TMT4322 - Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Nanostructures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Electronic structure of semiconductors and nanostructured materials. Carrier statistics and transport. Optical processes. Recombination. Charge separation in Schottky barriers and pn-junctions. Characteristics in dark and under illumination. Loss mechanisms and efficiency in pn-junction cells. Thin-film cells. Amorphous solar cells.Charge separation in nanostructured materials. Dye-sensitized solar cells. Photovoltaic effect in organic and carbon-based systems. Quantum wells, superlattices, relaxation of hot electrons and holes, multiple-exciton generation. Tandem solar cells and intermediate-band solar cells.

Learning outcome

The course emphasizes charge separation upon photon absorption as the central process in photovoltaic devices, and will give the student an overview of mechanisms for charge separation in conventional and nanostructured materials. The student shall also be able to perform quantitative calculations associated with these processes.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, mandatory problem sets and laboratory exercises. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers can be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises, laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Course materials will be given upon course startup.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2017-12-06 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.