Critical Electric Field of InGaN p-i-n Solar Cell
We present a study of electric field effect on the efficiency of GaN/In0.1Ga0.9N p-i-n solar cells by using the advanced physical models of semiconductor devices (APSYS) simulation program. In this study, the electric field strength and other parameters such as optimum thickness of p-type layer and efficiency of GaN/In0.1Ga0.9N p-i-n solar cells with different i-layer thicknesses have been performed. On the basis of simulating results, for a high efficiency solar cell, it is found that the optimum p-type layer concentration is above 4×1016 cm-3 and the suitable thickness is between 0.1 to 0.2 μm. For different i-layer thickness and p-doping concentrations, a critical electric field (Fc) has been found at 100 kV/cm. It is worth to note that when the electric field strength of i-layer below Fc value, the solar cell efficiency will dramatically decrease. Thus Fc can be seen as an index for acquiring the quality of solar device.
D. Y. Lin, C. Y. Chi, "Critical Electric Field of InGaN p-i-n Solar Cell", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 284-287, pp. 1168-1172, 2013