Physics of silicon solar cells

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  • INTRODUCTION TO SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS
    • Introduction to semiconductor physics : band structure of crystalline semiconducors, optical absorption and doping.
  • TRANSPORT PHENOMENA : THE p-n JUNCTION
    • Transport phenomena in semiconductors : carrier injection by light and recombination; the equilibrium and non-equilibrium p-n junction; the photovoltaic effect
  • ASYMMETRICAL DEVICES
    • Metal-semiconductor contacts and semiconductor surface; Heterojunctions
  • SOLAR CELL OPERATION
    • Solar Spectrum; solar cell Fundamentals; limitations of conversion efficiency; solar modules
  • CRYSTALLINE SEMICONDUCTOR SOLAR CELLS
    • Description of the crystalline silicon photovoltaic technology from bulk crystal growth. Extension to III-V compounds solar cells.
  • SILICON HETEROJUNCTIONS

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