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Determination of Carrier Mobility Sum in Silicon Wafers by Combined Photoluminescence and Photoconductance Measurements
Z. Hameiri, T. Trupke, R. Sinton
Photoconductivity, Photoluminescence, Compensated Silicon, Mobility
Wafer-Based Silicon Solar Cells and Materials Technology
Subtopic: Silicon Solar Cell Characterization and Modelling
Event: 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 2BV.5.45
1477 - 1481
ISBN: 3-936338-28-0
Paper DOI: 10.4229/27thEUPVSEC2012-2BV.5.45
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The charge carrier mobility is a key material parameter for photovoltaic applications. The dependences of the mobility on bulk dopant density, on injection level and on temperature are well known in the case of noncompensated crystalline silicon. Still, it remains unclear in the case of dopant compensation. A wide variety of methods, such as combined infrared radiation and voltage measurements or combination of quasi-steady-state photoconductance and quasi-steady-state open-circuit voltage measurements were employed in the past to measure the mobility. However, most of these methods require contacts and a relatively complicated structure of the sample. Recently, a new contactless method to determine the carrier mobility sum, based on a comparison between quasisteady- state photoconductance and transient photoconductance decay measurements was proposed. However, it seems that this method is currently limited to injection levels in the 1×1015 to 1×1016 cm-3 range. In this paper we present a novel method to determine the mobility sum, based on combined photoconductance and photoluminescence measurements. A mobility sum in the injection level range 1×1013 to 1×1017 cm-3 can be determined using the proposed method.