A memorable PVSchool2022!

The thematic school on the Physics of Solar Cells: from basic principles to material science (PVSchool2022) was hosted by Les Houches School of Physics located in the French Alps, from 3-8 April 2022. The school was organized by Stéphane Collin and Andrea Cattoni from the C2N, and Daniel Suchet from the IPVF, and it was supported by the CNRS, the C2N and the IPVF.

This third edition of the PVSchool attracted a great interest with applications from many different countries and held at full capacity with 65 registered attendees. The program covered the physics of solar cells with a special focus on material science. We started the week with an 8h series of courses on basic physics for PV science. Advanced lectures offered an overview of the specificities of each technology, relating their typical features to the basic properties of their materials, and tutorial sessions were organized every day. The lectures, topical discussions and tutorials (25h) were given by renowned scientists (Uwe Rau, Jenny Nelson, Marika Edoff, David Cahen, Jean-Francois Guillemoles, David Lackner). Evening sessions were devoted to two poster sessions, and a debate on ethical issues in the academic research. The whole week took place in a friendly atmosphere and triggered passionate discussions from early mornings to late evenings!

A portfolio of the week can be viewed here (photos by Andrea Cattoni).

This third edition of the PV School was, once again, a great success. Be sure that the organizers, pushed by the fantastic feedback received from the attendees, will do their best to organize a fourth PVSchool edition in 2024 with a novel program!

The organizers,
Stéphane Collin, Daniel Suchet, Andrea Cattoni

After the great success of the first PV School on Physics of Solar Cells: from basics to nanoscience (25-30 March 2018) and the second PV School on Physics of Solar Cells: from basic principles to advanced characterization (1-6 March 2020) in the famous Les Houches School of Physics, we are proud to announce the third edition of the PV School in Les Houches.

The PV School 2022 will be held on 3-8 April 2022, in Les Houches, France. Save the date!

It will focus on Physics of Solar Cells : from basic principles to material science.

This school will cover the physics of solar cells, from basics to advanced concepts, with a focus on material science. It will cover the fundamental principles and theoretical limits of solar cells. The structural, optical, transport properties of materials will be reviewed and linked to the performances of devices, and the role of interfaces, defects, passivation, and nanostructures will be emphasized. Advanced characterization techniques and key challenges of materials will be also detailed.

The PVSchool2022 has been selected as a CNRS thematic school, it is eligible for the formation continue for CNRS employees. The registration fee will be fully handled by CNRS for CNRS employees.

Application is closed. However, a few places are still available for CNRS employees. If you are interested, please contact us directly: pvschool2022@c2n.upsaclay.fr
The dealine is 24 February 2022. The dealine is 14 February 2022.

Application notifications will be sent on Monday, 28 February or Tuesday, 1st March 2022. We are sorry for the delay due to the high number of applications.

The Covid situation is closely monitored by the organizers and the host institution. As of today, the PVSchool will take place as expected at Les Houches with full capacity. The host institution requires every attendee to have a vaccination certificate, and individual antigenitc tests will be performed on site upon arrival. Should the situation degrade, adaptation measures should still allow us to meet onsite with additional physical distancing.

The organizers can be contacted at pvschool2022@c2n.upsaclay.fr.

Session organized by the CNRS and the IPVF: Stéphane COLLIN, C2N, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Saclay, France Daniel SUCHET, IPVF, Ecole Polytechnique, France Andrea CATTONI, C2N, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Saclay, France with the valuable contribution of Nathanaëlle Schneider (IPVF, CNRS, France), Laurent LOMBEZ (LPCNO, CNRS, France) and Jean-François Guillemoles (IPVF, CNRS, France).

The PV School 2022 is supported by the CNRS, the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N), and the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF). It is hosted by Les Houches School of Physics.