Solar Cell Testing for the Jupiter Environment: Low Irradiance Low Temperature and High Radiation
Andreea Boca
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States

Solar cell characterization for missions to the Jupiter system presents unique challenges. Such missions require accurate predictions of cell performance under low irradiance, low temperature and high radiation conditions. However, test artifacts such as room-temperature annealing of radiation-induced defects can introduce significant inaccuracy in the ground-based test data with respect to the true flight performance. In this paper, we present a preliminary investigation of the room-temperature annealing artifact using in-situ dark-IV characterization, and we place a lower bound on the inflation it introduces.