Basic Physical Processes in Solar Cell Materials

  • Kasturi Lal Chopra
  • Suhit Ranjan Das


The basic physical processes underlying the operation of a solar cell consist of various optical interactions and generation/recombination and transport of carriers in different parts of the cell. We present in this chapter a brief theoretical description of these processes in semiconductor, insulator, and metal films, primarily to serve as a reference. For more detailed analyses, the reader is referred to standard text books(1–11) on the subject. The solid state physics of junctions is discussed in Chapter 3.


Valence Band Fermi Level Minority Carrier Amorphous Semiconductor Solar Cell Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kasturi Lal Chopra
    • 1
  • Suhit Ranjan Das
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.National Research CouncilOttawaCanada

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