Transmission electron microscope study of screen-printed Ag contacts on crystalline Si solar cells

Myung Il Jeong, Sung Eun Park, Dong Hwan Kim, Joon Sung Lee, Yun Chang Park, Kwang Soon Ahn, Chel Jong Choi

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Microstructural and chemical properties of screen-printed Ag contacts on an n+ emitter surface in crystalline Si solar cells are investigated using a transmission electron microscope. The Pb-based glass layer, where many Ag precipitates are randomly distributed, is formed between a Ag thick film and textured Si. For both textured and nontextured Si surfaces, the Ag crystallites are epitaxially grown on Si with an abrupt interface along the {111} atomic plane. Based on high resolution electron microscopy images combined with fast Fourier transform patterns, the registry of Ag on Si driven by a geometrical matching condition leads to minimization of the effective lattice mismatch between Ag and Si, resulting in the formation of a Ag/Si epitaxial superlattice near the interface region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H934-H936
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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