Low-temperature plasma processing for Si photovoltaics

Xiao, S.Q., Xu, S., & Ostrikov, K. (2014) Low-temperature plasma processing for Si photovoltaics. Materials Science and Engineering R : Reports, 78(1), pp. 1-29.

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There has been a recent rapid expansion of the range of applications of low-temperature plasma processing in Si-based photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The desire to produce Si-based PV materials at an acceptable cost with consistent performance and reproducibility has stimulated a large number of major research and research infrastructure programs, and a rapidly increasing number of publications in the field of low-temperature plasma processing for Si photovoltaics. In this article, we introduce the low-temperature plasma sources for Si photovoltaic applications and discuss the effects of low-temperature plasma dissociation and deposition on the synthesis of Si-based thin films. We also examine the relevant growth mechanisms and plasma diagnostics, Si thin-film solar cells, Si heterojunction solar cells and silicon nitride materials for antireflection and surface passivation. Special attention is paid to the low-temperature plasma interactions with Si materials including hydrogen interaction, wafer cleaning, masked or mask-free surface texturization, the direct formation of p-n junction, and removal of phosphorus silicate glass or parasitic emitters. The chemical and physical interactions in such plasmas with Si surfaces are analyzed. Several examples of the plasma processes and techniques are selected to represent a variety of applications aimed at the improvement of Si-based solar cell performance. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

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ID Code: 73496
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Funding Details: National Research Foundation
Funding Details: ARC, Australian Research Council
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Keywords: Hydrogen-surface interactions, Low-temperature plasma, Plasma cleaning, Plasma diagnostics, Plasma dissociation and deposition, Plasma induced p-n junction, Plasma texturing, Si materials and solar cells, Surface passivation
DOI: 10.1016/j.mser.2014.01.002
ISSN: 0927-796X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2014 04:43
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 04:43

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