Lifetime of ALD Al2O3 Passivated Black Silicon Nanostructured for Photovoltaic Applications

Maksym Plakhotnyuk, Rasmus Schmidt Davidsen, Michael Stenbæk Schmidt, Radu Malureanu, Eugen Stamate, Ole Hansen

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Black silicon nano-structures provide significant reduction of silicon surface reflection due to highly corrugated nano-structures with excellent light trapping properties. However, most recent RIE techniques for black silicon nano-structuring have one very important limitation for PV applications – high surface recombination velocity due to intensive plasma ion bombardment of the silicon surface. In an attempt to optimize black silicon for PV applications we develop a mask-less one step reactive ion nano-structuring of silicon with low ion surface damage with reflectance below 0.5%. For passivation purposes we used 37 nm ALD Al2O3 films and conducted lifetime measurements and found 1220 µs and to 4170 µs, respectively, for p- and n-type CZ silicon wafers. Such results are promising results to introduce for black silicon RIE nano-structuring in solar cell process flow.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - ICM - International Congress Center , Munich, Germany
Duration: 20 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


Conference32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
LocationICM - International Congress Center
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