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Solar cell performance is determined by generation (of electron-hole pairs by the incident illumination) and recombination of electron-hole pairs. Efficiency is increased by increasing generation and decreasing recombination. This tutorial focussing on recombination losses in crystalline silicon solar cells under short-circuit and open-circuit conditions, but the general concepts apply more broadly than just to crystalline silicon.
- Recombination at short circuit
- Recombination at open circuit
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Mark Lundstrom (2011), "Solar Cells Lecture 2: Physics of Crystalline Solar Cells," https://nanohub.org/resources/11890.
Burton Morgan 121, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN