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Experiment 1 - The Solar Cell

Build the circuit as shown...

Circuit diagram voltage of a solar cell.

Circuit voltage of a solar cell. (Enlarge)

Once you let light shine onto the solar cell, your multimeter shows a voltage...

  • In direct sunlight you measure a voltage close to the nominal voltage,
  • in artificial light you measure a voltage well below the nominal voltage and
  • if you cover the solar cell, you measure a voltage close to 0 Volt.

Not only a voltage is generated, it can also generate a current and performs work...

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