Photoluminescence of Cu-Doped CdTe and Related Stability Issues in CdS/CdTe Solar Cells

D. Grecu, A. D. Compaan, D. Young, U. Jayamaha, D. H. Rose

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Abstract

We explore Cu electronic states in CdTe using photoluminescence as the main investigative method. Our results are consistent with some Cu atoms occupying substitutional positions on the Cd sublattice and with others forming Frenkel pairs of the type Cu+i-V-Cd involving an interstitial Cu and a Cd vacancy. In addition, we find that Cu-doped CdTe samples exhibit a significant "aging" behavior, attributable to the instability of Cu acceptor states as verified by our Hall measurements. The aging appears to be reversible by a 150-200°C anneal. Our results are used to explain efficiency degradation of some CdTe solar-cell devices which use Cu for the formation of a backcontact.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2490-2496
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume88
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-520-29048

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