Solar Photovoltaics : Principles, Technologies and Materials


Prof. Ashish Garg

IIT Kanpur

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This course is an introductory course on solar photovoltaics materials and devices covering fundamentals of operation of solar cells, physics of semiconducting materials, P-N junction device characteristics in dark and light. We will also discuss various solar photovoltaic technologies and their status with a brief discussion of the fabrication aspects of the devices. The course will also discuss the materials and technologies issues as well as device measurement techniques.


Basic Physics knowledge


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Ashish Garg is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur. Details of his research and teaching can be accessed on

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Course Details

Week 1  :  Introduction and Solar radiation fundamentals
Week 2  :  Basic physics of semiconductors 
Week 3  :  Carrier transport, generation and recombination in semiconductors 
Week 4  :  Semiconductor junctions 
Week 5  :  Essential characteristics of solar photovoltaic devices 
Week 6  :  First Generation Solar Cells
Week 7  :  Second Generation Solar Cells 
Week 8  :  Third Generation Solar Cells 

Books and References

Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering. Eds. A. Luque and S. Hegedus, Wiley• The Physics of Solar Cells, Jenny Nelson, Imperial College Press• Thin Films Solar Cells, K.L. Chopra, McGraw Hill• Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts by Peter Wurfel• Photovolatics Materials by R.H. Bube


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