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Spring 2017-2018
ELE 557 / ENE 557 / MSE 558   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Solar Cells: Physics, Materials, and Technology

Barry P. Rand

Photovoltaic materials & devices discussed. Topics: solar flux distribution & spectra, photovoltaic parameters, loss mechanisms, Shockley-Queisser detailed balance approach, stability, light management, module design & various solar cell technologies, drawing distinctions between heterojunction and homojunction devices including crystalline Si and III-V & thin film cells such as CIGS, CdTe, dye sensitized, perovskite & organic. Finally, we present methods to go beyond classical limits, such as intermediate band solar cells & multijunction devices.

Sample reading list:
Jenny Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells
B.P. Rand, H. Richter, Organic Solar Cells
Peter Würfel, Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced C

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Lab Reports - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Problem set(s) - 20%

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
42609 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:11 Limit:25
42610 B01 10:00:00 am - 12:00:00 pm F        Enrolled:11 Limit:25