cadmium telluride


Definition of cadmium telluride

: an artificially created crystalline compound CdTe that is used especially in the manufacture of photovoltaic cells … after many years of development, cadmium telluride … modules have become the lowest-cost producer of solar electricity, despite working at lower efficiency than crystalline silicon cells.— Ken Zweibel

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Recent Examples on the Web It is combined with cadmium to make cadmium telluride, which is then used to make panels that are more efficient than selenium solar panels. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 On a recent afternoon at the Ohio factory, an endless line of glass panels traveled through machines that deposited layers of cadmium telluride and other materials. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 The core of a quantum dot is typically composed of a heavy metal, such as cadmium selenium or cadmium telluride, although more recently quantum dots made from other materials are also possible. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The company uses a different semiconductor compound called cadmium telluride, applying it to glass panels in an ultrathin layer using a method developed by McMaster and his university colleagues. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Thin is in The researchers focused on thin-film technology, which is dominated by two materials: cadmium telluride (often called cadtel) and CIGS, or copper indium gallium selenide. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 2 May 2018 This has resulted in large price increases in recent years as demand has soared for both thermoelectric and CdTe solar [cadmium telluride photovoltaic solar cells—the second most common ones on the market]. Kristen A. Schmitt, Smithsonian, 10 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cadmium telluride

1885, in the meaning defined above

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