TFI-16M Test Fixture for I-V Measurements

The TFI-16M Vacuum Test Fixture for QE Systems is designed to hold and contact substrate based solar cells up to 160 mm x 160 mm in size. This test fixture is commonly used for 156 mm x 156 mm single- or multi-crystalline silicon solar cells.

It is also suitable for use with other types of solar cells that have at least one electrical contact accessible from the front of the cell. A platform with vacuum holes holds the test device and makes electrical contact to its rear surface. A micropositioner probe contacts the front surface. A vacuum pump is included.

Use with Device Types Other than Crystalline Silicon

If the device under test does not have a terminal at its rear surface, use a second pair of probes (not included) to contact the second terminal on the front. This test fixture is not suitable for use with superstrate devices, such as amorphous silicon on glass.

Soft Contacting for Delicate Devices

Some devices can be easily sctrached by the sharp, hard needles of micropositioner probes. Micropositioner probes from PV Measurements include a soft, electrically conductive device protector that can be used with the micropositioner to prevent scratching of delicate films.

Mounting the Test Fixture

The 160 mm x 160 mm Vacuum Test Fixture for I-V Systems has 6.1 mm diameter holes in its base that can be used to mount it to optical tabletops using metric M6 threaded holes on 25.0 mm grids.

Basic Temperature Control

The vacuum stage is mounted to a water circulation plate that can be used to control the temperature of the device being tested. Plumbing fittings are provided. To use this feature, the customer must supply a water circulator with temperature control for the water. Another option is to use thermoelectric temperature control, described below.

Optional Thermoelectric Temperature Control

With the optional thermoelectric temperature control, faster responsiveness and temperature precision are acheived. The termoelectric modules act as a heat pump between the vacuum plate and the water plate. The water plate serves as the thermal reservoir for the thermoelectric modules. Two temperature ranges are available: The standard temperature control range allows control between 5 °C and 60 °C. The optional high temperature range allows the temperature of the test device to be raised up to 125 °C. These options include a water chiller. No external water connections are necessary.

Facility Requirements

Facility requirements for the TFI-16M Test Fixture for I-V Measurements
Vacuum Pump Electricity 0.5 A, 115 VAC or 0.25 A, 250 VAC 50/60 Hz
Water Plate Flow Rate 0.5 l/min
Optional Standard Range Thermoelectric
Temperature Controller And Water Chiller
8 A, 115 VAC or 6 A, 250 VAC 50/60 Hz
Optional Extended Range Thermoelectric Temperature Controller And Water Chiller 9 A, 115 VAC or 6 A, 250 VAC 50/60 Hz


Specifications for the TFI-16M Test Fixture for I-V Measurements
Electrical Interface 4 wire
Front Electrical Device Connection Joystick micromanipulator probe, 2 included (additional probes optional)
Back Electrical Device Connection Aluminum vacuum chuck for current measurements
Voltage probes embedded in chuck
Temperature Sensor LM335 embedded in vacuum plate
Temperature Sensor Accuracy ± 0.5 °C
Standard Range Thermoelectric Temperature Control 5 °C to 60 °C
Extended Range Thermoelectric Temperature Control 5 °C to 125 °C
Maximum Cell Size 160 mm x 160 mm
Minimum Cell Size 5 mm x 5 mm
Cell Style Substrate device (at least one front contact)
Soft Contact Conductive rubber

Compatible Device Structures

Insulating Substrate Device

Conducting Substrate Device

Traditional Bulk Device


Contact your PV Measurements representative for more details on test fixtures and which one is the best for your application.

Call +1 303.386.3950 or email to discuss your photovoltaic characterization needs.