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Bottom cell growth aspects
for triple junction InGaP(In)GaAsGe1043_a
三接面 InGaP / (In)GaAs / Ge底部型太陽能電池成長
指導教授: 李洋憲
Reporter:自控三甲 69712007尤振猛
Bottom cell growth aspects for triple junction
InGaP/(In)GaAs/Ge solar cells
三接面 InGaP / (In)GaAs / Ge底部型太陽能電池成長
G. Timò*, C. Flores, and R. Campesato CESI S.p.A. Via Rubattino No. 54 , 20134
Milano, Italy
Received 13 December 2004, revised 15 March 2005, accepted 6 April 2005
Published online 15 September 2005
Key words MOVPE, growth, solar cells, multijunction, GaAs/Ge, AlGaAs/Ge,
InGaP/Ge, Ge bottom cell. PACS 81.10.-h
The paper discusses the problems of nucleation layer and
substrate specification selection for a bottom Ge cell
performance. GaAs/Ge, AlGaAs/Ge and InGaP/Ge
heterojuctions have been compared showing how lattice
matching and dopant interdiffusion control are key aspects
for improving the Ge bottom cell photovoltaic response. The
influence of substrates orientation, polarity and resistivity
on the electrical performances of the bottom cells are
presented.
摘要
這篇文章討論成核層和基板規格選擇對底部型鍺太陽能電池性能影
響的問題。GaAs / Ge、AlGaAs / Ge和InGaP / Ge的異質接面已
經被比較,晶格匹配和控制摻雜物相互擴散是改善鍺底部型電池光
電反應速度的重點。基板方向、極性和電阻率對底部電池電性影響
也是存在的。
1 Introduction
Multi-junctions (MJ) solar cells made from elements of the groups III-V and IV
of the periodic table have been considered by the photovoltaic community for
their quasi-ideal energy gap combination which allows the achievement of
high solar conversion efficiency [1]. Whereas U.S companies have already
showed excellent results producing solar cells reaching AMO efficiency of
29% [2], Europeans suffer of a delay in the development of such a devices and
are trying to shorten the technology gap in the frame of European Space
Agency programs [3,4].
前言
週期表三五和四族元素由於他們類理想的能障結合可達到較高的太陽能轉化效率,
已經被考慮製作成多接面太陽能電池[1]。美國公司已經展示卓越的太陽能電池生
產成果,AMO的效率可達到29%[2],歐洲人忍受在這些元件發展上的落後並且
嘗試在歐洲太空總署計畫架構中縮短技術差距[3][4]。
CESI participating these programs, has been working in the realisation of
dual and triple junction (TJ) devices for some years by using AIXTRON
Planetary rectors and VEECO vertical reactor technologies (see figure 1),
facing the related problematic growth aspects and potentiality of the
MOCVD systems. We found, for example, that the control of temperature
and thickness uniformity has to be carefully taken into account to grow
high effciency TJs and a such control is indeed possible even on these
production MOCVD systems, in spite of the big size of their reactor cambers.
CESI參與了這些計畫,若干年後在面臨MOCVD系統成長不確定性和潛力下已經
利用Aixtron和Veeco的機台(如圖一)製作出雙與三接面元件(TJ)。我們發現小心
的考慮控制溫度和厚度均勻性可成長高效率三接面元件,這樣的控制確實可行甚
至可在MOCVD機台量產,儘管機台大尺寸有隆起問題。
A typical N on P TJ structure, shown in figure 2, is made of several layers,
which are deposited to form three junctions (“bottom”, “middle” and the “top”
cell) interconnected by two tunnel diodes. The choice of the solar cell
materials is the result of a compromise between the demand of optimising
light collection and the need of using materials with similar lattice constants
and thermal expansion coefficients. A good compromise is accomplished by
selecting Ge, (In) GaAs and InGaP semiconductor material for the bottom,
middle and top cell, respectively.
典型N或P三接面結構(如圖二)是由數層組合而成,藉由兩個通道二極體形成
互相連接三接面 (底部、中間和頂部電池)。太陽能電池的材料選擇要在最佳
化光收集和材料相似晶格常數熱膨脹係數中做折衷。一個好折衷方式藉由選
擇Ge、(In)GaAs和InGaP分別做為底部、中間和頂部材料被完成。
Ge bottom cell, however, has to be optimised by selecting a proper
“nucleation layer”, that is a suitable buffer material to be grown between the
substrate and the active region of the device. The nucleation layer plays a
fundamental role in the formation of the bottom cell junction and it has the
function of passivating its surface [5]. In this paper we focalise our attention
on the growth GaAs, AlGaAs and InGaP semiconductors, grown by different
reactors, as nucleation layer candidates for bottom Ge cells. The influence of
substrate orientation, polarity and resistivity on the electrical performances
of the bottom cells will be showed as well.
鍺底部電池藉由選擇合適的成核層已經被最佳化,成核層是可成長在基板與元
件主動層中間的一種合適緩衝材料。成核層扮演形成底部電池接面的基本角色,
並且具保護表面的功能[5]。在這篇文章中,我們集中注意力在不同的機台成長
GaAs、AlGaAs和InGaP等半導體材料,並當成底部鍺電池的成核層候補。基
板方向、極性和電阻率對底部電池電性影響也會被討論。
2 Experiment
Growth of MJ structures has been carried out by using a Planetary reactor
AIX2400 and a vertical VEECO 450 gold reactor. TMGa, TMIn, TMAl, DMZn,
AsH3, PH3 and Si2H6 have been used as precursors. Growth pressure in the
AIXTRON and VEECO system was changed between 50 and 150 torr. Growth
temperature was investigated in the range 650-750°C. Growth rate of GaAs and
AlGaAs have been varied between 2 and 10μm/h, while for InGaP, it was
maintained fixed around 1.8 μm/h. The solar cell samples were grown on Ge
substrates 150 μm thick, with disorientation of 6°, 9° off from [100] to the
nearest [111]. The surfacemorphology of the samples was characterised by
optical microscopy while in-depth doping profiles were measured by a WEP
Electrochemical CV-profiler CVP 21. Photovoltaic performance was measured
by using a single source WACOM solar simulator.
實驗
藉由使用AIX2400與VEECO 450成長多接面結構。TMGa、TMIn、TMAl、
DMZn、AsH3、PH3、Si2H6被使用做為前趨物。成長壓力在AIXTRON和
VEECO系統都是在50~150 torr。成長溫度介於650~750度。GaAs與AlGaAs的
長晶速率在2~10 um/hr之間,InGaP的長晶速率維持在1.8 um/hr。此太陽能電
池樣本是成長在6度、9度且150 um厚的鍺基板上。樣本的表面型態利用光學顯
微鏡做分析。摻雜分佈利用WEP electrochemical CV-profiler CVP21量測。光
電特性使用single source WACOM solar simulator做量測。
(a)
Fig. 1 (a) View of the AIXTRON 2400
growth chamber. (b) View of the
VEECOGOLD 450 Reactor.
圖一 AIXTRON2400長晶機台外觀
圖二 Veeco450機台外觀
(b)
Fig. 2 Triple junction
InGaP/(In)GaAs/Ge solar cell structure
with N on P polarity.
圖二 三接面InGaP/(In)GaAs/Ge N
on P太陽能電池結構
3 Results
The Ge junction can be obtained by atoms solid state diffusion from the nucleation layer to
the Ge substrate.Depending on the polarity of the TJ device different solutions can be
considered. We have analysed GaAs/Ge, AlGaAs/Ge and InGaP/Ge heterojunctions (HJs),
introducing Zn, P, and As as dopants in order to compare the resulting growth morphologies
and the electrical performances of the Ge bottom cells. In figure 3 the main results obtained
on surface morpologies for the different HJs are shown. GaAs/Ge HJ presents misfit
dislocation (MDs) due to the different lattice and thermal expansion coefficient of the two
semiconductors, while the growth of lattice matched ternary materials on Ge can be
complicated by roughness problem related to the substrate polarity and preparation. In the
case of AlGaAs/Ge and InGaP/Ge HJs we found in fact that the amount of arsine introduced
in the reactor before growing and the exposure time of the substrate to this atmosphere is
crucial for preparing the Ge surface and then improving the morphology. Further the
substrate preparation condition are dependent on the polarity of the substrate.
結果
鍺接面可利用成核層到鍺基板間進行原子固態擴散獲得。根據三接面元件極性不
同方式被考慮。我們分析GaAs/Ge、AlGaAs/Ge和InGaP/Ge異質接面摻入Zn、
P與As為了比較長晶的表面型態和底部型鍺電池的電性。在圖三展示不同異質接
面的表面型態。由於兩半導體材料具不同晶格與熱膨脹係數,GaAs/Ge異質接面
存在不合適差排,同時在鍺基板成長第三晶格匹配材料,粗糙度問題相對於基板
極性與處理被複雜化。在AlGaAs/Ge和InGaP/Ge異質接面中,事實上在長晶前
從反應爐導入的As與基板在大氣暴露時間對於準備表面與改善表面型態是重要
的。基板的準備狀況是依據基板的極性。
In the case of GaAs/Ge HJ, we found in the past that the open circuit
voltage of the cells is related to the MDs density [see again 5]. In this
paper, we report how the GaAs(N)/Ge(N) HJ photovoltaic behaviour is
also a function of the temperature profile over the wafer. In the AIX2400
reactor, by regulating the current supply of the infrared lamps installed
underneath the susceptor, we could select two different temperature
profiles over the wafer and check the photovoltaic behaviour of a GaAs
single junction solar cell structure on GaAs/Ge HJ. In particular we
measured the open circuit voltage (Voc) distribution, sectioning out of
each wafer eigh (2x4 cm2) solar cells. The experiment was performed
selecting the “temperature growth window” over which the photovoltage
produced by the GaAs/Ge HJ is stronger [6]. The results are reported in
figure 4.
在GaAs/Ge異質接面,我們發現電池開路電壓與不適合差排密度有關。
在這篇文章中,我們報導GaAs(N)/Ge(N)異質接面的光電行為是晶圓溫度
分佈的函數。在AIX2400反應爐,藉由調整susceptor底下供應電流的紅
外線燈管,我們選擇兩種不同晶圓溫度分佈和確認在GaAs/Ge異質接面
上成長GaAs單接面太陽能電池光電行為。我們特別量測每片晶圓(2x4
cm^2)的開路電壓分佈。這實驗藉由選擇溫度成長範圍使GaAs/Ge異質
接面產生較大的光電壓[6]。結果報導在圖四。
Fig. 3 Optical microscope morphology of GaAs/Ge,
AlGaAs/Ge and InGaP/Ge HJs. The improvement of
surface morphology owing to different substrate
preparation is showed. Growths were performed on
VEECO 450 reactor. See text for details.
圖三 GaAs/Ge, AlGaAs/Ge and InGaP/Ge 異質接面的光學顯微
鏡表面型態。由於不同基板前處理造成表面型態的改善。長晶是在
Veeco450機台完成
Fig. 4 Effect of the growth temperature and temperature profile over the wafer on the open circuit voltage
value of GaAs single junction solar cell structure grown on GaAs/Ge HJ. a) Average Voc measured from
the 8 cells out of each wafers in function of the growth temperature; b) Temperature distribution over the
wafer obtained with a different infrared lamps setting; c) and d) Voc distribution obtained with the different
temperature profile; e) solar cell structure.
晶圓上的溫度與溫度分佈對GaAs單接面太陽能電池開路電壓的影響(a)成長溫度改變
下的平均開路電壓 (每個晶圓取八個點) (b)不同紅外線燈管設定對應晶圓的溫度分佈
(c)(d)不同溫度分佈下的開路電壓分佈 (e)太陽能電池結構
The different Voc values obtained by using the two temperature profiles agree with the
thermal distribution over the wafer: higher voltages are found with the temperature profile
No.8 which presents higher temperature values all over the wafer. It is possible to conclude
that for GaAs (N)/Ge (N) HJs, both temperature and MDs distribution over the wafer
influence the uniformity of the photovoltaic performances. Similar results have been
obtained by growing the GaAs/Ge HJs with the Veeco reactor, at different growth pressures.
We have just to point out that the temperature window over which the Ge cell is more active
can be shifted to lower or higher temperatures depending on the reactor type. Since, even
with uniform temperature profile the presence of uniformly distributed MDs would limit the
GaAs/Ge HJ photovoltage, it would be useful, to consider lattice matched material on Ge
substrates, in order to reduce the recombination velocity at the Ge surface. In the case of
MJ with P on N polarity we have proposed a new AlGaAs/Ge lattice matched HJ [7], while for
N on P devices the InGaP/Ge HJ seems the preferred one.
兩種不同溫度分佈對應的開路電壓與晶圓上的熱分佈一致:當溫度分佈在NO.8
時晶圓有較高的溫度,此時可得到較高的開路電壓。可以推斷GaAs(N)/Ge(N)異
質接面,在兩種溫度和不適合差排分佈影響了光電壓的均勻性。藉由Veeco機台
在不同壓力下長GaAs/Ge異質接面可獲得相似的結果。我們證實不同溫度範圍使
鍺電池效能更佳,不同機台溫度範圍會降低或升高。均勻的溫度分佈存在均勻的
不適合差排將限制GaAs/Ge異質接面的光電壓,考慮使用和鍺基板晶格匹配的材
料是有益的,可減少在鍺基板界面的再結合速度。我們提出在P on N多接面上新
的AlGaAs/Ge晶格匹配的異質接面,同時N on P的InGaP/Ge異質接面元件似乎
更適合此方式[7]。
Infact, even if both AlGaAs and InGaP can be grown lattice matched on Ge,
AlGaAs presents the advantage with respect to InGaP to allow a better
composition control and it is less sensitive to temperature variation. Thus, for
the P on N polarity, AlGaAs should be used, while for the N on P polarity, an
analysis of the atoms interdiffusion confirms that InGaP is a more suitable
ternary material than AlGaAs. We have carried out an easy study to show the
strong differences in the diffusion profile among Zn, As, and P which are Ptype and N-type dopants in Ge [8].
即使AlGaAs和InGaP兩者可晶格匹配的成長在鍺上,AlGaAs和InGaP相比具有
更佳的組成控制與對溫度變化較不敏感。因此對於P on N應該使用AlGaAs,同
時對於N on P,原子相互擴散分析證實InGa更適合當第三材料。我們已經完成
簡單實驗去顯示在Zn、As、P在Ge中的擴散分佈有很大的不同[8]
The simulation of the diffusion profile has been performed by utilising the
“thin-film, constant-surface concentration solution” of the Fick’s second law
[9], utilising as concentration value at the Ge surface, the solid solubility
values of As and P, and in the case of Zn diffusion, the doping level
introduced in the ternary layer grown on Ge. The diffusion coefficient was
collected from S.M.Sze [10], whereas the solid solubility values were taken
from F.A.Trumbore [11]. The calculated diffusion profiles at the growth
temperature of 700 °C are reported in figure 5.
藉由使用”薄膜””固定表面濃度”的Fick’s第二定律可模擬擴散分佈[9]。
利用Ge表面濃度、As和P的固態溶解度和Zn的擴散,Ge上第三層的摻雜高
度可被推導出來。擴散係數已經被S.M.Sze收集[10],固態溶解度來自
F.A.Trumbore[11]。在七百度的擴散分佈計算結果如圖五。
圖五 Zn、P、As在Ge中的計算擴
散分佈
圖六 異質接面結構的極性子分佈
Since the bottom Ge cell efficiency decreases as the thickness of the emitter
increases, mainly owing to the lowering of the short circuit current [12], we expect
to find a stronger degradation of the bottom cell performances when faster
diffuser are utilised, that is, when arsenic is used instead of phosphorous for N on
P polarity. Since Zn is the slowest dopant among those considered, we can also
conclude that the P on N polarity HJ should be more stable than N on P one. The
Ge diffusion into the nucleation layer has to be considered as well. If, for example,
InGaP(P)/Ge(N,P) or AlGaAs(P)/Ge(P,N) HJs are grown, high Zn doping levels have
to be used in the ternary layers in order to avoid any degradation of the device
efficiency. The reason of worsening of the HJ electrical performances is the
polarity inversion which can occur in the ternary layer, owing to Ge autodoping
from the substrate (see figure 6). The influence of substrate orientation and
resistivity is showed for the selected InGaP (N)/Ge(P) and AlGaAs (P)/Ge (N) HJs
in table 1.
因為底部鍺電池的效率隨著發光體增加而降低,主要來自於短路電流[12],當更
快速的擴散被利用時,我們預期發現更強的底部電池性能劣化,當N on P的P被
As取代時。因為Zn是考慮的摻雜物中最慢的,我們也可以推斷P on N應該比N
on P異質接面更穩定。鍺擴散進入成核層同時也被考慮。例如InGaP(P)/Ge(N,P)
或AlGaAs(P)/Ge(P,N)異質接面被成長,高濃度Zn摻雜被應用當作第三層為了避
免任何元件效能的劣化。異質接面電性惡化的最大原因是由於鍺從基板產生自動
摻雜導致第三層極性反轉(如圖六)。基板位向與電阻率對InGaP(N)/Ge(P)與
AlGaAs(P)/Ge(N)異質接面的影響展示在表一。
表格一 不同基板位向與電阻率下未鍍膜異質接面電性總整理
The higher short circuit current values found in the InGaP/Ge HJs with respect to
the AlGaAs/Ge HJ are probably due to the better interface between the P-base
ternary material and Ge; however, these values are reduced when the remaining
materials of the TJ structure are grown, because they have lower energy gap and
produce strong light absorption. The following figures has to be considered:
InGaP/Ge Isc is 3% reduced when the AlGaAs/GaAs tunnel diode is subsequently
grown, and decreased by 19% when another InGaAs layer 1 μm thick is added.
When high resistivity substrates are used, the built-in voltage of the Ge junction is
lower, consequently the Voc is reduced. High resistivity substrates give rise better
results in the case of P on N polarity with respect to the N on P because of the
higher value of the lifetime in N-type material. Finally higher substrate orientation
improves the surface morphology, the quality of the InGaP/Ge interface, lowering
the surface recombination velocity of the Ge sub-cell, and in turn, raising the Voc
value.
InGaP/Ge相對於AlGaAs/Ge有更高的短路電流可能是由於較佳的P基礎第三材
料和鍺界面。然而當三重接面結構的殘存材料成長使數值降低,因為較低的能障
和產生較強的光吸收。之後的圖必須被考慮:InGaP/Ge Isc是3%,這個數值減
少當AlGaAs/GaAs通道二極體接續成長,當另一個1um厚的InGaAs被成長會減
19%。當使用高電阻率的基板,鍺接面內建電壓會降低同時開路電壓會減小。高
電阻率的基板在P on N會比N or P上具有更佳的效果,因為N型材料具有較高的
壽命。最後較高的基板位向會改善表面型態、InGaP/Ge界面、降低鍺基板-電池
表面再結合速度、增加開路電壓值。
3 Conclusion
Lattice matching and dopant interdiffusion control along with substrate resistivity
and polarity are key aspects in selecting a proper HJ for improving the Ge bottom
cell photovoltaic response. Theoretical analisis of dopants diffussion shows that
P on N HJs should degrades less than N on P ones when subjected to the thermal
load produced by the subsequent MJ cell structure growth. However since asgrown InGaP (N)/Ge (P) HJs shows better short circuit currents than AlGaAs
(P)/Ge (N) ones the two selected HJs should shows similar photovoltaic
performances after the entire growth cycle of the triple junction cell.
結論
除了基板電阻率與極性外,晶格匹配與摻雜相互擴散控制是改善鍺底部電池光
電反應選擇合適異質接面的關鍵。當多接面成長時造成溫度負載,摻雜物擴散
的理論分析顯示P on N異質接面應該比N on P劣化更慢。然而InGaP(N)/Ge(P)
比AlGaAs(P)/Ge(N)異質接面顯示更佳的短路電流。這兩種選擇的異質接面在
完全成長三接面電池後顯示相似的光電性質。
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