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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 17 — Aug. 26, 2013
  • pp: 20254–20259

Antireflective surface structures in glass by self-assembly of SiO2 nanoparticles and wet etching

Thomas Maier, David Bach, Paul Müllner, Rainer Hainberger, and Hubert Brückl  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 17, pp. 20254-20259 (2013)

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We describe the fabrication of an antireflective surface structure with sub-wavelength dimensions on a glass surface using scalable low-cost techniques involving sol-gel coating, thermal annealing, and wet chemical etching. The glass surface structure consists of sand dune like protrusions with 250 nm periodicity and a maximum peak-to-valley height of 120 nm. The antireflective structure increases the transmission of the glass up to 0.9% at 700 nm, and the transmission remains enhanced over a wide spectral range and for a wide range of incident angles. Our measurements reveal a strong polarization dependence of the transmission change.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(110.4235) Imaging systems : Nanolithography
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

ToC Category:
Solar Energy

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2013
Published: August 22, 2013

Thomas Maier, David Bach, Paul Müllner, Rainer Hainberger, and Hubert Brückl, "Antireflective surface structures in glass by self-assembly of SiO2 nanoparticles and wet etching," Opt. Express 21, 20254-20259 (2013)

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