In this work, tunnel SiO2/a-Si:H stacks are trialed as passivated contacts to laser doped p+ and n+ regions. The passivation performance and contact resistivity are investigated as a function of the tunnel SiO2 thickness and annealing condition. We find that the SiO2/a-Si:H stack provides excellent passivation to laser doped n+ regions, with corresponding low recombination current density (Jo) values. A lower level of surface passivation is achieved by the SiO2/a-Si:H stack on laser doped p+ regions. A post-deposition forming gas anneal (FGA) at 400 °C is found to improve the passivation performance to laser doped p+ regions and deteriorate the passivation to laser doped n+ regions. Acceptable contact resistivity (ρc) values have been obtained for both laser doped n+ and p+ regions after aluminum metallization and a post FGA to activate the alloying process between the a-Si:H and aluminum layer. In the final part of this work implementation of the passivated contacts to laser doped regions into a simplified interdigitated back-contact (IBC) solar cell fabrication process is proposed. Simulation result suggests that IBC device with an efficiency of up to 23% can be achieved using the obtained experimental results.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells|
|State||Published - 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors acknowledge financial support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) (No. 6-F007) under the Postdoctoral Fellowship. We also would like to thank Andres Cuevas (ANU) for the helpful discussion and S. Phang (ANU) for helping with PECVD a-Si:H deposition.
- Interdigitated back-contact cell
- Laser doping
- Passivated contact
- Tunnel oxide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films