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Theoretical analysis of the influence of defect parameters on photovoltaic performances of composition graded InGaN solar cells

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Abstract

In this paper, we have used simulations to evaluate the impact of the distribution of electrically active defects on the photovoltaic performances of InGaN-based solar cell. The simulations were carried out using Silvaco's ATLAS software. We have modeled a P-GaN/Grad-InGaN/i-In0.53Ga0.47N/Grad-InGaN/N-ZnO where Grad-InGaN corresponds to an InGaN layer with a graded composition. This layer is inserted to eliminate the band discontinuities at the interface between InGaN and the GaN and ZnO layers. The defects were modeled through the introduction of band tails and a Gaussian distribution of defects in i-InGaN material. We have evaluated the influence of band tail widths as well as the parameters of the Gaussian distribution (i.e. defect density, mean position and standard deviation) on the short-circuit current, the open-circuit voltage and the fill-factor (efficiency) of the solar cell. These results have allowed us to identify key structural parameters useful for the optimization of InGaN solar cells, as well as to give realistic estimates of the performances of such cells.
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hal-00764807 , version 1 (12-01-2022)

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V. Gorge, A. Migan-Dubois, Zakaria Djebbour, K. Pantzas, Simon Gautier, et al.. Theoretical analysis of the influence of defect parameters on photovoltaic performances of composition graded InGaN solar cells. Materials Science and Engineering, 2013, B 178, pp.142-148. ⟨10.1016/j.mseb.2012.10.033⟩. ⟨hal-00764807⟩
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