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Title: Cadmium chloride assisted re-crystallisation of CdTe: The effect on the CdS window layer
Authors: Abbas, Ali
Kaminski, Piotr M.
West, G.D.
Barth, Kurt L.
Sampath, Walajabad S.
Bowers, Jake W.
Walls, Michael
Keywords: Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Materials Research Society. Published by the Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: ABBAS, A. ...et al., 2015. Cadmium chloride assisted re-crystallisation of CdTe: The effect on the CdS window layer. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1738, pp. 7-12.
Abstract: © 2015 Materials Research Society. The cadmium chloride annealing treatment is an essential step in the manufacture of efficient thin film CdTe solar cells. In previous work we have shown that the primary effect of the treatment is to remove high densities of stacking faults from the as-deposited material. Use of density functional theory has shown that some of the higher energy stacking faults are hole traps. Removal of these defects dramatically improves cell efficiency. In this study we focus on the effect of the activation treatment on the underlying n-type cadmium sulphide layer. A range of techniques has been used to observe the changes to the microstructure as well as the chemical and crystallographic changes as a function of treatment parameters. Electrical tests that link the device performance with the micro-structural properties of the cells have also been undertaken. Techniques used include High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) for subgrain analysis, EDX for chemical analysis and XPS and SIMS for composition-depth profiling. By studying the effect of increasing the treatment time and temperature, we will show that the cadmium sulphide layer depletes to the point of complete dissolution into the absorber layer. We will also show that chlorine penetrates and decorates the grain boundaries in the cadmium sulphide. In addition we will show that chlorine builds up at the heterojunction and concentrates in voids at the cadmium telluride/cadmium sulphide interface. A combination of these effects damages the electrical performance of the solar cell.
Description: This paper was submitted for publication in the journal MRS Online Proceedings Library and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2015.177
Sponsor: The Loughborough authors are grateful to the EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar Hub for financial assistance and the CSU authors to the NSF I/UCRC and AIR program
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.l557/opt.2015.I77
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20609
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.l557/opt.2015.I77
ISSN: 0272-9172
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