Sharma, A. K. and Singh, S. N. and Bisht, Nandan S. and Kandpal, H. C. and Khan, Zahid H. (2012) Determination of minority carrier diffusion length from distance dependence of lateral photocurrent for side-on illumination. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells , 100. pp. 48-52. ISSN 0927-0248

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A method of measurement of diffusion length L in p type c-Si wafers based on the lateral collection of minority carriers is reported. In this method, wafer requires a p-p(+) junction on entire back surface and an n(+)-p interface on a part of the front surface leaving the rest part as bare for illumination. A photo-current I-sc is generated when a rectangular area of a part of the bare front surface in the vicinity of the n(+)-p interface is illuminated with a laser beam. The magnitude of I-sc varies with the normal distance d between the electron collecting n+-p interface and the nearest edge of the illuminated region. The slope Phi of the normalized I-sc vs. d curve is used to determine a parameter sinh(-1)theta, which has a linear relation with d. The reciprocal of the slope of sinh(-1)theta vs. d curve in the linear region gives the diffusion length L. The value of L is less susceptible to error due to the effect of S-f of bare silicon surface if the linear region of sinh(-1)theta vs. d curve lies in the region of smaller d values. The present method has an advantage over the other methods in that it does not depend on the intensity of the illumination and absorption coefficient of Si. Additionally, method has no limitation in terms of wafer thickness to diffusion length ratio and is applicable to all practical L values.

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