Electrical detection of electron-spin-echo envelope modulations in thin-film silicon solar cells

Matthias Fehr, Jan Behrends, S. Haas, B. Rech, K. Lips, A. Schnegg

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Electrically detected electron-spin-echo envelope modulations (ED-ESEEM) were employed to detect hyperfine interactions between nuclear spins and paramagnetic sites, determining spin-dependent transport processes in multilayer thin-film microcrystalline silicon solar cells. Electrical detection in combination with a modified Hahn-echo sequence was used to measure echo modulations induced by 29Si, 31P, and 1H nuclei weakly coupled to electron spins of paramagnetic sites in the amorphous and microcrystalline solar cell layers. In the case of CE centers in the μc-Si:H i-layer, the absence of 1H ESEEM modulations indicates that the adjacencies of CE centers are depleted from hydrogen atoms. On the basis of this result, we discuss several models for the microscopic origin of the CE center and conclusively assign those centers to coherent twin boundaries inside of crystalline grains in μc-Si:H.

Original languageEnglish
Article number193202
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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