Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 37, Number 2, February 2007
|Page(s)||143 - 147|
|Section||Microelectronics and Optoelectronics|
|Published online||17 January 2007|
Charge conduction mechanisms and photovoltaic properties of n-(Ga2S3-Ga2Se3)/p-Si heterojunctions
Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy square, 11757 Cairo, Egypt
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 14 October 2006
Accepted: 31 October 2006
Published online: 17 January 2007
Electrical and photoelectrical measurements are made at different temperatures on heterojunction photovoltaic cells fabricated by vacuum deposition of n-(Ga2Se3-Ga2S3) thin films onto p-Si single crystals. A complete study of the current density as a function of voltage and temperature is carried out in order to gain fundamental information on trap depth, trap distribution and position of the Fermi level. At high forward bias, the results are consistent with space-charge-limited conduction due to an exponentially decreasing distribution of traps. At low voltages, the dark current density in the forward direction varies exponentially with voltage. The devices exhibit strong photovoltaic characteristics with an open-circuit voltage of 0.70 V, a short-circuit current density of 9.42 mA cm−2 and a power conversion efficiency of 5.20%. These parameters have been estimated at room temperature and under light illumination provided by a halogen lamp with an input power density of 50 mW cm−2.
PACS: 72.40.+w – Photoconduction and photovoltaic effects
© EDP Sciences, 2007
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