Effects of growth temperature and device structure on GaP solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy

M. Vaisman, S. Tomasulo, T. Masuda, J. R. Lang, J. Faucher, M. L. Lee

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Abstract

Gallium phosphide (GaP) is an attractive candidate for wide-bandgap solar cell applications, possessing the largest bandgap of the III-arsenide/phosphides without aluminum. However, GaP cells to date have exhibited poor internal quantum efficiency (IQE), even for photons absorbed by direct transitions, motivating improvements in material quality and device structure. In this work, we investigated GaP solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy over a range of substrate temperatures, employing a much thinner emitter than in prior work. Higher growth temperatures yielded the best solar cell characteristics, indicative of increased diffusion lengths. Furthermore, the inclusion of an AlGaP window layer improved both open-circuit voltage and short wavelength IQE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063903
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume106
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 9 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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