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Handbook of the Physics of Thin-Film Solar Cells

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  • Provides an extensive physics analysis of most important types of solar cells and their operation

  • Written by one of the founders of thin film solar cell research and with a foreword by Martin Green

  • Contains an extensive word index and literature citation, and tables that are helpful at many levels of research

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (41 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XL
  2. Material Science of Solar Cells Atomic Binding Forces

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Crystal Bonding

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 3-22
    3. Crystal Structure

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 23-43
    4. The Growth of Semiconductors

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 45-49
    5. Crystal Defects

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 51-71
    6. Photochemical Reactions

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 73-82
  3. Electronic Properties

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 83-83
    2. Elements of Band Structure

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 85-103
    3. Bands and Band Gaps in Solids

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 105-147
    4. Equilibrium Statistics of Semiconductors

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 149-153
    5. Shallow Level Centers

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 155-169
    6. Deep Level Centers

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 171-206
    7. Defect Associates

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 207-216
    8. Defect States and Band States

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 217-225
    9. Defects in Amorphous Semiconductors

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 227-238
    10. Defects in Superlattices

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 239-245
    11. Carriers and Their Motion

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 247-270
    12. Carrier Transport

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 271-293
    13. Carrier Scattering at Low Fields

      • Karl W. Böer
      Pages 295-313

About this book

This handbook is a compendium giving a comprehensive description of the basics of semiconductor physics relevant to the design and analysis of thin film solar cell materials. It starts from the basics of material science, describing the material and its growth, defect and electrical properties, the basics of its interaction with photons and the involved statistics, proceeding to space charge effects in semiconductors and pn-junctions. Most attention is given to analyze homo- and hetero-junction solar cells using various models and applying the field-of-direction analysis for discussing current voltage characteristics, and helping to discover the involvement of high-field effects in solar cells. The comprehensive coverage of the main topics of - and relating to - solar cells with extensive reference to literature helps scientists and engineers at all levels to reach a better understanding and im provement of solar cell properties and their production. The author is one of the founders of thin film solar cell research.

Keywords

  • Compound Semiconductor Solar Cells
  • Deep-level Centers
  • Hetero-junctions Solar Cells
  • Material Properties of Solar Cells
  • Photovoltaics
  • Shallow-level Centers
  • Solar Cells
  • Solar Material Properties
  • Structure and Growth of Semiconductors
  • Theory of Solar Cells

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Delaware, Naples, USA

    Karl W. Böer

About the author

Dr. Karl W. Böer, is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Solar Energy at the University of Delaware, emeritus, he is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, the ASES, and the AAAS; he has won numerous top prizes in National and International Professional Societies and from his University; he is the Author of over 320 publications relating to solid state physics and solar energy and the author of six books in solid state physics, numerous book chapters and editor of 25 international proceedings. He created physica status solidi and is still an editor of series (a), he has created and acted as editor-in-chief of the Advances in Solar Energy for more than two decades. Listed in World’s Who’s Who and may other reference books and was recently inducted into the World’s Solar Energy Hall of Fame. He is best known for his extensive research into the electrical properties of cadmium sulfide and for his development of CdS-based solar cells and for the creation of the first solar house that integrated solar electric and thermal conversion in a systems approach (the Solar One house of the University of Delaware). He is the author of numerous patents in the field of semiconducting and photo conducting devices. He is still a Research Professor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Material Science and Engineering, as well as conducting joined research of CdS/CdTe solar cells with members of the Institute of Energy Conversion of the University of Delaware. The University created in his name the Solar Energy Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Global Solar Energy Utilization, with the first awardee, the former President of United States, Jimmy Carter in 1988 and since then biannually to worlds leaders in solar energy conversion.

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Buying options

eBook USD 429.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-36748-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 549.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 549.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)