Study of screen printed metallization for polysilicon based passivating contacts

Çiftpınar, Hande E.
Stodolny, Maciej K.
Wu, Yu
Janssen, Gaby J.M.
Löffler, Jochen
Schmitz, Jurriaan
Lenes, Martijn
Luchies, Jan-Marc
Geerligs, L.J.
We investigate contacting of n- and p-type polysilicon (polySi) passivating contact layers with industrial screen-printed metal pastes, examining both fire through (FT) and non-fire through (NFT) pastes. The n- and p-type polySi layers, deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition and doped by POCl3 diffusion, phosphorus implant, or BBr3 diffusion, result in excellent J(o), even for 50 nm thickness (<2 fA/cm(2) for n-polySi, <10 fA/cm(2) for p-polySi). The contact recombination is investigated by photoluminescence, and by cell test structures to determine V-oc as a function of metallization fraction. The contact resistance is investigated by transfer length method (TLM). The contacts are also extensively studied by high resolution electron microscopy. All-polySi solar cells (i.e., cells with front and back carrier selective layers consisting of polySi) are prepared. Excellent implied V-oc, values of nearly 730 mV and 710 mV are obtained on the un-metallized polished and textured cells, respectively. The contact recombination after applying screen printed metallization can be analyzed well with both methods (PL and V-oc-based) rendering values for the prefactor of the recombination current J(o,c) at the contact areas of about 400 and 350 fA/cm(2) for 200 nm thick n-polySi and p-polySi, respectively. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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H. E. Çiftpınar et al., “Study of screen printed metallization for polysilicon based passivating contacts,” 2017, vol. 124, p. 851, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: