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I-V characterization of tunnel diodes and multijunction solar cells

 
: Guter, W.; Bett, A.W.

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IEEE transactions on electron devices 53 (2006), Nr.9, S.2216-2222
ISSN: 0018-9383
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Fraunhofer ISE ()
III-V-Solarzellen; III-V-Solarzellencharakterisierung

Abstract
This paper discusses common difficulties in measuring tunnel diodes and sets a special focus on devices consisting of tunnel diodes and solar cells, such as multijunction solar cells. The resulting theoretical current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of tunnel diodes and solar cells when measured via four-wire techniques are calculated and compared with experimentally measured I-V curves. Solutions to overcome the measurement difficulties are provided, and a method to infer the maximum tunneling current density of tunnel diodes in a device with solar cells is discussed. This paper also describes how the elsewhere-observed ostensible hysteresis with multijunction solar cells is caused by the measurement setup or by large internal series resistances.

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