Solar Cell Device Physics


  • Stephen Fonash, Kunkle Chair Professor of Engineering Sciences and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology Education & Utilization, The Pennsylvania State University

There has been an enormous infusion of new ideas in the field of solar cells over the last 15 years; discourse on energy transfer has gotten much richer, and nanostructures and nanomaterials have revolutionized the possibilities for new technological developments. However, solar energy cannot become ubiquitous in the world's power markets unless it can become economically competitive with legacy generation methods such as fossil fuels. The new edition of Dr. Stephen Fonash's definitive text points the way toward greater efficiency and cheaper production by adding coverage of cutting-edge topics in plasmonics, multi-exiton generation processes, nanostructures and nanomaterials such as quantum dots. The book's new structure improves readability by shifting many detailed equations to appendices, and balances the first edition's semiconductor coverage with an emphasis on thin-films. Further, it now demonstrates physical principles with simulations in the well-known AMPS computer code developed by the author.
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Engineering professionals, researchers and students developing & implementing solar technologies in government and private labs, leading universities, major corporations and small start-ups. Includes Civil, Environmental, Energy and Materials Engineers.


Book information

  • Published: April 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374774-7


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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction CHAPTER 2 Properties Basic to Photovoltaic Energy Conversion CHAPTER 3 Solar Cell Materials and Structures CHAPTER 4 Homojunction Solar CellsCHAPTER 5 Semiconductor-Semiconductor Heterojunction CellsCHAPTER 6 Surface-Barrier Solar CellsIndex Appendices