Modelling the light induced metastable effects in amorphous silicon

G Munyeme, GK Chinyama, M Zeman, RI Schropp, WF van der Weg

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We present results of computer simulations of the light induced degradation of amorphous silicon solar cells. It is now well established that when amorphous silicon is illuminated the density of dangling bond states increases. Dangling bond states produce amphoteric electronic mid-gap states which act as efficient charge trapping and recombination centres. The increase in dangling bond states causes a decrease in the performance of amorphous silicon solar cells. To show this effect, a modelling approach has been developed which uses the density of localised states with exponentially increasing band-tails and dangling bond defect states distribution chosen according to the defect pool model. The calculation of the evolution of dangling bond state density during illumination has been achieved through a dynamic scaling relation derived from a defect creation model. The approach considers the amphoteric nature of the dangling bond state and thus accounts for the contributions of the different charge states of the dangling bond during the degradation process. This paper attempts to describe the simulation approach which calculates the defect density as a function of energy, position in the solar cell and illumination time. In excellent agreement with other workers; our simulation results show that the increase in the density of neutral dangling bond states during illumination is higher than of the charged states. (C) 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)606-608
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica Status Solidi. C: Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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