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Title: Spectroscopic and electrical signatures of acceptor states in solution processed Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells
Authors: Tiwari, Devendra
Skidchenko, Ekaterina
Bowers, Jake W.
Yakushev, Michael V.
Martin, Robert W.
Fermin, David J.
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: TIWARI, D. ... et al., 2017. Spectroscopic and electrical signatures of acceptor states in solution processed Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, In Press.
Abstract: The nature and dynamics of acceptor states in solution-processed Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTSSe) thin films are investigated by variable temperature photoluminescence (PL) and electrical impedance spectroscopy. Highly pure I-4 phase CZTSSe with the composition Cu1.6ZnSn0.9(S0.23Se0.77)4 is synthesized by sequentially spin coating of dimethyl-formamide/isopropanol solutions containing metal salts and thiourea onto Mo coated glass, followed by annealing in Se atmosphere at 540 oC. As-annealed films are highly compact with a thickness of 1.3 m and grain sizes above 800 nm, with a band gap of 1.18 eV. Photovoltaic devices of 0.25 cm2 with the architecture glass/Mo/CZTSSe/CdS/i-ZnO/Al:ZnO demonstrate a power conversion efficiency reaching up to 5.7 % in the absence of an anti-reflective coating. Under AM1.5G illumination at 296 K, the best device shows 396 mV open-circuit voltage (VOC), 27.8 mA/cm2 short-circuit current (JSC) and 52% fill factor (FF). The overall dispersion of these parameters is under 15 % for a total of 20 devices. In the near IR region, PL spectra are dominated by two broad and asymmetrical bands at 1.14 eV (PL1) and 0.95 eV (PL2) with characteristic power and temperature dependences. Analysis of the device electrical impedance spectra also reveal two electron acceptor states with the same activation energy to those observed by PL. This allows assigning PL1 as radiative recombination at localized copper vacancies (VCu), while PL2 is associated with CuZn¬ antisites, broadened by potential fluctuations (band tails). The impact of these states on device performance as well as other parameters such as barrier collection heights introduced by partial selenization of the back contact is discussed.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 25th Oct 2018.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded PVTEAM grant (EP/L017792/1). Impedance analysis is performed with Solartron analyzer procured under EPSRC CDT Capital grant EP/K035746/1. Microscopic imaging and analysis are done at the Chemical Imaging Facility, University of Bristol, with equipment funded by EPSRC Grant "Atoms to Applications" (EP/K035746/1).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC03953K
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27374
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1039/C7TC03953K
ISSN: 2050-7534
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