TMT4322 - Solar Cells and Photovoltaic Nanostructures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Skriftlig 100/100 4 timer

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

Course materials

Course materials will be given upon course startup.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2012

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian


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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Skriftlig 100/100 2012-05-31 09:00
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU