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Bulk single crystal ternary substrates for a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion system

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
June 23, 1998
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A thermophotovoltaic energy conversion device and a method for making the device. The device includes a substrate formed from a bulk single crystal material having a bandgap (E.sub.g) of 0.4 eV<E.sub.g <0.7 eV and an emitter fabricated on the substrate formed from one of a p-type or an n-type material. Another thermophotovoltaic energy conversion device includes a host substrate formed from a bulk single crystal material and lattice-matched ternary or quaternary III-V semiconductor active layers.
Charache; Greg W. (Clifton Park, NY), Baldasaro; Paul F. (Clifton Park, NY), Nichols; Greg J. (Burnt Hills, NY)
The United States of America as reprresented by the United States (Washington, DC)
08/ 704,974
August 29, 1996
RIGHTS OF THE GOVERNMENT The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC12-76SN00052, awarded by The U.S. Department of Energy.