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 (US)
Title of host publicationProgram - 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010
Pages1560-1564
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2010Jun 25 2010

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2010
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period6/20/106/25/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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