Spin dependent recombination in CdTe/CdS solar cells

S. I. Goodridge, P. M. Lenahan, C. D. Young, M. Quevedo-Lopez, J. Avila-Avendano

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We report upon a new analytical approach for cadmium telluride/cadmium sulfide photovoltaic cells that is directly and exclusively sensitive to recombination center defects within the devices. The apparatus required to carry out these measurements is relatively straightforward and the response is robust. The measurements exploit the fact that recombination events through deep level defects are spin dependent and the presence of relatively small magnetic fields can alter spin dependent phenomena. The measurement involves small changes in the recombination current as a function of magnetic field when device current is strongly affected by recombination events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509027248
StatePublished - Nov 18 2016
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Portland, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2016Jun 10 2016

Publication series

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


Other43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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