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See detailVariable chemical decoration of extended defects in Cu-poor Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films
Schwarz, Torsten; Redinger, Alex UL; Siebentritt, Susanne UL et al

in Physical Review Materials (2019), 3

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See detailInvestigation of the SnS/Cu2ZnSnS4 Interfaces in Kesterite Thin-Film Solar Cells
Ren, Yi; Richter, Michael; Keller, Jan et al

in ACS ENERGY LETTERS (2017), 2(5), 976-981

Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), having only earth abundant elements, is a promising solar cell material. Nevertheless, the impact of the SnS secondary phase, which often forms alongside CZTS synthesis at high ... [more ▼]

Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), having only earth abundant elements, is a promising solar cell material. Nevertheless, the impact of the SnS secondary phase, which often forms alongside CZTS synthesis at high annealing temperature, on CZTS solar cells is poorly studied. We confirm, by means of X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping, that this phase tends to segregate at both the surface and the back side of annealed CZTS films with Cu-poor and Zn-rich composition. Using electron beam-induced current measurements, it is further demonstrated that the formation of SnS on the CZTS surface is harmful for solar cells, whereas the SnS phase can be beneficial for solar cells when it segregates on the CZTS rear. This positive contribution of SnS could stem from a passivation effect at the CZTS/SnS rear interface. This work opens new possibilities for an alternative interface development for kesterite-based photovoltaic technology. [less ▲]

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See detailSilver Doped Cu2SnS3 Absorber Layers for Solar Cells Application
De Wild, Jessica UL; Babbe, Finn UL; Robert, Erika UL et al

in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (2017)

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See detailTime resolved photoluminescence on Cu(In, Ga)Se-2 absorbers: Distinguishing degradation and trap states
Redinger, Alex UL; Levcenko, Sergiu; Hages, Charles J. et al

in APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS (2017), 110(12),

Recent reports have suggested that the long decay times in time resolved photoluminescence (TRPL), often measured in Cu(In, Ga)Se-2 absorbers may be a result of detrapping from sub-bandgap defects. In ... [more ▼]

Recent reports have suggested that the long decay times in time resolved photoluminescence (TRPL), often measured in Cu(In, Ga)Se-2 absorbers may be a result of detrapping from sub-bandgap defects. In this work, we show via temperature dependent measurements, that long lifetimes >50 ns can be observed that reflect the true minority carrier lifetime not related to deep trapping. Temperature dependent time resolved photoluminescence and steady state photoluminescence imaging measurements are used to analyze the effect of annealing in air and in a nitrogen atmosphere between 300K and 350K. We show that heating the Cu(In, Ga)Se-2 absorber in air can irreversibly decrease the TRPL decay time, likely due to a deterioration of the absorber surface. Annealing in an oxygen-free environment yields a temperature dependence of the TRPL decay times in accordance with Schockley Read Hall recombination kinetics and weakly varying capture cross sections according to T-0.6. Published by AIP Publishing. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentifying the Real Minority Carrier Lifetime in Nonideal Semiconductors: A Case Study of Kesterite Materials
Hages, Charles J.; Redinger, Alex UL; Levcenko, Sergiu et al

in Advanced Energy Materials (2017)

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See detailOptical properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films and identification of secondary phases by spectroscopic ellipsometry
Demircioglu, Ozden; Salas, Jose Fabio Lopez; Rey, Germain UL et al

in OPTICS EXPRESS (2017), 25(5), 5327-5340

We apply spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) to identify secondary phases in Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) absorbers and to investigate the optical properties of CZTSe. A detailed optical model is used to extract the ... [more ▼]

We apply spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) to identify secondary phases in Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) absorbers and to investigate the optical properties of CZTSe. A detailed optical model is used to extract the optical parameters, such as refractive index and extinction coefficient in order to extrapolate the band gap values of CZTSe samples, and to obtain information about the presence of secondary phases at the front and back sides of the samples. We show that SE can be used as a non-destructive method for detection of the secondary phases ZnSe and MoSe2 and to extrapolate the band gap values of CZTSe phase. (C) 2017 Optical Society of America [less ▲]

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See detailChemistry and Dynamics of Ge in Kesterite : Toward Band-Gap- Graded Absorbers
Marques, José; Stange, Helena; Hages, Charles J. et al

in Chemistry of Materials (2017), 29

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See detailFormation of nanometer-sized Cu-Sn-Se particles in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin-films and their effect on solar cell efficiency
Schwarz, Torsten; Cojocaru-Miredin, Oana; Mousel, Marina et al

in ACTA MATERIALIA (2017), 132

Atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy are used to study the formation of nano sized Cu-Sn-Se particles in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin -films. For a Cu -rich precursor, which was deposited at 320 ... [more ▼]

Atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy are used to study the formation of nano sized Cu-Sn-Se particles in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin -films. For a Cu -rich precursor, which was deposited at 320 degrees C under Cu- and Zn-rich growth conditions, Cu2-xSe grains at the surface are detected. During annealing the precursor at 500 degrees C in a SnSe + Se atmosphere most of the Cu2-xSe is transformed to Cu2ZnSnSe4 via the consumption of excessive ZnSe and incorporation of Sn. However, atom probe tomography studies also reveal the formation of various nanometer-sized Cu-Sn-Se particles close to the CdS/Cu(2)ZnSnSe4 interface. One of those particles has a composition close to the Cu2SnSe3 compound. This phase has a smaller band gap than Cu2ZnSnSe4 and is proposed to lead to a significant drop in the open -circuit voltage and could be the main cause for a detrimental p-n junction and the zero efficiency of the final device. Possible effects of the other phases on solar cell performance and formation mechanisms are discussed as well. (C)2017 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of annealing on electrical properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4 absorber layers
Weiss, Thomas UL; Redinger, Alex UL; Rey, Germain UL et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2016), 120

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See detailPhotoluminescence studies in epitaxial CZTSe thin films
Sendler, Jan UL; Thevenin, Maxime UL; Werner, Florian UL et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2016), 120

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See detailQuantitative PL Imaging of Thin Film Solar Cells - Potential and Pitfalls
Redinger, Alex UL; Kretzschmar, Steffen; Unold, Thomas Ieee

in IEEE PVSEC proceedings (2016)

Photoluminescence imaging as well as quantitative photoluminescence spectroscopy has been successfully applied to different solar cell materials, such as crystalline silicon and polycrystalline Cu(In, Ga ... [more ▼]

Photoluminescence imaging as well as quantitative photoluminescence spectroscopy has been successfully applied to different solar cell materials, such as crystalline silicon and polycrystalline Cu(In, Ga) Se-2. These methods can be used to investigate spatial inhomogeneities as well as for the contactless determination of quasi-Fermi level splittings, which are related to the open-circuit voltage in finished photovoltaic devices. The theory underlying the analysis of quantitative PL imaging is found to work reliably for more ideal semiconductors such as silicon, but can pose substantial problems for the more non-ideal semiconductors such as kesterite-type materials, where both the optical properties as well as the recombination process may vary widely from sample to sample. In this contribution we will evaluate different approaches to analyse quantitative PL imaging and discuss the potential pitfalls incurred, especially when the actual sample temperature during the measurement is not properly taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailOvercoming the Voc limitation of CZTSe solar cells
Risch, L.; Vauche, L.; Redinger, Alex UL et al

in IEEE (2016)

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See detailDeep Defects in Cu2ZnSnðS;SeÞ4 Solar Cells with Varying Se Content
Levcenko, S.; Just, J.; Redinger, Alex UL et al

in Physical Review Applied (2016)

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See detailRadiative recombination from localized states in CZT(S,Se) investigated by combined PL and TRPL at low temperatures
Kretzschmar, Steffen; Levcenco, Sergej; Just, Justus et al

in IEEE PVSEC proceedings (2016)

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See detailOptical methodology for process monitoring of chalcopyrite photovoltaic technologies: Application to low cost Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 electrodeposition based processes
Oliva, Florian; Kretzschmar, Steffen; Colombara, Diego UL et al

in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells (2016)

Non-destructive characterization of both single layers and completed devices are important issues for the development of efficient and low cost Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) modules at high yields. This implies ... [more ▼]

Non-destructive characterization of both single layers and completed devices are important issues for the development of efficient and low cost Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) modules at high yields. This implies for the need of methodologies suitable for the assessment of optical, electrical, and physico-chemical parameters that are relevant for the final device efficiency and that can be used for quality control and process monitoring at different process steps. In these applications, detection of in-homogeneities in the different layers from large area modules is especially relevant, being the presence of these inhomogeneities responsible for the existing gap between the efficiencies achieved in these technologies at cell and module levels. In this context, this work reviews the different optical methodologies that have been developed in the framework of the SCALENANO European project for the advanced assessment of the different layers in high efficiency electrodeposited – based CIGS devices. This has includes different strategies as those based on Raman scattering, Photoluminescence/Electroluminescence (PL/EL) based techniques and new photoelectrochemical based tools and firstly Raman spectroscopy is very sensitive to both composition and crystal quality parameters that are determining for device efficiency. Use of resonant Raman excitation strategies allows achieving a high sensitivity of the Raman spectra to the analysed features in the different regions of the device. This involves selection of the suitable excitation wavelength (in the broad spectral region from UV to IR) for the resonant Raman excitation of the required layer in the device. The strong increase in the intensity of the Raman peaks related to the use of resonant excitation conditions allows also decreasing the measuring time to times compatible with the implementation of these techniques at online process monitoring level. Analysed parameters include the electrical conductivity of the Al-doped ZnO window layer, the thickness of the CdS buffer layer and the chemical composition (S/(S+Se) relative content) and presence of relevant secondary phases as Cu-poor ordered vacancy compounds in the surface region of the absorbers. In addition PL/EL imaging are powerful techniques that provide direct access to the optoelectronic properties of the materials and devices. Whereas EL is performed using complete devices by injecting current in analogy to the operation of a light emitting diode, PL allows the characterization of bare absorber materials without the need for any functional or contacting layers. Moreover, semiconductor photo-electrochemistry (PEC) is a versatile technique that enables many opto-electronic properties of semiconductors to be determined. Essentially, a semiconductor on a conducting substrate placed in a solution containing redox species forms a Schottky barrier junction. The formation of such a diode enables basic semiconductor properties to be measured such as doping type, doping density, band gap and the flat band position versus the vacuum energy scale. In all these cases, quality control indicators suitable for the advanced assessment of these processes have been identified and validated for the electrodeposition-based processes developed at Nexcis Company. [less ▲]

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See detailIntragrain charge transport in kesterite thin films-Limits arising from carrier localization
Hempel, Hannes; Redinger, Alex UL; Repins, Ingrid et al

in JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS (2016), 120(17),

Intragrain charge carrier mobilities measured by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy in state of the art Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)(4) kesterite thin films are found to increase from 32 to 140 cm(2) V-1 s(-1) with ... [more ▼]

Intragrain charge carrier mobilities measured by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy in state of the art Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)(4) kesterite thin films are found to increase from 32 to 140 cm(2) V-1 s(-1) with increasing Se content. The mobilities are limited by carrier localization on the nanometer-scale, which takes place within the first 2 ps after carrier excitation. The localization strength obtained from the Drude-Smith model is found to be independent of the excited photocarrier density. This is in accordance with bandgap fluctuations as a cause of the localized transport. Charge carrier localization is a general issue in the probed kesterite thin films, which were deposited by co-evaporation colloidal inks, and sputtering followed by annealing with varying Se/S contents and yield 4.9\%-10.0 efficiency in the completed device. (C) 2016 Author(s). All article content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). [less ▲]

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See detailHighly conductive ZnO films with high near infrared transparency
Hala, Matej UL; Fujii, Shohei; Redinger, Alex UL et al

in Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications (2015)

We present an approach for deposition of highly conductive nominally undoped ZnO films that are suitable for the n-type window of low band gap solar cells. We demonstrate that low-voltage radio frequency ... [more ▼]

We present an approach for deposition of highly conductive nominally undoped ZnO films that are suitable for the n-type window of low band gap solar cells. We demonstrate that low-voltage radio frequency (RF) biasing of growing ZnO films during their deposition by non-reactive sputtering makes them as conductive as when doped by aluminium (ρ≤1·10−3Ω cm). The films prepared with additional RF biasing possess lower free-carrier concentration and higher free-carrier mobility than Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films of the same resistivity, which results in a substantially higher transparency in the near infrared region (NIR). Furthermore, these films exhibit good ambient stability and lower high-temperature stability than the AZO films of the same thickness. We also present the characteristics of Cu(InGa)Se2, CuInSe2 and Cu2ZnSnSe4-based solar cells prepared with the transparent window bilayer formed of the isolating and conductive ZnO films and compare them to their counterparts with a standard ZnO/AZO bilayer. We show that the solar cells with nominally undoped ZnO as their transparent conductive oxide layer exhibit an improved quantum efficiency for λ > 900 nm, which leads to a higher short circuit current density JSC. This aspect is specifically beneficial in preparation of the Cu2ZnSnSe4 solar cells with band gap down to 0.85 eV; our champion device reached a JSC of nearly 39 mAcm−2, an open circuit voltage of 378 mV, and a power conversion efficiency of 8.4 %. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Cu2Zn5SnSe8 and Cu2Zn6SnSe9 phases in co-evaporated Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin-films
Schwarz, Torsten; Marques, Miguel A.L.; Botti, Silvana et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2015), 107

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See detailMultiple phases of Cu2ZnSnSe4 detected by room temperature photoluminescence (vol 116, 073509, 2014)
Djemour, Rabie; Redinger, Alex UL; Mousel, Marina et al

in JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS (2015), 118(8),

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See detailEpitaxial Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films and devices
Redinger, Alex UL; Groiss, Heiko; Sendler, Jan UL et al

in THIN SOLID FILMS (2015), 582

Epitaxial Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films have been grown via high temperature coevaporation on GaAs(001). Electron backscattering diffraction confirms epitaxy in a wide compositional range. Different ... [more ▼]

Epitaxial Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films have been grown via high temperature coevaporation on GaAs(001). Electron backscattering diffraction confirms epitaxy in a wide compositional range. Different secondary phases are present in the epitaxial layer. The main secondary phases are Cu2SnSe3 and ZnSe which grow epitaxially on top of the CZTSe. Transmission electron microscopy measurements show that the epitaxial CZTSe grows predominantly parallel to the c-direction. Epitaxial CZTSe solar cells with a maximum power conversion efficiency of 2.1\%, an open-circuit voltage of 223 mV and a current density of 16 mA/cm(2) are presented. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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