Simulation of a-Si/c-GaAs/c-Si heterojunction solar cells

Kazi Islam, Ammar Nayfeh

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In this paper we investigate the performance of thin film a-Si(n+)/c-GaAs(p)/c-Si(p+) heterojunction solar cells by TCAD simulation. The effects of minority carrier lifetime and GaAs layer thickness have been studied. For comparison, a-Si/c-Si based solar cell was also simulated. The results show that for lifetimes larger than 1μs, the Voc is 0.8V for GaAs and 0.68V for the c-Si cell. While for lifetimes less than 1μs, the Voc still remains 0.8V for GaAs but drops to 0.4V for the c-Si cell. In addition, the Jsc for the GaAs cell is about 1.4mA/cm2 larger than the c-Si cell for the 2μm case and it is independent of lifetime for both cells. As a result, the efficiency of the 2μm GaAs solar cell is 3.78% more than the c-Si cell for lifetime=1μs. The effect of GaAs and c-Si absorber layer thickness is also studied. The difference in Jsc between GaAs and c-Si solar cell is larger for thinner solar cells. This bodes well for thin film GaAs based solar cells.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings - UKSim-AMSS 6th European Modelling Symposium, EMS 2012
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2012
EventUKSim-AMSS 6th European Modelling Symposium, EMS 2012 - Malta, Malta
Duration: 14 Nov 201216 Nov 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - UKSim-AMSS 6th European Modelling Symposium, EMS 2012


ConferenceUKSim-AMSS 6th European Modelling Symposium, EMS 2012


  • GaAs
  • HIT
  • Solar Cells
  • TCAD
  • Thin Film


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