The carrier collection properties of polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) thin film solar cells on glass with interdigitated mesa structure have been locally analysed with Infrared Light Beam Induced Current (IR-LBIC) and compared to LBIC measurements using visible light. The low absorption of IR light leads to a low current level when the light is coupled vertically into the active volume. An enhanced carrier collection has been detected at the corners of the mesa because the etch allows to couple the light horizontally into the solar cell, This investigation shows that IR-LBIC is sensitive to light trapping structures in silicon based thin film solar cells.

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