Single-junction solar cells based on p-i-n GaAsSbN heterostructures grown by liquid phase epitaxy

Milanova, Malina, Donchev, Vesselin, Cheetham, Kieran J., Cao, Zhongming, Sandall, Ian, Piana, Giacomo M., Hutter, Oliver, Durose, Ken and Mumtaz, Asim (2020) Single-junction solar cells based on p-i-n GaAsSbN heterostructures grown by liquid phase epitaxy. Solar Energy, 208. pp. 659-664. ISSN 0038-092X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2020.08.029

Abstract

In this paper, we present single heterojunction p-i-n GaAsSbN/GaAs solar cells grown by low-temperature liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) – this is of interest as a component of multi-junction solar cell devices. The quaternary absorber layer was characterized by low excitation power photoluminescence to give the temperature dependence of the bandgap. This conformed to the Varshni function at low temperatures to within 10 meV, indicating relatively small alloy potential fluctuations. The absorption properties and the transport of the photogenerated carriers in the heterostructures were investigated using surface photovoltage method. A power conversion efficiency of 4.15% (AM1.5, 1000 W·m−2) was measured for p-i-n GaAsSbN/GaAs solar cells, which is comparable to the efficiency of MOCVD grown devices of this type. This is promising for the first report of LPE grown GaAsSbN/GaAs solar cells since the current record efficiency for the cells based on these compounds grown by MBE stands just at 6%. The long-wavelength photosensitivity of the cells determined from external quantum efficiency and surface photovoltage measurements was shown to be extended to 1040 nm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: GaAsSbN, Liquid phase epitaxy, P-i-n heterostructures, Solar cells, Photovoltaic
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 11:21
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 13:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44384

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