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The effect of low energy protons on silicon solar cells with simulated coverglass cracks

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4 Author(s)
Gasner, S. ; Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Sunnyvale, CA, USA ; Anspaugh, B. ; Francis, R. ; Marvin, D.

Results of a series of low-energy proton (LEP) tests are presented. The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effect of low-energy protons on the electrical performance of solar cells with simulated cracked covers. The results of the tests were then related to the space environment. A matrix of LEP tests was set up using solar cells with simulated cracks to determine the effect on electrical performance as a function of fluence, energy, crack width, coverglass adhesive shielding, crack location, and solar cell size. The results of the test were, for the most part, logical, and consistent

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1991., Conference Record of the Twenty Second IEEE

Date of Conference:

7-11 Oct 1991

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