Photovoltaic characteristics of multiple quantum well solar cells with distributed Bragg reflector and selective filters

Chung Yu Hong, Yi Chin Wang, Mu Min Hung, Yu Chih Su, Jia Ling Tsai, Yu Chen Lin, Chao Ming Tung, Min An Tsai, Guo Chung Ghi, Peichen Yu*

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Abstract

We investigate the photon recycling characteristics of single junction solar cells incorporating 50-pairs multiple quantum wells (MQW) to exploit the high radiative recombination rate in one-dimensional carrier-confinement structures. In particular, we systematically compare solar cells with monolithically grown distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs), as well as selective filters (SFs) with cutoff wavelengths of 880, 910, and 930 nm under standard and concentrated illumination conditions. Optical confinement in the vertical direction is verified based on the reflective spectra and electroluminescence properties. Consequently, the photo-recycling effect manifests under concentrated conditions, where the maximal open circuit voltage difference, by 12mV under 200× illumination, is achieved for MQW solar cells incorporating both the DBR and the 910-nm-cutoff SF, compared to those without the DBR or SFs. It is also revealed that the fill factor (FF) is also affected by the photon recycling effect, where incorporating SF results in the FF enhancement compared to the counterpart without the SF and the enhancement is higher for those with DBRs than without the DBRs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-3
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056057
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017

Conference

Conference44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period25/06/1730/06/17

Keywords

  • GaAs solar cells
  • Open-circuit voltage
  • Photon recycle
  • Selective filter

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