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Effect of surface treatment on an n-CdSe0.6Te0.4 thin-film photoanode/polysulphide electrolyte solar cell

Das, V. D. and Damodare , L. (1997) Effect of surface treatment on an n-CdSe0.6Te0.4 thin-film photoanode/polysulphide electrolyte solar cell. Journal of Applied Physics, 81 (3). pp. 1552-1530. ISSN 0021-8979

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Abstract

Polycrystalline thin films of n-CdSe0.6Te0.4 were deposited in a vacuum of 5 x 10(-5) Torr by thermal flash evaporation with a deposition rate of 20+/-1 Angstrom/s on indium oxide coated glass plates [sigma=1.25X10(4) (Omega cm)(-1)] held at 200 degrees C. Application of surface treatment techniques such as annealing and photoelectrochemical etching on the films revealed that the films exhibit photoelectrochemical behavior with increased conversion efficiency and stability after treatment. Gartner's model [Phys. Rev. 116, 84 (1954)] was used in the calculation of the solid state parameters of the films like the carrier concentration N-D and minority carrier diffusion length L(p) for different surface treatments. Chemical etching improves the efficiency and fill factor from 1.53% and 40% to 2.72% and 50% respectively, whereas photoelectrochemical etching improves further the efficiency to 3.83% and fill factor to 59% and the stability of the photoelectrode in the polysulphide electrolyte. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:7084
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:02 Sep 2009 07:38
Last Modified:02 Sep 2009 07:38

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