Solar Cell Device Physics

Solar Cell Device Physics

2nd Edition - November 23, 2009

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  • Author: Stephen Fonash
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080912271

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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.

Key Features

  • Classic text now updated with new advances in nanomaterials and thin films that point the way to cheaper, more efficient solar energy production
  • Many of the detailed equations from the first edition have been shifted to appendices in order to improve readability
  • Important theoretical points are now accompanied by concrete demonstrations via included simulations created with the well-known AMPS computer code


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Properties Basic to Photovoltaic Energy Conversion 
    3. Solar Cell Materials and Structures 
    4. Homojunction Solar Cells
    5. Semiconductor-Semiconductor Heterojunction Cells
    6. Surface-Barrier Solar Cells

Product details

  • No. of pages: 381
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: November 23, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080912271

About the Author

Stephen Fonash

Dr. Stephen Fonash is Bayard D. Kunkle Chair Professor Emeritus of Engineering Sciences at Penn State University and Chief Technology Officer of Solarity LCCM, LLC. His activities at Penn State include serving as the director of Penn State’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU), director of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center, and director of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership. Prof. Fonash’s education contributions focus on nanotechnology post-secondary education and workforce development. His research activities encompass the processing and device physics of micro- and nanostructures including solar cells, sensors, and transistors. He has published over 300 refereed papers in the areas of education, nanotechnology, photovoltaics, microelectronics devices and processing, sensors, and thin film transistors. His book “Solar Cell Device Physics” has been termed the “bible of solar cell physics” and his solar cell computer modeling code AMPS is used by almost 800 groups around the world. Dr. Fonash holds 29 patents in his research areas, many of which are licensed to industry. He is on multiple journal boards, serves as an advisor to university and government groups, has consulted for a variety of firms, and has co-founded two companies. Prof. Fonash received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society

Affiliations and Expertise

Kunkle Chair Professor of Engineering Sciences and Director, Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

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