Dr Andrew Thomson

Dr Andrew Thomson
Research Fellow
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I am offering a range of final year projects to compliment my research and interests. In the past 3-4 years I have had 9 successful final year projects. One project led to a Ph.D scholarship for a student who would not have received an APA. In 2015 I will offer up to 4 concurrent projects on: (i) programming (making software for semiconductor measurements), (ii) power electronics (creating a micro-voltage source inverter with and Arduio platform), (iii) material optics (measuring and monitoring the degradation of module components), (iv) solar modules (measuring the performance and monitoring the stability of the cells/modules), and (v) solar cell hydrogenation (through cheap spray on coatings).

Authors Title Publication Volume Number Pages Year Publisher
Thomson, Andrew F; McIntosh, Keith R;  Degradation of oxide-passivated boron-diffused silicon Applied Physics Letters 95 5 52101 2009 AIP Publishing
Barbé, Jérémy; Thomson, Andrew Francis; Wang, Er‐Chien; McIntosh, Keith; Catchpole, Kylie;  Nanoimprinted Tio2 sol–gel passivating diffraction gratings for solar cell applications Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 20 2 143-148 2012 Wiley Online Library
Zhang, Xinyu; Cuevas, Andres; Thomson, Andrew;  Process Control of Reactive Sputter Deposition of AlO and Improved Surface Passivation of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of 3 1 183-188 2013 IEEE
Thomson, Andrew F; McIntosh, Keith R;  Light‐enhanced surface passivation of TiO2‐coated silicon Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 20 3 343-349 2012 Wiley Online Library
McIntosh, Keith R; Baker-Finch, Simeon C; Grant, Nicholas E; Thomson, Andrew F; Singh, Sonita; Baikie, Iain D;  Charge density in atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition TiO2 on SiO2-passivated silicon Journal of The Electrochemical Society 156 11 G190-G195 2009 The Electrochemical Society
Kho, Teng C; McIntosh, Keith R; Tan, Jason T; Thomson, Andrew F; Chen, Florence W;  Removal of hydrogen and deposition of surface charge during rapid thermal annealing Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 2008. PVSC'08. 33rd IEEE 1-May 2008 IEEE
Wan, Yimao; McIntosh, Keith R; Thomson, Andrew F; Cuevas, Andres;  Low surface recombination velocity by low-absorption silicon nitride on c-Si Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of 3 1 554-559 2013 IEEE
Thomson, Andrew F; Hameiri, Ziv; Grant, Nicholas E; Price, Chris J; Di, Yan; Spurgin, Jack;  Uncertainty in photoconductance measurements of the emitter saturation current Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of 3 4 1200-1207 2013 IEEE
Wan, Yimao; McIntosh, Keith R; Thomson, Andrew F;  Characterisation and optimisation of PECVD SiNx as an antireflection coating and passivation layer for silicon solar cells AIP Advances 3 3 32113 2013 AIP Publishing
Thomson, Andrew F; McIntosh, Keith R; Richards, Bryce S;  Surface recombination in oxide-passivated Si after the deposition of APCVD TiO2 2007  
Thomson, AF; McIntosh, KR;  DEGRADATIOIN OF OXIDE-PASSIVATED SILICON Proceedings of the 24th European Photovoltaic and Solar Energy Conversion 2009  
Thomson, Andrew Francis;  Studies of silicon oxide ageing and titanium oxide passivation of silicon for use in solar cells 2010 Australian National University
Wan, Yimao; McIntosh, Keith R; Thomson, Andrew F;  Characterization of stress in amorphous silicon nitride and implications to c-Si surface passivation Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2012 38th IEEE 001139-001143 2012 IEEE
Bullock, James; Thomson, Andrew; Cuevas, Andrés; Veith, Boris; Schmidt, Jan; Karkkainen, Ari;  Enhanced rear‐side reflection and firing‐stable surface passivation of silicon solar cells with capping polymer films physica status solidi (RRL)-Rapid Research Letters 7 8 530-533 2013 Wiley Online Library
Shalav, Avi; Henderson, Christian; Ratcliff, Tom; Thomson, Andrew;  Ion Implanted Dielectric Films for an Improved Optical and Electronic Silicon Photovoltaic Response MRS Proceedings 1493   105-110 2013 Cambridge Univ Press
Thomson, Andrew; Gardner, Matthew; McIntosh, Keith; Shalav, Avi; Bullock, James;  Damp and dry heat degradation of thermal oxide passivation of p+ silicon Journal of Applied Physics 115 11 114505 2014 AIP Publishing
Xu, Lujia; Weber, Kival; Fell, Andreas; Yang, Xinbo; Franklin, Evan; Thomson, Andrew;  The Influence of Thermal Effects and Dielectric Films on the Electronic Quality of p+-Doped Silicon Processed by Nanosecond Laser Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of 4 5 1220-1227 2014 IEEE
Liang, Wensheng; Weber, Klaus J; Thomson, Andrew F;  Effective SiN: H Capping Layers on 1-nm Al 2 O 3 for p Surface Passivation Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of 4 6 1405-1412 2014 IEEE
Thomson, Andrew; Grant, Nicholas; Chern, Kean Fong; Kho, Teng;  Improved diffused-region recombination-current pre-factor analysis Energy Procedia 55   141-148 2014 Elsevier
Zhang, Xinyu; Thomson, Andrew; Cuevas, Andres;  Silicon Surface Passivation by Sputtered Aluminium Oxide: Influence of Annealing Temperature and Ambient Gas ECS Solid State Letters 3 11 N37-N39 2014 The Electrochemical Society
Lal, Niraj N; Schneider, Bennett W; Le, Kevin N; Thomson, Andrew F; White, Thomas P; Catchpole, Kylie R;  Wavelength selective light trapping for tandem solar cells on silicon Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics PTu3C. 4 2014 Optical Society of America
Wan, Yimao; McIntosh, KR; Thomson, AF; Cuevas, A;  Surface passivation of pyramidally and isotropically textured c-Si by PECVD SiNx and a-Si: H in SNEC 7th     2013  
Wan, Yimao; McIntosh, Keith R; Thomson, Andrew F; Cuevas, Andres;  Recombination and thin film properties of silicon nitride and amorphous silicon passivated c-Si following ammonia plasma exposure Applied Physics Letters 106 4 41607 2015 AIP Publishing
Thomson, AF; Lynn, SZ; McIntosh, KR;  Passivation of silicon by negatively charged TiO2 35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Valencia, 6–10 of September 2010  
Thomson, Andrew; Lal, Niraj; Wan, Yimao;  Interpolating the optical properties of varied composition silicon nitride Phys. Status Solidi B     2015  
Thomson, Andrew; Wan, Yimao; Lal, Niraj; Elliman, Robert G;  Graded silicon nitride films: Optics and passivation Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 33 6 60610 2015 AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing


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