Clarkson team's research paper chosen for 'IOP Select' collection
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 11:01 am

POTSDAM -- The Institute of Physics has chosen a research paper on solar cell modeling developed by a Clarkson University team to include in its “IOP Select” collection.

The work was co-authored by Clarkson professors Ming-Cheng Cheng and Jack Koplowitz and Piergiovanni Marzocca and Ph.D. students Kun Zhang and Wangkun Jia.

Zhang has since graduated and now works with the Sendyne Corporation in New York City.

The paper, “Modeling of Photovoltaic Cells and Arrays Based on Singular Value Decomposition,” was published in the IOP journal of Semiconductor Science and Technology in March 2013.

Following a peer-review process IOP’s editors-in-chief and honorary editors chose articles for the collection, according to the IOP’s Web site. The articles must share substantial advances or significant breakthroughs, demonstrate innovation or have a significant impact and influence on future research.

Cheng led the research, which discovered a new application for the mathematical method of Singular Value Decomposition, traditionally applied to data and signal processing, to model and predict a solar cell’s physical behavior.

Cheng said the novel method of modeling is simpler than traditional models and he believes it could lead to greater insight in developing new applications for the SVD method.

The paper is available to all readers free of charge for one year at