Concentration-dependent near and above band edge absorption in doped InP and its effect on solar cell modeling

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Absorption coefficients for n- and p-type InP are reported for the first time in the energy range of 1.3-3.0 eV in this paper. In order to obtain absorption coefficients in the higher energy range of 1.8-3.0 eV, extremely thin (∼0.2 μm) InP samples were fabricated and bonded to glass substrates. For measurements in the lower energy range of 1.3-1.6 eV, samples with thickness in the range of 0.5-0.9 μm were found to be optimum. For energies below 1.6 eV, the absorption coefficients are a strong function of the doping concentration. However, in the energy range of 1.8-3.0 eV there is little doping dependence and the measured absorption coefficients follow the theoretical calculations. In the case of n-type samples, absorption coefficients decrease with increasing doping concentration and the absorption edge moves to higher energy due to the Burstein-Moss effect. For p-type samples, the absorption edge shifts to lower energies due to transitions between band tails. Model calculations show that the use of accurate doping-dependent absorption coefficients reported in this paper, as opposed to the commonly used absorption coefficients of undoped InP, can result in significant improvement in the predicted internal quantum efficiency and device parameters of InP solar cells. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Augustine, G; Rohatgi, A; Jokerst, NM; Dhere, R

Published Date

  • December 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 78 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 2666 - 2670

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.360128

Citation Source

  • Scopus