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12 December 1985 Radiation Effects On Solar Cells
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Proceedings Volume 0541, Radiation Effects on Optical Materials; (1985)
Event: 1985 Albuquerque Conferences on Optics, 1985, Albuquerque, United States
The present knowledge of radiation damage effects in spacecraft solar cells is reviewed. The photovoltaic effect and the effects of particle radiation on photovoltaic materials and devices is described for the more useful semiconductors, viz. silicon and gallium arsenide. The improvements in silicon solar cells since their development in 1954 have resulted in steady improvements in photovoltaic conversion efficiency, voltage, current density, and radiation hardness, and an increasing compendium of solar cell performance as a function of environmental factors such as temperature, light intensity, and radiation fields has been developed. However, as new technology constantly develops, there is a continuing need to study radiation effects in new solar cell structures and to attempt to understand fully the basic mechanisms of radiation interactions at the atomic level in order to explain their effects on solar cell performance at the macroscpoic level.
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Richard L. Statler "Radiation Effects On Solar Cells", Proc. SPIE 0541, Radiation Effects on Optical Materials, (12 December 1985);

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