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Rev Sci Instrum. 2015 Jan;86(1):013907. doi: 10.1063/1.4905535.

Fiber-fed time-resolved photoluminescence for reduced process feedback time on thin-film photovoltaics.

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401-3305, USA.
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA.


Fiber-fed time-resolved photoluminescence is demonstrated as a tool for immediate process feedback after deposition of the absorber layer for CuInxGa(1-x)Se2 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 photovoltaic devices. The technique uses a simplified configuration compared to typical laboratory time-resolved photoluminescence in the delivery of the exciting beam, signal collection, and electronic components. Correlation of instrument output with completed device efficiency is demonstrated over a large sample set. The extraction of the instrument figure of merit, depending on both the initial luminescence intensity and its time decay, is explained and justified. Limitations in the prediction of device efficiency by this method, including surface effect, are demonstrated and discussed.


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