Non-ideal recombination and transport mechanisms in multiple band gap solar cells

S. P. Bremner, Christiana Honsberg, R. Corkish

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The suggestion of the use of multiple band gap solar cells to achieve efficiencies in excess of the homojunction limit has meant that the method for calculating the limiting efficiency has come under scrutiny. In particular the inclusion of non-radiative transitions and transport apart from drift and diffusion is necessary for a consistent treatment. A method for the inclusion of non-radiative recombination into a three energy level system in a detailed balance framework is presented. Results are presented for the inclusion of an electron-electron Auger process at the central energy level. The results suggest that if the electron escapes to the conduction band edge the efficiency can be enhanced when away from the optimum band gap arrangement as compared to the cases of no Auger process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0780357728
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event28th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2000 - Anchorage, United States
Duration: Sep 15 2000Sep 22 2000


Other28th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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