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Photoreflectance analysis of a GaInP/GaInAs/Ge multijunction solar cell

: Cánovas, E.; Fuertes Marrón, D.; Marti, A.; Luque, A.; Bett, A.W.; Dimroth, F.; Philipps, S.P.


Applied Physics Letters 97 (2010), Nr.20, Art. 203504, 3 S.
ISSN: 0003-6951
ISSN: 1077-3118
Fraunhofer ISE ()

We have analyzed the photoreflectance spectra of a GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction solar cell. The spectra reveal signatures from the window layer and middle and top subcells included in the stack. Additional contributions from the multilayer buffer introduced between the mismatched bottom and middle cells have been detected. Franz-Keldysh oscillations (FKOs) dominate the spectra above the fundamental bandgaps of the GaInP and GaInAs absorbers. From the FKO analysis, we have estimated the dominant electric fields within each subcell. In light of these results, photoreflectance is proposed as a useful diagnostic tool for quality assessment of multijunction structures prior to completion of the device or at earlier stages during its processing.