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The lead salt quantum dot intermediate band solar cell
Year:2011
Research Areas
  • Solar cells,
  • Technology of devices for engineering
Information
Abstract
We propose a new kind of quantum dot (QD) materials for the implementation of the intermediate band solar cell (IBSC) [1]. The materials are formed by lead salt QDs of the family IV-VI (PbTe, PbSe or PbS) embedded in a semiconductor of the family II-VI (Cd1-xMgxTe, CdxZn1-xTe, and CdS1-xSex or ZnSe1-xTex, respectively). These QDs are not nucleated due to lattice mismatch, as it is the case of the InAs/GaAs QD material system grown by the Stranski-Krastanov (S-K) mode. In these materials, the QDs precipitate due to the difference in lattice type: the QD lead salt material crystallizes in the rocksalt structure, while the II-VI host material has the zincblende structure [2]. Therefore, it is possible to use lattice-matched QD/host combinations, avoiding all the strain-related problems found in previous QD-IBSC developments. In this paper we discuss the properties of the lead salt QD materials and propose that they are appropriate to overcome the fundamental drawbacks of present III-Vbased QD-IBSC prototypes. We also calculate the band diagram for some examples of IV-VI/II-VI QD materials. The detailed balance efficiency limit of QD-IBSCs based on the studied materials is found to be over 60% under maximum concentration.
International
Si
Congress
37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
960
Place
Seattle (EEUU)
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
0160-8371
10.1109/pvsc.2011.6186324
Start Date
19/06/2011
End Date
24/06/2011
From page
1907
To page
1912
Proc. 37th IEEE PVSC
Participants
  • Autor: Elisa Antolin Fernandez (UPM)
  • Autor: Antonio Marti Vega (UPM)
  • Autor: Antonio Luque Lopez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Silicio y Nuevos Conceptos para Células Solares
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Instituto de Energía Solar
  • Departamento: Electrónica Física
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