Improved Passivation of n-Type Poly-Si Based Passivating Contacts by the Application of Hydrogen-Rich Transparent Conductive Oxides

Leonard Tutsch (Corresponding author), Frank Feldmann, Bart Macco, M. Bivour, W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels, Martin Hermle

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In recent years, the incorporation of hydrogen into indium and zinc oxide based TCOs has been recognized as an effective technique to improve the charge carrier mobility and hereby to relax the transparency-conductivity tradeoff within the
thin films. On the other hand, the process sequence of poly-Si/SiOx based contacts typically requires an extra rehydrogenation step
in order to improve the chemical interface passivation. This article addresses the combination of the two matters by studying the ability of both atomic layer deposited and sputter-deposited TCOs to serve as hydrogenation sources. Here, we demonstrate improved passivation of poly-Si(n)/SiOx contacts subsequent to TCO coatings and postdeposition thermal treatments resulting in iVoc values of up to 743 and 730 mV for planar and random pyramid textured surfaces, respectively. Thus, a high passivation quality could be obtained without the need of additional hydrogenation treatments.
For the textured interfacemorphology, a substantial hydrogen flux toward the SiOx region turned out to be essential. This could either be ensured by adjusting the hydrogen partial pressure during the TCOgrowth process or by the addition of a thinAlOx layer, serving as a effusion barrier.
Originele taal-2Engels
Artikelnummer9093196
Pagina's (van-tot)986-991
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Volume10
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - jul 2020

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