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The dependence of multijunction solar cell performance on the number of quantum dot layers

: Walker, A.W.; Theriault, O.; Hinzer, K.


IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics 50 (2014), No.3, pp.198-203
ISSN: 0018-9197
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()

The performance improvements of adding InAs quantum dots (QDs) in the middle subcell of a lattice matched triple-junction InGaP/InGaAs/Ge photovoltaic device are studied using the simulated external quantum efficiency, photocurrent, open circuit voltage, fill factor, and efficiency under standard testing conditions. The QDs and wetting layer are modeled using an effective medium consisting of trap states for the former and low confinement potentials for the latter. Although the efficiency stabilizes for more than 100 layers of QDs for the structure studied, the efficiency achieves an absolute efficiency of 31.1% under one sun illumination for 140 layers of QDs. This corresponds to a relative increase of 1.3% compared with a control structure with no QD layers. The performance of the device depends intricately on the magnitude of the confinement potentials representing the wetting layer.