Effect of edge junction isolation on the performance of laser doped selective emitter solar cells

Brett Hallam, Stuart Wenham, Haeseok Lee, Eunjoo Lee, Hyunwoo Lee, Jisun Kim, Jeoungeun Shin

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The effect of laser and chemical edge junction isolation on electrical performance of industrially manufactured laser doped selective emitter solar cells with light induced plated n-type contacts is investigated in this work. Directly after the formation of the aluminium back surface field, photoluminescence images indicates that laser edge junction isolation causes substantial damage around the perimeter of the cell, extending several millimeters from the laser edge isolation groove. On finished devices, regions of high series resistance are evident around the perimeter, caused by parasitic plating nucleating in the damaged laser grooved region which induce shunting and inhibits further plating taking place in the surrounding regions. The use of chemical edge junction isolation eliminates both of these issues and can result in efficiency gains of more than 2% absolute compared to that fabricated using laser edge isolation, suggesting a far superior method of edge junction isolation for the industrial manufacture of laser doped selective emitter solar cells with light induced plated contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3557-3563
Number of pages7
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Edge junction isolation
  • Laser doping
  • Light induced plating
  • Photoluminescence imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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