University in Oslo

Ab initio modelling of solar cell materials

The course is focused on studying the properties of solar cell materials using computational methods based on density functional theory. The fundamentals of band structure methods along with the topics treated include structural phase stability, bonding, and physical properties (electrical, optical properties) of materials using state of the art ab-initio calculations. Focus is given to the relationship between multifunctional properties with electronic structure in the atomic and nanoscale.

Advanced Characterization methods

The course on advanced characterization methods will include the main techniques relevant for characterization of materials and components for solar cells. Introduction to each technique will be supervised by an expert in this technique. Time allocated for each separate technique will generally be 1 day. The day will start with an introductory lecture giving the basic understanding of the technique and the physical principles it is based on, as well as advantages and limitations.