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Impact of nanostructures and radiation environment on defect levels in III-V solar cells

Hubbard, S.*; Sato, Shinichiro; Schmieder, K.*; Strong, W.*; Forbes, D.*; Bailey, C. G.*; Hoheisel, R.*; Walters, R. J.*

Proceedings of 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-40) (CD-ROM), p.1045 - 1050, 2014/06

Baseline and quantum dot (QD) GaAs pn-junction diodes were characterized by deep level transient spectroscopy before and after both 1MeV electron irradiation and 140 keV proton irradiation. Prior to irradiation, the addition of quantum dots appeared to have introduced a higher density of defects at EC-0.75 eV. After 1 MeV electron irradiation the well-known electron defects E3, E4 and E5 were observed in the baseline sample. In the quantum dot sample after 1 MeV electron irradiation, defects near E3, E4 and EC-0.75 eV were also observed. Compared to the irradiated baseline, the QD sample shows a higher density of more complex E4 defect and a lower density of the simple E3 defect, while the EC-0.75 eV defect seemed to be unaffected by electron irradiation. As well, after proton irradiation, well known proton defects PR1, PR2, PR4' are observed. The QD sample shows a lower density PR4' defects and a similar density of PR2 defects, when compared to the proton irradiated baseline sample.

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Effect of irradiation on gallium arsenide solar cells with multi quantum well structures

Maximenko, S.*; Lumb, M.*; Hoheisel, R.*; Gonz$'a$lez, M.*; Scheiman, D.*; Messenger, S.*; Tibbits, T. N. D.*; Imaizumi, Mitsuru*; Oshima, Takeshi; Sato, Shinichiro; et al.

Proceedings of 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-40) (CD-ROM), p.2144 - 2148, 2014/06

In this paper, a complex analysis of the radiation response of GaAs solar cells with multi quantum wells (MQW) incorporated in the i-region of the device is presented. Electronic transport properties of the MQW i-region were assessed experimentally by the electron beam induced current (EBIC) technique. A 2-D EBIC diffusion model was applied to simulate EBIC line scans across device structure for different radiation doses. The results are interpreted using numerical modeling of the electrical field distribution at different radiation levels. Type conversion from n- to p-type was found in MQW i-region at displacement damage dose as low as low as 1$$times10^{-8}$$ MeV MeV/g. This is supported by experimental and simulated EBIC and electric field distribution results.

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

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; et al.

IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 4(1), p.253 - 259, 2014/01

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:58.56(Energy & Fuels)

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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Radiation study in quantum well III-V multi-junction solar cells

Gonz$'a$lez, M.*; Hoheisel, R.*; Lumb, M.*; Scheiman, D.*; Bailey, C. G.*; Lorentzen, J.*; Maximenko, S.*; Messenger, S. R.*; Jenkins, P. P.*; Tibbits, T. N. D.*; et al.

Proceedings of 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-39) (CD-ROM), p.3233 - 3236, 2013/06

The radiation response of multi quantum wall (MQW) triple junction and component cells was analyzed. Initial results show that for 1MeV electron irradiation the middle MQW cell governs the degradation of the triple junction. This is attributed the specific middle cell design, in particular the thick 0.98 $$mu$$m depletion region, and alternative, more radiation hard, designs are presented. Additionally, characterization studies, including dark IV, external quantum efficiency, electroluminescence, as well as defect characterization were investigated.

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

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; et al.

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In this paper a detailed 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. Whilst the primary source of radiation damage of photovoltaic devices is generally associated with minority carrier lifetime reduction, we found that in the case of MQW devices another effect of radiation damage, the so called carrier removal (CR) requires additional consideration. Experimental measurements and numerical simulations reveal that with increasing radiation dose, CR can alter the initially quasi-intrinsic background doping of the MQW region to become further n or p type. This can result in a significant narrowing and even in a collapse of the electrical field between the emitter and the base where the MQWs are located. Eventually, remarks for improved radiation hard MQW device designs are provided.

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