SPLTRAK Abstract Submission
Effect of Metal Halides Treatment on High Throughput Low Temperature CIGS Solar Cells
Deewakar Poudel1, Adam Masters1, Benjamin Belfore1, Elizabeth Palmiotti2, Angus Rockett2, Sylvain Marsillac1
1Virginia Institute of Photovoltaics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, United States
/2Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, United States

Copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) semiconductor thin films were deposited at high rate and low temperature using single-stage thermal co-evaporation process on molybdenum back contact. A post deposition treatment was done by flashing AgBr at 350 ºC to induce recrystallization. Changes in morphology were confirmed by SEM, with an observed increase in grain size, as well as by XRD measurements, with a decrease in FWHM. Device results show an improvement of the performance after the AgBr vapor treatment, as all the photovoltaic parameters enhanced. Overall, AgBr seems to be a suitable transport agent and beneficial for device fabrication.