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Structural Properties of Microcrystalline Si Solar Cells

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 March 2011

M. Luysberg
Affiliation:
Institut für Festkörperforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
C. Scholten
Affiliation:
Institut für Festkörperforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
L. Houben
Affiliation:
Institut für Festkörperforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
R. Carius
Affiliation:
Institut für Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
F. Finger
Affiliation:
Institut für Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
O. Vetterl
Affiliation:
Institut für Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
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Abstract

The structural properties of nip-µc-Si:H solar cells are investigated by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Different structural compositions are obtained by variation of the gas mixture during preparation by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. Nucleation and growth of the n-layer onto textured TCO substrate was found to be similar to the growth on glass substrates. The growth of the i-layer follows a local epitaxy. This implies that the structure of the n-layer is of special importance regarding the control of the microstructure in microcrystalline Si nip solar cells.

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