Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 21, pp 6981–6987 | Cite as

The optical and structural properties of polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 absorber thin films

  • F. B. DejeneEmail author


The pentenary compound semiconductor Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 is one of the most attractive materials for high-efficiency solar cells due to its tunable band gap to match well the solar spectrum. In this study, semiconducting Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 thin films were prepared by a classical two-step growth process, which involves the selenization and/or sulfurization of In/Cu–Ga precursor. During the precursor formation step metallic In/Cu–Ga alloys were deposited onto the Mo-coated soda-lime glass substrates by DC magnetron sputter process. The respective precursors were subsequently reacted with H2Se and/or H2S gasses, at elevated temperatures. By optimizing the selenization parameters, such as the gas concentrations, reaction time, reaction temperature, and the flow of H2Se and H2S, high quality, single phase pentenary films were obtained. The gallium and sulfur diffusion behaviors were found to depend strongly on the selenization/sulfurization profile. The surface morphology, phase structure, and composition of the layers were analyzed by scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and electron diffraction spectroscopy. Photoluminescence measurements were performed to examine the optical properties of the films.


Gallium Chalcopyrite H2Se Solar Cell Device Metallic Precursor 



The author would like to thank Dr. Mutsumi Sugiyama and Prof. H. Nakanishi of the Tokyo University of Science Technology, Prof. S. F. Chichibu of the Tsukuba University for their help and fruitful discussions. He is also grateful to Prof. V. Albert of the University of Johannesburg for help with the experiments. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy work by Martin van Staden and Werner Jordaan and AFM work by Prof. Tembela Hillie of CSIR microscopy group are also gratefully acknowledged. The financial support of the National Research Foundation and University of Free State is acknowledged. The author, who is a Regular Associate of the Abdul Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, undertook part of this study with the support of ICTP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of the Free StatePhuthaditjhabaSouth Africa

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