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Optoelectronic characterisation of intermediate band solar cells by photoreflectance

Comparison to other advanced architectures
: Cánovas, E.; Fuertes Marrón, D.; Marti, A.; Luque, A.; Stanley, C.R.; Farmer, C.D.; Bett, A.W.


European Commission:
25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, EU PVSEC 2010. Proceedings : 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, 6-10 , September 2010, Valencia, Spain
München: WIP-Renewable Energies, 2010
ISBN: 3-936338-26-4
European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) <25, 2010, Valencia>
World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion <5, 2010, Valencia>
Fraunhofer ISE ()

The fabrication and design of novel materials and devices for advanced photovoltaics, like the intermediate-band solar cell (IBSC), requires the use of specific characterization tools providing information about their optoelectronic properties. We have tested the suitability of photoreflectance for the characterization of IBSC prototypes based on quantum dots and compared the results obtained with those predicted by the theory. Nonidealities in operative devices have been identified and detailed information has been obtained about the electronic structure of the materials. We have compared PR spectra of IBSCs with those obtained from alternative device architectures, namely a triple-junction solar cell and a multi-quantum well structure. Some general conclusions are drawn demonstrating the potential of the technique.