Cost is a major drawback in the current silicon wafer technology used for photovoltaic cells. In this HOT communication Charles Teplin and co-workers report a proof-of concept solar cell using a thin film of crystal silicon grown on an inexpensive CaF2 “seed” layer.
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Biaxially-textured photovoltaic film crystal silicon on ion beam assisted deposition CaF2 seed layers on glass
James R. Groves , Joel B. Li , Bruce M. Clemens , Vincenzo LaSalvia , Falah Hasoon , Howard M. Branz and Charles W. Teplin
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21097E