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Durability of triple-junction solar cell for HIHT environments, venus and mercury exploration missions

Imaizumi, Mitsuru*; Toyota, Hiroyuki*; Shimada, Takanobu*; Ogawa, Hiroyuki*; Tajima, Michio*; Hisamatsu, Tadashi*; Nakamura, Kazuyo*; Takamoto, Tatsuya*; Sato, Shinichiro; Oshima, Takeshi

Results of our study of effects of high-light-intensity and high-temperature conditions (HIHT) on the output performance of an InGaP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cell are described herein. The HIHT conditions are adjusted for spacecraft environments expected for a Venus mission (Planet-C) and a Mercury mission (MMO) to be undertaken by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Measurements of current-voltage characteristics under high light intensity for wide range of cell temperatures exhibit a kinked pattern at 0 current at +200$$^{circ}$$C. The thermal cycle test results for bare cells with a wide temperature range show no output performance degradation. Continuous operation tests of 3J cells under HIHT conditions reveal gradual current output degradation, implying that solar panel design should address decreased output specifically.



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