Nanophase semiconductors embedded within transparent conductive oxides matrices as optical sensitizers for photovoltaic applications

Authors : C.G. Allen, G.H. Shih, R.J. Beal, and B.G. Potter, Jr

The optical absorption of a transparent conductive oxide (TCO), which is often used as the basis for junction or contact layers in thin film photovoltaics, can be tailored by incorporating a nanophase semiconductor (SC) component. Using a, dual-source, sequential R.F. magnetron sputter deposition technique, we manipulate the optical and electronic properties of SC:TCO composites by varying the local and extended nanophase assembly and composition.

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