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Electric field engineering using quantum-size-effect-tuned heterojunctions
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FIG. 1.

(a) and (b) Simulated equilibrium band diagrams of the QJ and the field-enhanced QJ structures, respectively. (c) and (d) Simulated band diagrams at open circuit conditions for the same structures as in (a) and (b), respectively, under 1000 W/m solar illumination. The field-enhanced QJ exhibits a higher open circuit voltage due to the increased separation between the Fermi levels of the p-type and N-type layers and (e) a higher built-in voltage at the equilibrium. (f) Simulated electric field inside the solar cell active layers at the maximum power point. The field-enhanced QJ architecture exhibits a higher electric field magnitude. The electric field vector is directed towards the p-layer, driving minority holes towards their respective contact during photovoltaic operation.

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FIG. 2.

Comparison between experiments and simulations for (a) open circuit voltage, (b) short circuit current, (c) fill factor, and (d) power conversion efficiency as a function of the electronic bandgap of the top N layer. The smallest bandgap point is equivalent to the quantum junction device.

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FIG. 3.

(a) Current-voltage characteristic of a typical QJ device and the best field-enhanced QJ device. (b) Comparison of device figures of merit for the QJ and optimized field-enhanced QJ structures.

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FIG. 4.

Simulated V (a) and PCE (b) as a function of the donor density in the N layer for a field-enhanced QJ.


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Table I.

Mean value of PCE and statistical error evaluated on 20 best QJ and field-enhanced QJ devices.


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Scitation: Electric field engineering using quantum-size-effect-tuned heterojunctions