Enhanced CdTe solar cell performance through surface engineering

Donghwan Kim, Jangeun Heo, Rowoon Lee, Younggun Han, Ken Durose, Sergei Petrov, Kyotaro Nakamura, Toshihiko Toyama, Hiroaki Okamoto

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Surface of indium-tin oxide (ITO) substrate were irradiated with accelerated Ar+, N2+, O2+ and H2+ ions (1 keV) at different doses. The change in sheet resistance (Rsh), the water-contact angle (WCA) and the composition of ITO were measured. Rsh slightly increased with the ion dose. WCA dropped to less than 15° and the composition shifted to oxygen-rich. CdS films grown on ITO by chemical bath deposition showed an improvement in terms of the microstructure, the surface morphology, the optical transmittance, and the stoichiometry. X-ray photoluminescence was performed on CdS/ITO glass for the first time. The performance of CdTe/CdS solar cells was improved as a result of ITO surface treatments, this being due to improvements in the physical structure of the CdS interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-775
Number of pages4
JournalConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 2002 May 192002 May 24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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