Handbook of the Physics of Thin-Film Solar Cells

  • Karl W. Böer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Material Science of Solar Cells Atomic Binding Forces

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  3. Electronic Properties

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About this book


This handbook is a compendium giving a comprehensive description of the basics of semiconductor physics relevant to the design and analysis of thin film solar cell materials. It starts from the basics of material science, describing the material and its growth, defect and electrical properties, the basics of its interaction with photons and the involved statistics, proceeding to space charge effects in semiconductors and pn-junctions. Most attention is given to analyze homo- and hetero-junction solar cells using various models and applying the field-of-direction analysis for discussing current voltage characteristics, and helping to discover the involvement of high-field effects in solar cells. The comprehensive coverage of the main topics of - and relating to - solar cells with extensive reference to literature helps scientists and engineers at all levels to reach a better understanding and im provement of solar cell properties and their production. The author is one of the founders of thin film solar cell research.


Compound Semiconductor Solar Cells Deep-level Centers Hetero-junctions Solar Cells Material Properties of Solar Cells Photovoltaics Shallow-level Centers Solar Cells Solar Material Properties Structure and Growth of Semiconductors Theory of Solar Cells

Authors and affiliations

  • Karl W. Böer
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  1. 1.University of DelawareNaplesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36748-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-36747-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-36748-9
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