ZnGeAs2 thin films properties: A potentially useful semiconductor for photovoltaic applications

T. J. Peshek, Z. Tang, L. Zhang, Rakesh Singh, B. To, T. A. Gessert, T. J. Coutts, Nathan Newman, M. Van Schilfgaarde

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Abstract

We have studied the chalcopyrite compound ZnGeAs2 to access its potential as a novel photovoltaic material. Thin films of ZnGeAs2 have been produced by pulsed laser depositionThe films are deposited at 315 °C and are amorphous. They crystallize above 450 °C and improve in crystallinity up to and including 600 °C. At that temperature the Hall mobility is 55 ± 2 cm2√Vs , which is within uncertainty to the highest mobility ever reported for this material. We find a rather high carrier concentration, of order 1018 - 1019 for the annealed films, presumably due to the presence of Zn vacancies. The material is an effective light absorber, with an absorption coefficient of order 104 1/cm at 1.2 eV. These properties suggest ZnGeAs2 may be used to produce cost effective and efficient solar cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
Pages1367-1369
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2009Jun 12 2009

Publication series

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

Other

Other2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period6/7/096/12/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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