Phase and film formation pathway for vacuum-deposited C u2BaSn(S,Se)4 absorber layers


Journal Article

© 2019 American Physical Society. Earth-abundant copper barium thioselenostannate, Cu2BaSn(S,Se)4, absorbers have recently demonstrated promising optoelectronic and defect resistance properties for solar harvesting applications. The highest photovoltaic device efficiencies have been achieved in vacuum-based co-sputter deposited films, yet there is a tendency for a multilayer formation consisting of large, plateletlike surface grains and a smaller grain-sized underlayer (often accompanied by voids). In this work we use a combination of in situ and ex situ x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy to unravel the coupling of phase evolution to film morphology. We find that Cu surface migration and associated Cu-rich phases play a defining role in determining the overall film structure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sun, JP; Márquez, JA; Stange, H; Mainz, R; Mitzi, DB

Published Date

  • May 15, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 5

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2475-9953

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.055402

Citation Source

  • Scopus