A new solar cell simulator: WxAMPS

Yiming Liu, Dan Heinzel, Angus Rockett

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


A new solar cell simulation program, wxAMPS, is presented in this work. The interface of wxAMPS is developed using a cross-platform library, wxWidgets, and the kernel is based on an updated version of the AMPS (Analysis of Microelectronic and Photonic Structures) code. wxAMPS incorporates two different tunneling models for better simulation of specific types of solar cells. Compared to the drift-diffusion model, the intra-band tunneling model provides more realistic characteristics for heterojunction solar cells. The other tunneling component is trap-assisted tunneling current, which plays an important role in tunneling recombination at junctions. To increase the convergence property of this model, a new algorithm that combines the Newton method and the Gummel method has been developed. The simulation results from different models are compared. A preliminary WIKI has also been set up, which provides a database of materials parameters for various kinds of solar cells to help the PV community share materials data and more easily implement simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram - 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2011Jun 24 2011

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Other37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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