Investigating the Growth-Time Dependent Comparative Performance of Vapour-Liquid-Solid (VLS) Grown p-CuO/n-Si Thin Film Hetero-Junction Solar Cells

  • Jenifar Sultana
  • Somdatta Paul
  • Anupam Karmakar
  • Sanatan ChattopadhyayEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 194)


This work investigates the impact of growth time on the performance of p-CuO/n-Si hetero-junction solar cells, where CuO thin films are grown by employing vapour liquid solid method, using CBD synthesized CuO powder. Studies are performed in terms of the film morphology, chemical composition, crystallite structure, optical properties and energy conversion efficiency. The potential for photovoltaic applications of such films are investigated by measuring the p-CuO/n-Si diode current-voltage characteristics and by extracting its relevant photovoltaic parameters, including open circuit photo-generated voltage, short circuit current density and energy conversion efficiency.



Ms. S. Paul like to acknowledge University Grants Commission (UGC), India, for providing National Fellowship to pursue her research work. The authors also like to acknowledge Center for Research in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (C.U.) and Department of Electronic Science (C.U) for providing necessary infrastructure to conduct this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenifar Sultana
    • 1
  • Somdatta Paul
    • 1
  • Anupam Karmakar
    • 2
  • Sanatan Chattopadhyay
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN), University of KolkataKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Electronic ScienceUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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