Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices

MICRO-565

Lecturer(s) :

Ballif Christophe
Haug Franz-Josef

Language:

English

Summary

The objective of this lecture is to give an in-depth understanding of the physics and manufacturing processes of photovoltaic solar cells and related devices (photodetectors, photoconductors). The principle and techniques addressed in this lecture will be useful in a wide range of related fields.

Content

First part : the students will be introduced to the physics of solar cells and photodectectors. They will learn how to describe the main device properties in terms of all the device key parameters (recombination in the bulk and at surfaces, at contacts,...), and will learn how to perform electrical simulation of complex devices. Second part : the most important fabrication process steps will be studied, ranging from multi-wire sawing processing to encapsulation processes, by going through the analyses of steps such as dopant diffusion, material reaction to gettering, dry and wet chemical etching of surfaces, contacting. Finally, the most advanced and innovative devices will be presented, both made out of inorganic crystalline, polycrystalline, and organic materials.

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

A good understanding of basic semiconductor physics is required.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Expected student activities

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No
Others available via email

Resources

Bibliography

Goetzberger, Bernhard Voss, Joachim Knobloch Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells : A, Wiley 1998

M. Green, Solar Cells, Prentice Hall (1982), Volume 1-2-3

A. Ricaud, Photopile solaire, De la physique de la conversion photovoltaïque aux filières, matériaux et procédés, Cahiers de Chimie, PPUR, 1997

A. Shah, Editor Thin-film Silicon solar cells, 1st version 2010, EPFL Press isbn 1420066749

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites

Prerequisite for

List of subsequent courses for which the successful completion of this course is a prerequisite

In the programs

    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Energy Management and Sustainability, 2017-2018, Master semester 2
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Energy Management and Sustainability, 2017-2018, Master semester 4
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Fundamentals & processes for photovoltaic devices
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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