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Application of concentrating luminescent down-shifting structures to CdS/CdTe solar cells with poor short wavelength response

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Application of concentrating luminescent down-shifting structures to CdS/CdTe solar cells with poor short wavelength response. / Parel, Thomas; Danos, Lefteris; Markvart, Tomas.

In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 140, 14.05.2015, p. 306-311.

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Parel T, Danos L, Markvart T. Application of concentrating luminescent down-shifting structures to CdS/CdTe solar cells with poor short wavelength response. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 2015 May 14;140:306-311. doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2015.04.026

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Parel, Thomas ; Danos, Lefteris ; Markvart, Tomas. / Application of concentrating luminescent down-shifting structures to CdS/CdTe solar cells with poor short wavelength response. In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 2015 ; Vol. 140. pp. 306-311.

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