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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S5 — Sep. 9, 2013
  • pp: A821–A828

Single-material zinc sulfide bi-layer antireflection coatings for GaAs solar cells

Jung Woo Leem, Dong-Hwan Jun, Jonggon Heo, Won-Kyu Park, Jin-Hong Park, Woo Jin Cho, Do Eok Kim, and Jae Su Yu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S5, pp. A821-A828 (2013)

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We demonstrated the efficiency improvement of GaAs single-junction (SJ) solar cells with the single-material zinc sulfide (ZnS) bi-layer based on the porous/dense film structure, which was fabricated by the glancing angle deposition (GLAD) method, as an antireflection (AR) coating layer. The porous ZnS film with a low refractive index was formed at a high incident vapor flux angle of 80° in the GLAD. Each optimum thickness of ZnS bi-layer was determined by achieving the lowest solar weighted reflectance (SWR) using a rigorous coupled-wave analysis method in the wavelength region of 350-900 nm, extracting the thicknesses of 20 and 50 nm for dense and porous films, respectively. The ZnS bi-layer with a low SWR of ~5.8% considerably increased the short circuit current density (Jsc) of the GaAs SJ solar cell to 25.57 mA/cm2, which leads to a larger conversion efficiency (η) of 20.61% compared to the conventional one without AR layer (i.e., SWR~31%, Jsc = 18.81 mA/cm2, and η = 14.82%). Furthermore, after the encapsulation, its Jsc and η values were slightly increased to 25.67 mA/cm2 and 20.71%, respectively. For the fabricated solar cells, angle-dependent reflectance properties and external quantum efficiency were also studied.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(310.1210) Thin films : Antireflection coatings
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

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Original Manuscript: April 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2013
Published: August 1, 2013

Jung Woo Leem, Dong-Hwan Jun, Jonggon Heo, Won-Kyu Park, Jin-Hong Park, Woo Jin Cho, Do Eok Kim, and Jae Su Yu, "Single-material zinc sulfide bi-layer antireflection coatings for GaAs solar cells," Opt. Express 21, A821-A828 (2013)

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