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Direct Observation of the Impurity Gettering Layers in Polysilicon-Based Passivating Contacts for Silicon Solar Cells

A Liu, D Yan, J Wong-Leung, L Li, SP Phang, A Cuevas, D Macdonald

ACS Applied Energy Materials | Published : 2018


The formation of certain types of doped polysilicon passivating contacts for silicon solar cells is recently reported to generate very strong impurity gettering effects, revealing an important additional benefit of this passivating contact structure. This work investigates the underlying gettering mechanisms by directly monitoring the impurity redistribution during the contact formation and subsequent processes, via a combination of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and minority carrier lifetime techniques. Microscopic features of the phosphorus and boron diffusion-doped polysilicon passivating contacts are also presented. Iron is used as a marke..

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