High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells
The early chapters comprehensively review the optical and transport properties of silicon. Light trapping is described in detail. Limits on the efficiency of silicon cells are discussed as well as material requirements necessary to approach these limits. The status of current approaches to passifying surfaces, contacts and bulk regions is reviewed. The final section of the book describes the most practical approaches to the fabrication of high-efficiency cells capable of meeting the efficiency targets for both concentrated and non-concentrated sunlight, including a discussion of design and processing approaches for non-crystalline silicon.
Introduction / Crystal Structure, Energy Bands and Phonon Spectra/ Optical Properties / Generation, Recombination, Carrier Transport / Light Trapping / Fundamental Efficiency Limits / Surface and Bulk Passivation / Evolution of Silicon Cell Design / Practical High Efficiency Terrestrial Cells / High Performance Concentrator Solar Cells / Polycrystalline and Ribbon Silicon / Appendices: Physical Constants / Properties of Silicon / Optical Properties of Silicon