Investigation of local electronic transport and surface potential distribution of Cu(In,Ga)Se 2 thin-films

R. H. Shin, A. R. Jeong, W. Jo

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Local current mapping and surface potential distributions on polycrystalline Cu(In,Ga)Se 2 (CIGS) films are investigated by conductive atomic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy. The two kinds of samples fabricated by co-evaporation had extremely different conversion efficiencies of 10% and 0.2% for stoichiometric and Cu- and Se-deficient compositions, respectively. We examined the microscopic reasons for the differences in the local electrical properties. Current mapping and current-voltage behaviors were measured at intragrain regions (IGs) and grain boundaries (GBs). Electronic transport between a Pt scanning probe and the CIGS layer is explained by the Schottky conduction mechanism. The surface potential distribution shows an intriguing relation with topological variation, inferring that a local built-in potential is possibly formed on positively charged GBs. The surface potential is about 100 mV, which shows energy band bending near GBs in the films. Exciton separation near GBs is explained by the bending of the conduction and valence bands, which is sensitive to compositional and structural inhomogeneities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313-1318
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Applied Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Converging Research Center Program through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2011K000584 ) and by the New & Renewable Energy Technology Development Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy (No. 20113020010040 ).


  • Conductive atomic force microscopy
  • Cu(In,Ga)Se
  • Grain boundaries
  • Kelvin probe force microscopy


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