Optical Absorption Enhancement by Mechanical Twins Grown Using Low Temperature Silicon Epitaxy

D. Lai, Y.H. Tan, C.S. Tan
2011 Energy Procedia  
This paper presents the results of thin film silicon (Si) solar cells with in-situ doped epitaxial emitter deposited on Si substrate by rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD). High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images reveal that low temperature Si epitaxy growth induces mechanical twins at the junction interface. The presence of the twins alters the orientation of the crystal planes, increases the optical path length of light within the epitaxy film and improves
more » ... optical absorption. On the other hand, these twins appear to be the main cause for material-induced shunting at the p-n junction. Photoluminescence (PL) mapping indicate that lower growth temperature results in better interface quality.
doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.06.130 fatcat:wyd5rjrc3fc6hcfa3l32c6ymai