Short Course #2
Solar Cell Device Physics
Stephen J. Fonash, Instructor
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This course is intended for engineers, chemists, physicists, and materials scientists interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of organic and inorganic solar cell materials and device physics. The course will address the solar cell performance and design optimization issues of hole, electron, and exciton collection and of light trapping and photogeneration distribution, with an emphasis on photonic and plasmonic phenomena. The specific topics to be covered will include:
Basic concepts of materials science and device physics
Material properties and physics fundamental to organic and inorganic solar cell structures
Implications of device structure and of scale in organic and inorganic solar cell structures
The four basic types of solar cell structures
Photovoltaics and photosynthesis
The physics, fabrication, and performance of homojunction solar cells
The physics, fabrication, and performance of heterojunction solar cells
The physics, fabrication, and performance of surface barrier solar cells
The physics, fabrication, and performance of dye sensitized solar cells
The use of optical and transport computer simulation tools for solar cell analysis and design
About the Instructor
Dr. Fonash is a recognized expert in solar cell materials, device physics, and design, holds the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University and is director of the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Fonash has published over 300 papers along with two books with his more recent “Solar Cell Device Physics” appearing in April, 2010. His solar cell computer modeling code AMPS, developed with a number of his graduate students and post-docs, has been downloaded by over 2,500 groups around the world for solar cell as well as photo-detector device design and physical understanding. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.