Influence of CdCl2 activation treatment on ultra-thin Cd1−xZnxS/CdTe solar cells

Clayton, Andrew, Baker, Mark, Babar, Shumalia, Gibson, P. N., Irvine, Stuart, Kartopu, Giray, Lamb, David and Barrioz, Vincent (2015) Influence of CdCl2 activation treatment on ultra-thin Cd1−xZnxS/CdTe solar cells. Thin Solid Films, 590. pp. 241-247. ISSN 0040-6090

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Ultra-thin CdTe photovoltaic solar cells with an absorber thickness of 0.5 μm were produced by metal organic chemical vapour deposition onto indium tin oxide coated boroaluminosilicate glass. A wide band gap Cd1−xZnxS alloy window layer was employed to improve spectral response in the blue region of the solar spectrum. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to monitor changes in the chemical composition and microstructure of the Cd1−xZnxS/CdTe solar cell after varying the post-deposition CdCl2 activation treatment time and annealing temperature. The CdCl2 treatment leached Zn from the Cd1−xZnxS layer causing a redshift in the spectral response onset of window absorption. S diffusion occurred across the Cd1−xZnxS/CdTe interface, which was more pronounced as the CdCl2 treatment was increased. A CdTe1−ySy alloy was formed at the interface, which thickened with CdCl2 treatment time. Small concentrations of S (up to 2 at.%) were observed throughout the CdTe layer as the degree of CdCl2 treatment was increased. Greater S diffusion across the Cd1−xZnxS/CdTe interface caused the device open-circuit voltage (Voc) to increase. The higher Voc is attributed to enhanced strain relaxation and associated reduction of defects in the interface region as well as the increase in CdTe grain size.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition; Thin films; Cadmium telluride; Photovoltaics; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; X-ray diffraction
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 11:44
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 21:16

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