article ID 083657, 11 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/83657
Rapid Thermal Annealing and Hydrogen Passivation of Polycrystalline Silicon Thin-Film Solar Cells on Low-Temperature Glass
The changes in open-circuit voltage (), short-circuit current density (), and internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of aLuminum induced crystallization, ion-assisted deposition (ALICIA) polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on low-temperature glass substrates due to rapid thermal anneal (RTA) treatment and subsequent remote microwave hydrogen plasma passivation (hydrogenation) are examined. improvements from 130 mV to 430 mV, improvements from 1.2 mA/cm2 to 11.3 mA/cm2, and peak IQE improvements from 16% to 70% are achieved. A 1-second RTA plateau at 1000°C followed by hydrogenation increases the by a factor of 5.5. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements are used to determine the concentration profiles of dopants, impurities, and hydrogen. Computer modeling based on simulations of the measured IQE data reveals that the minority carrier lifetime in the absorber region increases by 3 orders of magnitude to about 1 nanosecond (corresponding to a diffusion length of at least 1 m) due to RTA and subsequent hydrogenation. The evaluation of the changes in the quantum efficiency and due to RTA and hydrogenation with computer modeling significantly improves the understanding of the limiting factors to cell performance.
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