Low-Intensity High-Temperature (LIHT) solar cells for venus atmosphere

Jonathan Grandidier, Alexander P. Kirk, Mark L. Osowski, Pawan K. Gogna, Shizhao Fan, Minjoo L. Lee, Margaret A. Stevens, Phillip Jahelka, Giulia Tagliabue, Harry A. Atwater, James A. Cutts

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Low-intensity high-temperature solar cells that operate effectively in the atmosphere of Venus at various altitudes and also survive on the 465 °C surface of Venus are being developed. Thermal stability, high-temperature current-voltage (I-V), and external quantum efficiency measurements on GaInP/GaAs double-junction solar cells are presented. Solar-cell modeling under the atmospheric conditions of Venus is used to design the optimum solar-cell structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8478421
Pages (from-to)1621-1626
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2018


  • High-temperature photovoltaics
  • Venus exploration missions
  • multi-junction solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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