Influence of Na on the Electro-Optical Properties of Cu(In,Ga)Se2

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    Polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin films, grown by coevaporation of the constituent elements with different amounts of sodium (Na), were investigated. In some devices, an increased Na content was achieved through the incorporation of a thin layer of NaF deposited on the; substrate prior to the growth of CIGS. The effect of Na on the electro-optical properties was addressed throughcharacterization of the finished devices using photoluminescence (PL) and capacitance techniques. Results indicate the beneficial effect of Na as evidenced; by increases in the device efficiency, open-circuit voltage, and PL intensity. Furthermore, these measurements provide evidence that Na 1) increases the net carrier concentration, and 2) reduces the number of; gap states including those thatact as minority-carrier traps.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 1997
    Event26th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Anaheim, California
    Duration: 29 Sep 19973 Oct 1997


    Conference26th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
    CityAnaheim, California

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-530-22963


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