Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2020-2021
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics
Research Summary: I shine lasers on solar cells to learn about them. At CSU, we are working to improve a particular solar cell technology called cadmium telluride. The aforementioned laser measurement (called time-resolved photoluminescence) is a useful tool for identifying problem areas within the cell structure, or for identifying good characteristics of a cell even if the overall performance is poor. This information can help focus research on the areas which need improvement. My research involves developing advanced measurement techniques to extract even more useful information, and uses modeling to better understand how to interpret results, which can be quite challenging.