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1. T.-y. Chung, C.-H. Wang, K.-J. Chang, S.-Y. Chen, H.-H. Hsieh, C.-P. Huang, and C.-H. Arthur Cheng, “ Evaluation of the spatial distribution of series and shunt resistances of a solar cell using dark lock-in thermography,” J. Appl. Phys. 115, 034901 (2014).
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In a recent article, Chung [J. Appl. Phys. , 034901 (2014)] proposed a novel method to measure series resistances in solar cells quantitatively by dark lock-in thermography. However, the theory to this method contains a mathematical fault; therefore, the method cannot work as expected. Some unphysical predictions and consequences of this theory are reported.


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