ELE 557 / ENE 557
Solar Cells: Physics, Materials, and Technology
Photovoltaic materials and devices are discussed. Topics covered: solar flux distribution and spectra, photovoltaic parameters, loss mechanisms, Shockley-Queisser detailed balance approach, stability, light management, module design and various solar cell technologies, drawing distinctions between heterojunction and homojunction devices. These include crystalline Si and III-V, and thin film cells such as CIGS, CdTe, dye sensitized, and organic. The treatment of organic solar cells will be notably in-depth. Finally, we present methods to go beyond classical limits, such as intermediate band solar cells and multijunction devices.
Sample reading list:
Jenny Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells
Stephen Fonash, Solar Cell Device Physics
Peter Würfel, Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced C
Not Open to Freshmen.
This course is open to undergraduate students with knowledge of semiconductor fundamentals. Timing may be modified to accommodate scheduling conflicts.
|42845||L01||1:30 pm - 2:50 pm||M W||Engineering Quad B-Wing B205||Enrolled:18 Limit:25|