Silver nanoparticles incorporated in aluminum doped ZnO for heterojunction solar cells

Juhyung Yun, Eric Kozarsky, Joondong Kim, Hossein Shokri Kojori, Sung Jin Kim, Chong Tong, Jun Wang, Wayne A. Anderson

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Abstract

AZO/Si heterojunction solar cells were fabricated and investigated. In this structure AZO plays a role as a transparent current spreading layer and rectifying junction with silicon (Si). Furthermore, by introducing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) inside of the AZO film, light harvesting was enhanced because of plasmonic and light scattering effects ensuring minimized electrical and optical loss within the AZO. AZO was grown by co-sputtering of ZnO and Al. AZO (Al 5.78 wt%) was deposited on Si with 20, 40 nm of thickness. Ag NPs were then spread by spin coating and 230 nm of AZO was deposited again having a sandwich-like structure. In SEM observation, Ag NPs covered 4.7 % of the front surface. Solar cells were fabricated using Al front and back contacts with the size of 0.25 cm2. Computer simulations were carried out to optimize current gain regarding a total photon energy into Si. In calculation, absorption enhancement is maximized when Ag NPs are located as close to the Si layer in the range of 10 ∼ 40 nm. Experimentally, 20 nm of bottom AZO showed the best result in terms of efficiency. Spectral response showed 15 % enhancement at 430 nm and 5 ∼ 10% enhancement within 600 1 nm. Best performance was shown to have 0.36 V of Voc, 28.3 mA/cm2 of Jsc and an efficiency of 5.91 %.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Pages2625-2627
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2012
Event38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2012Jun 8 2012

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Other38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period6/3/126/8/12

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Heterojunctions
Solar cells
Silver
Nanoparticles
Aluminum
Silicon
Optical losses
Spin coating
Light scattering
Sputtering
Photons
Scanning electron microscopy
Computer simulation

Keywords

  • Ag nanoparticles
  • Al doped ZnO
  • Heterojunction
  • Plasmonics
  • Solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Yun, J., Kozarsky, E., Kim, J., Kojori, H. S., Kim, S. J., Tong, C., ... Anderson, W. A. (2012). Silver nanoparticles incorporated in aluminum doped ZnO for heterojunction solar cells. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 2625-2627). [6318133] https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6318133

Silver nanoparticles incorporated in aluminum doped ZnO for heterojunction solar cells. / Yun, Juhyung; Kozarsky, Eric; Kim, Joondong; Kojori, Hossein Shokri; Kim, Sung Jin; Tong, Chong; Wang, Jun; Anderson, Wayne A.

Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2012. p. 2625-2627 6318133.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Yun, J, Kozarsky, E, Kim, J, Kojori, HS, Kim, SJ, Tong, C, Wang, J & Anderson, WA 2012, Silver nanoparticles incorporated in aluminum doped ZnO for heterojunction solar cells. in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., 6318133, pp. 2625-2627, 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012, Austin, TX, United States, 6/3/12. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6318133
Yun J, Kozarsky E, Kim J, Kojori HS, Kim SJ, Tong C et al. Silver nanoparticles incorporated in aluminum doped ZnO for heterojunction solar cells. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2012. p. 2625-2627. 6318133 https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6318133
Yun, Juhyung ; Kozarsky, Eric ; Kim, Joondong ; Kojori, Hossein Shokri ; Kim, Sung Jin ; Tong, Chong ; Wang, Jun ; Anderson, Wayne A. / Silver nanoparticles incorporated in aluminum doped ZnO for heterojunction solar cells. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2012. pp. 2625-2627
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