Potential fluctuations on CZTSSe solar cells admittance

Abstract : The Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTSSe) kesterite compounds have proven their interest for next more friendly environment thin film solar cell technologies, compared to CuInxGa1-x(SSe)2 (CIGS) devices, currently in production, as they are composed of earth-abundant and non-toxic elements. However, an open-circuit voltage lower than expected is commonly reported on CZTS devices which reduces the power efficiency and delays their development. An high concentration of intrinsic defects in CZTSSe, their stabilization through neutral complex formation and the deep energy position of the dominating acceptors are pointed out to be at the origin of some specific electrical effects (compensating effect linked with a high series resistance at low temperature, potential fluctuations, parasitic charge transport in band tails) which are not – or to a lesser extent – observed in CIGS and can contribute to performance limitations [1].The admittance spectroscopy is a well-established technique to investigate the electrically active defects in solar cell devices [2]. An increase of several orders of magnitude of the series resistance is generally observed on CZTSSe solar cells at low temperature (T<150-200K), which is attributed to carrier freeze-out due to a dominant deep acceptor in the thin film absorber [3]. An additional contribution to the junction admittance results from that and has to be taken into account. In this work, a full modeling of the ac admittance response of an asymmetric n+p junction was developed, considering any degree of absorber depletion, as proposed by [4]. The response of the deep traps lying in the absorber is considered by solving complex small signal Poisson equation. Capacitance calculations are compared to experimental data measured on CZTSSe solar cells fabricated with a 2 steps selenization process, as described in [5] (Figure 1). When considering the response of one single deep acceptor level, the capacitance step vs frequency observed on the experimental spectra cannot be accounted properly: indeed, when the trap activation energy is chosen close to that experimentally extracted using the classical Arrhenius plot method, the amplitude step is too small at room temperature indicating that the majority of the dopants are ionized. A better fit of the amplitude step can be obtained by increasing the activation energy, however in that case, the inflection point of the capacitance step is strongly shifted. It can also be noted that simulated data show steeper capacitance steps than experimental ones. As obtained by the density functional theory calculations, which was used to predict the existence of intrinsic defects in CZTSSe [6], it was shown that the major part of these point defects are stabilized by the formation of neutral complexes directly responsible for potential fluctuations. The effects of such potential fluctuations were added to the admittance model, by introducing a truncated Gaussian distribution of the energy, following the formalism developed by [7]. The traps and free carriers concentrations are modulated by this energy distribution. With the full modeling including potential fluctuations, a better adjustment is found (Figure 2), giving a good description of the capacitance step amplitude, the stretching and the inflection position. At high temperatures and low frequencies, an additional contribution is observed, which could be partly attributed to interface states at the interface between absorber and buffer layers which are not taken into account in the model. Another extra response is noted at low temperatures and high frequencies, which could also be visible on the conductance spectrum. This response seems characteristic of a dielectric relaxation process and could be related to a charge transport mechanism in disordered materials. Using the concept of transport energy [8], a charge hopping via localized states of the band tail is suggested to explain the charge transport at low temperature in these CZTSSe solar cells, a high density of neutral complexes near the band tail would enhance this process.[1]T. Gokmen et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 103506 (2013). [2]X. Luo et al., 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conf., Denver CO, 2366 (2014).[3]O. Gunawan et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 253905 (2012).[4]M. Berguwala et al., Solid-State Electron. 17, 203 (1974).[5]L. Grenet et al., Solar Energy Mat Solar Cells 126, 135 (2014).[6]S. Chen et al., Adv. Mat. 25, 1522 (2013).[7]S. Roche et al., J. Phys. 49, 1993 (1988). [8]D. Monroe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 54, 146 (1985).
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F Ducroquet, Louis Grenet, Raphaël Fillon, Henri Mariette. Potential fluctuations on CZTSSe solar cells admittance. 29th International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors, Jul 2017, Matsue, Japan. ⟨hal-01983597⟩



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