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Silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) embedded in Si‐based dielectrics provide a Si‐based high band gap material (1.7 eV) and enable the construction of all‐crystalline Si tandem solar cells. However, Si nanocrystal formation involves high‐temperature annealing which deteriorates the properties of any previously established selective contacts. The inter‐diffusion of dopants during high‐temperature annealing alters Si NC formation and limits the built‐in voltage. Furthermore, most devices presented so far also involve electrically active bulk Si and therefore do not allow a clear separation of the observed photovoltaic effect of the nanocrystal layer from that of the bulk Si substrate. A membrane route is presented for nanocrystal based p–i–n solar cells to overcome these limitations. In this approach, the formation of both selective contacts is carried out after high‐temperature annealing and therefore not affected by the …
Publication date: 
1 Apr 2013

Philipp Löper, Mariaconcetta Canino, Julian López‐Vidrier, Manuel Schnabel, Florian Schindler, Friedemann Heinz, Anke Witzky, Michele Bellettato, Marco Allegrezza, Daniel Hiller, Andreas Hartel, Sebastian Gutsch, Sergi Hernández, Roberto Guerra, Stefano Ossicini, Blas Garrido, Stefan Janz, Margit Zacharias

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Volume: 210 Issue: 4 Pages: 669-675
physica status solidi (a)