Senior Theses

Publication Date


Document Type

Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physics



Faculty Advisor(s)

Jennifer Heath (Thesis Advisor)
Joelle Murray & Michael Crosser (Committee Members)

Subject Categories

Condensed Matter Physics | Materials Science and Engineering | Physics


Capacitance measurements of solar cells are sensitive to minute changes in charge in the material. For that reason, capacitance is used in several methods to electrically characterize defects in the solar cell. Standard interpretations of capacitance rely on many assumptions, which, if wrong can skew the results. We explore possible alternative explanations for capacitance transitions, such as a non-ideal back contact and series resistance. Using Drive Level Capacitance Profiling measurements, a capacitance step is linked to a defect between the energy bands of a solar cell.