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Spectroscopic Ellipsometry for Photovoltaics

Volume 1: Fundamental Principles and Solar Cell Characterization

  • Hiroyuki Fujiwara
  • Robert W. Collins


  • Presents ellipsometry characterization of solar cell materials/devices

  • Provides easy-to-understand explanations of ellipsometry data analysis

  • Includes optical constants for all solar-cell component layers


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 212)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Hiroyuki Fujiwara
    Pages 1-16
  3. Fundamental Principles of Ellipsometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Robert W. Collins
      Pages 19-58
    3. James N. Hilfiker, Jianing Sun, Nina Hong
      Pages 59-88
    4. Maria Isabel Alonso, Miquel Garriga
      Pages 89-113
    5. James N. Hilfiker, Tom Tiwald
      Pages 115-153
    6. Hiroyuki Fujiwara
      Pages 155-172
  4. Characterization of Materials and Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Zhiquan Huang, Lila R. Dahal, Prakash Koirala, Wenhui Du, Simon Cao, Xunming Deng et al.
      Pages 175-200
    3. Gerald E. Jellison Jr., Pooran C. Joshi
      Pages 201-225
    4. Hiroyuki Fujiwara
      Pages 227-252
    5. Hiroyuki Fujiwara
      Pages 253-280
    6. Abdel-Rahman A. Ibdah, Puruswottam Aryal, Puja Pradhan, Sylvain Marsillac, Nikolas J. Podraza, Robert W. Collins
      Pages 281-331
    7. Sukgeun Choi
      Pages 333-355
    8. Prakash Koirala, Jian Li, Nikolas J. Podraza, Robert W. Collins
      Pages 357-413
    9. Nikolas J. Podraza
      Pages 415-438
    10. Maria Isabel Alonso, Mariano Campoy-Quiles
      Pages 439-461
    11. Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Nikolas J. Podraza, Maria Isabel Alonso, Masato Kato, Kiran Ghimire, Tetsuhiko Miyadera et al.
      Pages 463-507

About this book


This book provides a basic understanding of spectroscopic ellipsometry, with a focus on characterization methods of a broad range of solar cell materials/devices, from traditional solar cell materials (Si, CuInGaSe2, and CdTe) to more advanced emerging materials (Cu2ZnSnSe4, organics, and hybrid perovskites), fulfilling a critical need in the photovoltaic community.

The book describes optical constants of a variety of semiconductor light absorbers, transparent conductive oxides and metals that are vital for the interpretation of solar cell characteristics and device simulations. It is divided into four parts: fundamental principles of ellipsometry; characterization of solar cell materials/structures; ellipsometry applications including optical simulations of solar cell devices and online monitoring of film processing; and the optical constants of solar cell component layers.


Amorphous Si solar cells CIGS growth ananlysis Compound solar cells Hybrid perovskites Microcrystalline Si solar cells Nanomaterial-based solar cells Optical analysis of solar cells Optical constants of solar materials Organic solar cells Si heterojunction solar cells Spectroscopic ellipsometry

Editors and affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Fujiwara
    • 1
  • Robert W. Collins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer EngineeringGifu UniversityGifuJapan
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of ToledoToledoUSA

About the editors

Hiroyuki Fujiwara received the Ph.D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was a research associate at The Pennsylvania State University. In 1998, he joined Electrotechnical laboratory, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan. Later in 2007, he became a team leader of Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. He is currently a  professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Gifu University. 

Robert W. Collins received the Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. He worked at BP America/Standard Oil Co. In 1992, he became a professor of Physics and Materials Research at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor and NEG Endowed Chair of Silicate and Materials Science with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo. He co-directs the Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization.

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