Microstructural analysis of 9.7% efficient Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film solar cells

Marie Buffiere, G. Brammertz, M. Batuk, C. Verbist, D. Mangin, C. Koble, J. Hadermann, M. Meuris, J. Poortmans

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This work presents a detailed analysis of the microstructure and the composition of our record Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe)-CdS-ZnO solar cell with a total area efficiency of 9.7%. The average composition of the CZTSe crystallites is Cu1.94Zn1.12Sn0.95Se3.99. Large crystals of ZnSe secondary phase (up to 400 nm diameter) are observed at the voids between the absorber and the back contact, while smaller ZnSe domains are segregated at the grain boundaries and close to the surface of the CZTSe grains. An underlying layer and some particles of CuxSe are observed at the Mo-MoSe2-Cu2ZnSnSe4 interface. The free surface of the voids at the back interface is covered by an amorphous layer containing Cu, S, O, and C, while the presence of Cd, Na, and K is also observed in this region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183903
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


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Buffiere, M., Brammertz, G., Batuk, M., Verbist, C., Mangin, D., Koble, C., Hadermann, J., Meuris, M., & Poortmans, J. (2014). Microstructural analysis of 9.7% efficient Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film solar cells. Applied Physics Letters, 105(18), [183903]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4901401