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Giray Kartopu, Andrew J. Clayton, William S.M. Brooks, Simon D. Hodgson, Vincent Barrioz, Alban Maertens, Dan A. Lamb and Stuart J.C. Irvine Effect of window layer composition in Cd1−xZnxS/CdTe solar cells Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 22

Article first published online: 27 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2272

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CdS window layer thinning is commonly applied to increase photocurrent in chalcogenide solar cells, despite the risk of increased shunting. An alternative approach, by forming compositions of Cd1−xZnxS, is shown to improve the blue response of CdTe solar cells. An optimum Zn content, found to be x ≈ 0.7, boosts the average conversion efficiency by 37%.

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