Accession Number : AD0438526


Title :   RESEARCH ON THIN FILM POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR CELLS.


Descriptive Note : Quarterly technical progress rept. no. 6, 1 Jan31 Mar 64,


Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO AUBURN N Y


Personal Author(s) : Lawler,J L ; Killam,C H ; cusano,D A ; Lubowski,S J


Report Date : 31 Mar 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 43


Abstract : This report discusses research on thin film CdTe solar cells carried on during the first quarter of 1964. Changes in the design of the vapor reaction apparatus are described and evaluated. The effects of changes in the growth conditions are described. Film adherence was found to improve greatly concurrently with the use of General Electric Co. molybdenum substrates. Studies of the evaporated electrodes were continued and some work was done on plated and silk-screened electrodes. Both soldered and epoxy-bonded connections to the evaporated grid were examined, with the latter believed to be the superior technique. Studies of the effects of crystal orientation on cell characteristics are reported. An improved CdSe cell is described and further work on a n-on-p cell is reported. A list of representative cells fabricated during the quarter is included. (Author)


Descriptors :   *CADMIUM COMPOUNDS , FILMS , TELLURIDES , SOLAR CELLS , VAPOR PLATING , MANUFACTURING , IMPURITIES , CADMIUM , TELLURIUM , IODIDES , SEMICONDUCTORS , MOLYBDENUM , DIODES , VOLTAGE , ELECTRIC CURRENT , SELENIDES , HEAT TREATMENT , METAL CRYSTALS , SOLAR PANELS , ELECTRIC CONNECTORS , GOLD , ELECTRODES


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