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See detailImpact of metallic potassium post-deposition treatment on epitaxial Cu(In, Ga)Se2
Martin Lanzoni, Evandro UL; Ramirez Sanchez, Omar UL; Phirke, Himanshu UL et al

in Thin Solid Films (2021)

Alkali post-deposition treatments (PDTs) of Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) absorbers are known to improve the power conversion efficiency of the thin-film solar cell devices. The PDTs are usually carried out via ... [more ▼]

Alkali post-deposition treatments (PDTs) of Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) absorbers are known to improve the power conversion efficiency of the thin-film solar cell devices. The PDTs are usually carried out via evaporation of alkali fluorides in a selenium atmosphere onto a hot substrate. In this work, an alkali metal dispenser was used to evaporate pure metallic potassium onto epitaxial CIGSe absorbers. Subsequently, the absorber layers were heated in-situ to monitor chemical reactions and diffusion into the bulk. Due to the absence of grain boundaries, fluorine, and selenium, the effect of K on CIGSe absorber properties can be directly monitored. We find that potassium effectively diffuses into the bulk of epitaxial CIGSe absorber layers. The diffusion depends on the Cucontent of the CIGSe absorbers, in which Cu-depleted films present higher diffusion rates of K. Photoluminescence (PL) imaging corroborates that K in the bulk of the CIGSe absorber increases the PL yield, suggesting a passivation of defects or an increase in doping. This work highlights that alkali PDTs are not limited by interface and grain boundary modifications but also changes the absorber bulk properties, which needs to be taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailElectronic and compositional properties of the rear-side of stoichiometric CuInSe2 absorbers
Kameni Boumenou, Christian UL; Elisabeth, Amala; Babbe, Finn et al

in Progress in Photovoltaics (2020)

In-depth understanding and subsequent optimization of the contact layers in thin film solar cells are of high importance in order to reduce the amount of nonradiative recombination and thereby improve ... [more ▼]

In-depth understanding and subsequent optimization of the contact layers in thin film solar cells are of high importance in order to reduce the amount of nonradiative recombination and thereby improve device performance. In this work, the buried MoSe2/CuInSe2 interface of stoichiometric absorbers is investigated with scanning tunneling spectroscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy combined with compositional measurements acquired via photo-electron spectroscopy after a mechanical lift-off process. We find that the local density of states, as measured with scanning tunneling spectroscopy, is similar to the front-side of ultra-high vacuum annealed CISe absorbers. The grain boundaries exhibit a weak upward band bending, opposite to Cu-poor CuGaSe2, and we measure an increased Cu accumulation at the rear CISe surface compared to the bulk composition and a non-zero concentration of Cu on the Mo-side. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements corroborate that a small amount of a CuxSe secondary phase is present at the MoSe2/CuInSe2 interface in contrast to reports on Cu-poor material. Our findings shed new light into the complex interface formation of CuInSe2-based thin film solar cells grown under Cu-rich conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPassivation of the CuInSe2 surface via cadmium pre-electrolyte treatment
Kameni Boumenou, Christian UL; Babbe, Finn; Elizabeth, Amala et al

in Physical Review Materials (2020)

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