Author(s) Colombara, D.; Werner, F.; Schwarz, T.; Infante, I.Cañero; Fleming, Y.; Valle, N.; Spindler, C.; Vacchieri, E.; Rey, G.; Guennou, M.; Bouttemy, M.; Manjón, A.Garzón; Alonso, I.Peral; Melchiorre, M.; Adib, B.El; Gault, B.; Raabe, D.; Dale, P.J.; Siebentritt, S.
Journal Nat Commun
Date Published 2018 Feb 26

Copper indium gallium diselenide-based technology provides the most efficient solar energy conversion among all thin-film photovoltaic devices. This is possible due to engineered gallium depth gradients and alkali extrinsic doping. Sodium is well known to impede interdiffusion of indium and gallium in polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Sefilms, thus influencing the gallium depth distribution. Here, however, sodium is shown to have the opposite effect in monocrystalline gallium-free CuInSegrown on GaAs substrates. Gallium in-diffusion from the substrates is enhanced when sodium is incorporated into the film, leading to Cu(In,Ga)Seand Cu(In,Ga)Sephase formation. These results show that sodium does not decrease per se indium and gallium interdiffusion. Instead, it is suggested that sodium promotes indium and gallium intragrain diffusion, while it hinders intergrain diffusion by segregating at grain boundaries. The deeper understanding of dopant-mediated atomic diffusion mechanisms should lead to more effective chemical and electrical passivation strategies, and more efficient solar cells.

DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-03115-0
ISSN 2041-1723
Citation Nat Commun. 2018;9(1):826.

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