Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Materials Science and Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Rajendra Singh

Committee Member

Dr. Eric Skaar

Committee Member

Dr. Marian S. Kennedy

Abstract

Copper (I) oxide (Cu20) has enormous potential for photovoltaic applications. Cu20 is a p-type semiconductor with a direct band gap of 2.2 eV. When grown on silicon, thin film Cu20 has the potential to increase photovoltaic efficiency. Cu20 is a suitable photovoltaic material because it is inexpensive, non-toxic and abundant in the earth's crust.

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