Keywords

Solar batteries

Abstract

Solar cells have traditionally been used for a direct sunlight to energy conversion, and there has been relatively little investigation into their use as a low data rate optical detector. This report summarizes the results of experimental work to model a silicon solar cell, and its response to a pulse of light. A lumped circuit model, and governing equations for each of the elements is developed. Experimental data on several cells are used to curve fit the governing equations. The parameters of interest are tested as a function of both temperature, and background illumination. Having derived a working model, using open circuit measurements, the behavior of the operational model can be predicted for several values of load resistance. The energy of the output pulse and the Fourier spectrum of the output of the cell are heuristically examined.

Graduation Date

1977

Advisor

Phillips, Ronald L.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Degree Program

Engineering

Format

PDF

Pages

viii, 59 pages

Language

English

Rights

Written permission granted by copyright holder to the University of Central Florida Libraries to digitize and distribute for nonprofit, educational purposes.

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0004774

Subjects

Solar batteries

Collection (Linked data)

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Included in

Engineering Commons

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