Physics of Solar Cells

Wintersemester 2020/21 — Winter term 2020/21

Master Physik Modul 741a, 732, PHY_541a, PHY_731m, PHY_741a • Master Polymer Science 2nd year • Bachelor Physik Modul 541a

On a sunny day, the power introduced to the earth by the sun reaches up to 1 kW/m2 on the earth's surface. Thus, the conversion of sunlight into electric power using solar cells is a highly topical field of physical research.

This lecture will discuss the physical processes in solar cells as well as recent developments in the field. Topics covered will include

  • the solar radiation field
  • physical limits to solar thermal energy conversion
  • electrons and holes in semiconductors
  • classic silicon solar cells
  • physical limitations on energy conversion in solar cells (Shockley-Queisser limit)
  • new concepts for efficient solar cells (tandem cells, thin film devices)
  • organic and hybrid devices

Lecture: Martin Stolterfoht/Dieter Neher

Tuesday • 12:15-13:45 • online

Exercises: Lorena Perdigón Toro

Tuesday • 11:00-11:45 • online

Further information regarding this course can be found in its Moodle course.