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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22800–22812

Design of wide-angle solar-selective absorbers using aperiodic metal-dielectric stacks

Nicholas P. Sergeant, Olivier Pincon, Mukul Agrawal, and Peter Peumans  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22800-22812 (2009)

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Spectral control of the emissivity of surfaces is essential in applications such as solar thermal and thermophotovoltaic energy conversion in order to achieve the highest conversion efficiencies possible. We investigated the spectral performance of planar aperiodic metal-dielectric multilayer coatings for these applications. The response of the coatings was optimized for a target operational temperature using needle-optimization based on a transfer matrix approach. Excellent spectral selectivity was achieved over a wide angular range. These aperiodic metal-dielectric stacks have the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of thermophotovoltaic and solar thermal conversion systems. Optimal coatings for concentrated solar thermal conversion were modeled to have a thermal emissivity <7% at 720K while absorbing >94% of the incident light. In addition, optimized coatings for solar thermophotovoltaic applications were modeled to have thermal emissivity <16% at 1750K while absorbing >85% of the concentrated solar radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(310.3915) Thin films : Metallic, opaque, and absorbing coatings
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: September 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2009
Published: November 30, 2009

Nicholas P. Sergeant, Olivier Pincon, Mukul Agrawal, and Peter Peumans, "Design of wide-angle solar-selective absorbers using aperiodic metal-dielectric stacks," Opt. Express 17, 22800-22812 (2009)

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