Chander, Nikhil and Sardana, Sanjay K. and Parashar, Piyush K. and Khan, A. F. and Chawla, Santa and Komarala, Vamsi K. (2015) Improving the Short-Wavelength Spectral Response of Silicon Solar Cells by Spray Deposition of YVO4: Eu3+ Downshifting Phosphor Nanoparticles. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 5 (5). 1373-1379 . ISSN 2156-3381

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Europium-doped yttrium vanadate downshifting phosphor nanoparticles (NPs) have been coated on top of monocrystalline silicon solar cells, having efficiency more than 15%, by a spray deposition technique. The effects of phosphor NPs on solar cells with antireflection coating (ARC) have been studied. The optimized quantity of phosphor NPs provides a photocurrent enhancement of similar to 2.1% for monosilicon solar cells. External quantum efficiency data of high-efficiency ARC layer-coated silicon solar cells conclusively show that the enhancement in short-wavelength spectral response is mainly due to downshifting effects of the phosphor NPs. A small increment in a long-wavelength spectral response is also observed due to the scattering effects of phosphor NPs, which also results in a small enhancement of effective diffusion length of minority carriers in the base region.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Downshifting, phosphor nanoparticles, silicon solar cell, s pray deposition
Subjects: Energy Fuels
Materials Science
Applied Physics/Condensed Matter
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 05:40
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 05:40

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