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Review of Experimental Results Related to the Operation of Intermediate Band Solar Cells

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4 Author(s)
Íñigo Ramiro ; Inst. de Energia Solar, Univ. Politec. de Madrid, Madrid, Spain ; Antonio Martí ; Elisa Antolín ; Antonio Luque

The intermediate band solar cell (IBSC) has drawn the attention of the scientific community as a means to achieve high-efficiency solar cells. Complete IBSC devices have been manufactured using quantum dots, highly mismatched alloys, or bulk materials with deep-level impurities. Characterization of these devices has led, among other experimental results, to the demonstration of the two operating principles of an IBSC: the production of the photocurrent from the absorption of two below bandgap energy photons and the preservation of the output voltage of the solar cell. This study offers a thorough compilation of the most relevant reported results for the variety of technologies investigated and provides the reader with an updated record of IBSC experimental achievements. A table condensing the reported experimental results is presented, which provides information at a glance about achievements, as well as pending results, for every studied technology.

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IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 2 )