Create my own solar cells?

How would I grow my own and build functional solar cells? I've read and researched that they're mostly a crystal structure of something like silicon. I would assume I'd be able to grow my own crystals and sandwich this in a process of some sort with a p-type and n-type, etc.

• Do you want to actually get usable power from them, or would you like to just explore the science? If it's the latter, then you may find this tutorial on making dye-sensitized solar cells interesting and relatively accessible (well, at least more so than silicon solar cells!). – Nicolau Saker Neto May 30 '13 at 13:40
• This question should be transferred to physics.se – Georg May 31 '13 at 21:42
• @NicolauSakerNeto thank you. I'm exploring it as a science and not so much for practical functionality. I'm sure there is a micro-manufacturing-like process that would take special tools in order to make it efficient. As a DIY'er, I'm trying to learn how to do it on my own, though, and would like to make silicon ones. Thanks again. – EhevuTov May 31 '13 at 23:09
• @Georg You've been warned about your comments before. I have censored this one, as you may have a point. Please try to be constructive in your comments at all times – jonsca Jun 1 '13 at 1:11
• @jonsca I thought about placing this question in physics, but since it is manufacturing and not the logic of solar cells, I thought it best in chemistry, since I would think most of the making is chemical in nature; particularly if I'm growing silicon crystals. – EhevuTov Jun 1 '13 at 4:34