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Measurement of Built-in Electrical Potential in Cu(In, Ga)Se2 Solar Cells

  • C.-S. Jiang (a1), F.S. Hasoon (a1), H.R. Moutinho (a1), H.A. Al-Thani (a1), M.J. Romero (a1) and M.M. Al-Jassim (a1)...

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The built-in electrical potential on cross sections of Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells was measured quantitatively and resolved spatially using scanning Kelvin probe microscopy. In the conditions of open and short circuits, no significant potential variation on the p-n junction was probed due to the surface Fermi-level pinning. With an external reverse-bias voltage applied to the device, we were able to probe the potential on the junction; the potential profiles demonstrate that the p-n junction is a buried homojunction, located 30-80 nm from the CIGS/CdS interface in the CIGS film. The potential measurement over the CdS and ZnO layers, which is consistent with the band diagram calculations, indicates that the CdS and ZnO layers are inactive for the collection of photoexcited carriers.

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Measurement of Built-in Electrical Potential in Cu(In, Ga)Se2 Solar Cells

  • C.-S. Jiang (a1), F.S. Hasoon (a1), H.R. Moutinho (a1), H.A. Al-Thani (a1), M.J. Romero (a1) and M.M. Al-Jassim (a1)...

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