Band gap grading and photovoltaic performance of solution-processed Cu(In,Ga)S2 thin-film solar cells

So Hyeong Sohn, Noh Soo Han, Yong Jin Park, Seung Min Park, Hee Sang An, Dong Wook Kim, Byoung Koun Min, Jae Kyu Song

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The photophysical properties of CuInxGa1-xS2 (CIGS) thin films, prepared by solution-based coating methods, are investigated to understand the correlation between the optical properties of these films and the electrical characteristics of solar cells fabricated using these films. Photophysical properties, such as the depth-dependent band gap and carrier lifetime, turn out to be at play in determining the energy conversion efficiency of solar cells. A double grading of the band gap in CIGS films enhances solar cell efficiency, even when defect states disturb carrier collection by non-radiative decay. The combinational stacking of different density films leads to improved solar cell performance as well as efficient fabrication because a graded band gap and reduced shunt current increase carrier collection efficiency. The photodynamics of minority-carriers suggests that the suppression of defect states is a primary area of improvement in CIGS thin films prepared by solution-based methods. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27112-27118
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume16
Issue number48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 28

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carrier lifetime
minority carriers
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Sohn, S. H., Han, N. S., Park, Y. J., Park, S. M., An, H. S., Kim, D. W., ... Song, J. K. (2014). Band gap grading and photovoltaic performance of solution-processed Cu(In,Ga)S2 thin-film solar cells. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16(48), 27112-27118. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cp03243h

Band gap grading and photovoltaic performance of solution-processed Cu(In,Ga)S2 thin-film solar cells. / Sohn, So Hyeong; Han, Noh Soo; Park, Yong Jin; Park, Seung Min; An, Hee Sang; Kim, Dong Wook; Min, Byoung Koun; Song, Jae Kyu.

In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 16, No. 48, 28.12.2014, p. 27112-27118.

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Sohn, SH, Han, NS, Park, YJ, Park, SM, An, HS, Kim, DW, Min, BK & Song, JK 2014, 'Band gap grading and photovoltaic performance of solution-processed Cu(In,Ga)S2 thin-film solar cells', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 16, no. 48, pp. 27112-27118. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cp03243h
Sohn, So Hyeong ; Han, Noh Soo ; Park, Yong Jin ; Park, Seung Min ; An, Hee Sang ; Kim, Dong Wook ; Min, Byoung Koun ; Song, Jae Kyu. / Band gap grading and photovoltaic performance of solution-processed Cu(In,Ga)S2 thin-film solar cells. In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2014 ; Vol. 16, No. 48. pp. 27112-27118.
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