Impact of NaF during chloride treatment of CdTe solar cells

Shalvey, Thomas P and Major, Jonathan D ORCID: 0000-0002-5554-1985
(2020) Impact of NaF during chloride treatment of CdTe solar cells. MATERIALS SCIENCE IN SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING, 107. p. 104827.

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Sodium has shown promise as a p-type dopant in CdTe solar cells but reports of increased acceptor concentrations are typically accompanied by adverse structural and morphological changes. Here we show that these changes, which occur upon chlorine activation in the presence of sodium, are dependent upon the initial grain structure. We find that small grain CdTe films deposited by sputtering undergo extensive recrystallisation following MgCl2 treatment, whereas large grain CdTe deposited by close space sublimation (CSS) do not. This allowed the effect of NaF on device performance to be studied, which is shown to strongly enhance CdS–CdTe intermixing. This results in lower efficiencies due to inferior junction quality, without any clear change in acceptor concentration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cadmium compounds, Sodium, Photovoltaic cells, Solar energy, Thin films, CdTe
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 16:49
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 00:02
DOI: 10.1016/j.mssp.2019.104827
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