Accession Number : AD0652103

Title :   STUDY OF GERMANIUM DEVICES FOR USE IN A THERMOPHOTOVOLTAIC CONVERTER.

Descriptive Note : Progress rept. no. 1, 1 Jul 66-1 Jan 67,

Corporate Author : GENERAL MOTORS CORP KOKOMO IND DELCO RADIO DIV

Personal Author(s) : Beck,R. W.

Report Date : FEB 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : An investigation was made of the front junction P(+)/N absorptive device structure since it was felt that this device might be inherently more stable and exhibit higher values of collection efficiency. Values of collection efficiency approaching 100% were obtained but the stability in vacuum is not improved over the N/P(+) configuration. Power output of the P(+)/N is limited by the curve factor at P(+) dopings of 10 to the 18th power/cu cm. Increased doping of the P(+) region seriously degrades device collection efficiency. The complete reversibility of the vacuum degradation and its dependence on I sub sc levels were determined. Vacuum coating work has been extended to include silicon dioxide, silicon carbide, cadmium sulfide and others in the electron beam evaporator. None of these contributes to device stability. Increased stability of ZnS coated devices was demonstrated. Attempts to fabricate N/P(+) devices by epitaxial deposition were unsuccessful because of doping problems. Sufficient P-type layers were not obtained resulting in poor diode structures. The decision to discontinue the epitaxial work was made. Continued development of polishing techniques yielded N/P(+) nonabsorptive devices with negligible scattering losses before electroetching. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS(SEMICONDUCTOR), GERMANIUM), (*ENERGY CONVERSION, PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS(SEMICONDUCTOR)), EPITAXIAL GROWTH, DOPING, COATINGS, SEMICONDUCTING FILMS, SURFACE PROPERTIES

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Non-electrical Energy Conversion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE