20 April 2018 Design optimization of solar cell with molybdenum sulfide as light absorber
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Molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) has been suggested as a light-absorbing material to enhance solar cell efficiency because of its suitable electrical and optical properties. However, very few experimental results have been reported with efficiencies below 10%. In this work, a solar cell device has been studied numerically using MoS2 absorber layer sandwiched between an electron transport layer (ETL) and a hole transport layer (HTL). Numerical simulations provide a powerful tool to assess the potential of various device configurations and materials to achieve high performance. Various HTLs are analyzed, including Cu2O, CuSCN, CuI, NiO, and Spiro-OMETAD, whereas ZnO is used as an ETL. The key parameters that determine the power conversion efficiency of the device were analyzed, namely the short circuit current   (  Jsc  )  , the open circuit voltage   (  Voc  )  , and the fill factor (FF). Both p-type and n-type MoS2 were considered. As for losses, they are summed in the band-to-band recombination in the bulk of MoS2. The results demonstrate that power conversion efficiencies exceeding 20% can be obtained by optimizing the cell design.
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Mohammad Istiaque Hossain, Mohammad Istiaque Hossain, Fahhad H. Alharbi, Fahhad H. Alharbi, Fedwa El-Mellouhi, Fedwa El-Mellouhi, Nouar Tabet, Nouar Tabet, "Design optimization of solar cell with molybdenum sulfide as light absorber," Journal of Photonics for Energy 8(2), 025501 (20 April 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JPE.8.025501 . Submission: Received: 7 January 2018; Accepted: 26 March 2018
Received: 7 January 2018; Accepted: 26 March 2018; Published: 20 April 2018


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