Hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H) single junction solar cell with 8.8% initial efficiency by reducing parasitic absorptions

Do Yun Kim, Erwin Guijt, René A.C.M.M. van Swaaij, Miro Zeman

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Hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H) solar cells have been successfully implemented to multi-junction thin film silicon solar cells. The efficiency of these solar cells, however, has still been below that of state-of-the-art solar cells mainly due to the low Jsc of the a-SiOx:H solar cells and the unbalanced current matching between sub-cells. In this study, we carry out optical simulations to find the main optical losses for the a-SiOx:H solar cell, which so far was mainly optimized for Voc and fill-factor (FF). It is observed that a large portion of the incident light is absorbed parasitically by the p-a-SiOx:H and n-a-SiOx:H layers, although the use of these layers leads to the highest Voc × FF product. When a more transparent and conductive p-nc-SiOx:H layer is substituted for the p-a-SiOx:H layer, the parasitic absorption loss at short wavelengths is notably reduced, leading to higher Jsc. However, this gain in Jsc by the use of the p-nc-SiOx:H compromises the Voc. When replacing the n-a-SiOx:H layer for an n-nc-SiOx:H layer that has low n and k values, the plasmonic absorption loss at the n-nc-SiOx:H/Ag interfaces and the parasitic absorption in the n-nc-SiOx:H are substantially reduced. Implementation of this n-nc-SiOx:H leads to an increase of the Jsc without a drop of the Voc and FF. When implementing a thinner p-a-SiOx:H layer, a thicker i-a-SiOx:H layer, and an n-nc-SiOx:H layer, a-SiOx:H solar cells with not only high Jsc but also high Voc and FF can be fabricated. As a result, an 8.8% a-SiOx:H single junction solar cell is successfully fabricated with a Voc of 1.02 V, a FF of 0.70, and a Jsc of 12.3 mA/cm2, which is the highest efficiency ever reported for this type of solar cell.I. INTRODUCTION
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133103-1 - 133103-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


  • Doping
  • Plasmons
  • Refractive index
  • Photoelectric conversion
  • Amorphous semiconductors


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