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Problem 103b
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A photovoltaic cell contains a p–n junction that that converts solar light to electricity. An optimum semiconductor would have its band-gap energy matched to the wavelength of maximum solar intensity at the Earth’s surface. (b) Which of the following semiconductors absorb at a wavelength matched with maximum solar intensity? CdTe with a band-gap energy of 145 kJ/mol or ZnSe with a band-gap energy of 248 kJ/mol.

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