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Photoluminescence Studies on Cu and O Defects in Crystalline and Thin-film CdTe

  • Caroline R. Corwine (a1), Timothy A. Gessert (a2), James R. Sites (a1), Wyatt K. Metzger (a2), Pat Dippo (a2), Jingbo Li (a2), Anna Duda (a2) and Glenn Teeter (a2)...

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Polycrystalline thin-film CdTe is one of the leading materials used in photovoltaic solar cells. One way to improve device performance and stability is through understanding how various process steps alter defect states in the CdTe layer. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) studies show a 1.456-eV PL peak in single-crystal CdTe that is likely due to a Cui-OTe defect complex. A similar peak, observed in as-deposited glass/SnO2:F/CdS/CdTe thin-film structures, strongly suggests a common origin. The 1.456-eV peak is also seen in a thin-film sample after performing the CdCl2 treatment needed for high efficiencies.

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Photoluminescence Studies on Cu and O Defects in Crystalline and Thin-film CdTe

  • Caroline R. Corwine (a1), Timothy A. Gessert (a2), James R. Sites (a1), Wyatt K. Metzger (a2), Pat Dippo (a2), Jingbo Li (a2), Anna Duda (a2) and Glenn Teeter (a2)...

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