The Interaction of Molten Silicon with Silicon Metal Oxynitride Solid Solutions

  • R. R. Wills
  • I. Sekercioglu
Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 14)


Considerable attention is being given to developing better methods of processing solar cells. These methods generally fall into one of two categories: (1) slicing and wafering of Czochralski boules and (2) ribbon growth methods.1–3. In all of these processes, refractory materials are needed as crucibles to hold the molten silicon, and some of the ribbon processes also require a ceramic shaping die to form the silicon sheet.


Silicon Aluminum Beryllium Oxide Molten Silicon Silicon Monoxide Silicon Sheet 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. Wills
    • 1
  • I. Sekercioglu
    • 1
  1. 1.Batelle Columbus LaboratoriesUSA

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