Characterization of experimental textured ZnO

Al films for thin film solar cell applications and comparison with commercial and plasmonic alternativesc

David N. R. Payne, Stuart A. Boden, Owain D. Clark, Alan E. Delahoy, Darren M. Bagnall

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Abstract

We present the comprehensive characterization of several experimental ZnO:Al films for thin film solar cell applications. The morphological and optical properties of these films are determined using traditional and new, experimental measurement techniques and results are compared to those of the commercial Asahi U-type TCO as well as samples of planar TCOs coated in silver nanoparticles. Results show that the textured ZnO:Al films provide far superior scattering to the commercial alternatives studied. Nanoparticle coated planar TCOs also show scattering enhancement with results suggesting that nanoparticle layers could be tuned to predominantly scatter light within a chosen wavelength range.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Subtitle of host publicationconference proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1560-1564
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781424458912, 9781424458929
ISBN (Print)9781424458905
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 201025 Jun 2010

Conference

Conference35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period20/06/1025/06/10

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