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Enhancement of light trapping in thin-film hydrogenated microcrystalline Si solar cells using back reflectors with self-ordered dimple pattern

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4 Author(s)
Sai, Hitoshi ; Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 2, Umezono 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan ; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki ; Kondo, M. ; Kanamori, Y.

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In this article, the light-trapping effect of textured back surface reflectors in thin-film Si solar cells is investigated. A unique substrate with a periodic dimple pattern has been developed by utilizing anodic oxidation of Al as a self-ordering process. n-i-p hydrogenated microcrystalline Si c-Si:H) cells fabricated on the Al substrate with a period of 0.9 μm show an improved infrared response compared to those fabricated on randomly textured substrates. A high short circuit current density of 24.3 mA/cm2 has been achieved in a 1-μm-thick μc-Si:H cell by adopting the patterned Al substrate.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 14 )