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33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 2008. PVSC '08. Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/PVSC.2008.4922546 Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 1 - 6
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It has recently been established that the ideal bandgap for terrestrial photovoltaics is 1.37 eV and the bandgap for CulnSe2 is only around 1.04 eV. Thus, a larger bandgap is needed. However, neither the substitution of Ga nor of AI has made a high efficiency solar cell absorber with a band gap of 1.37 eV possible. B, an even smaller atom, should require less atomic substitution than either Ga or AI to achieve a wider bandgap. In order to fabricate a thin film of CulnxB1-xSe2 (CIBS), Cu, In and B were deposited from a variety of sputtering targets which were pure Cu, In, and B; a Cu.45ln.55; and a Cu3B2 target. Films were deposited simultaneously and sequentially. After deposition these films were post selenized in another vacuum chamber. Analysis of these films was accomplished using Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). With the difficulties encountered, materials were also deposited in a selenium atmosphere.