We present and discuss advances in the development of p-type Si heterojunction solar cells with Al-doped ZnO (AZO) on both front and rear side, by means of mixed-phase Si- and SiOx-based doped layers. We demonstrate that while rear AZO can be deleterious when using p-type amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), p-type microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) allows for: (1) suppression of the p-layer/AZO Schottky-like barrier, (2) relevant Voc increase, and (3) improved transport and extraction of carriers. In contrast, Voc reduction and increased low-injection recombination is observed with n-type μc-Si:H in conjunction with AZO, likely due to the low defect density of the material which entails severe depletion effects. These issues are avoided with the more defective mixed-phase n-SiOx, which additionally provides for reduced parasitic absorption losses and is thus established as the optimal emitter choice. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.

Potentials of mixed-phase doped layers in p-type Si heterojunction solar cells with ZnO:Al

Delli Veneri, P.;Tucci, M.;Izzi, M.;Lancellotti, L.;Della Noce, M.;Usatii, I.;Bobeico, E.;Mercaldo, L.V.
2017

Abstract

We present and discuss advances in the development of p-type Si heterojunction solar cells with Al-doped ZnO (AZO) on both front and rear side, by means of mixed-phase Si- and SiOx-based doped layers. We demonstrate that while rear AZO can be deleterious when using p-type amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), p-type microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) allows for: (1) suppression of the p-layer/AZO Schottky-like barrier, (2) relevant Voc increase, and (3) improved transport and extraction of carriers. In contrast, Voc reduction and increased low-injection recombination is observed with n-type μc-Si:H in conjunction with AZO, likely due to the low defect density of the material which entails severe depletion effects. These issues are avoided with the more defective mixed-phase n-SiOx, which additionally provides for reduced parasitic absorption losses and is thus established as the optimal emitter choice. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
Passivation;Si heterojunction solar cells;Nanocrystalline silicon oxide;ZnO:Al;μc-Si:H
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