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Optical transition energies as a probe of stress in polycrystalline CdTe thin films
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FIG. 1.

(Color online) ɛ at Tm  = 15 °C for the Td  = 188 °C CdTe film and ɛ at room temperature for single crystal CdTe. Major critical points within this spectral range are indicated.

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FIG. 2.

(Color online) The Tm  = 15 °C E0 CP energy (left scale) of CdTe films as a function of Td . The in-plane compressive stress (right scale) was deduced with the assumed grain structure shown at the upper right.

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FIG. 3.

(Color online) Linear fits of E 0 vs. Tm and the average slope 〈C T (E0)〉 for the sputtered CdTe films of Fig. 2, compared with c-CdTe as studied by Kim (see Ref. 9).

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FIG. 4.

(Color online) Shifts in the E1, E1 + Δ1, and E2 CP energies at Tm  = 15-23 °C for CdTe films and solar cells with the thicknesses and process conditions indicated, relative to the CP energies of c-CdTe. These shifts are plotted versus stress deduced from ΔE 0 (for films) or from a CP average (for cells). The stress coefficients are the slopes of the linear fits (solid lines) for the as-deposited 0.1 μm films forced to pass through the c-CdTe points (stars at X = 0). Arrows and dotted lines denote the process flow for the growth and CdCl2 treatment (see Fig. 5) of the CdTe layer of a cell.

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FIG. 5.

(Color online) Depth profile of stress in the CdTe layer of an as-grown and CdCl2 treated solar cell, deduced from three CP energies, using stress coefficients of Table I.


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Table I.

Stress coefficients of the CP energies for sputtered CdTe films and the CP energies for c-CdTe and CdTe films before (Td  = 215 °C) and after CdCl2 treatment. The error bars are the 90% confidence limits in the fits using Eq. (1).


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Scitation: Optical transition energies as a probe of stress in polycrystalline CdTe thin films