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Thin-Film Compound Semiconductor Photovoltaics — 2007: Volume 1012. MRS Proceedings

  • ID: 2129617
  • Book
  • November 2007
  • 514 Pages
  • Cambridge University Press
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Thin-film compound semiconductor photovoltaic solar cells have demonstrated efficiencies of nearly 20% and are leading candidates to provide lower-cost energy due to potential advantages in manufacturing and materials costs. To fulfill the promise, a number of technical issues are being addressed, including a lack of fundamental understanding of these unique materials, devices and processes for large-area deposition. This book focuses on advances in the materials science, chemistry, processing and device issues of thin-film compound semiconductor materials that are used, or have potential use, in photovoltaic solar cells and related applications. Topics include: growth and performance of compound thin-film solar cells; novel materials and processes; defects and impurities; industrial perspectives; contacts and interfaces; grain boundaries and inhomogeneities; and structural, optical and electronic characterization.
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Timothy Gessert National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado.

Ken Durose University of Durham.

Clemens Heske University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sylvain Marsillac University of Toledo, Ohio.

Takahiro Wada Ryukoku University, Japan.
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