Voltage Loss Comparison in CdSe/CdTe Solar Cells and Polycrystalline CdSeTe Heterostructures

Darius Kuciauskas, Siming Li, John Moseley, David Albin, Chungho Lee, Arthur Onno, Zachary Holman

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Cd(Se)Te solar cells have considerable headroom to increase voltage. Voltage losses occur due to incomplete absorption above bandgap Eg and band tail absorption below Eg; such losses are quantified using radiative voltage. The largest voltage losses are attributed to nonradiative recombination, which is quantified via carrier lifetime and radiative efficiency. We compare radiative voltage, radiative efficiency, and carrier lifetime for Cu-doped CdSe/CdTe solar cells and for undoped polycrystalline CdSeTe heterostructures passivated with Al2O3. Using external quantum efficiency spectrum and a CdSeTe absorption spectrum obtained from absolute photoluminescence (PL), we show that the radiative voltage is greater than 1.1 V. Time-resolved PL experiments and modeling show that a major part of voltage losses can be attributed to recombination in the absorber bulk. The front interface recombination makes a larger impact within the first few nanoseconds after pulsed excitation, and the comparison of time-gated and time-integrated PL can be used to assess relative contributions of front interface and bulk recombination rates.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-80318


  • Cdte
  • Characterization
  • Recombination
  • Thin film PV


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