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The Photonics Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive resource for verified providers of Solar Cells and Wafers. Profiles and contact information for manufacturers and suppliers are provided by the companies and verified by our editors. If you have updated information about any of the organizations listed, please contact us.
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  • solar cell A device for converting sunlight into electrical energy, consisting of a sandwich of P-type and N-type semiconducting wafers. A photon with sufficient energy striking the cell can dislodge an electron from an atom near the interface of the two...
  • wafer A cross-sectional slice cut from an ingot of either single-crystal, fused, polycrystalline or amorphous material that has refined surfaces either lapped or polished. Wafers are used either as substrates for electronic device manufacturing or as...
  • thermoelectric solar cell A solar cell that uses a thermoelectric converter, consisting of two sheets of metal with a semiconductor sandwiched between them, to generate electricity.
  • thin-film solar cell A solar cell that is lightweight and flexible because of its construction by vacuum deposition of a semiconductor material (e.g., gallium arsenide or cadmium sulfide) onto a thin metal or plastic substrate. It is used as a power source in spacecraft...
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