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Fabrication of Si heterojunction solar cells using P-doped Si nanocrystals embedded in SiN x films as emitters

Ping-Jung Wu, Yu-Cian Wang and I-Chen Chen*

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Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli 320, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:457  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-457

Published: 5 November 2013


Si heterojunction solar cells were fabricated on p-type single-crystal Si (sc-Si) substrates using phosphorus-doped Si nanocrystals (Si-NCs) embedded in SiNx (Si-NCs/SiNx) films as emitters. The Si-NCs were formed by post-annealing of silicon-rich silicon nitride films deposited by electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition. We investigate the influence of the N/Si ratio in the Si-NCs/SiNx films on their electrical and optical properties, as well as the photovoltaic properties of the fabricated heterojunction devices. Increasing the nitrogen content enhances the optical gap E04 while deteriorating the electrical conductivity of the Si-NCs/SiNx film, leading to an increased short-circuit current density and a decreased fill factor of the heterojunction device. These trends could be interpreted by a bi-phase model which describes the Si-NCs/SiNx film as a mixture of a high-transparency SiNx phase and a low-resistivity Si-NC phase. A preliminary efficiency of 8.6% is achieved for the Si-NCs/sc-Si heterojunction solar cell.

Si nanocrystals; Heterojunction solar cells; Emitter