An experiment to measure theI-Vcharacteristics of a silicon solar cell

Michael J Morgan, Greg Jakovidis, Ian McLeod
1994 Physics Education  
Solar cells often capture the public's attention and are a source of fascination to students (Hamakawa 1987, Zweibel 1990). We have found it profitable to tap this interest in solar cells by introducing students at an early stage of their undergraduate curriculum to the rudiments of photovoltaic devices. The purpose of this article is to describe a very simple experiment that allows college students in introductory physics courses to plot the I-V characteristics of a solar cell, and hence
more » ... e important photovoltaic parameters, such as the fill factor (E) and light conversion efficiency.
doi:10.1088/0031-9120/29/4/014 fatcat:z3mwia7vifah3mwnkahslt3xwy