Solar Cells Lecture 1: Introduction to Photovoltaics
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This introduction to solar cells covers the basics of PN junctions, optical absorption, and IV characteristics. Performance metrics such as efficiency, short-circuit current, fill factor, and open-circuit voltage are discussed. Key technology options and economic considers are briefly introduced.
- PN junction fundamentals (dark)
- Model solar cell: dark IV
- Optical absorption / light-generated current
- Model solar cell: illuminated
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Mark Lundstrom (2011), "Solar Cells Lecture 1: Introduction to Photovoltaics," https://nanohub.org/resources/11875.
Burton Morgan 121, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN