Nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence characterization of defects in large-area solar cells

Mariana Bertoni, D. P. Fenning, M. Rinio, V. Rose, M. Holt, J. Maser, T. Buonassisi

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Abstract

The performance of centimeter-sized energy devices is regulated by inhomogeneously distributed nanoscale defects. To improve device efficiency and reduce cost, accurate characterization of these nanoscale defects is necessary. However, the multiscale nature of this problem presents a characterization challenge, as non-destructive techniques often specialize in a single decade of length scales, and have difficulty probing non-destructively beneath the surface of materials with sub-micron spatial resolution. Herein, we push the resolution limits of synchrotron-based nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence mapping to 80 nm, to investigate a recombination-active intragranular defect in industrial solar cells. Our nano-XRF measurements distinguish fundamental differences between benign and deleterious dislocations in solar cell devices: we observe recombination-active dislocations to contain a high degree of nanoscale iron and copper decoration, while recombination-inactive dislocations appear clean. Statistically meaningful high-resolution measurements establish a connection between commercially relevant materials and previous fundamental studies on intentionally contaminated model defect structures, pointing the way towards optimization of the industrial solar cell process. Moreover, this study presents a hierarchical characterization approach that can be broadly extended to other nanodefect-limited energy systems with the advent of high-resolution X-ray imaging beamlines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4252-4257
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Volume4
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Nanoprobes
X-ray fluorescence
defect
Solar cells
Fluorescence
dislocation
recombination
X rays
Defects
Defect structures
Synchrotrons
Copper
Iron
energy
Imaging techniques
spatial resolution
copper
iron
solar cell
Costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Bertoni, M., Fenning, D. P., Rinio, M., Rose, V., Holt, M., Maser, J., & Buonassisi, T. (2011). Nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence characterization of defects in large-area solar cells. Energy and Environmental Science, 4(10), 4252-4257. https://doi.org/10.1039/c1ee02083h

Nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence characterization of defects in large-area solar cells. / Bertoni, Mariana; Fenning, D. P.; Rinio, M.; Rose, V.; Holt, M.; Maser, J.; Buonassisi, T.

In: Energy and Environmental Science, Vol. 4, No. 10, 10.2011, p. 4252-4257.

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Bertoni, M, Fenning, DP, Rinio, M, Rose, V, Holt, M, Maser, J & Buonassisi, T 2011, 'Nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence characterization of defects in large-area solar cells', Energy and Environmental Science, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 4252-4257. https://doi.org/10.1039/c1ee02083h
Bertoni, Mariana ; Fenning, D. P. ; Rinio, M. ; Rose, V. ; Holt, M. ; Maser, J. ; Buonassisi, T. / Nanoprobe X-ray fluorescence characterization of defects in large-area solar cells. In: Energy and Environmental Science. 2011 ; Vol. 4, No. 10. pp. 4252-4257.
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