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Design considerations on GaInNAs solar cells with back surface reflectors

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIEEE - 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) - the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, , Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201730 Jun 2017
Conference number: 44


ConferenceIEEE - 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Abbreviated titlePVSC
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.


We report on modeling of electrical characteristics of dilute nitride GaInNAs solar cells with specular and diffuse back surface reflectors. The paper concentrates on optimization of the GaInNAs junction thickness and doping level for various reflectors. Usually, it is considered that the doping level of GaInNAs should be clearly below 1×1016 cm-3 to be usable for active sub-junction material of high-efficiency triple junction solar cells. Here we show that this requirement can be alleviated by using high quality diffuse back surface reflectors and thus GaInNAs with background doping levels even exceeding 1×1016 cm-3 can be used for junction formation for high-efficiency multijunction solar cells. The reflectance of the back surface reflector is shown to affect the optimal GaInNAs thickness. The higher the reflectance the thinner layers can be used. We also show that the optimal GaInNAs layer thickness is different depending on whether the optimization is done for the short circuit current density or open circuit voltage.