5.04.301 Photovoltaics


  • Di , 08.08.2017 14:00 - 16:30
  • Dienstag: 14:00 - 16:00, wöchentlich
  • Mo , 26.06.2017 14:00 - 16:00


The course covers the basic physics of solar cells as well as their commercial application. The photovoltaic energy conversion as well as the loss mechanisms in solar cells will be discussed on the basis of thermodynamics, semiconductor and solid-state physics. The students will learn to assess different kinds of PV technologies as well as the potential of photovoltaics for world’s energy supply.

Contents: solar spectrum, energy and power density, principles of solid state and semiconductor physics, absorption and emission of light in semiconductors, generation and recombination in equilibrium and nonequilibrium, charge transport, quasi-Fermi levels, electrostatics of the pn-junction, majority and minority carrier, characterization, current-voltage characteristic, strategies to optimize the solar cell efficiency, technology overview, crystalline silicon solar cells, amorphous silicon, CdTe, CIGS, concentrator cells, modules



  • mar220 Umweltphysik
  • PB 225 Renewable Energies I
  • pb225 Renewable Energies I
  • pb268 Specialisation I
  • phy653 Engineering Sciences I
  • phy654 Engineering Sciences II
  • phy655 Engineering Sciences III
  • phy662 Specialization III
  • phy663 Specialization I
  • phy664 Specialization II
  • phy665 Specialization IV
  • pre190 Specialisation



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