These lectures are an introduction to near-equilibrium carrier transport using a novel, bottom up approach as developed by Supriyo Datta. This approach is more rigorous than the Drude approach - and often more physically insightful and less mathematically involved than approaches based on the Boltzmann Transport Equation.
The modern solar cell was invented at Bell Labs in 1954 and is currently receiving renewed attention as a potential contribution to addressing the world's energy challenge. This set of five tutorials is an introduction to solar cell technology fundamentals. It begins with a broad overview of solar cells and continues with a discussion of carrier generation and recombination in silicon solar cells. The tutorials continue with an overview of solar cell modeling and simulation. The fourth tutorial discusses thin-film, non-crystalline solar cells, which promise good efficiencies with low manufacturing costs. Finally, a much different type of solar cell, the organic "bulk heterojunction" solar cell is discussed to show that all solar cells can be understand in terms of some very general principles. on nanoHUB: https://nanohub.org/resources/11888