Highly doped GaN p–n tunnel junction (TJ) contacts to InGaN solar cells are demonstrated, in which the TJs were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on top of active solar cell regions grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The effects of Si and Mg doping concentrations on solar cell characteristics are studied and used to improve turn-on voltage and series resistance. The highest doped cell with a TJ has an open-circuit voltage of 2.2 V, similar to that of the control cell fabricated using indium tin oxide (ITO), and a far less short-circuit current density loss from unwanted photogeneration in the TJ contact than in the ITO contact.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)