Boron-doped silicon surfaces from B2H6 passivated by ALD Al2O3 for solar cells

K.R.C. (Caroline) Mok, Bas W.H. van de Loo, Ard H.G. Vlooswijk, W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels, Lis Karen Nanver

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    A p+ -doping method for silicon solar cells is presented whereby boron atoms from a pure boron (PureB) layer deposited by chemical vapor deposition using B2H6 as precursor were thermally diffused into silicon. The applicability of this doping process for the doped surfaces of silicon solar cells was evaluated in terms of surface morphology after thermal diffusion, the boron dopant profiles, and sheet resistances, as well as the recombination parameter J0p+ , when the doped layers were passivated by Al2O3 films prepared by atomic layer deposition. Adequate surface passivation could be achieved with a surface recombination contribution to J0p+ of <20 fA/cm2 for most samples. However, when a boron-rich layer (BRL) was present at the Si surface, a much higher recombination current density was observed, proving that a BRL was detrimental to the high-quality surface passivation of boron-diffused surfaces. It was found that sufficient O2 in the furnace during the thermal diffusion process could eliminate any potential residual BRL, while excessive O2 concentration results in boron depletion and a higher sheet resistance. Therefore, in addition to optimizing the initial PureB layer thickness and thermal budget to control the dopant profiles, the O2 concentration during the diffusion must also be well controlled.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)1310-1318
    Number of pages9
    JournalIEEE journal of photovoltaics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015


    • surface passivationsurfaces
    • IR-98012
    • Atomic layer deposition (ALD)
    • EWI-26127
    • METIS-314917
    • Atomic layer deposition (ALD)emitterphotovoltaic cellssemiconductor device dopingsilicon
    • semiconductor device doping
    • photovoltaic cells
    • surface passivation
    • Surfaces
    • emitter
    • Silicon

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