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Density of States characterization of TiO2 films deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Heterojunction solar cells

  • Authors: daniele scirè; roberto macaluso; mauro mosca; maria pia casaletto; olindo isabella;miro zeman;isodiana crupi
  • Publication year: 2022
  • Type: Articolo in rivista
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The application of titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the photovoltaic field is gaining traction as this material can be deployed in doping-free heterojunction solar cells with the role of electron selective contact. For modeling-based optimization of such contact, knowledge of the titanium oxide defect density of states is crucial. In this paper, we report a method to extract the defect density through nondestructive optical measures, including the contribution given by small polaron optical transitions. The presence of both related to oxygen-vacancy defects and polarons is supported by the results of optical characterizations and the evaluation of previous observations resulting in a defect band fixed at 1 eV below the conduction band edge of the oxide. Solar cells employing pulsed laser deposited-TiO2 electron selective contacts were fabricated and characterized. The J-V curve of these cells showed, however, a S-shape, then a detailed analysis of the reasons of such a behavior was carried out. We use a model involving the series of a standard cell equivalent circuit with a Schottky junction in order to explain these atypical performances. A good matching between the experimental measurements and the adopted theoretical model was obtained. The extracted parameters are listed and analyzed to shade light on the reasons behind the low-performance cells.