Comparative Study of Cu2Te and Cu Back Contact in CdS/CdTe Solar Cell

Sangsu Kim, Jeehoon Jeon, Jonghee Suh, Jinki Hong, Tae Yueb Kim, Ki Hyun Kim, Shin Haeng Cho

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In CdS/CdTe solar cells, Cu is added during the formation of the metallic electrode to enhance the contact properties and achieve an appropriate hole concentration in the cadmium telluride (CdTe) layer. In this study, we added Cu to CdS/CdTe solar cells using two different electrode materials: metallic Cu and Cu2Te layers. They were deposited on the CdTe surface in the CdS/CdTe solar cells, and subsequent annealing was carried out to form a single-phase copper telluride compound. The devices made by these two materials were comparatively investigated in terms of their contact properties such as barrier height, hole density, and contact resistance. Most of the data indicate that the Cu2Te-deposited cell is superior to the Cu-deposited cell. Furthermore, we obtained an optimum annealing condition for the Cu2Te process, at which the cell performance is maximized. These results demonstrate the excellence of the Cu2Te material and provide practical information about the processing technique of this material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-785
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1


  • Barrier height
  • CdS/CdTe
  • Copper telluride
  • CuTe
  • Solar cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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