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Spring 2013-2014
ELE 557 / ENE 557   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Solar Cells: Physics, Materials, and Technology

Barry P. Rand

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

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
This course is open to undergraduate students with knowledge of semiconductor fundamentals. Timing may be modified to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42845 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Engineering Quad B-Wing   B205   Enrolled:12 Limit:25