A Comparative Study of the Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cells with ZnSe/TCO and the CdS/TCO Buffer Layers

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The growth of ZnSe and CdTe thin films by close spaced sublimation is examined. The investigations show that ZnSe films deposited on glass substrates are polycrystalline and exhibit wurtzite-zinc-blende polytypism. The CdTe films grown on glass/SnO2/ZnSe are polycrystalline and have an f.c.c. zinc-blende structure as in the case of a glass/SnO2/CdS buffer layer. The electric and photovoltaic parameters of ZnSe/CdTe solar cells depend on the ZnSe film thickness. Furthermore, it is shown for the first time that the best photovoltaic parameters are achieved using a Zn buffer layer at the interface between ZnSe and CdTe.

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Potlog, T., Spalatu, N., Mere, A. et al. A Comparative Study of the Thin-Film CdTe Solar Cells with ZnSe/TCO and the CdS/TCO Buffer Layers. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1324, 602 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2011.1345

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