Impact of sputter-instigated plasmonic features in TCO films: For ultrathin photovoltaic applications

Vishnu Awasthi, Vivek Garg, Brajendra S. Sengar, Sushil Kumar Pandey, Aaryashree, Shailendra Kumar, C. Mukherjee, Shaibal Mukherjee

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The structural and optical properties of Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) and Ga-doped MgZnO (GMZO) individual films are analyzed. Sputter-instigated plasmonic features are observed in individual GZO and GMZO films due to the formation of metal and metal oxide nanoclusters. The plasmon generation is verified by electron energy loss spectra obtained by ultraviolet-photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and field-emission scanning-electron microscopy measurements. This is promising in terms of increasing the efficiency of the solar cell by increasing the optical path length in the absorbing layer while keeping the same physical length by light scattering and trapping mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103903
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 6 2017

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Funding Information:
This work was partially supported by Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, Clean Energy Research Initiative (CERI), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and UGC-DAE CSR. Brajendra S. Sengar and Vivek Garg are also thankful to CSIR and UGC, respectively, for the award of fellowship.

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