TMT4322 - Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Nanostructures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

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 solar cell cells: principles and processes. Tandem solar cells and intermediate-band solar cells. Focus will be given to silicon-based solar cells and solar cell processes, examples and calculations related to these materials.

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. Expected time: Lectures:60 hours; Laboratory and report writing:10 hours; Exercises:20 hours. Self study:110 hours.

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. Approved exercises and lab reports do not need to be repeated.

Course materials

Course materials consist mainly of lectures notes and slides.

A book chapter og journal papers can be given to the students if necessary.

Book: J. Nelson "The phycis of solar cell"

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-11 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL123 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 37
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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