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Radiation resistance of super-straight type amorphous silicon germanium alloy solar cells

Sato, Shinichiro; Meguro, Tomomi*; Suezaki, Takashi*; Yamamoto, Kenji*; Oshima, Takeshi

Proceedings of 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-40) (CD-ROM), p.1825 - 1829, 2014/06

Performance degradation of super-straight type amorphous silicon germanium alloy (a-SiGe) solar cells due to proton irradiation are investigated using an in-situ current-voltage measurement system. The results show that a-Si solar cells have higher radiation resistance than a-SiGe solar cells. Also, the room temperature annealing effects immediately after irradiation are investigated and it is shown that the recovery of the short-circuit current is especially prominent in all the parameters. Based on the obtained results, we propose a radiation hardened design of amorphous silicon alloy multi-junction solar cells.

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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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First flight demonstration of glass-type space solar sheet

Shimazaki, Kazunori*; Kobayashi, Yuki*; Takahashi, Masato*; Imaizumi, Mitsuru*; Murashima, Mio*; Takahashi, Yu*; Toyota, Hiroyuki*; Kukita, Akio*; Oshima, Takeshi; Sato, Shinichiro; et al.

Proceedings of 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC-40) (CD-ROM), p.2149 - 2154, 2014/06

The electrical performance of a glass-type space solar sheet (G-SSS) was demonstrated in space. G-SSS comprises InGaP/GaAs dual-junction and InGaP/GaAs/InGaAs triplejunction solar cells. It is lightweight solar generation sheet, less than 0.5 mm thick. It is mounted on the "HISAKI" (SPRINT-A) small scientific satellite, which was launched on September 14, 2013. The initial flight data were successfully acquired and this flight demonstration was a world-first experiment for G-SSS using III-V multi-junction thin-film solar cells. The cells demonstrated superior performance and the electrical outputs matched the flight prediction.

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Radiation response of fill-factor for GaAs solar cells with InGaAs quantum dot layers

Nakamura, Tetsuya*; Sumita, Taishi*; Imaizumi, Mitsuru*; Sugaya, Takeyoshi*; Matsubara, Koji*; Niki, Shigeru*; Mochizuki, Toru*; Takeda, Akihiro*; Okano, Yoshinobu*; Sato, Shinichiro; et al.

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Radiation effects on GaAs solar cells with InGaAs dot layers were investigated in order to consider the capability of them for space applications. The GaAs solar cells with 50 InGaAs dot layers and also GaAs solar cells with no dot layer were fabricated using a MBE method. They were irradiated with 150 keV-protons at room temperature. As a result, solar cell with dot layers showed higher radiation degradation in short circuit current however, lower degradation in open circuit voltage. Since no significant difference in the degradation of current - voltage characteristics under dark conditions between dot and non-dot solar cells, it is concluded that the degradation of fill fuctor does not come from the degradation of pn diode characteristics but might come from the degradation of minority carrier diffusion length.

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