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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1986
  • pp: 2715–2719

Spectral response measurement apparatus for large area solar cells

L. Philippe Boivin, Wolfgang Budde, C. X. Dodd, and S. R. Das  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 25, Issue 16, pp. 2715-2719 (1986)

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A microcomputer controlled apparatus utilizing a series of interference filters for wavelength selection has been developed for measuring the spectral response of large area solar cells irradiated by a high-intensity bias light. Sample results are given for several types of solar cell. These measurements are compared to the spectral responses obtained using monochromator-based apparatus providing low-level inhomogeneous irradiation on the cells. From this comparison, the advantages and disadvantages of the two methods are clearly seen.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 17, 1986
Published: August 15, 1986

L. Philippe Boivin, Wolfgang Budde, C. X. Dodd, and S. R. Das, "Spectral response measurement apparatus for large area solar cells," Appl. Opt. 25, 2715-2719 (1986)

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