The Physics Of Solar Cells

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World Scientific Publishing Company, May 9, 2003 - Science - 384 pages
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the physics of the photovoltaic cell. It is suitable for undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers new to the field. It covers: basic physics of semiconductors in photovoltaic devices; physical models of solar cell operation; characteristics and design of common types of solar cell; and approaches to increasing solar cell efficiency. The text explains the terms and concepts of solar cell device physics and shows the reader how to formulate and solve relevant physical problems. Exercises and worked solutions are included.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Basic Principles of PV
17
Chapter 3 Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors
41
Chapter 4 Generation and Recombination
79
Chapter 5 Junctions
121
Chapter 6 Analysis of the pn Junction
145
Chapter 7 Monocrystalline Solar Cells
177
Chapter 8 Thin Film Solar Cells
211
Chapter 9 Managing Light
253
Strategies for High Efficiency
289
Exercises
327
Solutions to the Exercises
337
Index
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Jenny Nelson (Imperial College, UK)

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