Spectroscopic Cathodoluminescence Studies of the ZnTe:Cu Contact Process for CdS/CdTe Solar Cells

T. A. Gessert, M. J. Romero, S. Johnston, B. Keyes, P. Dippo

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Spectroscopic cathodoluminescence (CL), electron-beam induced current (EBIC), and capacitance-Voltage (C-V) measurements are used to study the formation of CdS/CdTe devices processed using ion-beam milling and a ZnTe:Cu/Ti contact. Results show heating in vacuum at ∼360°C and ion-beam milling lead to observable changes in the CL emission from the CdCl2-treated CdTe surface. Changes in the CL spectrum are also observed as ZnTe:Cu layer thickness increases. These changes are correlated to published studies of defect levels and shown to be due, possibly, to an n-type region existing between the ZnTe:Cu contact interface and the p-CdTe layers. This n-type region is eliminated once a sufficiently thick ZnTe:Cu layer is produced.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2002
Event29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 19 May 200224 May 2002


Conference29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

Bibliographical note

For preprint version including full text online document, see NREL/CP-520-31438

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-33717


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