Single-junction solar cells based on p-i-n GaAsSbN heterostructures grown by liquid phase epitaxy

Malina Milanova, Vesselin Donchev*, Kieran J. Cheetham, Zhongming Cao, Ian Sandall, Giacomo M. Piana, Oliver S. Hutter, Ken Durose, Asim Mumtaz

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In this paper, we present single heterojunction p-i-n GaAsSbN/GaAs solar cells grown by low-temperature liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) – this is of interest as a component of multi-junction solar cell devices. The quaternary absorber layer was characterized by low excitation power photoluminescence to give the temperature dependence of the bandgap. This conformed to the Varshni function at low temperatures to within 10 meV, indicating relatively small alloy potential fluctuations. The absorption properties and the transport of the photogenerated carriers in the heterostructures were investigated using surface photovoltage method. A power conversion efficiency of 4.15% (AM1.5, 1000 W·m−2) was measured for p-i-n GaAsSbN/GaAs solar cells, which is comparable to the efficiency of MOCVD grown devices of this type. This is promising for the first report of LPE grown GaAsSbN/GaAs solar cells since the current record efficiency for the cells based on these compounds grown by MBE stands just at 6%. The long-wavelength photosensitivity of the cells determined from external quantum efficiency and surface photovoltage measurements was shown to be extended to 1040 nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-664
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Energy
Early online date19 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2020


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