Physics of Solar Cells: Calendar

[updated 1/18/17]

No. Date Topic Slides Reading Assignments
1 1/18 W Course Introduction & Energy Overview Lecture 1 Sec. 1 from pveductation.org Complete background assessment
2 1/23 M Solar Energy Conversion & the PV Effect  
3 1/25 W Solar Resource Sec. 2 from pveductation.org  
4 1/30 M PV Generation & Detailed Balance Chp. 1
5 2/1 W Detailed Balance & Maximum Efficiency Chp. 2   
6 2/6 M Electrons & Holes in Semiconductors I Chp. 3  
7 2/8 W Electrons & Holes in Semiconductors II    
8 2/13 M Drift / Diffusion    
9 2/15 W Charge Transport: Generation    
10 2/20 M == No Class ==      
11 2/22 W Charge Transport: Recombination      
12 2/27 M Overview of Device Junctions   Chp. 5  
13 3/1 W Analysis of P-N Junctions   Chp. 6  
14 3/6 M    
15 3/8 W MID TERM      
  3/13 M —SPRING BREAK!—      
  3/15 W —SPRING BREAK!—      
16 3/20 M Monocrystalline Solar Cells I    Chp. 7  
17 3/22 W Monocrystalline Solar Cells II      
18 3/27 M Monocrystalline Solar Cells III  
19 3/29 W Monocrystalline Solar Cells IV      
20 4/3 M Thin Film Solar Cells I   Chp. 8  
21 4/5 W Thin Film Solar Cells II      
22 4/10 M Thin Film Solar Cells III      
23 4/12 W Photon Management in Solar Cells   Chp. 9  
24 4/17 M Next-Generation Photovoltaics Chp. 10  
25 4/19 W Guest Lecture      
26 4/24 M Solar Cell Characterization
 
27 4/26 W == No Class ==      
28 5/1 M Project Presentations      
29 5/3 W Project Presentations and Wrap Up