Dynamic Impurity Redistributions in Kesterite Absorbers
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 is a promising nontoxic earth-abundant solar cell absorber. To optimize the thin films for solar cell device performance, postdeposition treatments at temperatures below the crystallization temperature are normally performed, which alter the surface and bulk properties. The polycrystalline thin films contain relatively high concentrations of impurities, such as sodium, oxygen and hydrogen. During the treatments, these impurities migrate and likely agglomerate at lattice defects or interfaces. Herein, impurity redistribution after air annealing for temperatures up to 200 °C and short heavy water treatments are studied. In addition, nonuniformities of the sodium distribution on a nanometer and micrometer scale are characterized by atom probe tomography and secondary ion mass spectrometry, respectively. Sodium and oxygen correlate to a greater extent after heat treatments, supporting strong binding between the two impurities. Redistributions of these impurities occur even at room temperature over longer time periods. Heavy water treatments confirm out-diffusion of sodium with more incorporation of oxygen and hydrogen. It is observed that the increased hydrogen content does not originate from the heavy water. The existence of an “ice-like” layer on top of the Cu2ZnSnS4 layer is proposed.




solar cell absorber

air annealing




Sigbjørn Grini

Universitetet i Oslo

Hisham Aboulfadl

Chalmers, Fysik, Mikrostrukturfysik

Nils Ross

Universitetet i Oslo

Uppsala universitet

Clas Persson

Universitetet i Oslo

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)

Charlotte Platzer-Björkman

Uppsala universitet

Mattias Thuvander

Chalmers, Fysik, Mikrostrukturfysik

Lasse Vines

Universitetet i Oslo

Physica Status Solidi (B): Basic Research

0370-1972 (ISSN) 1521-3951 (eISSN)

Vol. 257 6 2000062



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