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Zn(O,S) Buffer Layers and Thickness Variations of CdS Buffer for Cu2ZnSnS4 Solar Cells
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics. (Ångström Solar Center)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics. (Ångström Solar Center)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics. (Ångström Solar Center)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics. (Ångström Solar Center)
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2014 (English)In: IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, ISSN 2156-3381, Vol. 4, no 1, 465-469 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To improve the conduction band alignment and explore the influence of the buffer-absorber interface, we here investigate an alternative buffer for Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) solar cells. The Zn(O, S) system was chosen since the optimum conduction band alignment with CZTS is predicted to be achievable, by varying oxygen to sulfur ratio. Several sulfur to oxygen ratios were evaluated to find an appropriate conduction band offset. There is a clear trend in open-circuit voltage Voc, with the highest values for the most sulfur rich buffer, before going to the blocking ZnS, whereas the fill factor peaks at a lower S content. The best alternative buffer cell in this series had an efficiency of 4.6% and the best CdS reference gave 7.3%. Extrapolating Voc values to 0 K gave activation energies well below the expected bandgap of 1.5 eV for CZTS, which indicate that recombination at the interface is dominating. However, it is clear that the values are affected by the change of buffer composition and that increasing sulfur content of the Zn(O, S) increases the activation energy for recombination. A series with varying CdS buffer thickness showed the expected behavior for short wavelengths in quantum efficiency measurements but the final variation in efficiency was small.

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2014. Vol. 4, no 1, 465-469 p.
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Cu2ZnSnS4, CZTS, Current-voltage characteristics, Zn(O, S) buffer, kesterite photovoltaic cells
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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Engineering Science with specialization in Electronics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210677DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2013.2283058ISI: 000329038800069OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210677DiVA: diva2:663968
Available from: 2013-11-13 Created: 2013-11-13 Last updated: 2014-07-18Bibliographically approved

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