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Quantum-well solar cells for space; The Impact of carrier removal on end-of-life device performance

宇宙用量子井戸太陽電池; EOLデバイス特性におけるキャリア枯渇の影響

Hoheisel, R.*; Gonz$'a$lez, M.*; Lumb, M.*; Scheiman, D.*; Messenger, S. R.*; Bailey, C. G.*; Lorentzen, J.*; Tibbits, T. N. D.*; 今泉 充*; 大島 武; 佐藤 真一郎; Jenkins, P. P.*; Walters, R. J.*

Hoheisel, R.*; Gonz$'a$lez, M.*; Lumb, M.*; Scheiman, D.*; Messenger, S. R.*; Bailey, C. G.*; Lorentzen, J.*; Tibbits, T. N. D.*; Imaizumi, Mitsuru*; Oshima, Takeshi; Sato, Shinichiro; Jenkins, P. P.*; Walters, R. J.*

現在宇宙用太陽電池の主流となっているIII-V族半導体多接合太陽電池の更なる高効率化および耐放射線性向上のために、多重量子井戸(MQW)構造の導入が試みられているが、その放射線劣化メカニズムについては明らかにされていない。本研究では、MQW構造を有する太陽電池の放射線照射効果について、実験およびシミュレーションを行った。一般的に、太陽電池の放射線劣化の主因は少数キャリア寿命の減少とキャリア枯渇効果であるが、MQW構造を持つデバイスにおいては、キャリア枯渇効果が通常よりも劣化に強く影響することが明らかとなった。また、放射線照射量の増加に伴い、MQW層の伝導型変化が起こり、MQW層が位置するエミッタ・ベース間の電界強度を狭窄させることが分かった。

Analysis on the radiation response of solar cells with multi quantum wells (MQW) included in the quasi-intrinsic region between the emitter and the base layer is presented. We found that in the case of MQW devices, carrier removal (CR) effects are also observed. Experimental measurements and numerical simulations reveal that with increasing radiation dose, CR can cause the initially quasi-intrinsic background doping of the MQW region to become specifically n- or p-type. This can result in a significant narrowing and even the collapse of the electric field between the emitter and the base where the MQWs are located. The implications of the CR-induced modification of the electric field on the current-voltage characteristics and on the collection efficiency of carriers generated within the emitter, the MQW region, and the base are discussed for different radiation dose conditions. This paper concludes with a discussion of improved radiation hard MQW device designs.

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