Photoluminescence Study of the MgxZn1-xO/CdSeyTe1-yInterface: The Effect of Oxide Bandgap and Resulting Band Alignment

Carey Reich, Gavin Yeung, Arthur Onno, Adam Danielson, Zachary C. Holman, Colin Wolden, Walajabad Sampath

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MgxZn1-xO (MZO) has recently gained popularity as a transparent electron contact in CdTe-based solar cells. The value of the conduction band offset (CBO) and, hence, of the MZO bandgap are often considered essential parameters of this interface, as - in theory - the CBO has a strong impact on both the conduction of electrons and the recombination of holes. However, in this contribution, we report MZO/CdSeTe interfaces where recombination appears to be independent of the CBO. The implications of such results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419222
StatePublished - Jun 20 2021
Event48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2021Jun 25 2021

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale


  • Band offset
  • CdTe
  • MgZnO
  • Passivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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