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photovoltaic effect,  generation of a potential difference(open circuit voltage) at the terminals of an unbiased semiconductor diode (almost uniquely a p-n junction, altough, in principle, also a metal-semiconductor junction) as a result of illumination with light featuring energy higher than the energy gap (Eg) of semiconductor; fundation of the semiconductor solar cells operation.
Open-circuit voltage  voltage of irradiated solar cell measured between open output terminals
short-circuit current  current of irradiated solar cell with shorted output.
solar cell  two-terminal semiconductor device which converts solar light into electric signal; requires presence of potential barrier within semiconductor which is typically accomplished by the formation of a p-n junction; potential barrier separates hole and electrons generated by irradiation of semiconductor establishing different potential at device terminals; because of the low cost, solar cells using amorphous silicon are the very common in spite of the fact that their efficiency is lower than efficiency of solar cells made out of polycrystalline, multicrystalline or single-crystal silicon; semiconductors other than Si are also used to manufacture solar cells.
photovoltaics,  a domain in semiconductor science and engineering dealing with devices converting energy of electromagnetic radiation (light) into electrical signal via a photo-voltaic effect, i.e. the effect in which such conversion occurs with no external bias applied to device terminals; concept of a solar cell is based on the photo-voltaic principles.
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