Method for Passivating Crystal Silicon Surfaces

NREL (Inventor)

    Research output: Patent


    In a method of making a c-Si-based cell or a uc-Si-based cell, the improvement of increasing the minority charge carrier's lifetime, comprising: a) placing a c-Si or polysilicon wafer into CVD reaction chamber under a low vacuum condition and subjecting the substrate of the wafer to heating; and b) passing mixing gases comprising NH3/H2 through the reaction chamber at a low vacuum pressure for asufficient time and at a sufficient flow rate to enable growth of an a-Si:H layer sufficient to increase the lifetime of the c-Si or polysilicon cell beyond that of the growth of an a-Si:H layer without treatment of the wafer with NH3/H2.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Patent number7,629,236 B2
    StatePublished - 2009

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/PT-5200-50466


    • c-Si-based cell
    • crystal silicon surfaces
    • polysilicon cell


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