A revised ideal model for AlGaAs/GaAs quantum well solar cells

S. J. Lade*, A. Zahedi

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Quantum well solar cells (QWSCs) are heterostructure devices intended to achieve higher efficiencies than conventional cells. This paper extends a previous model for QWSC current-voltage characteristics by revising the equations for the absorbed flux and by introducing expressions to calculate radiative recombination coefficients and well effective densities-of-states. This revised model is in agreement with previous experimental results for AlGaAs/GaAs. Since the revised model incorporates detailed balance calculations, its predictions are consistent with the efficiency restrictions of this theory. The revised model, however, does predict efficiency enhancements for QWSCs in some configurations if non-radiative recombination is dominant, even in such a poor QWSC material as AlGaAs/GaAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-410
Number of pages10
JournalMicroelectronics Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2004


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