Si/SiO2 Multilayers

Si/SiO2 Multilayers

Multilayer structures consisting of Si/SiO2 are used in 3rd generation solar cells. Quantum confinement in the Si layers is used to tune the effective band gap to the desired size enabling an absorption of UV light while minimizing relaxation losses at the same time. The transmission electron micrograph clearly shows that continuous layers of Si and SiO2 with thicknesses down to 3nm can be grown.
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