Indium phosphide (InP) has long since been seen as the ideal material choice for single-junction solar cells given its optimal band gap and high absorption coefficient. We report on the performance of heterojunction solar cells formed by depositing aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO), using pulsed laser deposition for the first time, onto p-type InP substrates. It is also found that a ZnO insulator layer (i-ZnO) between an InP base and AZO emitter can yield higher solar conversion efficiency and quantum efficiency over a baseline AZO/InP device. This 10-nm-thick intrinsic ultra-thin buffer enhanced collection probability but decreased surface recombination rate, which in turn shoot short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage, and fill factor to 17.4 mA/cm2, 0.58 V, and 72.9 %, respectively. A maximum power conversion efficiency of 7.3 % was realized by intergrading i-ZnO, which is ~20 % higher than baseline AZO/InP device of 6.1 %. This is also the record for this type of cell structure, using AZO as the emitter.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing|
|State||Published - Sep 22 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)