Type: 
SSO Seminar
Date-Time: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 16:00
Location: 
Weniger 304
Event Speaker: 
Ram Ravichandran, EECS
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Tate
Abstract: 

Thin film solar cells (TFSCs) represent a growing share of the photovoltaics market. Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and CdTe based TFSCs are the current leading absorber materials with device efficiencies approaching 20 percent. The relative non-abundance of indium and tellurium along with the toxicity of cadmium renders these materials unattractive for large scale commercial photovoltaics. Developing new earth-abundant materials that effectively absorb the solar spectrum enables thinner, flexible solar cells while still maintaining high efficiencies. Properties of new thin-film solar absorbers will be discussed.