Physics of solar cells and resulting material requirements. Focus on highly efficient silicon solar cells. Absorption of light, pn junction theory and carrier transport, theory of carrier generation and recombination in the bulk and at interfaces, contacts, components of cell efficiency. Cell design, cell models and techniques for loss minimization. Growth of silicon material, technology of cell and module fabrication. Evaluation of cell and module performance. Application of physical principles to concentrator and thin film solar cells.
Sample reading list:
Jenny Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells
Stephen J. Fonash, Solar Cell Device Physics
Martin A. Green, Solar Cells: Operating Principles, Technology, & System App.
Alan L. Fahrenbruch and Richard H. Bube, Fundamentals of Solar Cells
Tom Markvart and Luis Castaner, Solar Cells: Materials, Manufacture & Operation
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A course in solid-state or semiconductor physics, or in solid-state chemistry..
Class times will be adjusted to students' schedules. Grades will be given based on weekly quizzes, one to three presentations, and an oral final exam.
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