Synthesis of nanostructured Al-doped zinc oxide films on Si for solar cells applications
Abbreviated Journal Title
Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells
Nanostructures; Zinc Oxide; Chemical synthesis; Electrical properties; Photoluminescence; ZNO THIN-FILMS; IONIC LAYER ADSORPTION; CARRIER TRANSPORT; GAS SENSORS; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; DEPOSITION; SEMICONDUCTORS; ELECTRODES; MECHANISM; Energy & Fuels; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Physics, Applied
Al-doped ZnO thin films have been prepared by a novel successive chemical solution deposition technique. The variation in morphological, structural, electrical, and optical properties of nanostructured films with doping concentration is investigated in details. It was demonstrated that rapid photothermal processing (RPP) improves the quality of nanostructured ZnO films according to the enhancement of resonant Raman scattering efficiency, and the suppression of the visible luminescence with the increase of RPP temperature. It was found from the I-V characteristics of ZnO/Si heterojunction that the average short-circuit current density is about 8 mA/cm(2). For 1%Al-doped ZnO/SiO(2)/Si structure, the short-circuit current density is about 28 mA/cm(2). The improvement shown in the characteristics may be assigned partially to the reduction of the defect density in the nanostructured Al-doped ZnO films after RPP. The correlations between the composition, microstructure of the films and the properties of the solar cell structures are discussed. The successive chemically deposited Al-doped ZnO thin film offers wider applications of low-cost solar cells in heterojunction structures. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
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