Physics of solar cells

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In this chapter solar cell physics is reviewed. The discussion starts with classification of solar cells. Solar cell operation is introduced in the context of the two essential processes in any solar cell, i.e. light absorption and charge separation. Various loss mechanisms including optical, recombination, and resistive losses in solar cells are discussed and their remedies are outlined. Parameters quantifying solar cell performance beyond cost and efficiency are introduced. The reader is assumed to have college-level solid-state physics or device physics knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
ISSN (Print)2191-530X
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5318

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Engineering(all)


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