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Spring 2010-2011
ELE 541 / MSE 510   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Electronic Materials

James C. Sturm

Physics of solar cells and resulting material requirements. 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, evaluation of cell and module performance. Application of physical principles to concentrator and thin film solar cells. Review of technologies, with focus on highly efficient silicon 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

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A course in solid-state or semiconductor physics, or in solid-state chemistry..

Other information:
Class times may be adjusted based on students' schedules. Grades will be given based on quizzes, one to three presentations, and a final exam.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41504 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:50:00 pm T Th   Friend Center   006   Enrolled:28 Limit:50