Analysis of Depletion-Region Collection in GaInNAs Solar Cells

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We provide qualitative insight into depletion-region collection in GaInNAs cells to (1) understand the effect of diffusion length L on the QE; and (2) describe the magnitude of L required to get adequate current from the cell. We use Wolfs equations for the QE including a drift field E, and model E as being equal to the junction built-in voltage distributed uniformly across the depletion region. This allows us to calculate the QE as a function of L and depletion width WD. We show that if L is sufficiently small, increasing WD can actually decrease the QE. To determine how long L needs to be in a practical GaInNAs junction, we calculate from the QE the short-circuit current density as a function of WD and L. This allows us to estimate that Lambipolar needs to be greater than roughly 1 μm in order to obtain enough photocurrent for the 4-junction application, giving guidance to the experimental effort to develop such cells.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2005
Event31st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 2005 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: 3 Jan 20057 Jan 2005


Conference31st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL

Bibliographical note

For preprint version see NREL/CP-520-37418

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-38888


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