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Group III-Nitride Solar Cell with Graded Compositions

United States Patent Application

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A compositionally graded Group III-nitride alloy is provided for use in a solar cell. In one or more embodiment, an alloy of either InGaN or InAlN formed in which the In composition is graded between two areas of the alloy. The compositionally graded Group III-nitride alloy can be utilized in a variety of types of solar cell configurations, including a single P-N junction solar cell having tandem solar cell characteristics, a multijunction tandem solar cell, a tandem solar cell having a low resistance tunnel junction and other solar cell configurations. The compositionally graded Group III-nitride alloy possesses direct band gaps having a very large tuning range, for example extending from about 0.7 to 3.4 eV for InGaN and from about 0.7 to 6.2 eV for InAlN.
Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw (Kensington, CA), Ager, III, Joel W. (Berkeley, CA), Yu, Kin Man (Lafayette, CA)
12/ 348,127
January 2, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST [0002] The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The government has certain rights in this invention.