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.
Phillips, Ronald L.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Mallette, Leo Albert, "Modeling the Silicon Solar Cell as an Optical Detector" (1977). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 355.
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Phillips, Ronald L., 1942- [VIAF]