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Band offset engineering in antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) solar cells, using SCAPS simulation: A route toward PCE > 10%

Barthwal, S and Gupta, R and Kumar, A and Ramesh, K and Pathak, S and Karak, S (2023) Band offset engineering in antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) solar cells, using SCAPS simulation: A route toward PCE > 10%. In: Optik, 282 .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijleo.2023.170868


Antimony Sulfide (Sb2S3) is intriguing wide bandgap photovoltaic (PV) material, having great potential for next generation PV devices. The record power conversion efficiency (PCE) for Sb2S3 solar cells is 8.00, far from its Schockley-Quiser (SQ) limit of 28.64. Such mediocre performance is mainly attributed to severe interface-induced recombination losses, stemming from mismatched energy-level alignment, and defects at the interfaces. In this work, rational designing, and simulation of Sb2S3 solar cells was performed using solar cell and capacitance (SCAPS). Band offset optimization endorse Zn(O0.3S0.7) and CuSCN as the optimal electron and hole transport layer (ETL and HTL), respectively. The near ideal Zn(O0.3S0.7)/Sb2S3 interface inhibits the detrimental (interface induced) non-radiative losses, leading to substantial improvement in all the device parameters. Simulation results predict spectacular PCE of 13.88 in regular (n−i−p), and 15.89 in HTL-free Sb2S3 solar cells. This work provides genuine recommendations for the fabrication of cost-competitive, eco-friendly, and high PCE-Sb2S3 solar cells.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Optik
Publisher: Elsevier GmbH
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: Antimony compounds; Cell engineering; Conversion efficiency; Copper compounds; Solar cells; Zinc compounds; Band-offset engineering; Cell-be; Cell/B.E; Cell/BE; Photovoltaic materials; Power conversion efficiencies; Sb2s3 solar cell; SCAPS; Simulation; Wide-band-gap; Sulfur compounds
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2023 10:53
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 10:53
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/81883

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