Evidence of an identical firing-activated carrier-induced defect in monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon

Daniel Chen*, Moonyong Kim, Bruno V. Stefani, Brett J. Hallam, Malcolm D. Abbott, Catherine E. Chan, Ran Chen, David N. R. Payne, Nitin Nampalli, Alison Ciesla, Tsun H. Fung, Kyung Kim, Stuart R. Wenham

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While progress has been made in understanding the behaviour of the recently identified carrier-induced degradation mechanism in p-type multicrystalline silicon solar cells, little is currently known about the root cause of the defect or its possible existence in other materials. In this work, we present evidence suggesting that the defect also exists in Czochralski grown monocrystalline silicon wafers. For both mono- and multicrystalline silicon we demonstrate: 1) the presence of a degradation and recovery of bulk minority carrier lifetime induced by either illuminated or dark annealing; 2) a modulation in the magnitude of degradation by varying the firing conditions; and 3) capture cross-section ratios of 39.4 ± 4.9 and 33.4 ± 1.5 in monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon, respectively. The results indicate that the recently identified degradation mechanism does not only occur in multicrystalline silicon from illuminated annealing at elevated temperatures, but it is also induced by dark annealing at elevated temperatures, and that the degradation can occur in Czochralski grown silicon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Carrier-induced degradation (CID)
  • Multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si)
  • Monocrystalline silicon (c-Si)
  • Degradation
  • Hydrogen


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