Properties and Imaging of Thick Doped Amorphous Silicon in Direct Contact with Aluminum for Use in Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells

Jonathan L. Bryan, Abhinandan Gangopadhyay, Zhengshan Yu, Ashling Mehdi Leilaeioun, Joe V. Carpenter, Jianwei Shi, William Weigand, Kathryn C. Fisher, David J. Smith, Zachary Holman

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Abstract

We present the characterization of amorphous silicon/aluminum carrier-selective contacts in both front- and rear-emitter configurations, where the aluminum makes direct contact with the doped a-Si:H layers in silicon heterojunction solar cells. The resistance and passivation quality of these contacts have been measured using the transmission line measurement and the quasi-steady-state photoconductance techniques, respectively. The thickness of the doped a-Si:H layer in direct contact with the aluminum is 20 nm and post-aluminumsputtering annealing temperature ranges from 150-240 °C. Samples with aluminum on an a-Si:H(n) layer annealed at 180°C had a contact resistivity below 1 mΩcm 2 while the lifetime remained at 4.8 milliseconds- essentially unchanged from the pre-sputtered, passivated sample. These values are superior to those for the traditional silicon heterojunction contact with a transparent conductive oxide layer and can enable devices with low resistive losses and tremendous optical properties through the insertion of a low-refractive index dielectric material at a wellchosen contact fraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1974-1978
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685297
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Event7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC

Other

Other7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • amorphous silicon
  • crystalline silicon
  • silicon heterojunction solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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