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Low-Intensity High-Temperature (LIHT) Solar Cells for Venus Atmosphere

Grandidier, Jonathan and Kirk, Alexander P. and Osowski, Mark L. and Gogna, Pawan K. and Fan, Shizhao and Lee, Minjoo L. and Stevens, Margaret A. and Jahelka, Phillip and Tagliabue, Giulia and Atwater, Harry A. and Cutts, James A. (2018) Low-Intensity High-Temperature (LIHT) Solar Cells for Venus Atmosphere. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 8 (6). pp. 1621-1626. ISSN 2156-3381. doi:10.1109/jphotov.2018.2871333.

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Low-intensity high-temperature solar cells that operate effectively in the atmosphere of Venus at various altitudes and also survive on the 465 °C surface of Venus are being developed. Thermal stability, high-temperature current–voltage ( I–V ), and external quantum efficiency measurements on GaInP/GaAs double-junction solar cells are presented. Solar-cell modeling under the atmospheric conditions of Venus is used to design the optimum solar-cell structure.

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Grandidier, Jonathan0000-0002-3384-6083
Stevens, Margaret A.0000-0002-9856-3842
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Cutts, James A.0000-0002-1765-8322
Additional Information:© 2018 IEEE. Manuscript received May 15, 2018; revised August 28, 2018; accepted September 9, 2018. Date of publication October 1, 2018; date of current version October 26, 2018. This work was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through the ROSES16 HOTTech Program in the Science Mission Directorate. The work of M. A. Stevens was supported by the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship through Award NNX15AQ79H. The authors would like to thank D. Crisp for his contribution related to the Venus atmosphere and J. A. Schwartz for valuable discussions. The research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, at MicroLink Devices Inc., at the California Institute of Technology, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
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NASA Space Technology Research FellowshipNNX15AQ79H
Subject Keywords:High-temperature photovoltaics, multi-junction solar cells, Venus exploration missions
Issue or Number:6
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Official Citation:J. Grandidier et al., "Low-Intensity High-Temperature (LIHT) Solar Cells for Venus Atmosphere," in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1621-1626, Nov. 2018. doi: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2871333
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:05 Oct 2018 23:18
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