June 19, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 504 Pages - 213 Color & 269 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138584648 - CAT# K377009
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The conceptual picture of a solar cell has evolved in the last two decades, a broad landscape of candidate materials and devices were discovered and systematically studied and reported. New concepts and a rather powerful picture embracing very different types of devices has emerged from many discussions and sometimes also conceptual clashes. The Complete Physics of Solar Cells: The Fundamentals and Foundations of Perovskites introduces the main physico-chemical principles that govern the operation of energy devices.
The handbook presents an explanation of the operation of photovoltaic devices with a broad perspective that embraces concepts from nanostructured and highly disordered materials to highly efficient devices such as lead halide perovskite solar cells.
Additional features include:
Introduction to Energy Devices. Electrostatic and Thermodynamic Potentials of Electrons in Materials. Voltage, Capacitors, and Batteries.Work Functions and Injection Barriers. Thermal Distribution of Electrons, Holes, and Ions in Solids. Interfacial Kinetics and Hopping Transitions. The Chemical Capacitance. The Density of States in Disordered Inorganic and Organic Conductors. Planar and Nanostructured Semiconductor Junctions. Carrier injection and drift transport. Diffusion transport. Drift-diffusion transport. Transport in disordered media. Thin film transistors. Space charge limited transport. Impedance and capacitance spectroscopies.Blackbody radiation and light. Light absorption, carrier recombination and luminescence. Optical transitions in organic and inorganic semiconductors. Fundamental model of a solar cell. Recombination current in the semiconductor diode. Radiative equilibrium in a semiconductor. Reciprocity relations and the photovoltage. Basic operation of solar cells. Solar cell structures. Solar energy conversion concepts.