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Durable high-performance anti-reflection coatings via atmospheric pressure processing

Yates, HM, Hodgkinson, JL and Tandy, RW 2015, 'Durable high-performance anti-reflection coatings via atmospheric pressure processing' , Physica Status Solidi A .

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Abstract

Anti-reflection layers are critical to the performance of many optical systems, including large area, cost sensitive products such as displays, architectural glazing, photovoltaics, and solar thermal collectors. The action of such layers is a product of a low-refractive index, which can be achieved by multi-layer interference stacks or (as in this work) via porous structures whereby air filled voids provide a net reduction in index, minimizing the reflection at each interface. In this work, we use flame assisted CVD (FACVD) generated anti-reflection layers which produce controllably porous silica film. Such films can also be grown with a graded refractive index, resulting in a highly effective anti-reflection coating. A further critical property is the durability of the films and their optical properties as performance can be lost due to environmental contamination and moisture ingress. We report on use of additional thin organic films, which could significantly enhance such durability.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Energy
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Physica Status Solidi A
Publisher: Wiley
Refereed: Yes
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Funders: EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7)
Depositing User: HM Yates
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 16:53
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34801

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