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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 22, Iss. S3 — May. 5, 2014
  • pp: A921–A929

Design of a high efficiency ultrathin CdS/CdTe solar cell using back surface field and backside distributed Bragg reflector

Saeed Khosroabadi and Seyyed Hossein Keshmiri  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S3, pp. A921-A929 (2014)

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A high efficiency CdS/CdTe solar cell was designed with a reduced CdTe absorber-layer thickness and a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) as an optical reflector and a ZnTe layer as back surface field (BSF) layer. Simulation results showed that with combination of DBR and BSF layers and 0.3 µm thick CdTe, the conversion efficiency was increased about 3.2% as compared with a reference cell (with 4 µm thick CdTe layer). It was also shown that the efficiency can be increased up to 6.02% by using a long carrier lifetime in the absorber layer. Under global AM 1.5G conditions, the proposed cell structure had an open-circuit voltage of 1.062 V, a short-circuit current density of 24.64 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 81.3%, corresponding to a total area conversion efficiency of 21.02%.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(310.6805) Thin films : Theory and design
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

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Original Manuscript: February 17, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2014
Published: April 14, 2014

Saeed Khosroabadi and Seyyed Hossein Keshmiri, "Design of a high efficiency ultrathin CdS/CdTe solar cell using back surface field and backside distributed Bragg reflector," Opt. Express 22, A921-A929 (2014)

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