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Photovoltaic Cell- P-N Junction Necessity

  1. Oct 11, 2014 #1
    If you wanted to separate the P and N type semi-conductive layers and place a diode (which contains a P-N junction) between them so that current would still travel in the correct direction, could you? I want to separate them so that I can insulate the N-type layer with a reflective metal. I just don't know if it's first, possible to separate them in a home environment, second, if the PV cell will still function with the P-N junction omitted, and third, if it's possible to solder the diode to both semi-conductive layers. A quick reply would be much appreciated. Thank you
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  3. Oct 11, 2014 #2


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    No, No, No.
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