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  1. Loss/gain-induced ultrathin antireflection coatings.

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    Luo, Jie; Li, Sucheng; Hou, Bo; Lai, Yun

    2016-06-28

    Tradional antireflection coatings composed of dielectric layers usually require the thickness to be larger than quarter wavelength. Here, we demonstrate that materials with permittivity or permeability dominated by imaginary parts, i.e. lossy or gain media, can realize non-resonant antireflection coatings in deep sub-wavelength scale. Interestingly, while the reflected waves are eliminated as in traditional dielectric antireflection coatings, the transmitted waves can be enhanced or reduced, depending on whether gain or lossy media are applied, respectively. We provide a unified theory for the design of such ultrathin antireflection coatings, showing that under different polarizations and incident angles, different types of ultrathin coatings should be applied. Especially, under transverse magnetic polarization, the requirement shows a switch between gain and lossy media at Brewster angle. As a proof of principle, by using conductive films as a special type of lossy antireflection coatings, we experimentally demonstrate the suppression of Fabry-Pérot resonances in a broad frequency range for microwaves. This valuable functionality can be applied to remove undesired resonant effects, such as the frequency-dependent side lobes induced by resonances in dielectric coverings of antennas. Our work provides a guide for the design of ultrathin antireflection coatings as well as their applications in broadband reflectionless devices.

  2. UV testing of solar cells: Effects of antireflective coating, prior irradiation, and UV source

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    Meulenberg, A.

    1993-01-01

    Short-circuit current degradation of electron irradiated double-layer antireflective-coated cells after 3000 hours ultraviolet (UV) exposure exceeds 3 percent; extrapolation of the data to 10(exp 5) hours (11.4 yrs.) gives a degradation that exceeds 10 percent. Significant qualitative and quantitative differences in degradation were observed in cells with double- and single-layer antireflective coatings. The effects of UV-source age were observed and corrections were made to the data. An additional degradation mechanism was identified that occurs only in previously electron-irradiated solar cells since identical unirradiated cells degrade to only 6 +/- 3 percent when extrapolated 10(exp 5) hours of UV illumination.

  3. UV testing of solar cells: Effects of antireflective coating, prior irradiation, and UV source

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    Meulenberg, A.

    1993-05-01

    Short-circuit current degradation of electron irradiated double-layer antireflective-coated cells after 3000 hours ultraviolet (UV) exposure exceeds 3 percent; extrapolation of the data to 10(exp 5) hours (11.4 yrs.) gives a degradation that exceeds 10 percent. Significant qualitative and quantitative differences in degradation were observed in cells with double- and single-layer antireflective coatings. The effects of UV-source age were observed and corrections were made to the data. An additional degradation mechanism was identified that occurs only in previously electron-irradiated solar cells since identical unirradiated cells degrade to only 6 +/- 3 percent when extrapolated 10(exp 5) hours of UV illumination.

  4. Effect of antireflection facet coatings on the characteristics of a high-power red laser diode

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    Kim, Chang Zoo; Choi, Je Hyuk; Shin, Chan Soo [Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ho Gyoung [Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    We investigated the effect of antireflection (AR) coatings on the performance of high-power red laser diodes (LDs). The AR coating at the front facet and the high reflection (HR) coating at the rear facet were deposited on cleaved facets. As an AR coating, SiO{sub 2} or Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} single layers with different thicknesses were employed. When the reflectivity of the AR coating was 25%, the best LD performance was obtained. The fitting to the threshold current density vs. effective optical length plot produced a transparent current density of 310 A/cm{sup 2}. Under continuous wave (cw) operation at 15 .deg. C, the operating current was 1.41 A, and the operating voltage was 2.33 V with an optical output of 280 mW. At an operating temperature of 0 .deg. C, we observed the maximum output power of about 390 mW.

  5. Effect of Vacuum on the Laser-Induced Damage of Anti-Reflection Coatings

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    LING Xiu-Lan; ZHAO Yuan-An; LI Da-Wei; ZHOU Ming; SHAO Jian-Da; FAN Zheng-Xiu

    2009-01-01

    In the comparison of damage modifications, absorption measurement and energy dispersive x-ray analysis, the effect of vacuum on the laser-induced damage of anti-reflection coatings is analyzed. It is found that vacuum decreases the laser-induced damage threshold of the films. The low laser-induced damage threshold in vacuum environments as opposed to air environments is attributed to water absorption and the formation of the O/Si,O/Zr sub-stoichiometry in the course of laser irradiation.

  6. Loss/gain-induced ultrathin antireflection coatings

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    Jie Luo; Sucheng Li; Bo Hou; Yun Lai

    2016-01-01

    Tradional antireflection coatings composed of dielectric layers usually require the thickness to be larger than quarter wavelength. Here, we demonstrate that materials with permittivity or permeability dominated by imaginary parts, i.e. lossy or gain media, can realize non-resonant antireflection coatings in deep sub-wavelength scale. Interestingly, while the reflected waves are eliminated as in traditional dielectric antireflection coatings, the transmitted waves can be enhanced or reduced, ...

  7. Plasmonic and silicon spherical nanoparticle antireflective coatings

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    Baryshnikova, K. V.; Petrov, M. I.; Babicheva, V. E.; Belov, P. A.

    2016-03-01

    Over the last decade, plasmonic antireflecting nanostructures have been extensively studied to be utilized in various optical and optoelectronic systems such as lenses, solar cells, photodetectors, and others. The growing interest to all-dielectric photonics as an alternative optical technology along with plasmonics motivates us to compare antireflective properties of plasmonic and all-dielectric nanoparticle coatings based on silver and crystalline silicon respectively. Our simulation results for spherical nanoparticles array on top of amorphous silicon show that both silicon and silver coatings demonstrate strong antireflective properties in the visible spectral range. For the first time, we show that zero reflectance from the structure with silicon coatings originates from the destructive interference of electric- and magnetic-dipole responses of nanoparticle array with the wave reflected from the substrate, and we refer to this reflection suppression as substrate-mediated Kerker effect. We theoretically compare the silicon and silver coating effectiveness for the thin-film photovoltaic applications. Silver nanoparticles can be more efficient, enabling up to 30% increase of the overall absorbance in semiconductor layer. Nevertheless, silicon coatings allow up to 64% absorbance increase in the narrow band spectral range because of the substrate-mediated Kerker effect, and band position can be effectively tuned by varying the nanoparticles sizes.

  8. Questionable effects of antireflective coatings on inefficiently cooled solar cells

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    Akhmatov, Vladislav; Galster, Georg; Larsen, Esben

    1998-01-01

    of the output power and efficiency curves throughout the day the coherence between technical parameters of the solar cells and the climate in the operation region is observed and examined. It is shown how the drop in output power around noon can be avoided by fitting technical parameters of the solar cells......A model for temperature effects in p-n junction solar cells is introduced. The temperature of solar cells and the losses in the solar cell junction region caused by elevating temperature are discussed. The model developed is examined for low-cost silicon solar cells. In order to improve the shape...

  9. Effect of sol aging time on the anti-reflective properties of silica coatings templated with phosphoric acid

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    Wen, Wen; Li, Haibin; Chen, Xiaojing; Chang, Chengkang

    Silica anti-reflective coatings have been prepared by a sol-gel dip-coating process using the sol containing phosphoric acid as a pore-forming template. The effect of the aging time of the sol on the anti-reflective properties has been investigated. The surface topography of the silica AR coatings has been characterized. With increasing sol aging time, more over-sized pores larger than 100 nm are formed in the silica coatings. These could act as scattering centers, scattering visible light and thereby lowering transmittance. The optimal aging time was identified as 1 day, and the corresponding silica coatings showed a maximum transmittance of 99.2%, representing an 8% increase compared to the bare glass substrate.

  10. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, Carol S.; Reed, Scott T.

    1990-01-01

    An antireflection film made from a reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  11. Combined Effects of Pyramid-Like Structures and Antireflection Coating on Si Solar Cell Efficiency.

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    Cho, Chanseob; Oh, Junghwa; Lee, Byeungleul; Kim, Bonghwan

    2015-10-01

    We developed a novel process for synthesizing Si solar cells with improved efficiencies. The process involved the formation of pyramid-like structures on the Si substrate and the deposition and subsequent thermal annealing of an antireflection coating. The process consisted of three main stages. First, pyramid-like structures were textured on the Si substrate by reactive ion etching and subsequently etched using a mixture of HF, HNO3, and deionized water for 300 s. Next, an antireflection coating was deposited on the substrate and was subsequently thermally annealed in a furnace in a N2 atmosphere. After the annealing process, the minority carrier lifetime increased by approximately 40 μs. Further, because of the increase in the minority carrier lifetime and the uniform doping of the substrate, the leakage current decreased. As a result, the efficiency of resulting solar cell increased to 17.24%, in contrast to that of the reference cell, which was only 15.89%. Thus, uniform doping and the thermal annealing of the antireflective coating improved solar cell efficiency.

  12. Plasmonic and silicon spherical nanoparticle antireflective coatings

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    K. V. Baryshnikova; M. I. Petrov; Babicheva, V. E.; Belov, P. A.

    2016-01-01

    Over the last decade, plasmonic antireflecting nanostructures have been extensively studied to be utilized in various optical and optoelectronic systems such as lenses, solar cells, photodetectors, and others. The growing interest to all-dielectric photonics as an alternative optical technology along with plasmonics motivates us to compare antireflective properties of plasmonic and all-dielectric nanoparticle coatings based on silver and crystalline silicon respectively. Our simulation result...

  13. ANTIREFLECTION MULTILAYER COATINGS WITH THIN METAL LAYERS

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    L. A. Gubanova

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The design of anti-reflective coatings for metal surfaces of Al, Ti, N,i Cr is proposed. The coatings have the form of alternating layers of dielectric/metal/dielectric with the number of cells up to15. The method of calculation of such coatings is proposed. We have calculated the coatings of the type [HfO2/Cr/HfO2]15, [ZrO2/Ti/Al2O3]15, [ZrO2/Cr/ZrO2]15. It is shown that the proposed interference coatings provide reduction of the residual reflectance of the metal several times (from 3.5 to 6.0 in a wide spectral range (300-1000 nm. The proposed coatings can be recommended as anti-reflective coatings for energy saving solar systems and batteries, and photovoltaic cells.

  14. Optimization of broadband omnidirectional antireflection coatings for solar cells

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    Guo, Xia; Li, Chong; Zhou, Hongyi; Lv, Benshun; Feng, Yajie; Wang, Huaqiang; Liu, Wuming

    2015-01-01

    Broadband and omnidirectional antireflection coating is a generally effective way to improve solar cell efficiency, because the destructive interference between the reflected and input waves could maximize transmission light in the absorption layer. Several theoretical calculations have been developed to optimize the anti-reflective coating to maximize the average transmittance. However, the solar irradiances of the clear sky spectral direct beam on a receiver plane at different positions and times are variable greatly. Here we report a new theoretical calculation of anti-reflective coating with incident quantum efficiency {\\eta}in as evaluation function for practical application. The two-layer and three-layer anti-reflective coatings are optimized over {\\lambda} = [300, 1100] nm and {\\theta} = [0{\\deg}, 90{\\deg}] for cities of Quito, Beijing and Moscow. The {\\eta}in of two-layer anti-reflective coating increases by 0.26%, 1.37% and 4.24% for these 3 cities, respectively, compared with that other theoretical ...

  15. Plasmonic and silicon spherical nanoparticle anti-reflective coatings

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    Baryshnikova, K V; Babicheva, V E; Belov, P A

    2015-01-01

    Over the last decade, plasmonic antireflecting nanostructures have been extensively studied to be utilized in various optical and optoelectronic systems such as lenses, solar cells, photodetectors, and others. The growing interest to all-dielectric photonics as an alternative optical technology along with plasmonics motivates us to compare antireflection properties of all-dielectric and plasmonic nanoparticle coatings based on silver and crystalline silicon. Our results of numerical simulations for periodic arrays of spherical nanoparticles on top of amorphous silicon show that both silicon and silver nanoparticle coatings demonstrate strong anti-reflective properties in the visible spectral range. In this work, we show for the first time that blooming effect, that is zero reflection from the structure, with silicon coatings originates from the interference of electric- and magnetic-dipole responses of nanoparticles with the wave reflected from the substrate, and we refer to it as substrate-mediated Kerker ef...

  16. Inexpensive Antireflection Coating for Solar Cells

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    Tracy, C. E.; Kern, W.; Vibronek, R. D.

    1982-01-01

    Continuous method for applying antireflection coating to solar cells increases efficiency of devices by preventing energy from being reflected away, but adds little to manufacturing cost. Method consists of spraying solution on cells or glass collector plates, drying sprayed layer, and curing it. Solution is formulated to spread evenly over surfaces.

  17. Adhesion of Antireflective Coatings in Multijunction Photovoltaics

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    Brock, Ryan; Miller, David C.; Dauskardt, Reinhold H.

    2016-11-21

    The development of a new composite dual cantilever beam (cDCB) thin-film adhesion testing method is reported, which allows the measurement of adhesion on the fragile thin substrates used in multijunction photovoltaics. We address the adhesion of several antireflective coating systems on multijunction cells. By varying interface chemistry and morphology, we demonstrate the ensuing effects on adhesion and help to develop an understanding of how high adhesion can be achieved, as adhesion values ranging from 0.5 J/m2 to 10 J/m2 were measured. Damp Heat (85 degrees C/85% RH) was used to invoke degradation of interfacial adhesion. We show that even with germanium substrates that fracture easily, quantitative measurements of adhesion can still be made at high test yield. The cDCB test is discussed as an important new methodology, which can be broadly applied to any system that makes use of thin, brittle, or otherwise fragile substrates.

  18. Investigation on the Ability of Antireflection Coating to Withstand the Destructive Effects of Laser Radiation in IR Range (10.6 Micrometers),

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    2014-09-26

    at the mid-IR, KCl and NaCl are commonly selected as substrates. But for the CO2 laser , a Ge substrate coated with a *i ZnS AR coating, is still widely...intensity of the laser increases, these microscopic damages interact with the laser , thus absorbing more energy from the light field, and the...FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIVISION INVESTIGATION ON THE ABILITY OF ANTIREFLECTION COATING TO WITHSTAND THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF LASER RADIATION IN IR RANGE

  19. Optical enhancing durable anti-reflective coating

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    Maghsoodi, Sina; Varadarajan, Aravamuthan; Movassat, Meisam

    2016-07-05

    Disclosed herein are polysilsesquioxane based anti-reflective coating (ARC) compositions, methods of preparation, and methods of deposition on a substrate. In embodiments, the polysilsesquioxane of this disclosure is prepared in a two-step process of acid catalyzed hydrolysis of organoalkoxysilane followed by addition of tetralkoxysilane that generates silicone polymers with >40 mol % silanol based on Si-NMR. These high silanol siloxane polymers are stable and have a long shelf-life in the polar organic solvents at room temperature. Also disclosed are low refractive index ARC made from these compositions with and without additives such as porogens, templates, Si--OH condensation catalyst and/or nanofillers. Also disclosed are methods and apparatus for applying coatings to flat substrates including substrate pre-treatment processes, coating processes including flow coating and roll coating, and coating curing processes including skin-curing using hot-air knives. Also disclosed are coating compositions and formulations for highly tunable, durable, highly abrasion-resistant functionalized anti-reflective coatings.

  20. High gain durable anti-reflective coating

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    Maghsoodi, Sina; Brophy, Brenor L.; Colson, Thomas E.; Gonsalves, Peter R.; Abrams, Ze' ev R.

    2016-07-26

    Disclosed herein are polysilsesquioxane-based anti-reflective coating (ARC) compositions, methods of preparation, and methods of deposition on a substrate. In one embodiment, the polysilsesquioxane of this disclosure is prepared in a two-step process of acid catalyzed hydrolysis of organoalkoxysilane followed by addition of tetralkoxysilane that generates silicone polymers with >40 mol % silanol based on Si-NMR. These high silanol siloxane polymers are stable and have a long shelf-life in polar organic solvents at room temperature. Also disclosed are low refractive index ARC made from these compositions with and without additives such as porogens, templates, thermal radical initiator, photo radical initiators, crosslinkers, Si--OH condensation catalyst and nano-fillers. Also disclosed are methods and apparatus for applying coatings to flat substrates including substrate pre-treatment processes, coating processes and coating curing processes including skin-curing using hot-air knives. Also disclosed are coating compositions and formulations for highly tunable, durable, highly abrasion-resistant functionalized anti-reflective coatings.

  1. High gain durable anti-reflective coating

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    Maghsoodi, Sina; Brophy, Brenor L.; Colson, Thomas E.; Gonsalves, Peter R.; Abrams, Ze' ev R.

    2017-06-27

    Disclosed herein are polysilsesquioxane-based anti-reflective coating (ARC) compositions, methods of preparation, and methods of deposition on a substrate. In one embodiment, the polysilsesquioxane of this disclosure is prepared in a two-step process of acid catalyzed hydrolysis of organoalkoxysilane followed by addition of tetralkoxysilane that generates silicone polymers with >40 mol % silanol based on Si-NMR. These high silanol siloxane polymers are stable and have a long shelf-life in polar organic solvents at room temperature. Also disclosed are low refractive index ARC made from these compositions with and without additives such as porogens, templates, thermal radical initiator, photo radical initiators, crosslinkers, Si--OH condensation catalyst and nano-fillers. Also disclosed are methods and apparatus for applying coatings to flat substrates including substrate pre-treatment processes, coating processes and coating curing processes including skin-curing using hot-air knives. Also disclosed are coating compositions and formulations for highly tunable, durable, highly abrasion-resistant functionalized anti-reflective coatings.

  2. ANTIREFLECTION MULTILAYER COATINGS WITH THIN METAL LAYERS

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    L. A. Gubanova

    2016-01-01

    The design of anti-reflective coatings for metal surfaces of Al, Ti, N,i Cr is proposed. The coatings have the form of alternating layers of dielectric/metal/dielectric with the number of cells up to15. The method of calculation of such coatings is proposed. We have calculated the coatings of the type [HfO2/Cr/HfO2]15, [ZrO2/Ti/Al2O3]15, [ZrO2/Cr/ZrO2]15. It is shown that the proposed interference coatings provide reduction of the residual reflectance of the metal several times (from 3.5 to 6...

  3. Scandium oxide antireflection coatings for superluminescent LEDs

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    Ladany, I.; Zanzucchi, P. J.; Andrews, J. T.; Kane, J.; Depiano, E.

    1986-01-01

    For an employment of laser diodes as superluminescent LEDs (SLDs) or amplifiers, the facets of the diodes must be coated with antireflection films. In the work reported, scandium oxide was evaporated from an e-beam source onto Supersil II fused silica substrates. The obtained samples were used for measurements of absorption and reflectivity. Results of index measurements on e-beam evaporated films are presented. It is shown that excellent coatings with reflectivities of 0.00025 can be obtained using these films. Attention is given to the refractive indices for scandium oxide films as a function of wavelength, the power output vs current for laser before coating and after coating with Sc2O3.

  4. Buried nanoantenna arrays: versatile antireflection coating.

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    Kabiri, Ali; Girgis, Emad; Capasso, Federico

    2013-01-01

    Reflection is usually a detrimental phenomenon in many applications such as flat-panel-displays, solar cells, photodetectors, infrared sensors, and lenses. Thus far, to control and suppress the reflection from a substrate, numerous techniques including dielectric interference coatings, surface texturing, adiabatic index matching, and scattering from plasmonic nanoparticles have been investigated. A new technique is demonstrated to manage and suppress reflection from lossless and lossy substrates. It provides a wider flexibility in design versus previous methods. Reflection from a surface can be suppressed over a narrowband, wideband, or multiband frequency range. The antireflection can be dependent or independent of the incident wave polarization. Moreover, antireflection at a very wide incidence angle can be attained. The reflection from a substrate is controlled by a buried nanoantenna array, a structure composed of (1) a subwavelength metallic array and (2) a dielectric cover layer referred to as a superstrate. The material properties and thickness of the superstrate and nanoantennas' geometry and periodicity control the phase and intensity of the wave circulating inside the superstrate cavity. A minimum reflectance of 0.02% is achieved in various experiments in the mid-infrared from a silicon substrate. The design can be integrated in straightforward way in optical devices. The proposed structure is a versatile AR coating to optically impedance matches any substrate to free space in selected any narrow and broadband spectral response across the entire visible and infrared spectrum.

  5. Single and Double-Layer Antireflection Coatings on Silicon

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    Kavakli, Ýpek Gýrgýn; Kantarli, Kayhan

    2002-09-01

    In this study, the effect of single and double-layer thin film coatings on the reflectance spectrum of silicon surfaces has been investigated. Thin film coatings have been prepared by vacuum evaporation of the materials with suitable refractive index. Reflectance measurements in the visible and near infrared have shown that the coated samples acquire antireflection properties. Thickness and wavelength dependence of the antireflection properties of SiO, CeO2 and ZnS single-layer coatings with optical thickness of one quarter wavelength has been studied. In double-layer coatings, a thin film of SiO, CeO2 and ZnS with optical thickness of quarter wavelength were used as inner layer while a thin film of MgF2 with equal optical thickness was used as outer layer. It was shown that double-layer coatings can produce a significantly broader low reflectance region than does the single-layer coating. The results have been discussed by considering the zero reflectance conditions for the refractive index and the optical thickness of layers.

  6. An Evaluation of Atmospheric-pressure Plasma for the Cost-Effective Deposition of Antireflection Coatings

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    Rob Sailer; Guruvenket Srinivasan; Kyle W. Johnson; Douglas L. Schulz

    2010-04-01

    Atmospheric-pressure plasma deposition (APPD) has previously been used to deposit various functional materials including polymeric surface modification layers, transparent conducting oxides, and photo catalytic materials. For many plasma polymerized coatings, reaction occurs via free radical mechanism where the high energy electrons from the plasma activate the olefinic carbon-carbon double bonds - a typical functional group in such precursors. The precursors for such systems are typically inexpensive and readily available and have been used in vacuum PECVD previously. The objectives are to investigate: (1) the effect of plasma power, gas composition and substrate temperature on the Si-based film properties using triethylsilane(TES) as the precursor; and (2) the chemical, mechanical, and optical properties of several experimental matrices based on Design of Experiment (DOE) principals. A simple APPD route has been utilized to deposit Si based films from an inexpensive precursor - Triethylsilane (TES). Preliminary results indicates formation of Si-C & Si-O and Si-O, Si-C & Si-N bonds with oxygen and nitrogen plasmas respectively. N{sub 2}-O{sub 2} plasma showed mixed trend; however oxygen remains a significant portion of all films, despite attempts to minimize exposure to atmosphere. SiN, SiC, and SiO ratios can be modified by the reaction conditions resulting in differing film properties. SE studies revealed that films with SiN bond possess refractive index higher than coatings with Si-O/Si-C bonds. Variable angle reflectance studies showed that SiOCN coatings offer AR properties; however thickness and refractive index optimization of these coatings remains necessary for application as potential AR coatings.

  7. An Evaluation of Atmospheric-pressure Plasma for the Cost-Effective Deposition of Antireflection Coatings

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    Rob Sailer; Guruvenket Srinivasan; Kyle W. Johnson; Douglas L. Schulz

    2010-04-01

    Atmospheric-pressure plasma deposition (APPD) has previously been used to deposit various functional materials including polymeric surface modification layers, transparent conducting oxides, and photo catalytic materials. For many plasma polymerized coatings, reaction occurs via free radical mechanism where the high energy electrons from the plasma activate the olefinic carbon-carbon double bonds - a typical functional group in such precursors. The precursors for such systems are typically inexpensive and readily available and have been used in vacuum PECVD previously. The objectives are to investigate: (1) the effect of plasma power, gas composition and substrate temperature on the Si-based film properties using triethylsilane(TES) as the precursor; and (2) the chemical, mechanical, and optical properties of several experimental matrices based on Design of Experiment (DOE) principals. A simple APPD route has been utilized to deposit Si based films from an inexpensive precursor - Triethylsilane (TES). Preliminary results indicates formation of Si-C & Si-O and Si-O, Si-C & Si-N bonds with oxygen and nitrogen plasmas respectively. N{sub 2}-O{sub 2} plasma showed mixed trend; however oxygen remains a significant portion of all films, despite attempts to minimize exposure to atmosphere. SiN, SiC, and SiO ratios can be modified by the reaction conditions resulting in differing film properties. SE studies revealed that films with SiN bond possess refractive index higher than coatings with Si-O/Si-C bonds. Variable angle reflectance studies showed that SiOCN coatings offer AR properties; however thickness and refractive index optimization of these coatings remains necessary for application as potential AR coatings.

  8. Self-Cleaning Antireflective Optical Coatings

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    Guldin, Stefan

    2013-11-13

    Low-cost antireflection coatings (ARCs) on large optical surfaces are an ingredient-technology for high-performance solar cells. While nanoporous thin films that meet the zero-reflectance conditions on transparent substrates can be cheaply manufactured, their suitability for outdoor applications is limited by the lack of robustness and cleanability. Here, we present a simple method for the manufacture of robust self-cleaning ARCs. Our strategy relies on the self-assembly of a block-copolymer in combination with silica-based sol-gel chemistry and preformed TiO2 nanocrystals. The spontaneous dense packing of copolymer micelles followed by a condensation reaction results in an inverse opal-type silica morphology that is loaded with TiO2 photocatalytic hot-spots. The very low volume fraction of the inorganic network allows the optimization of the antireflecting properties of the porous ARC despite the high refractive index of the embedded photocatalytic TiO2 nanocrystals. The resulting ARCs combine high optical and self-cleaning performance and can be deposited onto flexible plastic substrates. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  9. Self-cleaning antireflective optical coatings.

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    Guldin, Stefan; Kohn, Peter; Stefik, Morgan; Song, Juho; Divitini, Giorgio; Ecarla, Fanny; Ducati, Caterina; Wiesner, Ulrich; Steiner, Ullrich

    2013-01-01

    Low-cost antireflection coatings (ARCs) on large optical surfaces are an ingredient-technology for high-performance solar cells. While nanoporous thin films that meet the zero-reflectance conditions on transparent substrates can be cheaply manufactured, their suitability for outdoor applications is limited by the lack of robustness and cleanability. Here, we present a simple method for the manufacture of robust self-cleaning ARCs. Our strategy relies on the self-assembly of a block-copolymer in combination with silica-based sol-gel chemistry and preformed TiO2 nanocrystals. The spontaneous dense packing of copolymer micelles followed by a condensation reaction results in an inverse opal-type silica morphology that is loaded with TiO2 photocatalytic hot-spots. The very low volume fraction of the inorganic network allows the optimization of the antireflecting properties of the porous ARC despite the high refractive index of the embedded photocatalytic TiO2 nanocrystals. The resulting ARCs combine high optical and self-cleaning performance and can be deposited onto flexible plastic substrates.

  10. A novel approach to antireflection coating using planar metamaterials

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    Chen, Hou-tong [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Zhou, Jiangfeng [Los Alamos National Laboratory; O' Hara, John F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Azad, Abul K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chen, Frank [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Taylor, Antoinette J [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a novel antireflection coating using planar metamaterials. It dramatically reduces the reflectance and enhances the transmittance over a wide range of incidence angles for both polarizations near the designed wavelength.

  11. Advanced Antireflection Coatings for High-Performance Solar Energy Applications

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    Pan, Noren

    2015-01-01

    Phase II objectives: Develop and refine antireflection coatings incorporating lanthanum titanate as an intermediate refractive index material; Investigate wet/dry thermal oxidation of aluminum containing semiconductor compounds as a means of forming a more transparent window layer with equal or better optical properties than its unoxidized form; Develop a fabrication process that allows integration of the oxidized window layer and maintains the necessary electrical properties for contacting the solar cell; Conduct an experimental demonstration of the best candidates for improved antireflection coatings.

  12. Effect of diffuse roof cover with anti-reflection coating for roses; Effect van diffuus kasdek met Anti Reflectie coating bij Roos

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    Garcia Victoria, N.; Kempkes, F.

    2012-10-15

    The rose Red Naomi was cultivated in two greenhouses at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk, Netherlands (August 2010 - September 2011). One greenhouse covered with normal float glass; the other with AR coated diffuse glass (70% haze). This Anti-Reflection coating on both glass sides compensated for the loss in light transmission caused by the diffusing structure in the glass. The diffuse AR glass lead to a 5.2% higher production (>6.1% fresh weight). Sunscreens were necessary in spring and summer to avoid high light levels on the flower buds, as they cause very high bud temperatures leading to quality problems (blue petal edges and burnt leaf tips). The diffuse greenhouse cover allowed a 100 W/m{sup 2} higher screening threshold than the reference glass. This caused a 2.7% higher daily light integral, able to explain part of the extra production obtained. Part of the extra production achieved can not be explained by the measured factors as no differences were found in the amount of light intercepted by the crop or in leaf photosynthesis under both cover types. The light under the diffuse AR cover was nevertheless much smoother, so the crop seemed to suffer less (lower bud temperatures and less burned leaf tips), and this should provide an explanation for the rest of the extra production. The cover properties did not influence disease development (powdery mildew). The obtained extra production makes the tempered, diffuse glass with Anti Reflection coating on both sides economically feasible [Dutch] Tussen augustus 2010 en september 2011 is bij Wageningen UR Glastuinbouw het effect van diffuus glas, met dubbelzijdige AR coating, op de productie en energiegebruik van roos 'Red Naomi' onderzocht. Onder het diffuse glas werden 5,2% meer bloemtakken geproduceerd, deze rozen waren ook iets langer en zwaarder (6,1% meer versgewicht). Dit verschil kan deels verklaard worden doordat er onder het diffuse glas pas bij hogere stralingsniveau

  13. High gain durable anti-reflective coating with oblate voids

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    Maghsoodi, Sina; Brophy, Brenor L.; Colson, Thomas E.; Gonsalves, Peter R.; Abrams, Ze' ev

    2016-06-28

    Disclosed herein are single layer transparent coatings with an anti-reflective property, a hydrophobic property, and that are highly abrasion resistant. The single layer transparent coatings contain a plurality of oblate voids. At least 1% of the oblate voids are open to a surface of the single layer transparent coatings.

  14. Plasmonic and silicon spherical nanoparticle anti-reflective coatings

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    K. V. Baryshnikova; M. I. Petrov; Babicheva, V. E.; Belov, P. A.

    2015-01-01

    Over the last decade, plasmonic antireflecting nanostructures have been extensively studied to be utilized in various optical and optoelectronic systems such as lenses, solar cells, photodetectors, and others. The growing interest to all-dielectric photonics as an alternative optical technology along with plasmonics motivates us to compare antireflection properties of all-dielectric and plasmonic nanoparticle coatings based on silver and crystalline silicon. Our results of numerical simulatio...

  15. A novel trilayer antireflection coating using dip-coating technique

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    Jian Xu; Yi Yin; Haiming Ma; Hui Ye; Xu Liu

    2011-01-01

    We report a new structure for broadband antireflection coating by dip-coating technique,which has minimal cost and is compatible with large-scale manufacturing.The coatings are prepared by depositing SiO2 sol-gel film on a glass substrate,subsequently depositing SiO2 single-layer particle coating through electrostatic attraction,and depositing a final very thin Si02 sol-gel film to improve the mechanical strength of the whole coating structure.The refractive index of the structure changes gradually from the top to the substrate.The transmittance of a glass substrate has been experimentally found to be improved in the spectral range of 400-1400 nn and in the incidence angle range from 0° to at least 45°.The mechanical strength is immensely improved because of the additional thin Si02 sol-gel layer.The surface texture can be applied to the substrates of different materials and shapes as an add-on coating.

  16. Sprayed and Spin-Coated Multilayer Antireflection Coating Films for Nonvacuum Processed Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Abdullah Uzum; Masashi Kuriyama; Hiroyuki Kanda; Yutaka Kimura; Kenji Tanimoto; Hidehito Fukui; Taichiro Izumi; Tomitaro Harada; Seigo Ito

    2017-01-01

    Using the simple and cost-effective methods, spin-coated ZrO2-polymer composite/spray-deposited TiO2-compact multilayer antireflection coating film was introduced. With a single TiO2-compact film on the surface of a crystalline silicon wafer, 5.3% average reflectance (the reflectance average between the wavelengths of 300 nm and 1100 nm) was observed. Reflectance decreased further down to 3.3% after forming spin-coated ZrO2 on the spray-deposited TiO2-compact film. Silicon solar cells were fa...

  17. Antireflection coatings of increased optical efficiency for the IR region

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    Sokolova, R. S.; Mikhailov, A. V.; Muranova, G. A.

    2005-10-01

    This paper discusses achromatic antireflection coatings of increased optical efficiency with a residual reflectance of ρave=0.1-0.3% in the spectral regions 3-5 and 8-12.5 µm for silicon, germanium, and zinc selenide. Designs are presented for such coatings of various compositions, based on operationally stable thin-film materials. The spectral characteristics of the reflectance are also shown for the coatings under consideration.

  18. Design of wideband graded-index antireflection coatings at oblique light incidence

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    Zhang Jun-Chao; Fang Ming; Jin Yun-Xia; He Hong-Bo

    2012-01-01

    We suggest a design method of graded-refractive-index (GRIN) antireflection (AR) coating for s-polarized or ppolarized light at off-normal incidence.The spectrum characteristic of the designed antireflection coating with a quintic effective refractive-index profile for a given state of polarization has been discussed.In addition,the genetic algorithm was used to optimize the refractive index profile of the GRIN antireflection for reducing the mean reflectance of s- and p-polarizations.The average reflectance loss was reduced to only 0.04% by applying optimized GRIN AR coatings onto BK7 glass over the wavelength range from 400 to 800 nm at the incident angle of θ0 =70°.

  19. Multilayer Antireflection Coating for Triple Junction Solar Cells

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    ZHAN Feng; WANG Hai-Li; HE Ji-Fang; WANG Juan; HUANG She-Song; NI Hai-Qiao; NIU Zhi-Chuan

    2011-01-01

    @@ According to the theory of optical films, we simulate the reflectivity of antireflection coatings(ARCS)for solar cells of Gao.51no.5P/GaAs/Ge based on an optical transfer matrix.In order to provide sufficient consideration of the refractive index dispersion effect of multilayer ARCS, we use multi-dimensional matrix data for reliable simulation.After the reflection curves are obtained, the effective average reflectance Re is introduced to optimize the film system by minimizing Re.Optimization of single layer(A1203), double layer(MgF2/ZnS)and triple layer(MgF2/A12O3/ZnS)ARCS is realized by using this method for space and terrestrial applications.Effects of these ARCS are compared after optimization.These theoretical parameters can be used to guide experiments.%According to the theory of optical films, we simulate the reflectivity of antireflection coatings (ARCs) for solar cells of Ga0.5In0.5P/GaAs/Ge based on an optical transfer matrix. In order to provide sufficient consideration of the refractive index dispersion effect of multilayer ARCs, we use multi-dimensional matrix data for reliable simulation. After the reflection curves are obtained, the effective average reflectance Re is introduced to optimize the film system by minimizing Re. Optimization of single layer (Al2O3), double layer (MgF2/ZnS) and triple layer (MgF2/Al2O3/ZnS) ARCs is realized by using this method for space and terrestrial applications. Effects of these ARCs are compared after optimization. These theoretical parameters can be used to guide experiments.

  20. Design Multilayer Antireflection Coatings for Terrestrial Solar Cells

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    Feng Zhan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to analyze the influence of methods to design antireflection coatings (ARCs on reflectivity of broadband solar cells, we provide detailed analyses about the ARC coupled with a window layer and the refractive index dispersion effect of each layer. By multidimensional matrix data simulation, two methods were employed to measure the composite reflection of a SiO2/ZnS double-layer ARC within the spectral ranges of 300–870 nm (dual junction and 300–1850 nm (triple junction under AM1.5 solar radiation. A comparison study, between the results obtained from the commonly used weighted average reflectance method (WAR and that from the introduced effective average reflectance method (EAR, shows that the optimization of ARC by EAR method is convenient and feasible.

  1. Antireflection coatings on plastics deposited by plasma polymerization process

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    K M K Srivatsa; M Bera; A Basu; T K Bhattacharya

    2008-08-01

    Antireflection coatings (ARCs) are deposited on the surfaces of optical elements like spectacle lenses to increase light transmission and improve their performance. In the ophthalmic industry, plastic lenses are rapidly displacing glass lenses due to several advantageous features. However, the deposition of ARCs on plastic lenses is a challenging task, because the plastic surface needs treatment for adhesion improvement and surface hardening before depositing the ARC. This surface treatment is usually done in a multi-stage process—exposure to energetic radiations, followed by deposition of a carbonyl hard coating by spin or dip coating processes, UV curing, etc. However, this treatment can also be done by plasma processes. Moreover, the plasma polymerization process allows deposition of optical films at room temperature, essential for plastics. The energetic ions in plasma processes provide similar effects as in ion assisted physical deposition processes to produce hard coatings, without requiring sophisticated ion sources. The plasma polymerization process is more economical than ion-assisted physical vapour deposition processes as regards equipment and source materials and is more cost-effective, enabling the surface treatment and deposition of the ARC in the same deposition system in a single run by varying the system parameters at each step. Since published results of the plasma polymerization processes developed abroad are rather sketchy and the techniques are mostly veiled in commercial secrecy, innovative and indigenous plasma-based techniques have been developed in this work for depositing the complete ARCs on plastic substrates.

  2. Plasmonic effect of Ag nanoparticles in a SiON antireflective coating: engineering rules and physical barrier

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    Lecler, S.; Bastide, S.; Tan, J.; Qu, M.; Slaoui, A.; Fix, T.

    2016-10-01

    Surface plasmon polaritons have been proposed in the architectures of several solar cells as a way to enhance light collection and thus to increase their efficiency. Here, Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are embedded in a SiON antireflective layer using an electroless technique. The plasmonic effects are modeled and observed experimentally for NPs 5 to 200 nm in size. The systematic comparison of scattering and extinction efficiencies computed as a function of the NPs and surrounding medium properties allows establishing engineering rules, validated by the experimental measurements. The fact that Ag NPs larger than 30 nm mainly contribute to light scattering and therefore to optical path enlargement (green-red light), whereas those smaller than 15 nm absorb light by light trapping (blue-green), is demonstrated and physically explained. A physical barrier making it impossible to shift the dominant resonance beyond 650 nm is pointed out.

  3. Adhesion of Antireflective Coatings in Multijunction Photovoltaics: Preprint

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    Brock, Ryan; Dauskardt, Reinhold H.; Miller, David C.

    2016-06-16

    The development of a new composite dual cantilever beam (cDCB) thin-film adhesion testing method is reported, which allows the measurement of adhesion on the fragile thin substrates used in multijunction photovoltaics. We address the adhesion of several antireflective coating systems on multijunction cells. By varying interface chemistry and morphology, we demonstrate the ensuing effects on adhesion and help to develop an understanding of how high adhesion can be achieved, as adhesion values ranging from 0.5 J/m2 to 10 J/m2 were measured. Damp Heat (85 degrees C/85% RH) was used to invoke degradation of interfacial adhesion. We show that even with germanium substrates that fracture easily, quantitative measurements of adhesion can still be made at high test yield. The cDCB test is discussed as an important new methodology, which can be broadly applied to any system that makes use of thin, brittle, or otherwise fragile substrates.

  4. Antireflection coatings for GaAs solar cell applications

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    Alexieva, Z I; Nenova, Z S; Bakardjieva, V S; Dikov, Hr M; Milanova, M M, E-mail: alexieva@phys.bas.b [Central Laboratory of Applied Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 59 St Petersrburg Blvd, 4000 Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

    2010-04-01

    A double-layer structure of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} over ZrO{sub 2} film is studied. Minimization of the average weighted reflectance is carried out to optimize the thickness of the two layers in the antireflection coating. An optimal value of 2.17% for the weighted average reflection is estimated. The optimal thicknesses of the layers are 49 nm for the bottom and 45 nm for the top layer. Low temperature spin coating technique is used to deposit ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films from sol gel solutions on polished silicon wafers, GaAs multilayer heterostructures and AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells. The density of the short-circuit photocurrent increases from 25 mA.cm{sup -2} for solar cells without an antireflection coating to 36 mA.cm{sup -2} for those with a double layer coating.

  5. Antireflection coatings for GaAs solar cell applications

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    Alexieva, Z. I.; Nenova, Z. S.; Bakardjieva, V. S.; Milanova, M. M.; Dikov, Hr M.

    2010-04-01

    A double-layer structure of Al2O3 over ZrO2 film is studied. Minimization of the average weighted reflectance is carried out to optimize the thickness of the two layers in the antireflection coating. An optimal value of 2.17% for the weighted average reflection is estimated. The optimal thicknesses of the layers are 49 nm for the bottom and 45 nm for the top layer. Low temperature spin coating technique is used to deposit ZrO2 and Al2O3 films from sol gel solutions on polished silicon wafers, GaAs multilayer heterostructures and AlGaAs/GaAs solar cells. The density of the short-circuit photocurrent increases from 25 mA.cm-2 for solar cells without an antireflection coating to 36 mA.cm-2 for those with a double layer coating.

  6. Effect of Different TiO2-SiO2 Multilayer Coatings Applied by Sol-Gel Method on Antireflective Property

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    lari, Najme; Ahangarani, Shahrokh; Shanaghi, Ali

    2015-07-01

    Multilayer thin films prepared using the sol-gel process have been used in many antireflection applications. In this paper, antireflective nanoscale multilayer TiO2-SiO2 coatings were formed on both sides of the glass substrates by combining sol-gel method and dip coating techniques. The coatings were carried out using tetraethyl orthosilicate as precursor for SiO2 and tetrabutyl orthotitanate as precursor for TiO2. The coatings prepared in this work were characterized using scanning electron microscope, Fourier-transformed infrared spectrophotometer and UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The SiO2 top layer coatings showed excellent antireflection in the wavelength range of 400-800 nm where the transmittance of glass substrate is significantly lower. By increasing the number of double TiO2-SiO2 layers, the transmission of the coated glasses increased due to applied multilayer coating properties. Six-layer sol-gel TiO2-SiO2 coatings showed the highest visible transmittance about 99.25% at the band of 550-650 nm.

  7. Stability of SiNX/SiNX double stack antireflection coating for single crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Lee, Youngseok; Gong, Daeyeong; Balaji, Nagarajan; Lee, Youn-Jung; Yi, Junsin

    2012-01-01

    Double stack antireflection coatings have significant advantages over single-layer antireflection coatings due to their broad-range coverage of the solar spectrum. A solar cell with 60-nm/20-nm SiNX:H double stack coatings has 17.8% efficiency, while that with a 80-nm SiNX:H single coating has 17.2% efficiency. The improvement of the efficiency is due to the effect of better passivation and better antireflection of the double stack antireflection coating. It is important that SiNX:H films have strong resistance against stress factors since they are used as antireflective coating for solar cells. However, the tolerance of SiNX:H films to external stresses has never been studied. In this paper, the stability of SiNX:H films prepared by a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system is studied. The stability tests are conducted using various forms of stress, such as prolonged thermal cycle, humidity, and UV exposure. The heat and damp test was conducted for 100 h, maintaining humidity at 85% and applying thermal cycles of rapidly changing temperatures from -20°C to 85°C over 5 h. UV exposure was conducted for 50 h using a 180-W UV lamp. This confirmed that the double stack antireflection coating is stable against external stress.

  8. Silicon Nitride Antireflection Coatings for Photovoltaic Cells

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    Johnson, C.; Wydeven, T.; Donohoe, K.

    1984-01-01

    Chemical-vapor deposition adapted to yield graded index of refraction. Silicon nitride deposited in layers, refractive index of which decreases with distance away from cell/coating interface. Changing index of refraction allows adjustment of spectral transmittance for wavelengths which cell is most effective at converting light to electric current. Average conversion efficiency of solar cells increased from 8.84 percent to 12.63 percent.

  9. Antireflective porous-silicon coatings for multicrystalline solar cells: the effects of chemical etching and rapid thermal processing

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    Martin-Palma, R.J.; Martinez-Duart, J.M. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Fisica Aplicada; Instituto de Ciencia des Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (Spain); Vazquez, L. [Instituto de Ciencia des Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (Spain); Schnell, M.; Schaefer, S. [Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg (Germany)

    2001-08-01

    In this paper, the emitter of multicrystalline silicon solar cells has been chemically etched in order to form porous silicon (PS) layers, usually known as stain-etched PS, to be used at the same time as a selective emitter and as an effective antireflective layer. The optical behaviour of the solar cells in the 250-850 nm wavelength range (5-1.45 eV range) was determined before and after PS formation, resulting in a notable reduction of reflectance after PS formation and a corresponding increase in cell efficiency. The different morphologies of the silicon emitter and metallic contacts, before and after PS formation were analysed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Furthermore, the electrical properties of both the emitter region and the contacts were investigated, as well as the most significant solar cell parameters before and after PS formation. Finally, the effect of rapid thermal processing in nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres on both the surface morphology and the optical behaviour of PS was studied. (Author)

  10. Sol-gel derived contamination resistant antireflective coatings

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    Shen, Jun; Liu, Yuan; Wu, Guangming; Zhou, Bin; Zhang, Zhihua; Zhu, Yumei

    2011-02-01

    Silica-based sol-gel antireflective (AR) optical coatings are critical components for high peak power laser systems. It is well known that water vapor and volatile organic compounds in both the laser bay and target bay environments will reduce the antireflective efficiency and laser-damage resistance of the sol-gel AR coating. In this study, alkylation with organosilanes in the vapor state was investigated. Sol-gel AR coatings were vapor-phase treated with hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) and trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) at room temperature, and the resulting post-treated sol-gel AR coatings were tested for their resistance to contamination by a series of volatile organic compounds. Contact angle measurements were taken to discern the degree of silanization. After the vapor treatment of sol-gel AR coatings with organosilanes, the spectral performance of the coatings were analyzed by spectrophotometer, both before and after the exposure to volatile organic compounds. It is found that the coatings treated with ammonia and HMDS show a better contamination resistant capability. After being contaminated 70 hours with hexane, the transmittance of the coatings presents no obvious decrease. And the vapor treatment produces an increase in their damage threshold at 1064 nm (10ns pulse width) as compared to untreated control samples.

  11. Design of multi-layer anti-reflection coating for terrestrial solar panel glass

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    B GEETHA PRIYADARSHINI; A K SHARMA

    2016-06-01

    To date, there is no ideal anti-reflection (AR) coating available on solar glass which can effectively transmit the incident light within the visible wavelength range. However, there is a need to develop multifunctional coatingwith superior anti-reflection properties and self-cleaning ability meant to be used for solar glass panels. In spite of self-cleaning ability of materials like TiO2 and ZnO, these coatings on glass substrate have tendency to reduce lighttransmission due to their high refractive indices than glass. Thus, to infuse the anti-reflective property, a low refractive index, SiO$_2$ layer needs to be used in conjunction with TiO$_2$ and ZnO layers. In such case, the optimization ofindividual layer thickness is crucial to achieve maximum transmittance of the visible light. In the present study, we propose an omni-directional anti-reflection coating design for the visible spectral wavelength range of 400–700 nm,where the maximum intensity of light is converted into electrical energy. Herein, we employ the quarter wavelength criteria using SiO$_2$, TiO$_2$ and ZnO to design the coating composed of single, double and triple layers. The thicknessof individual layers was optimized for maximum light transmittance using essential Mcleod simulation software to produce destructive interference between reflected waves and constructive interference between transmitted waves.

  12. Sprayed and Spin-Coated Multilayer Antireflection Coating Films for Nonvacuum Processed Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Abdullah Uzum

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Using the simple and cost-effective methods, spin-coated ZrO2-polymer composite/spray-deposited TiO2-compact multilayer antireflection coating film was introduced. With a single TiO2-compact film on the surface of a crystalline silicon wafer, 5.3% average reflectance (the reflectance average between the wavelengths of 300 nm and 1100 nm was observed. Reflectance decreased further down to 3.3% after forming spin-coated ZrO2 on the spray-deposited TiO2-compact film. Silicon solar cells were fabricated using CZ-Si p-type wafers in three sets: (1 without antireflection coating (ARC layer, (2 with TiO2-compact ARC film, and (3 with ZrO2-polymer composite/TiO2-compact multilayer ARC film. Conversion efficiency of the cells improved by a factor of 0.8% (from 15.19% to 15.88% owing to the multilayer ARC. Jsc was improved further by 2 mA cm−2 (from 35.3 mA cm−2 to 37.2 mA cm−2 when compared with a single TiO2-compact ARC.

  13. Wide-band antireflection coatings; Breitbandige Antireflexbeschichtungen

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    Gombert, A.; Rommel, M. [Fraunhofer-Inst. fuer Solare Energiesysteme, Freiburg (Germany)

    1998-02-01

    In most cases, solar receivers - from solar collectors to buildings - have a transparent cover. In order to minimize the losses due to reflection, the aim is to find an AR coating which can be used for the broad bandwidth of the solar spectrum. Conventional solutions like multilayer systems with high and low refractive index layers are not suitable. The main problem is to produce layers with very low refractive indices. One solution which was investigated in the past is to synthesize layers with a low effective refractive index due to porosity; i.e. by mixing the bulk material with air on a subwavelength scale. Another possibility to achieve this mixture is given by subwave length surface-relief structures. Porous sol-gel coatings are suited for glass, subwavelength surface-relief structures can be replicated mainly in polymer materials by cheap embossing processes. (orig.) [Deutsch] Nahezu alle solaren Empfaenger sind transparent abgedeckt, z.B. durch Glascheiben. An diesen Abdeckungen wird ein Teil der einfallenden Solarstrahlung reflektiert. Diese Verluste koennen durch reflexionsmindernde Oberflaechen reduziert werden. Antireflexbeschichtungen, die z.B. fuer Brillenglaeser eingesetzt werden, eignen sich nicht fuer solare Entspiegelungen, da ihre spektrale Bandbreite nicht ausreicht. Das Hauptproblem liegt darin, dass Materialien mit sehr niedrigen Brechungsindices, wie sie fuer spektral breitbandige Antireflexbeschichtungen benoetigt werden, nicht verfuegbar sind. Der Ausweg besteht in poroesen Beschichtungen bzw. in einer Oberflaechenstrukturierung. Aufgrund des Luftanteils in der Mischung lassen sich sehr niedrige `effektive` Brechungsindices synthetisieren. Poroese Sol-Gel-Schichten eignen sich insbesondere zur Erhoehung der solaren Transmission von anorganischem Glas. Oberflaechenstrukturen sind aufgrund der Herstellbarkeit durch preisguenstige Praegeprozesse vielversprechend, finden aber derzeit ihre Anwendung ueberwiegend bei polymeren Materialien. (orig.)

  14. Gradient SiNO anti-reflective layers in solar selective coatings

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Cao, Feng; Sun, Tianyi; Chen, Gang

    2017-08-01

    A solar selective coating includes a substrate, a cermet layer having nanoparticles therein deposited on the substrate, and an anti-reflection layer deposited on the cermet layer. The cermet layer and the anti-reflection layer may each be formed of intermediate layers. A method for constructing a solar-selective coating is disclosed and includes preparing a substrate, depositing a cermet layer on the substrate, and depositing an anti-reflection layer on the cermet layer.

  15. Quantitative adhesion characterization of antireflective coatings in multijunction photovoltaics

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    Brock, Ryan; Rewari, Raunaq; Novoa, Fernando D.; Hebert, Peter; Ermer, James; Miller, David C.; Dauskardt, Reinhold H.

    2016-08-01

    We discuss the development of a new composite dual cantilever beam (cDCB) thin-film adhesion testing method, which enables the quantitative measurement of adhesion on the thin and fragile substrates used in multijunction photovoltaics. In particular, we address the adhesion of several 2- and 3-layer antireflective coating systems on multijunction cells. By varying interface chemistry and morphology through processing, we demonstrate the marked effects on adhesion and help to develop an understanding of how high adhesion can be achieved, as adhesion values ranging from 0.5 J/m2 to 10 J/m2 were measured. Damp heat (85 degrees C/85% RH) was used to invoke degradation of interfacial adhesion. We demonstrate that even with germanium substrates that fracture relatively easily, quantitative measurements of adhesion can be made at high test yield. The cDCB test is discussed as an important new methodology, which can be broadly applied to any system that makes use of thin, brittle, or otherwise fragile substrates.

  16. Global sensitivity analysis of bandpass and antireflection coating manufacturing by numerical space filling designs.

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    Vasseur, Olivier; Cathelinaud, Michel; Claeys-Bruno, Magalie; Sergent, Michelle

    2011-03-20

    We present the effectiveness of global sensitivity analyses of optical coatings manufacturing to assess the robustness of filters by computer experiments. The most critical interactions of layers are determined for a 29 quarter-wave layer bandpass filter and for an antireflection coating with eight non-quarter-wave layers. Two monitoring techniques with the associated production performances are considered, and their influence on the interactions classification is discussed. Global sensitivity analyses by numerical space filling designs give clues to improve filter manufacturing against error effects and to assess the potential robustness of the coatings.

  17. Ultraviolet antireflection coatings for use in silicon detector design

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    Hamden, Erika T.; Greer, Frank; Hoenk, Michael E.; Blacksberg, Jordana; Dickie, Matthew R.; Nikzad, Shouleh; Martin, D. Christopher; Schiminovich, David

    2011-07-01

    We report on the development of coatings for a charged-coupled device (CCD) detector optimized for use in a fixed dispersion UV spectrograph. Because of the rapidly changing index of refraction of Si, single layer broadband antireflection (AR) coatings are not suitable to increase quantum efficiency at all wavelengths of interest. Instead, we describe a creative solution that provides excellent performance over UV wavelengths. We describe progress in the development of a coated CCD detector with theoretical quantum efficiencies (QEs) of greater than 60% at wavelengths from 120 to 300nm. This high efficiency may be reached by coating a backside-illuminated, thinned, delta-doped CCD with a series of thin film AR coatings. The materials tested include MgF2 (optimized for highest performance from 120--150nm), SiO2 (150--180nm), Al2O3 (180--240nm), MgO (200--250nm), and HfO2 (240--300nm). A variety of deposition techniques were tested and a selection of coatings that minimized reflectance on a Si test wafer were applied to functional devices. We also discuss future uses and improvements, including graded and multilayer coatings.

  18. Ultraviolet antireflection coatings for use in silicon detector design

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    Hamden, Erika T.; Greer, Frank; Hoenk, Michael E.; Blacksberg, Jordana; Dickie, Matthew R.; Nikzad, Shouleh; Martin, D. Christopher; Schiminovich, David

    2011-07-20

    We report on the development of coatings for a charged-coupled device (CCD) detector optimized for use in a fixed dispersion UV spectrograph. Because of the rapidly changing index of refraction of Si, single layer broadband antireflection (AR) coatings are not suitable to increase quantum efficiency at all wavelengths of interest. Instead, we describe a creative solution that provides excellent performance over UV wavelengths. We describe progress in the development of a coated CCD detector with theoretical quantum efficiencies (QEs) of greater than 60% at wavelengths from 120 to 300 nm. This high efficiency may be reached by coating a backside-illuminated, thinned, delta-doped CCD with a series of thin film AR coatings. The materials tested include MgF{sub 2} (optimized for highest performance from 120-150 nm), SiO{sub 2} (150-180 nm), Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (180-240 nm), MgO (200-250 nm), and HfO{sub 2} (240-300 nm). A variety of deposition techniques were tested and a selection of coatings that minimized reflectance on a Si test wafer were applied to functional devices. We also discuss future uses and improvements, including graded and multilayer coatings.

  19. Protective infrared antireflection coating based on sputtered germanium carbide

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    Gibson, Des; Waddell, Ewan; Placido, Frank

    2011-09-01

    This paper describes optical, durablility and environmental performance of a germanium carbide based durable antireflection coating. The coating has been demonstrated on germanium and zinc selenide infra-red material however is applicable to other materials such as zinc sulphide. The material is deposited using a novel reactive closed field magnetron sputtering technique, offering significant advantages over conventional evaporation processes for germanium carbide such as plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. The sputtering process is "cold", making it suitable for use on a wide range of substrates. Moreover, the drum format provide more efficient loading for high throughput production. The use of the closed field and unbalanced magnetrons creates a magnetic confinement that extends the electron mean free path leading to high ion current densities. The combination of high current densities with ion energies in the range ~30eV creates optimum thin film growth conditions. As a result the films are dense, spectrally stable, supersmooth and low stress. Films incorporate low hydrogen content resulting in minimal C-H absorption bands within critical infra-red passbands such as 3 to 5um and 8 to 12um. Tuning of germanium carbide (Ge(1-x)Cx) film refractive index from pure germanium (refractive index 4) to pure germanium carbide (refractive index 1.8) will be demonstrated. Use of film grading to achieve single and dual band anti-reflection performance will be shown. Environmental and durability levels are shown to be suitable for use in harsh external environments.

  20. Wide spectral range characterization of antireflective coatings and their optimization

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    Franta, Daniel; Nečas, David; Ohlídal, Ivan; Jankuj, Jiří

    2015-09-01

    Development of antireflective coatings realized by thin film systems requires their characterization and optimization of their properties. Functional properties of such interference devices are determined by optical constants and thicknesses of the individual films and various defects taking place in these systems. In optics industry the characterization of the films is mostly performed in a relatively narrow spectral range using simple dispersion models and, moreover, the defects are not taken into account at all. This manner of characterization fails if applied to real-world non-ideal thin film systems because the measured data do not contain sufficient information about all the parameters describing the system including imperfections. Reliable characterization requires the following changes: extension of spectral range of measurements, combination of spectrophotometry and ellipsometry, utilization of physically correct dispersion models (Kramers-Kronig consistency, sum rules), inclusion of structural defects instrument imperfection into the models and simultaneous processing of all experimental data. This enables us to remove or reduce a correlation among the parameters searched so that correct and sufficiently precise determination of parameter values is achieved. Since the presence and properties of the defects are difficult to control independently by tuning of the deposition conditions, the optimization does not in general involve the elimination of defects. Instead they are taken into account in the design of the film systems. The outlined approach is demonstrated on the characterization and optimization of ultraviolet antireflective coating formed by double layer of Al2O3 and MgF2 deposited on fused silica.

  1. Improved antireflection coated microspheres for biological applications of optical tweezers

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    Ferro, Valentina; Sonnberger, Aaron; Abdosamadi, Mohammad K.; McDonald, Craig; Schäffer, Erik; McGloin, David

    2016-09-01

    The success of optical tweezers in cellular biology1 is in part due to the wide range of forces that can be applied, from femto- to hundreds of pico-Newtons; nevertheless extending the range of applicable forces to the nanoNewton regime opens access to a new set of phenomena that currently lie beyond optical manipulation. A successful approach to overcome the conventional limits on trapping forces involves the optimization of the trapped probes. Jannasch et al.2 demonstrated that an anti-reflective shell of nanoporous titanium dioxide (aTiO2, nshell = 1.75) on a core particle made out of titanium dioxide in the anatase phase (cTiO2, ncore = 2.3) results in trappable microspheres capable to reach forces above 1 nN. Here we present how the technique can be further improved by coating the high refractive index microspheres with an additional anti-reflective shell made out of silica (SiO2). This external shell not only improves the trap stability for microspheres of different sizes, but also enables the use of functionalization techniques already established for commercial silica beads in biological experiments. We are also investigating the use of these new microspheres as probes to measure adhesion forces between intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) and lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) in effector T-Cells and will present preliminary results comparing standard and high-index beads.

  2. Stress compensation with antireflection coatings for ultrafast laser applications: from theory to practice.

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    Amotchkina, Tatiana; Trubetskov, Michael K; Pervak, Yurij; Veisz, Laszlo; Pervak, Vladimir

    2014-12-01

    Each complicated coating, in particular, a dispersive mirror consists of dozens of layers. Thin films layers have mechanical stresses. After summing up stresses from all layers, the resulting stress is high enough to bend even a relatively thick substrate. To avoid this effect we suggest depositing an antireflection coating (AR) at the back-side of the substrate which together with suppression of unwanted reflections from the back side will also compensate this stress. We demonstrate unique, extremely thick and sophisticated AR coating consisting of 71 layers with the total physical thickness of 7.5 µm. This AR coating completely compensates stress from the dispersive mirror coated on the front side and minimizes unwanted reflections.

  3. Characterization of 1064nm laser-induced damage on antireflection coatings grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Liu, Zhichao; Wei, Yaowei; Chen, Songlin; Luo, Jin; Ma, Ping

    2011-12-01

    Damage tests were carried out to measure the laser resistance of Al2O3/TiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2 antireflection coatings at 1064nm grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The S-on-1 and R-on-1 damage results are given. It's interesting to find that ALD coatings damage performance seems closed to those grown by conventional e-beam evaporation process. For Al2O3/TiO2 coatings, the grown temperature will impact the damage resistance of thin films. Crystallization of TiO2 layer at higher temperature could play an importance role as absorption defects that reduced the LIDT of coatings. In addition, it is found that using inorganic compound instead of organic compound as precursors for ALD process can effective prevent residual carbon in films and will increase the LIDT of coatings.

  4. Optimization of multilayer antireflection coating for photovoltaic applications

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    Sikder, Urmita; Zaman, Mohammad Asif

    2016-05-01

    Multilayer antireflection coating (ARC) for photovoltaics is optimized using Differential Evolution (DE) algorithm. A general transfer-matrix based mathematical formulation is used for evaluating reflection spectra of the system. Exact and complete values of refractive indices are used in the analysis to provide higher accuracy of the results. The proposed optimization method takes into account the solar irradiance spectra, absorption characteristics of semiconductors and angle of incidence to maximize efficiency. This method is found to reduce the average reflectance for a wide range of angles of incidence. The proposed method is used to design ARC for silicon solar cell and a multi-junction AlGaAs/GaAs/Ge solar cell. Finally, comparative analysis of different ARC designs is provided in terms of corresponding solar cell characteristics.

  5. Durability testing of antireflection coatings for solar applications

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    Jorgensen, Gary J.; Brunold, Stefan; Koehl, Michael; Nostell, Per; Oversloot, Henk; Roos, Arne

    1999-10-01

    Antireflection (AR) coatings can be incorporated into highly transmitting glazings that, depending upon their cost, performance, and durability of optical properties, can be economically viable in solar collectors, agricultural greenhouses, and PV systems. A number of AR-coated glazings have been prepared under the auspices of the International Energy Agency Working Group on Durability of Materials for Solar Thermal Collectors. The AR coatings are of two types, including (1) various sol-gels applied to glass and (2) an embossed treatment of sheet acrylic. Typically, for unweathered glazings, a 4 - 5% increase in solar-weighted transmittance has been achieved. For AR-coated glass, reflectance values as low as 0.5% - 0.7% at selected wavelengths (680 - 720 nm) were obtained. To determine the durability of the hemispherical transmittance, several collaborating countries are testing these materials both outdoors and in accelerated weathering chambers. All materials exposed outdoors are affixed to mini-collector boxes to simulate flat-plate collector conditions. Results for candidate AR coatings weathered at geographically disperse outdoor test sites exhibit changes in spectral transmittance primarily in the high visible range (600 - 700 nm). Accelerated testing at measured levels of simulated solar irradiance, and at different constant levels of temperature and relative humidity have been performed in different countries. Parallel testing with different levels of laboratory-controlled relevant stress factors permits the time-dependent performance of these materials to be compared with measured results from in-service outdoor exposure conditions. Coating adhesion and performance loss resulting from dirt and dust retention are also discussed.

  6. Nano-Enabled Low-Cost High-Performance UV Anti-Reflection Coatings Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In this program, Agiltron and the groups of Professors Rubner and Cohen at MIT propose a novel nano-porous coating for next generation NASA UV anti-reflection (AR)...

  7. Development of Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings for High Performance Solar Energy Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — MicroLink Devices will increase the efficiency of multi-junction solar cells by designing and demonstrating advanced anti-reflection coatings (ARCs) that will...

  8. Development of Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings for High Performance Solar Energy Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — MicroLink and its subcontractor Magnolia Solar will develop and demonstrate advanced anti-reflection coating (ARC) designs that will provide a better broadband and...

  9. Antireflection coating standards of ophthalmic resin lens materials

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    Porden, Mark

    1991-12-01

    Current estimates of the percentage of anti-reflection coated lenses verses uncoated in the market today range from 3% in the United States (US.), to 60% in Europe, to 80% in Japan. Currently upwards of 80% of all prescription eyewear lenses dispensed are resin. Glass lenses lose market share yearly, as scratch resistant coatings on resin lenses are improved. Photochromic resin materials are also improving and will shortly equal the performance of glass photockromics. Until recently, the performance characteristics of ophthalmic lenses were divided into two schools. In Europe, the emphasis was on keeping the reflections to an absolute minimum, while in the Asian market the emphasis was on producing a lens, which had exceptional scratch resistance. A typical European lens may average .4% reflection across the visible spectrum (400 to 700 urn.), while the Asian lenses averaged in the 1.5% range. The growth ofAR coating in the U.S. 80 million pair a year total ophthalmic market has been lagging foreign markets for several reasons.

  10. High durability antireflection coatings for silicon and multispectral ZnS

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    Joseph, Shay; Marcovitch, Orna; Yadin, Ygal; Klaiman, Dror; Koren, Nitzan; Zipin, Hedva

    2007-04-01

    In the current complex battle field, military platforms are required to operate on land, at sea and in the air in all weather conditions both day and night. In order to achieve such capabilities, advanced electro-optical systems are being constantly developed and improved. These systems such as missile seeker heads, reconnaissance and target acquisition pods and tracking, monitoring and alert systems have external optical components (window or dome) which must remain operational even at extreme environmental conditions. Depending on the intended use of the system, there are a few choices of window and dome materials. Amongst the more common materials one can point out sapphire, ZnS, germanium and silicon. Other materials such as spinel, ALON and yittria may also be considered. Most infrared materials have high indices of refraction and therefore they reflect a large part of radiation. To minimize the reflection and increase the transmission, antireflection (AR) coatings are the most common choice. Since these systems operate at different environments and weather conditions, the coatings must be made durable to withstand these extreme conditions. In cases where the window or dome is made of relatively soft materials such as multispectral ZnS, the coating may also serve as protection for the window or dome. In this work, several antireflection coatings have been designed and manufactured for silicon and multispectral ZnS. The coating materials were chosen to be either oxides or fluorides which are known to have high durability. Ellipsometry measurements were used to characterize the optical constants of the thin films. The effects of the deposition conditions on the optical constants of the deposited thin films and durability of the coatings will be discussed. The coatings were tested according to MIL-STD-810E and were also subjected to rain erosion tests at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) whirling arm apparatus in which one of the coatings showed

  11. INKJET PRINTING OF ALUMOOXIDE SOL FOR DEPOSITION OF ANTIREFLECTING COATINGS

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    E. A. Eremeeva

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Subject of Research. This work describes for the first time the formation of antireflective coating on the base of boehmite phase of AlOOH with low refractive index (1.35 by inkjet printing on the nonporous substrate. This method gives the possibility to increase the contrast of colorful interfering images by 32% obtaining by inkjet printing of titanium dioxide sol. The usage of this technology enables to obtain patterns with wide viewing angle and makes them highly stable. Methods. Traditional sol-gel method with peptizing agents and heating for 90oC was applied for sol synthesis. Then the mixture was under sonic treatment for the obtaining of viscous sol. The viscosity was determined by Brookfield HA/HB viscometer, and the surface tension by Kyowa DY-700 tensiometer. Aluminum oxide ink was deposited on polished slides (26×76 mm2, Paul Marienfeld, Germany, over titanium oxide layer. To print titania ink, we use a desktop office printer Canon Pixma IP 2840 and Dimatix DMP-2831. The thickness of an inkjet AlOOH layer after drying in the air and removal of the solvents did not exceed 150 nm with an RI not less than 1.35 in the entire visible range. Results. The stable colloidal ink was obtained for the first time on the base of aluminum oxide matrix with neutral pH. The rheology was regulated by controlling parameters of sol-gel method in the system of aqueous titanium dioxide sol and by adding ethanol that affects the charge of double electrical layer of disperse phase. The controllable coalesce of drops enables to apply antireflection coating within the thickness accuracy of 10 nm. The morphology of particles and the topology of printed structures were analyzed by optical, scanning electron and atomic-force microscopes. Practical Relevance. We have proposed the approach to obtain colorful, interference patterns using two types of high refractive inks with different refractive indexes. The inkjet printing method opens new opportunities for

  12. Performance of "Moth Eye" Anti-Reflective Coatings for Solar Cell Applications

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    Clark, E.; Kane, M.; Jiang, P.

    2011-03-14

    An inexpensive, effective anti-reflective coating (ARC) has been developed at the University of Florida to significantly enhance the absorption of light by silicon in solar cells. This coating has nano-scale features, and its microstructure mimics that of various night active insects (e.g. a moth's eye). It is a square array of pillars, each about 700 nm high and having a diameter of about 300 nm. Samples of silicon having this coating were exposed either to various combinations of either elevated temperature and humidity or to gamma irradiation ({sup 60}Co) at the Savannah River National Laboratory, or to a broad spectrum ultraviolet light and to a 532 nm laser light at the University of Florida. The anti-reflective properties of the coatings were unaffected by any of these environmental stresses, and the microstructure of the coating was also unaffected. In fact, the reflectivity of the gamma irradiated ARC became lower (advantageous for solar cell applications) at wavelengths between 400 and 1000 nm. These results show that this coating is robust and should be tested in actual systems exposed to either weather or a space environment. Structural details of the ARCs were studied to optimize their performance. Square arrays performed better than hexagonal arrays - the natural moth-eye coating is indeed a square array. The optimal depth of the templated nanopillars in the ARC was investigated. A wet etching technology for ARC formation was developed that would be less expensive and much faster than dry etching. Theoretical modeling revealed that dimple arrays should perform better than nipple arrays. A method of fabricating both dimple and nipple arrays having the same length was developed, and the dimple arrays performed better than the nipple arrays, in agreement with the modeling. The commercial viability of the technology is quite feasible, since the technology is scalable and inexpensive. This technology is also compatible with current industrial

  13. Optimization of hybrid antireflection structure integrating surface texturing and multi-layer interference coating

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    Kubota, Shigeru; Kanomata, Kensaku; Suzuki, Takahiko; Hirose, Fumihiko

    2014-10-01

    The antireflection structure (ARS) for solar cells is categorized to mainly two different techniques, i.e., the surface texturing and the single or multi-layer antireflection interference coating. In this study, we propose a novel hybrid ARS, which integrates moth eye texturing and multi-layer coat, for application to organic photovoltaics (OPVs). Using optical simulations based on the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, we conduct nearly global optimization of the geometric parameters characterizing the hybrid ARS. The proposed optimization algorithm consists of two steps: in the first step, we optimize the period and height of moth eye array, in the absence of multi-layer coating. In the second step, we optimize the whole structure of hybrid ARS by using the solution obtained by the first step as the starting search point. The methods of the simple grid search and the Hooke and Jeeves pattern search are used for global and local searches, respectively. In addition, we study the effects of deviations in the geometric parameters of hybrid ARS from their optimized values. The design concept of hybrid ARS is highly beneficial for broadband light trapping in OPVs.

  14. Anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings with self-cleaning properties

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    Nair, Vinod; Brophy, Brenor L.

    2016-10-04

    Disclosed herein is a coated glass element including a glass component and a coating adhered to the glass component through siloxane linkages, the coating having at least one of an anti-reflective property, a high abrasion resistance property and a hydrophobic property, wherein the coating comprises a dried gel formed from at least one hydrolyzed alkoxysilane-based sol and at least one hydrolyzed organosilane-based sol.

  15. Layer-by-Layer-Assembled High-Performance Broadband Antireflection Coatings

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    Shimomura, Hiroomi

    2010-03-24

    Nanoparticles are indispensable ingredients of solution-processed optical, dielectric, and catalytic thin films. Although solution-based methods are promising low-cost alternatives to vacuum methods, they can have significant limitations. Coating uniformity, thickness control, roughness control, mechanical durability, and incorporation of a diverse set of functional organic molecules into nanoparticle thin films are major challenges. We have used the electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly technique to make uniform, conformal multistack nanoparticle thin films for optical applications with precise thickness control over each stack. Two particularly sought-after optical applications are broadband antireflection and structural color. The effects of interstack and surface roughness on optical properties of these constructs (e.g., haze and spectral response) have been studied quantitatively using a combination of Fourier-transform methods and atomic force microscopy measurements. Deconvoluting root-mean-square roughness into its large-, intermediate-, and small-scale components enables enhanced optical simulations. A 4-stack broadband antireflection coating (<0.5% average reflectance in the visible range, and 0.2% haze) composed of alternating high-index (n ≈ 1.96) and low-index (n ≈ 1.28) stacks has been made on glass substrate. Films calcinated at 550 °C endure a one-hour-long cloth cleaning test under 100 kPa normal stress. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  16. Layer-by-layer-assembled high-performance broadband antireflection coatings.

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    Shimomura, Hiroomi; Gemici, Zekeriyya; Cohen, Robert E; Rubner, Michael F

    2010-03-01

    Nanoparticles are indispensable ingredients of solution-processed optical, dielectric, and catalytic thin films. Although solution-based methods are promising low-cost alternatives to vacuum methods, they can have significant limitations. Coating uniformity, thickness control, roughness control, mechanical durability, and incorporation of a diverse set of functional organic molecules into nanoparticle thin films are major challenges. We have used the electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly technique to make uniform, conformal multistack nanoparticle thin films for optical applications with precise thickness control over each stack. Two particularly sought-after optical applications are broadband antireflection and structural color. The effects of interstack and surface roughness on optical properties of these constructs (e.g., haze and spectral response) have been studied quantitatively using a combination of Fourier-transform methods and atomic force microscopy measurements. Deconvoluting root-mean-square roughness into its large-, intermediate-, and small-scale components enables enhanced optical simulations. A 4-stack broadband antireflection coating (cleaning test under 100 kPa normal stress.

  17. An anti-reflection coating for use with PMMA at 193 nm

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    Yen, Anthony; Smith, Henry I.; Schattenburg, M. L.; Taylor, Gary N.

    1992-01-01

    An antireflection coating (ARC) for use with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) resist for ArF excimer laser lithography (193 nm) was formulated. It consists of PMMA and a bis-azide, 4.4-prime-diazidodiphenyl sulfone (DDS) which crosslinks the film after deep UV (260 nm) irradiation and subsequent annealing. The reacted DDS then serves as the absorber for the 193 nm radiation and also prevents mixing of the ARC and PMMA during PMMA spin-coating and development. The effectiveness of the ARC was demonstrated by exposing, in PMMA, using achromatic holographic lithography, gratings of 100 nm period (about 50 nm linewidth) that are almost entirely free of an orthogonal standing wave.

  18. Self-assembled dual-sided hemispherical nano-dimple-structured broadband antireflection coatings

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    Lin, Cheng-Yen; Lin, Kun-Yi; Tsai, Hui-Ping; He, Yi-Xuan; Yang, Hongta

    2016-11-01

    A non-lithography-based approach is developed in this study for assembling monolayer close-packed hemispherical nano-dimple arrays on both sides of a PET film by a scalable Langmuir-Blodgett technology. The resulting gratings greatly suppress specular reflection and therefore enhance specular transmission for a broad range of visible wavelengths, resulting from a gradual change in the effective refractive index at air/PET interface. The experimental results reveal that the antireflection properties of the as-fabricated coatings are affected by the size of the nano-dimples. Moreover, both optical performances of single-sided and dual-sided nano-dimple-structured coatings have been investigated in this study.

  19. Enhanced laser induced damage threshold of dielectric antireflection coatings by the introduction of one interfacial layer

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    Congjuan Wang; Zhaoxia Han; Yunxia Jin; Jianda Shao; Zhengxiu Fan

    2008-01-01

    @@ A new method for increasing laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of dielectric antireflection (AR) coating is proposed. Compared with AR film stack of H2.5L (H:HfO2, L:SiO2) on BK7 substrate, SiO2 interfacial layer with four quarter wavelength optical thickness (QWOT) is deposited on the substrate before the preparation of H2.5L film. It is found that the introduction of SiO2 interfacial layer with a certain thickness is effective and flexible to increase the LIDT of dielectric AR coatings. The measured LIDT is enhanced by about 50%, while remaining the low reflectivity with less than 0.09% at the center wavelength of 1064 nm. Detailed mechanisms of the LIDT enhancement are discussed.

  20. Anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for self-cleaning properties

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    Brophy, Brenor L.; Nair, Vinod; Dave, Bakul Champaklal

    2016-05-31

    The disclosure discloses abrasion resistant, persistently hydrophobic and oleophobic, anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for glass. The coatings described herein have wide application, including for example the front cover glass of solar modules. Methods of applying the coatings using various apparatus are disclosed. Methods for using the coatings in solar energy generation plants to achieve greater energy yield and reduced operations costs are disclosed. Coating materials are formed by combinations of hydrolyzed silane-base precursors through sol-gel processes. Several methods of synthesis and formulation of coating materials are disclosed.

  1. The Broadband Anti-reflection Coated Extended Hemispherical Silicon Lenses for Polarbear-2 Experiment

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    Siritanasak, P.; Aleman, C.; Arnold, K.; Cukierman, A.; Hazumi, M.; Kazemzadeh, K.; Keating, B.; Matsumura, T.; Lee, A. T.; Lee, C.; Quealy, E.; Rosen, D.; Stebor, N.; Suzuki, A.

    2016-08-01

    Polarbear-2 (PB-2) is a next-generation receiver that is part of the Simons Array cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization experiment which is located in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile. The primary scientific goals of the Simons Array are a deep search for the CMB B-mode signature of gravitational waves from inflation and the characterization of large-scale structure using its effect on CMB polarization. The PB-2 receiver will deploy with 1897 dual-polarization sinuous antenna-coupled pixels, each with a directly contacting extended hemispherical silicon lens. Every pixel has dual polarization sensitivity in two spectral bands centered at 95 and 150 GHz, for a total of 7588 transition edge sensor bolometers operating at 270 mK. To achieve the PB-2 detector requirements, we developed a broadband anti-reflection (AR) coating for the extended hemispherical lenses that uses two molds to apply two layers of epoxy, Stycast 1090 and Stycast 2850FT. Our measurements of the absorption loss from the AR coating on a flat surface at cryogenic temperatures show less than 1 % absorption, and the coating has survived multiple thermal cycles. We can control the diameter of the coating within 25 {\\upmu }m and translation errors are within 25 {\\upmu }m in all directions, which results in less than 1 % decrease in transmittance. We also find the performance of the AR-coated lens matches very well with simulations.

  2. Antireflective coatings on Fresnel lenses by spin-coating of solid silica nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Gang; He, Junhui

    2013-08-01

    Antireflective (AR) coatings were fabricated from solid silica nanoparticles (SNPs) of ca. 16 nm in size on Fresnel lenses via one-step spin coating without any high temperature treatment. Transmission electron microscopy was used to observe the morphology and structure of the SNPs. Transmission spectra were recorded on a UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer. The results indicated that Fresnel lenses covered with the SNPs coatings were much more transparent than the uncoated Fresnel lens. The maximum transmittance of the coated Fresnel lenses reached as high as 99.8%, whereas that of the uncoated Fresnel lens is only 94.3%. Surface wettability was studied by a contact angle/interface system, and the results indicated that the coatings on Fresnel lenses were more hydrophilic than the uncoated Fresnel lens. The surface morphologies and structures of the coatings were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The mechanical robustness of the coatings was examined by pencil scratch tests and attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR).

  3. Optical Curtain Effect: Extraordinary Optical Transmission Enhanced by Antireflection

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    Cui, Yanxia; Lin, Yinyue; Li, Guohui; Hao, Yuying; He, Sailing; Fang, Nicholas X

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we employ an antireflective coating which comprises of inverted pi shaped metallic grooves to manipulate the behaviour of a TM-polarized plane wave transmitted through a periodic nanoslit array. At normal incidence, such scheme can not only retain the optical curtain effect in the output region, but also generate the extraordinary transmission of light through the nanoslits with the total transmission efficiency as high as 90%. Besides, we show that the spatially invariant field distribution in the output region as well as the field distribution of resonant modes around the inverted pi shaped grooves can be reproduced immaculately when the system is excited by an array of point sources beneath the inverted pi shaped grooves. In further, we investigate the influence of center-groove and side-corners of the inverted pi shaped grooves on suppressing the reflection of light, respectively. Based on our work, it shows promising potential in applications of enhancing the extraction efficiency as well ...

  4. An in-situ monitoring technique for optimizing antireflection coatings using a monolithic integrated photodetector

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    Saini, Vikram; Yvind, Kresten; Larsson, David

    2006-01-01

    A very low reflectivity of the order of 10-4 is demonstrated for dual-layer anti-reflection coatings on normal facet semiconductor lasers, by integrated in situ monitoring. The method has been tested on three and eight quantum-well InGaAsP ridge lasers that consist of a gain section and an integr...

  5. Measurement of the modal reflectivity of an antireflection coating on a superluminescent diode

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    Kaminow, I.P.; Eisenstein, G.; Stulz, L.W.

    1983-04-01

    A method for measuring the modal reflectivity of the antireflection coating applied to a laser diode is described and demonstrated. It is based on measurements of the Fabry-Perot modulation depth of the resulting superluminescent diode (SLD) output spectrum at the threshold current of the original laser. A modal reflectivity of less than 2 X 10/sup -4/ has been obtained.

  6. Single-material multilayer ZnS as anti-reflective coating for solar cell applications

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    Salih, Ammar T.; Najim, Aus A.; Muhi, Malek A. H.; Gbashi, Kadhim R.

    2017-04-01

    Multilayer Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) is a promising low cost antireflective coating for solar cell applications, in this work; thin films with novel structure containing cubic and hexagonal phases were successfully deposited by thermal evaporation technique with three different layers. XRD analysis confirms the existence of both phases and high specific surface area. AFM analysis reveals that films with three layers have lower roughness and average grain size than other films. The optical measurements obtained by UV-vis, the calculated values of refractive index and reflectivity using some well known refractive index-band gap relations indicate that thin films with triple layer TL-ZnS have lower refractive index and reflectivity than other films, empirical equations were suggested and show the quantum confinement effects on band gap and reflectivity.

  7. Titanium dioxide antireflection coating for silicon solar cells by spray deposition

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    Kern, W.; Tracy, E.

    1980-01-01

    A high-speed production process is described for depositing a single-layer, quarter-wavelength thick antireflection coating of titanium dioxide on metal-patterned single-crystal silicon solar cells for terrestrial applications. Controlled atomization spraying of an organotitanium solution was selected as the most cost-effective method of film deposition using commercial automated equipment. The optimal composition consists of titanium isopropoxide as the titanium source, n-butyl acetate as the diluent solvent, sec-butanol as the leveling agent, and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol to render the material uniformly depositable. Application of the process to the coating of circular, large-diameter solar cells with either screen-printed silver metallization or with vacuum-evaporated Ti/Pd/Ag metallization showed increases of over 40% in the electrical conversion efficiency. Optical characteristics, corrosion resistance, and several other important properties of the spray-deposited film are reported. Experimental evidence indicates a wide tolerance in the coating thickness upon the overall efficiency of the cell. Considerations pertaining to the optimization of AR coatings in general are discussed, and a comprehensive critical survey of the literature is presented.

  8. An experimental study of antireflective coatings in Ge light detectors for scintillating bolometers

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    Mancuso M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Luminescent bolometers are double-readout devices able to measure simultaneously the phonon and the light yields after a particle interaction in the detector. This operation allows in some cases to tag the type of the interacting quantum, crucial issue for background control in rare event experiments such as the search for neutrinoless double beta decay and for interactions of particle dark matter candidates. The light detectors used in the LUCIFER and LUMINEU searches (projects aiming at the study of the double beta interesting candidates 82Se and 100Mo using ZnSe and ZnMoO4 scintillating bolometers consist of hyper-pure Ge thin slabs equipped with NTD thermistors. A substantial sensitivity improvement of the Ge light detectors can be obtained applying a proper anti-reflective coatings on the Ge side exposed to the luminescent bolometer. The present paper deals with the investigation of this aspect, proving and quantifying the positive effect of a SiO2 and a SiO coating and setting the experimental bases for future tests of other coating materials. The results confirm that an appropriate coating procedure helps in improving the sensitivity of bolometric light detectors by an important factor (in the range 20% – 35% and needs to be included in the recipe for the development of an optimized radio-pure scintillating bolometer.

  9. Bright Single-Photon Sources Based on Anti-Reflection Coated Deterministic Quantum Dot Microlenses

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    Peter Schnauber

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We report on enhancing the photon-extraction efficiency (PEE of deterministic quantum dot (QD microlenses via anti-reflection (AR coating. The AR-coating deposited on top of the curved microlens surface is composed of a thin layer of Ta2O5, and is found to effectively reduce back-reflection of light at the semiconductor-vacuum interface. A statistical analysis of spectroscopic data reveals, that the AR-coating improves the light out-coupling of respective microlenses by a factor of 1.57 ± 0.71, in quantitative agreement with numerical calculations. Taking the enhancement factor into account, we predict improved out-coupling of light with a PEE of up to 50%. The quantum nature of emission from QDs integrated into AR-coated microlenses is demonstrated via photon auto-correlation measurements revealing strong suppression of two-photon emission events with g(2(0 = 0.05 ± 0.02. As such, these bright non-classical light sources are highly attractive with respect to applications in the field of quantum cryptography.

  10. Titanium dioxide antireflection coating for silicon solar cells by spray deposition

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    Kern, W.; Tracy, E.

    1980-01-01

    A high-speed production process is described for depositing a single-layer, quarter-wavelength thick antireflection coating of titanium dioxide on metal-patterned single-crystal silicon solar cells for terrestrial applications. Controlled atomization spraying of an organotitanium solution was selected as the most cost-effective method of film deposition using commercial automated equipment. The optimal composition consists of titanium isopropoxide as the titanium source, n-butyl acetate as the diluent solvent, sec-butanol as the leveling agent, and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol to render the material uniformly depositable. Application of the process to the coating of circular, large-diameter solar cells with either screen-printed silver metallization or with vacuum-evaporated Ti/Pd/Ag metallization showed increases of over 40% in the electrical conversion efficiency. Optical characteristics, corrosion resistance, and several other important properties of the spray-deposited film are reported. Experimental evidence indicates a wide tolerance in the coating thickness upon the overall efficiency of the cell. Considerations pertaining to the optimization of AR coatings in general are discussed, and a comprehensive critical survey of the literature is presented.

  11. Sol-gel broadband antireflective coatings for advanced laser-glass amplifiers

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    Floch, Herve G.; Belleville, Philippe F.; Pegon, Philippe M.

    1994-10-01

    The cost of a large laser system is a strong function of the overall electrical to final photon efficiency. To improve the stored energy and therefore the pumping efficiency of sophisticated and costly laser-glass amplifiers, we have developed a novel two-layer broadband antireflective coating for the blast-shield component. The blast-shield is an optic placed between the flashlamps and the laser disk amplifiers to prevent damage of laser disks by possible explosion of a flashlamp. The sol-gel antireflective coating was dip-coated at room temperature onto 8-cm diameter glass samples. The coating basically consisted of a halfwave- thick high-index material such as ZrO2-PVP (PolyVinyl Pyrrolidone) and a quarterwave- thick low-index material such as SiO2-siloxane. To improve the abrasion resistance of the coated part, a lubricating and water-repellent material was applied as a very thin overcoat. In addition to a 6.5 to 7.2% transmission gain over the spectrum of interest, the coating was moderately abrasion resistant and chemically durable. Flashlamp-induced damage to the antireflective coating for 1000 glow discharges at 10 to 12 J/cm2 were minimal and similar to uncoated parts.

  12. Anti-reflection coatings applied by acid-leaching process. Final report

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    Pastirik, E.

    1980-09-01

    The Magicote C process developed by S.M. Thompsen was evaluated for use in applying an antireflective coating to the cover plates of solar cell panels. The process uses a fluosilicic acid solution supersaturated with silica at elevated temperature to selectively attack the surface of soda-lime glass cover plates and alter the physical and chemical composition of a thin layer of glass. The altered glass layer constitutes an antireflective coating. The process produces coatings of excellent optical quality which possess outstanding resistance to soiling and staining. The coatings produced are not resistant to mechanical abrasion and are attacked to some extent by glass cleansers. Control of the filming process was found to be difficult.

  13. Characterization of single layer anti-reflective coatings for bolometer-based rare event searches

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    Hansen, E V

    2016-01-01

    A photon signal added to the existing phonon signal can powerfully reduce backgrounds for bolometer-based rare event searches. Anti-reflective coatings can significantly increase the performance of the secondary light sensing bolometer in these experiments. Coatings of SiO2, HfO2, and TiO2 on Ge and Si were fabricated and characterized at room temperature and all angles of incidence.

  14. Optical breathing of nano-porous antireflective coatings through adsorption and desorption of water.

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    Nielsen, Karsten H; Kittel, Thomas; Wondraczek, Katrin; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2014-10-13

    We report on the direct consequences of reversible water adsorption on the optical performance of silica-based nanoporous antireflective (AR) coatings as they are applied on glass in photovoltaic and solar thermal energy conversion systems. In situ UV-VIS transmission spectroscopy and path length measurements through high-resolution interferometric microscopy were conducted on model films during exposure to different levels of humidity and temperature. We show that water adsorption in the pores of the film results in a notable increase of the effective refractive index of the coating. As a consequence, the AR effect is strongly reduced. The temperature regime in which the major part of the water can be driven-out rapidly lies in the range of 55°C and 135°C. Such thermal desorption was found to increase the overall transmission of a coated glass by ~ 1%-point. As the activation energy of isothermal desorption, we find a value of about 18 kJ/mol. Within the experimental range of our data, the sorption and desorption process is fully reversible, resulting in optical breathing of the film. Nanoporous AR films with closed pore structure or high hydrophobicity may be of advantage for maintaining AR performance under air exposure.

  15. Optical breathing of nano-porous antireflective coatings through adsorption and desorption of water

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    Nielsen, Karsten H.; Kittel, Thomas; Wondraczek, Katrin; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2014-10-01

    We report on the direct consequences of reversible water adsorption on the optical performance of silica-based nanoporous antireflective (AR) coatings as they are applied on glass in photovoltaic and solar thermal energy conversion systems. In situ UV-VIS transmission spectroscopy and path length measurements through high-resolution interferometric microscopy were conducted on model films during exposure to different levels of humidity and temperature. We show that water adsorption in the pores of the film results in a notable increase of the effective refractive index of the coating. As a consequence, the AR effect is strongly reduced. The temperature regime in which the major part of the water can be driven-out rapidly lies in the range of 55°C and 135°C. Such thermal desorption was found to increase the overall transmission of a coated glass by ~ 1%-point. As the activation energy of isothermal desorption, we find a value of about 18 kJ/mol. Within the experimental range of our data, the sorption and desorption process is fully reversible, resulting in optical breathing of the film. Nanoporous AR films with closed pore structure or high hydrophobicity may be of advantage for maintaining AR performance under air exposure.

  16. High performance anti-reflection coatings for broadband multi-junction solar cells

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    AIKEN,DANIEL J.

    2000-02-23

    The success of bandgap engineering has made high efficiency broadband multi-junction solar cells possible with photo-response out to the band edge of Ge. Modeling has been conducted which suggests that current double layer anti-reflection coating technology is not adequate for these devices in certain cases. Approaches for the development of higher performance anti-reflection coatings are examined. A new AR coating structure based on the use of Herpin equivalent layers is presented. Optical modeling suggests a decrease in the solar weighted reflectance of over 2.5{percent} absolute as a result. This structure requires no additional optical material development and characterization because no new optical materials are necessary. Experimental results and a sensitivity analysis are presented.

  17. Antireflective Coatings: Conventional Stacking Layers and Ultrathin Plasmonic Metasurfaces, A Mini-Review

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    Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Reduction of unwanted light reflection from a surface of a substance is very essential for improvement of the performance of optical and photonic devices. Antireflective coatings (ARCs made of single or stacking layers of dielectrics, nano/microstructures or a mixture of both are the conventional design geometry for suppression of reflection. Recent progress in theoretical nanophotonics and nanofabrication has enabled more flexibility in design and fabrication of miniaturized coatings which has in turn advanced the field of ARCs considerably. In particular, the emergence of plasmonic and metasurfaces allows for the realization of broadband and angular-insensitive ARC coatings at an order of magnitude thinner than the operational wavelengths. In this review, a short overview of the development of ARCs, with particular attention paid to the state-of-the-art plasmonic- and metasurface-based antireflective surfaces, is presented.

  18. A facile dip-coating approach based on three silica sols to fabrication of broadband antireflective superhydrophobic coatings.

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    Gao, Liangjuan; He, Junhui

    2013-06-15

    This paper reports a new design to fabricate broadband antireflective superhydrophobic coatings by versatile dip-coating of three silica-based sols: silica sol (below 10nm) prepared under acidic conditions (sol A), silica nanoparticle (ca. 25 nm) suspension prepared by the Stöber method (sol B) and mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) suspension, followed by chemical vapor deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane. The maximum transmittance of coatings reached as high as 95.3% at the wavelength of 630 nm, whereas the water contact angle was 153° with sliding angle ≤5° by applying of the A2/B/MSN2 coating. The superhydrophobic A/B/MSN2 coating (water contact angle: 153°, sliding angle: ≤5°) showed excellent antireflection in the wavelength range of 400-2000 nm, especially in the wavelength range of 742-1573 nm where the transmittance of glass substrate is significantly lower. Transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the morphology of synthesized nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to observe the morphology and estimate the surface roughness of coatings. Optical properties were characterized by a UV-visible-near infrared spectrophotometer. Surface wettability was studied by a contact angle/interface system. The broadband antireflection of superhydrophobic A/B/MSN2 coating was discussed in detail. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Scale-up of Nano-Engineered Anti-Reflection Coating Process for Large Plastic Optics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In a recently completed NASA SBIR program, Agiltron and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a novel nanoporous UV anti-reflection coating technology...

  20. [Study on the preparation and properties of novel silica microporous antireflective coating by sol-gel process].

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    Shang, Meng-Ying; Cao, Lin-Hong; Liu, Miao; Luo, Xuan; Ren, Hong-Bo; Ye, Xin; Tang, Yong-Jian; Jiang, Xiao-Dong

    2013-04-01

    Silica sol was prepared by acid catalyzed sol-gel process using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) as precursor and dimethyldietoxysilane (DDS) as pore-forming agent. A novel kind of monolayer microporous silica anti-reflective (AR) coating was obtained on K9 glass substrate by dip-coating technique and then heat treated at 500 degrees C. The effects of different DDS/TEOS molar ratios on refractive index, transmittance and hardness were investigated. A positive correlation was found between the transmittance and the DDS/TEOS molar ratio due to the increasing porosity. The maximum transmittance can reach 99.7% with the molar ratio of DDS/TEOS rising to 1 : 1. Meanwhile, the refractive index was found quite close to the ideal value 1.22. Nevertheless, higher molar ratio will lead to a bad film-forming property. On the other hand, the hardness of the coatings decreased with the DDS increasing but still remained more than 2 h when the transmittance reached highest. Besides, these coatings exhibit a well abrasion-resistance and excellent adhesivity. The maximum transmittance was only dropped by 0.071% and 0.112% after abrasion for 500 and 1 000 times respectively. Accelerated corrosion tests indicated that the transmittance of traditional coatings rapidly fell down to the substrate level (-92%) after immersion for 5 min, while the transmittance of our novel coating almost linearly decreased and was kept 93.2% after 56 min. In other words, the environment-resistance of our novel silica AR coating is ten times higher than that of traditional ones. The promotions of the coating performances benefit from its micropore structure (-0. 4 nm) with which water molecule can be effectively prevented. With its high transmittance, good mechanical properties and high environment-resistance, this kind of novel coating has a potential application in the field of solar glass modification to improve its anti-reflective properties.

  1. Superhydrophilic Antireflective Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Coating on Flexible Polyimide Substrate with Strong Abrasion-Resistance.

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    Wang, Jing; Zhang, Cong; Yang, Chunming; Zhang, Ce; Wang, Mengchao; Zhang, Jing; Xu, Yao

    2017-02-15

    Superhydrophilic antireflective periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) coating was prepared on flexible polyimide substrate via solvent-evaporation-induced self-assembly (SEISA) method, in which tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and a special bridged silsesquioxane were used as reactants. The bridged silsesquioxane, EG-BSQ, was synthesized through the stoichiometric reaction between 3-glycidoxyporpyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) and ethylene diamine (EDA). Under the influence of surfactant, TEOS and EG-BSQ co-condensed and enclosed the ordered mesporous in the coating. The results of grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and the transmission electron microscope (TEM) indicated that the mesopores belonged to a Fmmm orthorhombic symmetry structure. With increasing EG-BSQ concentration, the mesoporous structure in the PMO coating becomes more and more disordered because silica mesopore walls shrunk or collapsed during calcination and consequently the refractive index of PMO coating became larger. The antireflective (AR) PMO coating showed an optical transmittance of 99.54% on polyimide (PI) much higher than the 88.68% of bare PI. The water contact angle of PMO coating was less than 9.0°, which indicated the AR PMO coating was superhydrophilic. Moreover, the PMO coating showed an excellent mechanical property, the transmittance of the PMO coating displayed a very low loss of 0.1% after abrasion of 25 cycles by CS-10F wearaser.

  2. Fabrication of superhydrophilic and antireflective silica coatings on poly(methyl methacrylate) substrates

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    Geng, Zhi [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China); He, Junhui, E-mail: jhhe@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (China); Xu, Ligang [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

    2012-06-15

    Graphical abstract: Self-cleaning and antireflection properties were successfully achieved by assembling (PDDA/S-20){sub n} coatings on PMMA substrates followed by oxygen plasma treatment. Highlights: ► Porous silica coatings were created by layer-by-layer assembly on PMMA substrates. ► Silica coatings were treated by oxygen plasma. ► Porous silica coatings were highly antireflective and superhydrophilic on PMMA substrates. -- Abstract: Silica nanoparticles of ca. 20 nm in size were synthesized, from which hierarchically porous silica coatings were fabricated on poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) substrates via layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly followed by oxygen plasma treatment. These porous silica coatings were highly transparent and superhydrophilic. The maximum transmittance reached as high as 99%, whereas that of the PMMA substrate is only 92%. After oxygen plasma treatment, the time for a water droplet to spread to a contact angle of lower than 5° decreased to as short as 0.5 s. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy were used to observe the morphology and structure of nanoparticles and coating surfaces. Transmission and reflection spectra were recorded on UV–vis spectrophotometer. Surface wettability was studied by a contact angle/interface system. The influence of mesopores on the transmittance and wetting properties of coatings was discussed on the basis of experimental observations.

  3. Process development and impurities analysis for the bottom antireflective coating material

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    Ko, Fu-Hsiang; Chen, Hsuen-Li; Huang, Tiao-Yuan; Cheng, Hsu-Chun; Ko, Chu-Jung; Chu, Tieh-Chi

    2001-08-01

    The optical behavior of semiconductor bottom antireflective coating (BARC) material was investigated by both the measurement and simulation methods. The effects of spin- coating rate, interface reflection, BARC layer thickness and photoresist layer thickness were studied. Our results indicated that the 62.5 nm of BARC layer had strong effect on suppressing the light reflection of wavelength of 248 nm form the wafer surface, irrespective of the photoresist layer thickness. Based on the gravimetric method, a high throughput and one-step microwave digestion procedure was developed for the BARC materials. The digestion efficiency increased with the digestion duration and the temperature. By following the established one-step microwave digestion method and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry determination, the detection limits obtained for Cr, Ni, Cu, An and Pb were in 0.1 to 1.11 ppb levels. The spike recoveries of the metallic impurities were in the range 86- 102% for the BARC materials. The analytical results of the BARC samples were found to be in reasonably good agreement with our previous method, and the analytical throughput can achieve up to 20 samples per hour for the analysis of 5 elements.

  4. Moisture resistant and anti-reflection optical coatings produced by plasma polymerization of organic compounds

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    Hollahan, J. R.; Wydeven, T.

    1975-01-01

    The need for protective coatings on critical optical surfaces, such as halide crystal windows or lenses used in spectroscopy, has long been recognized. It has been demonstrated that thin, one micron, organic coatings produced by polymerization of flourinated monomers in low temperature gas discharge (plasma) exhibit very high degrees of moisture resistence, e.g., hundreds of hours protection for cesium iodide vs. minutes before degradation sets in for untreated surfaces. The index of refraction of these coatings is intermediate between that of the halide substrate and air, a condition for anti-reflection, another desirable property of optical coatings. Thus, the organic coatings not only offer protection, but improved transmittance as well. The polymer coating is non-absorbing over the range 0.4 to 40 microns with an exception at 8.0 microns, the expected absorption for C-F bonds.

  5. Substrate-Versatile Approach to Robust Antireflective and Superhydrophobic Coatings with Excellent Self-Cleaning Property in Varied Environments.

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    Ren, Tingting; He, Junhui

    2017-09-20

    Robust antireflective and superhydrophobic coatings are highly desired in wide applications, such as optical devices, solar cell panels, architectural and automotive glasses, lab-on chip systems, and windows for electronic devices. Meanwhile, simple, low-cost, and substrate-versatile fabrication is also essential toward real applications of such coatings. Herein, we developed a substrate-versatile strategy to fabricate robust antireflective and superhydrophobic coatings with excellent self-cleaning property in varied environments, including air and oil and after oil contamination. A mixed ethanol suspension, which consists of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane modified dual-sized silica nanoparticles and acid-catalyzed silica precursor, was first synthesized. The acid-catalyzed silica precursor could help to form a highly cross-linked silica network by connecting the silica nanoparticles, thus significantly enhancing the robustness of coatings. The as-prepared coatings were able to withstand a water drop impact test, sand abrasion test, tape adhesion test, and knife and pencil scratching tests. More importantly, it was also found that the wettability and self-cleaning property of coatings after oil contamination were surprisingly different from those in air and oil. These observations are explainable by the alteration of interface; i.e., the alteration of interface has significant effects on the functional properties of coatings. Additionally, the mixed suspension could be sprayed onto various hard and soft substrates including glass, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate (PC), and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), opening up a feasible route toward varied practical applications in solar cell panels, optical devices, architectural and automotive glasses, droplet manipulators, and fluid control.

  6. Non-Vacuum Processed Polymer Composite Antireflection Coating Films for Silicon Solar Cells

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    Abdullah Uzum

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available A non-vacuum processing method for preparing polymer-based ZrO2/TiO2 multilayer structure antireflection coating (ARC films for crystalline silicon solar cells by spin coating is introduced. Initially, ZrO2, TiO2 and surface deactivated-TiO2 (SD-TiO2 based films were examined separately and the effect of photocatalytic properties of TiO2 film on the reflectivity on silicon surface was investigated. Degradation of the reflectance performance with increasing reflectivity of up to 2% in the ultraviolet region was confirmed. No significant change of the reflectance was observed when utilizing SD-TiO2 and ZrO2 films. Average reflectance (between 300 nm–1100 nm of the silicon surface coated with optimized polymer-based ZrO2 single or ZrO2/SD-TiO2 multilayer composite films was decreased down to 6.5% and 5.5%, respectively. Improvement of photocurrent density (Jsc and conversion efficiency (η of fabricated silicon solar cells owing to the ZrO2/SD-TiO2 multilayer ARC could be confirmed. The photovoltaic properties of Jsc, the open-circuit photo voltage (VOC, the fill factor (FF, and the η were 31.42 mA cm−2, 575 mV, 71.5% and 12.91%. Efficiency of the solar cells was improved by the ZrO2-polymer/SD-TiO2 polymer ARC composite layer by a factor of 0.8% with an increase of Jsc (2.07 mA cm−2 compared to those of fabricated without the ARC.

  7. UV anti-reflection coatings for use in silicon detector design

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    Hamden, Erika T; Hoenk, Michael E; Blacksberg, Jordana; Dickie, Matthew R; Nikzad, Shouleh; Martin, Christopher D; Schiminovich, David

    2011-01-01

    We report on the development of coatings for a CCD detector optimized for use in a fixed dispersion UV spectrograph. Due to the rapidly changing index of refraction of Si, single layer broadband anti-reflection coatings are not suitable to increase quantum efficiency at all wavelengths of interest. Instead, we describe a creative solution that provides excellent performance over UV wavelengths. We describe progress in the development of a CCD detector with theoretical quantum efficiencies (QE) of greater than 60% at wavelengths from 120 to 300nm. This high efficiency may be reached by coating a backside illuminated, thinned, delta-doped CCD with a series of thin film anti-reflection coatings. The materials tested include MgF2 (optimized for highest performance from 120-150nm), SiO2 (150-180nm), Al2O3(180-240nm), MgO (200-250nm), and HfO2 (240-300nm). A variety of deposition techniques were tested and a selection of coatings which minimized reflectance on a Si test wafer were applied to live devices. We also d...

  8. Efficient Colorful Perovskite Solar Cells Using a Top Polymer Electrode Simultaneously as Spectrally Selective Antireflection Coating.

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    Jiang, Youyu; Luo, Bangwu; Jiang, Fangyuan; Jiang, Fuben; Fuentes-Hernandez, Canek; Liu, Tiefeng; Mao, Lin; Xiong, Sixing; Li, Zaifang; Wang, Tao; Kippelen, Bernard; Zhou, Yinhua

    2016-12-14

    Organometal halide perovskites have shown excellent optoelectronic properties and have been used to demonstrate a variety of semiconductor devices. Colorful solar cells are desirable for photovoltaic integration in buildings and other aesthetically appealing applications. However, the realization of colorful perovskite solar cells is challenging because of their broad and large absorption coefficient that commonly leads to cells with dark-brown colors. Herein, for the first time, we report a simple and efficient strategy to achieve colorful perovskite solar cells by using the transparent conducting polymer (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate), PEDOT:PSS) as a top electrode and simultaneously as an spectrally selective antireflection coating. Vivid colors across the visible spectrum are attained by engineering optical interference effects among the transparent PEDOT:PSS polymer electrode, the hole-transporting layer and the perovskite layer. The colored perovskite solar cells display power conversion efficiency values from 12.8 to 15.1% (from red to blue) when illuminated from the FTO glass side and from 11.6 to 13.8% (from red to blue) when illuminated from the PEDOT:PSS side. The new approach provides an advanced solution for fabricating colorful perovskite solar cells with easy processing and high efficiency.

  9. Superior Antireflection Coating for a Silicon Cell with a Micronanohybrid Structure

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    Hsi-Chien Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The object of this paper is to develop a high antireflection silicon solar cell. A novel two-stage metal-assisted etching (MAE method is proposed for the fabrication of an antireflective layer of a micronanohybrid structure array. The processing time for the etching on an N-type high-resistance (NH silicon wafer can be controlled to around 5 min. The resulting micronanohybrid structure array can achieve an average reflectivity of 1.21% for a light spectrum of 200–1000 nm. A P-N junction on the fabricated micronanohybrid structure array is formed using a low-cost liquid diffusion source. A high antireflection silicon solar cell with an average efficiency of 13.1% can be achieved. Compared with a conventional pyramid structure solar cell, the shorted circuit current of the proposed solar cell is increased by 73%. The major advantage of the two-stage MAE process is that a high antireflective silicon substrate can be fabricated cost-effectively in a relatively short time. The proposed method is feasible for the mass production of low-cost solar cells.

  10. Atomic Layer Deposition of Chemical Passivation Layers and High Performance Anti-Reflection Coatings on Back-Illuminated Detectors

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    Hoenk, Michael E. (Inventor); Greer, Frank (Inventor); Nikzad, Shouleh (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A back-illuminated silicon photodetector has a layer of Al2O3 deposited on a silicon oxide surface that receives electromagnetic radiation to be detected. The Al2O3 layer has an antireflection coating deposited thereon. The Al2O3 layer provides a chemically resistant separation layer between the silicon oxide surface and the antireflection coating. The Al2O3 layer is thin enough that it is optically innocuous. Under deep ultraviolet radiation, the silicon oxide layer and the antireflection coating do not interact chemically. In one embodiment, the silicon photodetector has a delta-doped layer near (within a few nanometers of) the silicon oxide surface. The Al2O3 layer is expected to provide similar protection for doped layers fabricated using other methods, such as MBE, ion implantation and CVD deposition.

  11. Millimeter-Wave Broadband Anti-Reflection Coatings Using Laser Ablation of Sub-Wavelength Structures

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    Matsumura, Tomotake; Wen, Qi; Hanany, Shaul; Koch, Jürgen; Suttman, Oliver; Schütz, Viktor

    2016-01-01

    We report on the first use of laser ablation to make sub-millimeter, broad-band, anti-reflection coatings (ARC) based on sub-wavelength structures (SWS) on alumina and sapphire. We used a 515 nm laser to produce pyramid-shaped structures with pitch of about 320 \\mu m and total height of near 800 \\mu m. Transmission measurements between 70 and 140 GHz are in agreement with simulations using electromagnetic propagation software. The simulations indicate that SWS ARC with the fabricated shape should have a fractional bandwidth response of $\\Delta \

  12. Antireflective bilayer coatings based on Al2O3 film for UV region

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    Marszałek Konstanty; Winkowski Paweł; Marszałek Marta

    2015-01-01

    Bilayer antireflective coatings consisting of aluminium oxide Al2O3/MgF2 and Al2O3/SiO2 are presented in this paper. Oxide films were deposited by means of e-gun evaporation in vacuum of 5 × 10-3 Pa in the presence of oxygen, and magnesium fluoride was prepared by thermal evaporation on heated optical lenses made from quartz glass (Corning HPFS). Substrate temperature was maintained at 250 _C during the deposition. Thickness and deposition rate were controlled with a thickness measuring syste...

  13. Antireflective bilayer coatings based on Al2O3 film for UV region

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    Marszałek Konstanty; Winkowski Paweł; Marszałek Marta

    2015-01-01

    Bilayer antireflective coatings consisting of aluminium oxide Al2O3/MgF2 and Al2O3/SiO2 are presented in this paper. Oxide films were deposited by means of e-gun evaporation in vacuum of 5 × 10-3 Pa in the presence of oxygen, and magnesium fluoride was prepared by thermal evaporation on heated optical lenses made from quartz glass (Corning HPFS). Substrate temperature was maintained at 250 _C during the deposition. Thickness and deposition rate were controlled with a thickness measuring syste...

  14. Anti-Reflective Coatings R&D for Next Generation Neutrinoless Double Beta Experiments

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    Leder, Alexander; Cuore Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    The Cyogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is a ton-scale cryogenic source=detector experiment designed to search for the Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0 νββ) of 130Te. CUORE currently utilizes a single phonon readout channel per crystal; adding a second channel for scintillation or Cherenkov light would improve particle identification for actively rejecting background events. This light would be collected via semiconductor wafers covered with anti-reflective coatings. These coatings maximize light absorption. In this talk, I will discuss the coating optimization regarding material and structure, and its implications for designing the next generation CUORE-style experiment. In addition, I will discuss projections for possible sensitivities of next generation 0 νββ searches that use dual channel light-phonon readouts.

  15. Characterization of Silicon Moth-Eye Antireflection Coatings for Astronomical Applications in the Infrared

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    Jeram, Sarik; Ge, Jian; Jiang, Peng; Phillips, Blayne

    2016-01-01

    Silicon moth-eye antireflective structures have emerged to be an excellent approachfor reducing the amount of light that is lost upon incidence on a given surface of optics made of silicon. This property has been exploited for a wide variety of products ranging from eyeglasses and flat-panel displays to solar panels. These materials typically come in the form of coatings that are applied to an optical substrate such as glass. Moth-eye coatings, made of a periodic array of subwavelength pillars on silicon substrates or other substrates, can produce the desired antireflection (AR) performance for a broad wavelength range and over a wide range of incident angles. In the field of astronomy, every photon striking a detector is significant - and thus, losses from reflectivity at the various optical interfaces before a detector can have significant implications to the science at hand. Moth-eye AR coatings on these optical interfaces may minimize their reflection losses while maximizing light throughput for a multitude of different astronomical instruments. In addition, moth-eye AR coatings, which are patterned directly on silicon surfaces, can significantly enhance the coating durability. At the University of Florida, we tested two moth-eye filters designed for use in the near-infrared regime at 1-8 microns by examining their optical properties, such as transmission, the scattered light, and wavefront quality, and testing the coatings at cryogenic temperatures to characterize their viability for use in both ground- and space-based infrared instruments. This presentation will report our lab evaluation results.

  16. Improved power conversion efficiency for dye-sensitized solar cells using a subwavelength-structured antireflective coating

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    Chou, Chun-Chi; Tsao, Kuan-Yi; Wu, Chih-Chung; Yang, Hongta; Chen, Chih-Ming

    2015-02-01

    Large-scale, subwavelength-structured nanodome arrays were successfully fabricated using simple, scalable bottom-up colloidal (nanosphere) lithography on a glass substrate as an efficient antireflective photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A self-assembled monolayer of close-packed colloidal crystals (silica) was used as a structural template to pattern the two-dimensional subwavelength-structured nanodome arrays, which function as an efficient antireflective coating due to the graded refractive index across the interface between the air and specific nanodome array structure. The light harvesting for a DSSC with a subwavelength-structured antireflective coating was enhanced due to the improved broadband antireflectivity. Adjusting the nanodome size yielded a short-circuit current density (JSC) of 15.88 mA/cm2 with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.82%, which were both better than the reference cell without a subwavelength-structured antireflective coating (JSC = 15.26 mA/cm2 and PCE = 8.45%).

  17. Deep reactive ion etched anti-reflection coatings for sub-millimeter silicon optics.

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    Gallardo, Patricio A; Koopman, Brian J; Cothard, Nicholas F; Bruno, Sarah Marie M; Cortes-Medellin, German; Marchetti, Galen; Miller, Kevin H; Mockler, Brenna; Niemack, Michael D; Stacey, Gordon; Wollack, Edward J

    2017-04-01

    Refractive optical elements are widely used in millimeter and sub-millimeter (sub-mm) astronomical telescopes. High-resistivity silicon is an excellent material for dielectric lenses given its low loss tangent, high thermal conductivity, and high index of refraction. The high index of refraction of silicon causes a large Fresnel reflectance at the vacuum-silicon interface (up to 30%), which can be reduced with an anti-reflection (AR) coating. In this work, we report techniques for efficiently AR coating silicon at sub-mm wavelengths using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) and bonding the coated silicon to another silicon optic. Silicon wafers of 100 mm diameter (1 mm thick) were coated and bonded using the silicon direct bonding technique at high temperature (1100°C). No glue is used in this process. Optical tests using a Fourier transform spectrometer show sub-percent reflections for a single-layer DRIE AR coating designed for use at 320 μm on a single wafer. Cryogenic (10 K) measurements of a bonded pair of AR-coated wafers also reached sub-percent reflections. A prototype two-layer DRIE AR coating to reduce reflections and increase bandwidth is presented, and plans for extending this approach are discussed.

  18. The design of broad band anti-reflection coatings for solar cell applications

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    Siva Rama Krishna, Angirekula; Sabat, Samrat Lagnajeet; Ghanashyam Krishna, Mamidipudi

    2017-01-01

    The design of broadband anti-reflection coatings (ARCs) for solar cell applications using multiobjective differential evolutionary (MODE) algorithms is reported. The effect of thickness and refractive index contrast within the layers of the ARC on the bandwidth of reflectance is investigated in detail. In the case of the hybrid plasmonic ARC structures the effect of size, shape and filling fraction of silver (Ag) nanoparticles on the reflectance is studied. Bandwidth is defined as the spectral region of wavelengths over which the reflectance is below 2%. Single, two and three layers ARCs (consisting of MgF2, Al2O3, Si3N4, TiO2 and ZnS or combinations of these materials) were simulated for performance evaluation on an a-Si photovoltaic cell. It is observed that the three layer ARC consisting of MgF2/Si3N4/TiO2(ZnTe) of 81/42/36 nm thicknesses, respectively, exhibited a weighted reflectance of 1.9% with a bandwidth of 450 nm over the wavelength range of 300-900 nm. The ARC bandwidth could be further improved by embedding randomly distributed Ag nanoparticles of size between 100 and 120 nm on a two layer ARC consisting of Al2O3/TiO2 with thickness of 42 nm and 56 nm respectively. This plasmon-dielectric hybrid ARC design exhibited a weighted reflectance of 0.6% with a bandwidth of 560 nm over the wavelength range of 300-900 nm.

  19. Multifunctional antireflection coatings based on novel hollow silica-silica nanocomposites.

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    Zhang, Xianpeng; Lan, Pinjun; Lu, Yuehui; Li, Jia; Xu, Hua; Zhang, Jing; Lee, YoungPak; Rhee, Joo Yull; Choy, Kwang-Leong; Song, Weijie

    2014-02-12

    Antireflection (AR) coatings that exhibit multifunctional characteristics, including high transparency, robust resistance to moisture, high hardness, and antifogging properties, were developed based on hollow silica-silica nanocomposites. These novel nanocomposite coatings with a closed-pore structure, consisting of hollow silica nanospheres (HSNs) infiltrated with an acid-catalyzed silica sol (ACSS), were fabricated using a low-cost sol-gel dip-coating method. The refractive index of the nanocomposite coatings was tailored by controlling the amount of ACSS infiltrated into the HSNs during synthesis. Photovoltaic transmittance (TPV) values of 96.86-97.34% were obtained over a broad range of wavelengths, from 300 to 1200 nm; these values were close to the theoretical limit for a lossy single-layered AR coating (97.72%). The nanocomposite coatings displayed a stable TPV, with degradation values of less than 4% and 0.1% after highly accelerated temperature and humidity stress tests, and abrasion tests, respectively. In addition, the nanocomposite coatings had a hardness of approximately 1.6 GPa, while the porous silica coatings with an open-pore structure showed more severe degradation and had a lower hardness. The void fraction and surface roughness of the nanocomposite coatings could be controlled, which gave rise to near-superhydrophilic and antifogging characteristics. The promising results obtained in this study suggest that the nanocomposite coatings have the potential to be of benefit for the design, fabrication, and development of multifunctional AR coatings with both omnidirectional broadband transmission and long-term durability that are required for demanding outdoor applications in energy harvesting and optical instrumentation in extreme climates or humid conditions.

  20. ZnSe hollow nanospheres in mechanically stable near-IR antireflection coatings for ZnSe substrates.

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    Li, Chao; Luo, Rui-Chun; Mao, Yong-Qiang; Du, Xi-Wen; Yang, Jing

    2016-09-09

    Though possessing low absorption throughout a wide infrared (IR) spectral regime, owing to a high refractive index, zinc selenide substrates are generally covered by antireflection coatings (ARCs) for practical optical uses. However, achieving a high transmission of ZnSe substrates in the near-IR (NIR) region is still challenging. Herein, for the first time, colloidal ZnSe hollow nanospheres (HNSs) smaller than 100 nm were prepared and adopted to assemble ARCs for ZnSe substrates. The voiding kinetics of the HNSs was found to agree well with the nanoscale Kirkendall effect, and the self-diffusion of the Zn ion in the core was faster than its diffusion through the ZnSe shell. With single-index ARCs, the transmission of ZnSe substrates was remarkably enhanced in the NIR region, with up to an 18% increase at 840 nm. Besides, the ZnSe HNS-based ARCs showed superior mechanical stability even under violent ultrasonication in organic solutions. We expect that ZnSe HNSs will make it possible to construct graded-index ARCs to realize omnidirectional and broadband antireflection in IR, through further tuning of HNSs' void fraction.

  1. Reducing The Light Reflected by Silicon Surface Using ZnO/TS Antireflection Coating

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    Suhandi, Andi; Tayubi, Yuyu R.; Wibowo, Firmanul C.; Arifin, Pepen; Supriyatman

    2017-07-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films was coated on a texturized silicon (TS) surface using a spincoating technique. The TS layer was prepared by a wet etching method using 20 % KOH solution at temperature of 80°C for 5 minutes. To prepared precursor solution for ZnO layer, zinc acetate dehydrate, 2-methoxyethanol and monoethanolamine are used as a starting material, solvent and stabilizer, respectively. The XRD and SEM measurements confirmed that the thin films grown by spincoating technique have a single oriented crystal plane and homogenous surfaces. From photoluminescence measurement found that the optical band gap of grown films to be 3.44 eV. The optical reflectance of the grown films is characterized by UV-VIS spectrometry show that the presence of anti-reflection coating ZnO/TS is proven to reduce the reflection of solar radiation by silicon surface significantly.

  2. ITO films for antireflective and antistatic tube coatings prepared by d.c. magnetron sputtering

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    Loebl, H.P. [Philips Res. Labs., Aachen (Germany); Huppertz, M. [Philips Res. Labs., Aachen (Germany); Mergel, D. [University GH Essen, Fachbereich 7, Physik, D-45117, Essen (Germany)

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    A reactive d.c. magnetron sputtering process with relatively high oxygen flow suitable for antireflective and antistatic (ARAS) coatings on display tubes is described. The sputtering conditions and their influence on optical, structural and electrical properties of indium tin oxide (ITO) films are discussed and compared with other ITO sputtering processes from a metallic target. Emphasis is placed on the relation between microstructure, defect structure and conductivity, and on the determination of the optimal process conditions for obtaining fine-grained films for optical applications that can withstand the 460 C heat treatment during tube assembly. As an example, a simple three-layer broadband ARAS coating is investigated, consisting of a transparent conductive ITO layer, a TiO{sub 2} layer and a SiO{sub 2} layer on top. (orig.)

  3. Nearly zero reflectance of nano-pyramids and dual-antireflection coating structure for monocrystalline silicon solar cells.

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    Chang, Hyo Sik; Jung, Hyun-Chul

    2011-04-01

    The effect of two-step surface treatment on monocrystalline silicon solar cells was investigated. We changed the nanostructure on pyramidal surfaces by wet nano-texturing so that less light is reflected. The two-step nano-texturing process reduces the average reflectance to about 4% in the 300-1100 nm wavelength region. The use of an antireflection coating resulted in an effective reflectance of 1%. We found that the reflectance obtained by wet nano-texturing was lower than that obtained by conventional alkaline texturing. Thus, we can expect a further increase in the efficiency of silicon solar cells with two-step nano-texturing by a wet chemical process.

  4. Deep Reactive Ion Etched Anti-Reflection Coatings for Sub-millimeter Silicon Optics

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    Gallardo, Patricio A; Cothard, Nicholas; Bruno, Sarah Marie M; Cortes-Medellin, German; Marchetti, Galen; Miller, Kevin H; Mockler, Brenna; Niemack, Michael D; Stacey, Gordon; Wollack, Edward J

    2016-01-01

    Refractive optical elements are widely used in millimeter and sub-millimeter astronomical telescopes. High resistivity silicon is an excellent material for dielectric lenses given its low loss-tangent, high thermal conductivity and high index of refraction. The high index of refraction of silicon causes a large Fresnel reflectance at the vacuum-silicon interface (up to 30%), which can be reduced with an anti-reflection (AR) coating. In this work we report techniques for efficiently AR coating silicon at sub-millimeter wavelengths using Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE) and bonding the coated silicon to another silicon optic. Silicon wafers of 100 mm diameter (1 mm thick) were coated and bonded using the Silicon Direct Bonding technique at high temperature (1100 C). No glue is used in this process. Optical tests using a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) show sub-percent reflections for a single-layer DRIE AR coating designed for use at 320 microns on a single wafer. Cryogenic (10 K) measurements of a bonded ...

  5. Large-aperture wide-bandwidth antireflection-coated silicon lenses for millimeter wavelengths

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    Datta, R; Niemack, M D; McMahon, J J; Britton, J; Wollack, E J; Beall, J; Devlin, M J; Fowler, J; Gallardo, P; Hubmayr, J; Irwin, K; Newburgh, L; Nibarger, J P; Page, L; Quijada, M A; Schmitt, B L; Staggs, S T; Thornton, R; Zhang, L

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    The increasing scale of cryogenic detector arrays for sub-millimeter and millimeter wavelength astrophysics has led to the need for large aperture, high index of refraction, low loss, cryogenic refracting optics. Silicon with n = 3.4, low loss, and relatively high thermal conductivity is a nearly optimal material for these purposes, but requires an antireflection (AR) coating with broad bandwidth, low loss, low reflectance, and a matched coefficient of thermal expansion. We present an AR coating for curved silicon optics comprised of subwavelength features cut into the lens surface with a custom three axis silicon dicing saw. These features constitute a metamaterial that behaves as a simple dielectric coating. We have fabricated and coated silicon lenses as large as 33.4 cm in diameter with coatings optimized for use between 125-165 GHz. Our design reduces average reflections to a few tenths of a percent for angles of incidence up to 30 degrees with low cross-polarization. We describe the design, tolerance, m...

  6. Multilayer antireflection coatings for the visible and near-infrared regions.

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    Shanbhogue, H G; Nagendra, C L; Annapurna, M N; Kumar, S A; Thutupalli, G K

    1997-09-01

    With a high-refractive-index mixed-oxide dielectric material of ZrTiO(4) and ZrO(2) [Substance H2 (Sub2) from E. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany], in combination with magnesium flouride (MgF(2)), design optimization and experimental production of low-loss antireflection (AR) coatings are carried out. Design-optimization studies that make use of these materials as constituents of a seven-layer coating system demonstrate that when the useful bandwidth of an AR coating is extended to cover a wider spectral range, the designs are in general found to have increased integrated reflection loss, higher ripple, and increased spectral instability. The experimental studies on Sub2 material show that the films have excellent optical performance over a wider process window, the advantage of which is demonstrated in the production of different AR coatings on a variety of glasses with refractive indices that range from 1.45 to 1.784 and different mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties. The manufacturing process of AR coatings shows a consistency better than 99% with respect to optical properties and durability.

  7. Highly transparent triboelectric nanogenerator for harvesting water-related energy reinforced by antireflection coating

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    Liang, Qijie; Yan, Xiaoqin; Gu, Yousong; Zhang, Kui; Liang, Mengyuan; Lu, Shengnan; Zheng, Xin; Zhang, Yue

    2015-03-01

    Water-related energy is an inexhaustible and renewable energy resource in our environment, which has huge amount of energy and is not largely dictated by daytime and sunlight. The transparent characteristic plays a key role in practical applications for some devices designed for harvesting water-related energy. In this paper, a highly transparent triboelectric nanogenerator (T-TENG) was designed to harvest the electrostatic energy from flowing water. The instantaneous output power density of the T-TENG is 11.56 mW/m2. Moreover, with the PTFE film acting as an antireflection coating, the maximum transmittance of the fabricated T-TENG is 87.4%, which is larger than that of individual glass substrate. The T-TENG can be integrated with silicon-based solar cell, building glass and car glass, which demonstrates its potential applications for harvesting waste water energy in our living environment and on smart home system and smart car system.

  8. A moisture-resistant antireflective coating by sol-gel process for neodymium-doped phosphate laser glass

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    Ruijun Liu; Ruoyu Zhan; Yongxing Tang; Jianqiang Zhu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Using methyl triethoxysilicane as precursor, a moisture-resistant coating for neodymium-doped laser glass was developed by the sol-gel process. Colloidal silica was added in coating solution as modifier. The refractive index of this coating varied from 1.31 to 1.42. A porous antireflective (AR) silica coating with the index of 1.27 was coated on the moisture-resistant coating surface. The two-layer coating possessed transmission up to 99.1% at wavelength of 966 nm, surface root-mean-square (RMS) roughness of 1.245nm, and roughness of average (RA) of 0.961 nm. In the case of laser of 1053-nm laser wavelength and 1-ns pulse duration, the damage threshold of the two-layer coatings was more than 15 J/cm2.

  9. Broadband anti-reflective and water-repellent coatings on glass substrates for self-cleaning photovoltaic cells

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    Li, Xiaoyu [Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory and Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancun Donglu 29, Haidianqu, Beijing 100190 (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); He, Junhui, E-mail: jhhe@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory and Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhongguancun Donglu 29, Haidianqu, Beijing 100190 (China); Liu, Weiyi [Institute of Optoelectronics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: High performance broadband antireflective and water-repellent coatings were fabricated on glass substrates, which can improve the short-circuit current of solar cells as much as 6.6% in comparison with glass substrates without the coatings. - Highlights: • Broadband anti-reflective and water-repellent coatings were fabricated. • Transmittance increased to 99.0%, significantly higher than that of commercial solar glasses. • The performance of standard solar cells with the AR coating was enhanced as much as 6.6%. - Abstract: High performance broadband antireflective (AR) and water-repellent coatings were fabricated on glass substrates by assembly of silica nanoparticles and polyelectrolytes via the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique, followed by calcination and hydrophobic modification. A porous poly(diallyladimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)/20 nm SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (S-20) multilayer coating with AR property was prepared first. The maximum transmittance is as high as 99.0%, while that of the glass substrate is only 91.3%. After calcination and hydrophobic modification, the coating became water-repellent while maintaining the good AR property. Such water-repellent AR coatings can improve the short-circuit current of solar cells as much as 6.6% in comparison with glass substrates without the coatings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the morphology and thickness of coatings. Transmission spectra and reflection spectra were characterized by UV–vis spectrophotometer. The surface wettability was studied by a contact angle/interface system.

  10. Breath Figure-Assisted Fabrication of Nanostructured Coating on Silicon Surface and Evaluation of Its Antireflection Power

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    Francesco Galeotti

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report our recent results on the fabrication of nanostructured polymer layers aimed at developing efficient antireflection coating on silicon. The proposed manufacturing approach is based on self-assembly and relies on breath figure formation. By simple and straightforward operations, we are able to produce different nanostructured coatings: densely packed nanodomes, randomly distributed nanopores, and multilayered close-packed nanopores. By optical reflectivity measurements on coated silicon wafers, we show that the latter type of nanostructure is able to reduce the reflectivity of standard silicon surface (≈40% at 450 nm to about 10%.

  11. Triple Layer Antireflection Design Concept for the Front Side of c-Si Heterojunction Solar Cell Based on the Antireflective Effect of nc-3C-SiC:H Emitter Layer

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    Erick Omondi Ateto

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the antireflective (AR effect of hydrogenated nanocrystalline cubic silicon carbide (nc-3C-SiC:H emitter and its application in the triple layer AR design for the front side of silicon heterojunction (SHJ solar cell. We found that the nc-3C-SiC:H emitter can serve both as an emitter and antireflective coating for SHJ solar cell, which enables us to realize the triple AR design by adding one additional dielectric layer to normally used SHJ structure with a transparent conductive oxide (TCO and an emitter layer. The optimized SHJ structure with the triple layer AR coating (LiF/ITO/nc-3C-SiC:H exhibit a short circuit current density (Jsc of 38.65 mA/cm2 and lower reflectivity of about 3.42% at wavelength range of 300 nm–1000 nm.

  12. Development of a Multi-layer Anti-reflective Coating for Gallium Arsenide/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells

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    2015-07-01

    Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells by Kimberley A Olver Approved for public release; distribution unlimited...Development of a Multi-layer Anti-reflective Coating for Gallium Arsenide/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells by Kimberley A Olver...Aluminum Gallium Arsenide (AlGaAs) Solar Cells 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Kimberley A Olver

  13. Application of CBD-Zinc Sulfide Film as an Antireflection Coating on Very Large Area Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cell

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    U. Gangopadhyay

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The low-cost chemical bath deposition (CBD technique is used to prepare CBD-ZnS films as antireflective (AR coating for multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The uniformity of CBD-ZnS film on large area of textured multicrystalline silicon surface is the major challenge of CBD technique. In the present work, attempts have been made for the first time to improve the rate of deposition and uniformity of deposited film by controlling film stoichiometry and refractive index and also to minimize reflection loss by proper optimization of molar percentage of different chemical constituents and deposition conditions. Reasonable values of film deposition rate (12.13 Å′/min., good film uniformity (standard deviation <1, and refractive index (2.35 along with a low percentage of average reflection (6-7% on a textured mc-Si surface are achieved with proper optimization of ZnS bath. 12.24% efficiency on large area (125 mm × 125 mm multicrystalline silicon solar cells with CBD-ZnS antireflection coating has been successfully fabricated. The viability of low-cost CBD-ZnS antireflection coating on large area multicrystalline silicon solar cell in the industrial production level is emphasized.

  14. Optical Properties of Spin-Coated TiO2 Antireflection Films on Textured Single-Crystalline Silicon Substrates

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    Ryosuke Watanabe

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Antireflection coating (ARC prepared by a wet process is beneficial for low cost fabrication of photovoltaic cells. In this study, we investigated optical properties and morphologies of spin-coated TiO2 ARCs on alkaline textured single-crystalline silicon wafers. Reflectance spectra of the spin-coated ARCs on alkaline textured silicon wafers exhibit no interferences and low reflectance values in the entire visible range. We modeled the structures of the spin-coated films for ray tracing numerical calculation and compared numerically calculated reflectance spectra with the experimental results. This is the first report to clarify the novel optical properties experimentally and theoretically. Optical properties of the spin-coated ARCs without interference are due to the fractional nonuniformity of the thickness of the spin-coated ARCs that cancels out the interference of the incident light.

  15. An effective reflectance method for designing broadband antireflection films coupled with solar cells

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    Zhan Feng; He Ji-Fang; Shang Xiang-Jun; Li Mi-Feng; Ni Hai-Qiao; Xu Ying-Qiang; Niu Zhi-Chuan

    2012-01-01

    The solar spectrum covers a broad wavelength range,which requires that antireflection coating (ARC) is effective over a relatively wide wavelength range for more incident light coming into the cell.In this paper,we present two methods to measure the composite reflection of SiO2/ZnS double-layer ARC in the wavelength ranges of 300-870 nm (dualjunction) and 300-1850 nm (triple-junction),under the solar spectrum AM0.In order to give sufficient consideration to the ARC coupled with the window layer and the dispersion effect of the refractive index of each layer,we use multidimensional matrix data for reliable simulation.A comparison between the results obtained from the weighted-average reflectance (WAR) method commonly used and that from the effective-average reflectance (EAR) method introduced here shows that the optimized ARC through minimizing the effective-average reflectance is convenient and available.

  16. Broadband millimeter-wave anti-reflection coatings on silicon using pyramidal sub-wavelength structures

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    Young, Karl; Wen, Qi; Hanany, Shaul; Imada, Hiroaki; Koch, Jürgen; Matsumura, Tomotake; Suttmann, Oliver; Schütz, Viktor

    2017-06-01

    We used two novel approaches to produce sub-wavelength structure anti-reflection coatings on silicon for millimeter and sub-millimeter wave bands: picosecond laser ablation and dicing with beveled saws. We produced pyramidal structures with both techniques. The diced sample, machined on only one side, had a pitch and a height of 350 μm and 972 μm, respectively. The two laser ablated samples had a pitch of 180 μm and heights of 720 μm and 580 μm; only one of these samples was ablated on both sides. We present measurements of shape and optical performances and comparisons to the optical performance predicted using finite element analysis and rigorous coupled wave analysis. By extending the measured performance of the one-sided diced sample to the two-sided case, we demonstrate a 25% band averaged reflectance of less than 5% over a bandwidth of 97% centered on 170 GHz. Using the two-sided laser ablation sample, we demonstrate a reflectance of less than 5% over a bandwidth of 83% centered on 346 GHz.

  17. Composite Reflective Absorptive IR-Blocking Filters Embedded in Metamaterial Antireflection Coated Silicon

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    Munson, C. D.; Choi, S. K.; Coughlin, K. P.; McMahon, J. J.; Miller, K. H.; Page, L. A.; Wollack, E. J.

    2017-01-01

    Infrared (IR)-blocking filters are crucial for controlling the radiative loading on cryogenic systems and for optimizing the sensitivity of bolometric detectors in the far-IR. We present a new IR filter approach based on a combination of patterned frequency-selective structures on silicon and a thin (2575 micron thick) absorptive composite based on powdered reststrahlen absorbing materials. For a 300 K blackbody, this combination reflects approximately 50% of the incoming light and blocks greater than.99.8% of the total power with negligible thermal gradients and excellent low-frequency transmission. This allows a reduction in the IR thermal loading to negligible levels in a single cold filter. These composite filters are fabricated on silicon substrates, which provide excellent thermal transport laterally through the filter and ensure that the entire area of the absorptive filter stays near the bath temperature. A metamaterial antireflection coating cut into these substrates reduces in-band reflections to below 1%, and the in-band absorption of the powder mix is below 1% for signal bands below 750 GHz. This type of filter can be directly incorporated into silicon refractive optical elements.

  18. Localized dielectric breakdown and antireflection coating in metal-oxide-semiconductor photoelectrodes

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    Ji, Li; Hsu, Hsien-Yi; Li, Xiaohan; Huang, Kai; Zhang, Ye; Lee, Jack C.; Bard, Allen J.; Yu, Edward T.

    2017-01-01

    Silicon-based photoelectrodes for solar fuel production have attracted great interest over the past decade, with the major challenge being silicon's vulnerability to corrosion. A metal-insulator-semiconductor architecture, in which an insulator film serves as a protection layer, can prevent corrosion but must also allow low-resistance carrier transport, generally leading to a trade-off between stability and efficiency. In this work, we propose and demonstrate a general method to decouple the two roles of the insulator by employing localized dielectric breakdown. This approach allows the insulator to be thick, which enhances stability, while enabling low-resistance carrier transport as required for efficiency. This method can be applied to various oxides, such as SiO2 and Al2O3. In addition, it is suitable for silicon, III-V compounds, and other optical absorbers for both photocathodes and photoanodes. Finally, the thick metal-oxide layer can serve as a thin-film antireflection coating, which increases light absorption efficiency.

  19. Low-temperature grown indium oxide nanowire-based antireflection coatings for multi-crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Wang, Yu-Cian; Chen, Chih-Yao; Chen, I Chen [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan (China); Kuo, Cheng-Wen; Kuan, Ta-Ming; Yu, Cheng-Yeh [TSEC Corporation, Hsinchu (China)

    2016-08-15

    Light harvesting by indium oxide nanowires (InO NWs) as an antireflection layer on multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cells has been investigated. The low-temperature growth of InO NWs was performed in electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma with an O{sub 2}-Ar system using indium nanocrystals as seed particles via the self-catalyzed growth mechanism. The size-dependence of antireflection properties of InO NWs was studied. A considerable enhancement in short-circuit current (from 35.39 to 38.33 mA cm{sup -2}) without deterioration of other performance parameters is observed for mc-Si solar cells coated with InO NWs. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Antireflective bilayer coatings based on Al2O3 film for UV region

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    Marszałek Konstanty

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Bilayer antireflective coatings consisting of aluminium oxide Al2O3/MgF2 and Al2O3/SiO2 are presented in this paper. Oxide films were deposited by means of e-gun evaporation in vacuum of 5 × 10-3 Pa in the presence of oxygen, and magnesium fluoride was prepared by thermal evaporation on heated optical lenses made from quartz glass (Corning HPFS. Substrate temperature was maintained at 250 _C during the deposition. Thickness and deposition rate were controlled with a thickness measuring system Inficon XTC/2. The experimental results of the optical measurements carried out during and after the deposition process have been presented. Physical thickness measurements were made during the deposition process and resulted in 44 nm/52 nm for Al2O3/MgF2 and 44 nm/50 nm for Al2O3/SiO2 system. Optimization was carried out for ultraviolet region with minimum of reflectance at 300 nm. The influence of post deposition annealing on the crystal structure was determined by X-ray measurements. In the range from ultraviolet to the beginning of visible region, the reflectance of both systems decreased and reached minimum at 290 nm. The value of reflectance at this point, for the coating Al2O3/MgF2 was equal to R290nm = 0.6 % and for Al2O3/SiO2R290nm = 1.1 %. Despite the difference between these values both are sufficient for applications in the UV optical systems for medicine and UV laser technology.

  1. Design and fabrication of anti-reflection coating on Gallium Phosphide, Zinc Selenide and Zinc Sulfide substrates for visible and infrared application

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    Mokrý P.

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Results of design and fabrication of a dual-band anti-reflection coating on a gallium phosphide (GaP, zinc selenide (ZnSe and zinc sulfide (ZnS substrates are presented. A multilayer stack structure of antireflection coatings made of zinc sulfide and yttrium fluoride (YF3 was theoretically designed for optical bands between 0.8 and 0.9 μm and between 9.5 and 10.5 μm. This stack was designed as efficient for these materials (GaP, ZnS, ZnSe together. Multilayer stack structure was deposited using thermal evaporation method. Theoretically predicted transmittance spectra were compared with transmitted spectra measured on coated substrates. Efficiency of anti-reflection coating is estimated and discrepancies are analyzed and discussed.

  2. Single layer broadband anti-reflective coatings for plastic substrates produced by full wafer and roll-to-roll step-and-flash nano-imprint lithography

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    Burghoorn, M.M.A.; Roosen-Melsen, D.A.; Riet, J.F.J. de; Sabik, S.; Vroon, Z.A.E.P.; Yakimets, I.; Buskens, P.J.P.

    2013-01-01

    Anti-reflective coatings (ARCs) are used to lower the reflection of light on the surface of a substrate. Here, we demonstrate that the two main drawbacks of moth eye-structured ARCs-i.e., the lack of suitable coating materials and a process for large area, high volume applications-can be largely

  3. Reflective and antireflective coatings for the optical chain of the ASTRI SST-2M prototype

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    Bonnoli, Giacomo; Canestrari, Rodolfo; Catalano, Osvaldo; Pareschi, Giovanni; Perri, Luca; Stringhetti, Luca

    2013-09-01

    ASTRI is a Flagship Project of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, led by the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics, INAF. One of the main aims of the ASTRI Project is the design, construction and on-field verification of a dual mirror (2M) end-to-end prototype for the Small Size Telescope (SST) envisaged to become part of the Cherenkov Telescope Array. The ASTRI SST-2M prototype is designed according to the Schwarzschild-Couder optical scheme, and adopts a camera based on Silicon Photo Multipliers (SiPM); it will be assembled at the INAF astronomical site of Serra La Nave on mount Etna (Catania, Italy) in the second half of 2014, and will start scientific validation phase soon after. With its 4m wide primary dish, the telescope will be sensitive to multi-TeV Very High Energy (VHE) gamma rays up to 100 TeV and above, with a point spread function of ~2 arcminutes and a wide (semiaperture 4.8°) corrected field of view. The peculiarities of the optical design and of the SiPM bandpass pushed towards specifically optimized choices in terms of reflective coatings for both the primary and the secondary mirror. Fully dielectric multi-layer coatings have been developed and tested as an option for the primary mirror, aiming to filter out the large Night Sky Background contamination at wavelengths λ>~700 nm. On the other hand, for the large monolithic secondary mirror a simpler design with quartz-overcoated aluminium has been optimized for incidences far from normality. The conformation of the ASTRI camera in turn pushed towards the design of a reimaging system based on thin pyramidal light guides, that could be optionally integrated in the focal surface, aiming to increase the fill factor. An anti-reflective coating optimized for a wide range of incident angles faraway from normality was specifically developed to enhance the UV-optical transparency of these elements. The issues, strategy, simulations and experimental results are thoroughly

  4. Thermography and k-means clustering methods for anti-reflective coating film inspection: scratch and bubble defects

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    Zhou, Xunfei; Wang, Hongjin; Hsieh, Sheng-Jen (Tony)

    2016-05-01

    Anti-reflective coating is widely used on telescopes, eyeglasses and screens to effectively enhance the transmission of light. However, the presence of defects such as bubbles or scratches lowers the usability and functionality of optical film. Optical cameras are often used for coating inspection, but their accuracy relies heavily on the illumination source, camera viewing angles and defect location. This paper describes an active thermography approach that can potentially overcome this issue. Eighteen scratch and bubble defects were located on AR film with dimensions ranging from 0.03mm to 4.4 mm. An infrared camera was used to capture thermal images of those defects over 65 seconds of heating. After the thermal images were acquired, time-domain analysis and space-domain analysis were conducted and k-means clustering methodology was used to highlight the defective area. Results suggest active thermography can be used to detect scratch defects with widths of 0.03mm to 4.40 mm and bubble defects with diameters ranging from 0.08 to 4 mm. For defects with dimensions larger than 0.4 mm, our algorithm can estimate the dimension with less than 15% bias. However, for defects with dimensions less than 0.4mm, the algorithm estimation error ranged from 68% to 900% due to camera resolution limitations. It should be noted that our algorithm can still distinguish a scratch defect with a width of less than one pixel. This study also suggests active thermography can detect scratch and bubble defects regardless of the location of the illumination source.

  5. Laser damage initiation and growth of antireflection coated S-FAP crystal surfaces prepared by pitch lap and magnetorheological finishing

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    Stolz, C J; Menapace, J A; Schaffers, K I; Bibeau, C; Thomas, M D; Griffin, A J

    2005-10-31

    Antireflection (AR) coatings typically damage at the interface between the substrate and coating. Therefore the substrate finishing technology can have an impact on the laser resistance of the coating. For this study, AR coatings were deposited on Yb:S-FAP [Yb{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F] crystals that received a final polish by both conventional pitch lap finishing as well as magnetorheological finishing (MRF). SEM images of the damage morphology reveals laser damage originates at scratches and at substrate coating interfacial absorbing defects. Previous damage stability tests on multilayer mirror coatings and bare surfaces revealed damage growth can occur at fluences below the initiation fluence. The results from this study suggest the opposite trend for AR coatings. Investigation of unstable HR and uncoated surface damage morphologies reveals significant radial cracking that is not apparent with AR damage due to AR delamination from the coated surface with few apparent cracks at the damage boundary. Damage stability tests show that coated Yb:S-FAP crystals can operate at 1057 nm at fluences around 20 J/cm{sup 2} at 10 ns; almost twice the initiation damage threshold.

  6. Simple, Fast, and Cost-Effective Fabrication of Wafer-Scale Nanohole Arrays on Silicon for Antireflection

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    Di Di

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple, fast, and cost-effective method was developed in this paper for the high-throughput fabrication of nanohole arrays on silicon (Si, which is utilized for antireflection. Wafer-scale polystyrene (PS monolayer colloidal crystal was developed as templates by spin-coating method. Metallic shadow mask was prepared by lifting off the oxygen etched PS beads from the deposited chromium film. Nanohole arrays were fabricated by Si dry etching. A series of nanohole arrays were fabricated with the similar diameter but with different depth. It is found that the maximum depth of the Si-hole was determined by the diameter of the Cr-mask. The antireflection ability of these Si-hole arrays was investigated. The results show that the reflection decreases with the depth of the Si-hole. The deepest Si-hole arrays show the best antireflection ability (reflection 600 nm, which was about 28 percent of the nonpatterned silicon wafer’s reflection. The proposed method has the potential for high-throughput fabrication of patterned Si wafer, and the low reflectivity allows the application of these wafers in crystalline silicon solar cells.

  7. Single mode operation and extended scanning of anti-reflection coated visible laser diodes in a Littrow cavity

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    Lonsdale, D. J.; Andrews, D. A.; King, T. A.

    2004-05-01

    A method to increase the mode-hop-free tuning range is presented that is suitable for application with visible and short wavelength laser diodes, and relaxes the requirement on high tolerance mechanical components. Depending on the diode and cavity, the theory predicts an improvement of up to eight times the FSR of the extended cavity. In our system, an anti-reflection coated AlGaInP laser diode showed a mode-hop-free scan of 8 GHz, which is characteristic for the wavelength used in the device. Greater scanning ranges are predicted for shorter wavelength sources.

  8. Wide band antireflective coatings Al2O3 / HfO2 / MgF2 for UV region

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    Winkowski, P.; Marszałek, Konstanty W.

    2013-07-01

    Deposition technology of the three layers antireflective coatings consists of hafnium compound are presented in this paper. Oxide films were deposited by means of e-gun evaporation in vacuum of 5x10-5 mbar in presence of oxygen and fluoride films by thermal evaporation. Substrate temperature was 250°C. Coatings were deposited onto optical lenses made from quartz glass (Corning HPFS). Thickness and deposition rate were controlled by thickness measuring system Inficon XTC/2. Simulations leading to optimization of thickness and experimental results of optical measurements carried during and after deposition process were presented. Physical thickness measurements were made during deposition process and were equal to 43 nm/74 nm/51 nm for Al2O3 / HfO2 / MgF2 respectively. Optimization was carried out for ultraviolet region from 230nm to the beginning of visible region 400 nm. In this region the average reflectance of the antireflective coating was less than 0.5% in the whole range of application.

  9. SiO2 Antireflection Coatings Fabricated by Electron-Beam Evaporation for Black Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Minghua Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work we prepared double-layer antireflection coatings (DARC by using the SiO2/SiNx:H heterostructure design. SiO2 thin films were deposited by electron-beam evaporation on the conventional solar cell with SiNx:H single-layer antireflection coatings (SARC, while to avoid the coverage of SiO2 on the front side busbars, a steel mask was utilized as the shelter. The thickness of the SiNx:H as bottom layer was fixed at 80 nm, and the varied thicknesses of the SiO2 as top layer were 105 nm and 122 nm. The results show that the SiO2/SiNx:H DARC have a much lower reflectance and higher external quantum efficiency (EQE in short wavelengths compared with the SiNx:H SARC. A higher energy conversion efficiency of 17.80% was obtained for solar cells with SiO2 (105 nm/SiNx:H (80 nm DARC, an absolute conversion efficiency increase of 0.32% compared with the conventional single SiNx:H-coated cells.

  10. A simplified method for generating periodic nanostructures by interference lithography without the use of an anti-reflection coating

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    Kapon, Omree; Muallem, Merav; Palatnik, Alex; Aviv, Hagit; Tischler, Yaakov R. [Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 5920002 (Israel); Bar-Ilan University Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Ramat-Gan 5920002 (Israel)

    2015-11-16

    Interference lithography has proven to be a useful technique for generating periodic sub-diffraction limited nanostructures. Interference lithography can be implemented by exposing a photoresist polymer to laser light using a two-beam arrangement or more simply a one beam configuration based on a Lloyd's Mirror Interferometer. For typical photoresist layers, an anti-reflection coating must be deposited on the substrate to prevent adverse reflections from cancelling the holographic pattern of the interfering beams. For silicon substrates, such coatings are typically multilayered and complex in composition. By thinning the photoresist layer to a thickness well below the quarter wavelength of the exposing beam, we demonstrate that interference gratings can be generated without an anti-reflection coating on the substrate. We used ammonium dichromate doped polyvinyl alcohol as the positive photoresist because it provides excellent pinhole free layers down to thicknesses of 40 nm, and can be cross-linked by a low-cost single mode 457 nm laser, and can be etched in water. Gratings with a period of 320 nm and depth of 4 nm were realized, as well as a variety of morphologies depending on the photoresist thickness. This simplified interference lithography technique promises to be useful for generating periodic nanostructures with high fidelity and minimal substrate treatments.

  11. A simplified method for generating periodic nanostructures by interference lithography without the use of an anti-reflection coating

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    Kapon, Omree; Muallem, Merav; Palatnik, Alex; Aviv, Hagit; Tischler, Yaakov. R.

    2015-11-01

    Interference lithography has proven to be a useful technique for generating periodic sub-diffraction limited nanostructures. Interference lithography can be implemented by exposing a photoresist polymer to laser light using a two-beam arrangement or more simply a one beam configuration based on a Lloyd's Mirror Interferometer. For typical photoresist layers, an anti-reflection coating must be deposited on the substrate to prevent adverse reflections from cancelling the holographic pattern of the interfering beams. For silicon substrates, such coatings are typically multilayered and complex in composition. By thinning the photoresist layer to a thickness well below the quarter wavelength of the exposing beam, we demonstrate that interference gratings can be generated without an anti-reflection coating on the substrate. We used ammonium dichromate doped polyvinyl alcohol as the positive photoresist because it provides excellent pinhole free layers down to thicknesses of 40 nm, and can be cross-linked by a low-cost single mode 457 nm laser, and can be etched in water. Gratings with a period of 320 nm and depth of 4 nm were realized, as well as a variety of morphologies depending on the photoresist thickness. This simplified interference lithography technique promises to be useful for generating periodic nanostructures with high fidelity and minimal substrate treatments.

  12. Effective antireflection properties of porous silicon nanowires for photovoltaic applications

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    Najar, Adel

    2013-01-01

    Porous silicon nanowires (PSiNWs) have been prepared by metal-assisted chemical etching method on the n-Si substrate. The presence of nano-pores with pore size ranging between 10-50nm in SiNWs was confirmed by electron tomography (ET) in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). The PSiNWs give strong photoluminescence peak at red wavelength. Ultra-low reflectance of <5% span over wavelength 250 nm to 1050 nm has been measured. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method has been employed to model the optical reflectance for both Si wafer and PSiNWs. Our calculation results are in agreement with the measured reflectance from nanowires length of 6 µm and 60% porosity. The low reflectance is attributed to the effective graded index of PSiNWs and enhancement of multiple optical scattering from the pores and nanowires. PSiNW structures with low surface reflectance can potentially serve as an antireflection layer for Si-based photovoltaic devices.

  13. Graphene oxide as a p-dopant and an anti-reflection coating layer, in graphene/silicon solar cells

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    Yavuz, S.; Kuru, C.; Choi, D.; Kargar, A.; Jin, S.; Bandaru, P. R.

    2016-03-01

    It is shown that coating graphene-silicon (Gr/Si) Schottky junction based solar cells with graphene oxide (GO) improves the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the cells, while demonstrating unprecedented device stability. The PCE has been shown to be increased to 10.6% (at incident radiation of 100 mW cm-2) for the Gr/Si solar cell with an optimal GO coating thickness compared to 3.6% for a bare/uncoated Gr/Si solar cell. The p-doping of graphene by the GO, which also serves as an antireflection coating (ARC) has been shown to be a main contributing factor to the enhanced PCE. A simple spin coating process has been used to apply GO with thickness commensurate with an anti-refection coating (ARC) and indicates the suitability of the developed methodology for large-scale solar cell assembly.It is shown that coating graphene-silicon (Gr/Si) Schottky junction based solar cells with graphene oxide (GO) improves the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the cells, while demonstrating unprecedented device stability. The PCE has been shown to be increased to 10.6% (at incident radiation of 100 mW cm-2) for the Gr/Si solar cell with an optimal GO coating thickness compared to 3.6% for a bare/uncoated Gr/Si solar cell. The p-doping of graphene by the GO, which also serves as an antireflection coating (ARC) has been shown to be a main contributing factor to the enhanced PCE. A simple spin coating process has been used to apply GO with thickness commensurate with an anti-refection coating (ARC) and indicates the suitability of the developed methodology for large-scale solar cell assembly. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: (i) Experimental methods, (ii) optical images of devices with and without graphene oxide (GO), (iii) comparison of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) due to the GO coating and nitric acid doping, (iv) specular and diffuse reflectance measurements, (v) stability data of pristine graphene/silicon (Gr/Si) solar cells. See DOI: 10.1039/c5

  14. Two-layer anti-reflection coating with mullite and polyimide foam for large-diameter cryogenic infrared filters.

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    Inoue, Yuki; Hamada, Takaho; Hasegawa, Masaya; Hazumi, Masashi; Hori, Yasuto; Suzuki, Aritoki; Tomaru, Takayuki; Matsumura, Tomotake; Sakata, Toshifumi; Minamoto, Tomoyuki; Hirai, Tohru

    2016-12-01

    We have developed a novel two-layer anti-reflection (AR) coating method for large-diameter infrared (IR) filters made of alumina, for use at cryogenic temperatures in millimeter wave measurements. Thermally sprayed mullite and polyimide foam (Skybond Foam) are used as the AR material. An advantage of the Skybond Foam is that the index of refraction is chosen between 1.1 and 1.7 by changing the filling factor. Combination with mullite is suitable for wide-band millimeter wave measurements with sufficient IR cutoff capability. We present the material properties, fabrication of a large-diameter IR filter made of alumina with this AR coating method, and characterizations at cryogenic temperatures. This technology can be applied to a low-temperature receiver system with a large-diameter focal plane for next-generation cosmic microwave background polarization measurements, such as POLARBEAR-2 (PB-2).

  15. Two-layer anti-reflection coating with mullite and polyimide foam for large-diameter cryogenic infrared filters

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    Inoue, Yuki; Hasegawa, Masaya; Hazumi, Masashi; Hori, Yasuto; Suzuki, Aritoki; Tomaru, Takayuki; Matsumura, Tomotake; Sakata, Toshifumi; Minamoto, Tomoyuki; Hirai, Tohru

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a novel two-layer anti-reflection (AR) coating method for large-diameter infrared (IR) filters made of alumina, for the use at cryogenic temperatures in millimeter wave measurements. Thermally- sprayed mullite and polyimide foam (Skybond Foam) are used as the AR material. An advantage of the Skybond Foam is that the index of refraction is chosen between 1.1 and 1.7 by changing the filling factor. Combination with mullite is suitable for wide-band millimeter wave measurements with sufficient IR cutoff capability. We present the material properties, fabrication of a large-diameter IR filter made of alumina with this AR coating method, and characterizations at cryogenic temperatures. This technology can be applied to a low-temperature receiver system with a large-diameter focal plane for next-generation cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization measurements, such as POLARBEAR-2 (PB-2).

  16. Functional photocatalytically active and scratch resistant antireflective coating based on TiO2 and SiO2

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    Mazur, M.; Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J.; Song, S.; Gibson, D.; Placido, F.; Mazur, P.; Kalisz, M.; Poniedzialek, A.

    2016-09-01

    Antireflection (AR) multilayer coating, based on combination of five TiO2 and SiO2 thin films, was deposited by microwave assisted reactive magnetron sputtering process on microscope glass substrates. In this work X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and wettability measurements were used to characterize the structural and surface properties of the deposited coating. These studies revealed that prepared coating was amorphous with low surface roughness. Photocatalytic properties were determined based on phenol decomposition reaction. Measurements of optical properties showed that transmittance in the visible wavelength range was increased after the deposition of AR coating as-compared to bare glass substrate. The mechanical properties were determined on the basis of nano-indentation and scratch resistance tests. Performed research has shown that deposition of an additional thin 10 nm thick TiO2 thin film top layer, the prepared AR coating was photocatalytically active, hydrophobic, scratch resistant and had increased hardness as-compared to bare glass substrate. These results indicate that prepared AR multilayer could be used also as a self-cleaning and protective coating.

  17. Research Progress on Antireflection Coating for Silicon Solar Cells%硅太阳能电池减反射膜的研究进展

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    王彦青; 王秀峰; 江红涛; 门永

    2012-01-01

    综述了国内外对硅太阳能电池减反射膜的研究进展,包括减反射膜的种类、膜层结构、减反射原理以及减反射膜的制备方法,重点介绍了硅太阳能电池减反射膜的主要制备方法,并对比了各种制备方法的优缺点,指出新型制备技术和新膜系的选取是目前硅太阳能电池减反射膜的研究重点.最后讨论了硅太阳能电池减反射膜存在的问题,并提出进一步发展的方向.%The research progress of antireflection at home and abroad is summarized, including in antireflection materials, the structure of film, principle of antireflective and preparing technology, and the focus is placed on the preparing technology, advantages and disadvantages of each preparation methods is contrasted, new preparing technology and new film system are pointed out. At last, the existing problem of antireflection coating for silicon solar cells are discussed and the development trends of antireflection coating for silicon solar cells are forecasted.

  18. THE INFLUENCE OF PLASMONIC AND DIELECTRIC INCLUSIONS ON ANTIREFLECTIVE PROPERTIES OF HOMOGENEOUS COATINGS FOR SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC STRUCTURES

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Subject of Study. Theoretical analysis of the efficiency for the antireflective coatings based on plasmonic silver (Ag and dielectric silicon (Si nanoparticles is presented. We observe the increase of light absorption in the active layer, which is related to the optical resonant properties of considered nanoparticles. Characteristic property of the studied composite layer is its ability to combine the functions of electric contacts and anti-reflective coating. Method. Numerical calculations were performed in CST Microwave Studio with FDFD method (Finite Difference in Frequency Domain. The optical parameters of materials were extracted from the experimentally measured data available in literature. Geometrical parameters of composite layer – size and location of particles – were varied. Comparison of light absorption efficiency for different coatings on top of the active layer is presented: the homogeneous Indium Tin Oxide (ITO layer, ITO layer with the spherical nanoparticle inclusions on the ITO surface, ITO layer with spherical nanoparticle bulk inclusions. Periodical lattices of particles with sizes of range between 15 and 80 nm were considered. Nanoparticles of this size have dominant dipole response. Main Results. Numerical calculations have shown that nanoparticle inclusions cause significant deformation of the absorption spectra with appearing of resonant pecularities in the wavelength range equal to 300-800 nm. It originates from the nanoparticle resonant features, which are similar to the resonant features of isolated nanoparticles. Absorption in the active layer decreases sharply at the resonant wavelength. Resonant response of nanoparticles placed on the ITO surface differs significally from the isolated ones: the resonant frequency and Q-factor decrease. It was shown that absorption in the active layer decreases by 25 % when the size of Ag and Si particles increases. Ag nanoparticles, placed in ITO layer on top of the active layer

  19. Studies and testing of antireflective (AR) coatings for soda-lime glass. Final report

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    Pastirik, E.M.; Sparks, T.G.; Coleman, M.G.

    1978-05-01

    Experimental results on this feasibility study to establish processes for producing antireflection films on glass coverings for encapsulated solar cells are very encouraging. Efforts have been concentrated in three areas: acid etching of glass, plasma etching of glass, and acid development of sodium silicate films on glass. The best transmission to date has been achieved through the acid etching technique, while the most durable films have been produced from development of sodium silicate films. Control of the acid etching technique is presently inadequate for production implementation, and large scale application methods for sodium silicate films need further definition. While films having excellent antireflective properties have been fabricated by plasma etching techniques, all have been water soluble, disqualifying the films from a weatherability standpoint.

  20. Influence of Vacuum Organic Contaminations on Laser-Induced Damage of 1064 nm Anti-Reflective Coatings

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    CUI Yun; LIU Shi-Jie; HE Hong-Bo; ZHAO Yuan-An; SHAO Jian-Da; FAN Zheng-Xiu

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the influence of vacuum organic contaminations on laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of optical coatings. Anti-reflective (AR) coatings at 1064nm made by Ta2O5/SiO2 are deposited by the ion beam sputtering method. The LIDTs of AR coatings are measured in vacuum and in atmosphere, respectively. It is exhibited that contaminations in vacuum are easily to be absorbed onto optical surface because of lower pressure,and they become origins of damage, resulting in the decrease of LIDT from 24.5 J/cm2 in air to 15.7J/cm2 in vacuum. The LIDT of coatings in vacuum has is slightly changed compared with the value in atmosphere after the organic contaminations are wiped off. These results indicate that organic contaminations are the main reason of the LIDT decrease in vacuum. Additionally, damage morphologies have distinct changes from vacuum to atmosphere because of the differences between the residual stress and thermal decomposability of filmy materials.

  1. Self-organized TiO2 nanorod arrays on glass substrate for self-cleaning antireflection coatings.

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    Mu, Qinghui; Li, Yaogang; Wang, Hongzhi; Zhang, Qinghong

    2012-01-01

    Herein we report the direct fabrication of TiO(2) subwavelength structures with 1-dimensional TiO(2) nanorods on glass substrate through solvothermal process to form self-cleaning antireflection coatings. TiO(2) precursor solutions with different solvent constituents create TiO(2) nanorods with much different morphologies grown on glass substrates. Apiculate TiO(2) nanorods with vertical orientation are grown on the glass substrate which is solvothermally treated in the precursor solution containing ethylene glycol. This glass substrate exhibit the highest transmittance of 70-85% in the range of 520-800 nm and negligible absorption in visible light region (400-800 nm). Furthermore, the TiO(2) nanorod arrays show high hydrophobicity and photocatalytic degradation ability which offer the glass substrate self-cleaning properties for both hydrophilic and oily contaminants.

  2. Long term testing and evaluation of PV modules with and without Sunarc antireflective coating of the cover glass

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    Perers, Bengt; Furbo, Simon; Han, Jiangong

    2015-01-01

    Two Photovoltaic (PV) modules have been manufactured by Swemodule. One with Sunarc antireflective coated glass and one without glass surface treatment. The modules have been tested at DTU during 16 months under realistic outdoor conditions. Exactly the same polycrystalline cells were used...... in the modules. No cleaning of the glass has been made except for removal of bird droppings and leaves on single cells that could give a very wrong comparison. The PV modules were mounted due south at 45 degree tilt angle. They were connected to the electric grid with small 250W module inverters from Involar...... applications. In PV applications the slightly higher cell temperature, due to the higher transmittance of the glass for all solar wavelengths, reduces the potential electrical performance improvement....

  3. An abrasion-resistant and broadband antireflective silica coating by block copolymer assisted sol-gel method.

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    Zou, Liping; Li, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Qinghua; Shen, Jun

    2014-09-02

    A double-layer broadband antireflective (AR) coating was prepared on glass substrate via sol-gel process using two kinds of acid-catalyzed TEOS-derived silica sols. The relative dense layer with a porosity of ∼10% was obtained from an as-prepared sol, while the porous layer with a porosity of ∼55% was from a modified one with block copolymer (BCP) Pluronic F127 as template which results in abundant ordered mesopores. The two layers give rise to a reasonable refractive index gradient from air to the substrate and thus high transmittance in a wide wavelength range, and both of them have the same tough skeleton despite different porosity, for which each single-layer and the double-layer coatings all behaved well in the mechanical property tests. The high transmittance and the strong ability of resisting abrasion make this coating promising for applications in some harsh conditions. In addition, the preparation is simple, low-cost, time-saving, and flexible for realizing the optical property.

  4. Anti-reflection coatings on large area glass sheets. Final report, Motorola report No. 2366/4, DRD No. SE-5

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    Pastirik, E.

    1980-09-01

    Antireflective coatings which may be suitable for use on the covers of photovoltaic solar modules can be easily produced by a dipping process. The coatings are applied to glass by drawing sheets of glass vertically out of dilute aqueous sodium silicate solutions at a constant speed, allowing the adherent liquid film to dry, then exposing the dried film to concentrated sulfuric acid, followed by a water rinse and dry. The process produces coatings of good optical performance (96.7% peak transmission at 0.540 ..mu..M wavelength) combined with excellent stain and soil resistance, and good resistance to abrasion. The process is reproduceable and easily controlled.

  5. TiO2/Ni composite as antireflection coating for solar cell application

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    Haider, Adawiya J.; Najim, Aus A.; Muhi, Malik A. H.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) considered as one of the best material already used as a window in solar cells due to its antireflection capability. In this work, pure and Ni-doped (1, 3 and 5 wt%) TiO2 thin films were deposited using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The optical measurements obtained by UV-vis indicate that the highest optical band gap was found with (5%) doping level (Eg=3.82 eV), corresponding to a lower reflectance and higher transmittance. Empirical equations between energy band gap and concentration level, reflectance with energy band gap, refractive index and concentration have been determined; a perfect fit with the experimental data was obtained.

  6. Electrical and Optical Characterization of Sputtered Silicon Dioxide, Indium Tin Oxide, and Silicon Dioxide/Indium Tin Oxide Antireflection Coating on Single-Junction GaAs Solar Cells

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    Wen-Jeng Ho

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available This study characterized the electrical and optical properties of single-junction GaAs solar cells coated with antireflective layers of silicon dioxide (SiO2, indium tin oxide (ITO, and a hybrid layer of SiO2/ITO applied using Radio frequency (RF sputtering. The conductivity and transparency of the ITO film were characterized prior to application on GaAs cells. Reverse saturation-current and ideality factor were used to evaluate the passivation performance of the various coatings on GaAs solar cells. Optical reflectance and external quantum efficiency response were used to evaluate the antireflective performance of the coatings. Photovoltaic current-voltage measurements were used to confirm the efficiency enhancement obtained by the presence of the anti-reflective coatings. The conversion efficiency of the GaAs cells with an ITO antireflective coating (23.52% exceeded that of cells with a SiO2 antireflective coating (21.92%. Due to lower series resistance and higher short-circuit current-density, the carrier collection of the GaAs cell with ITO coating exceeded that of the cell with a SiO2/ITO coating.

  7. Reducing bottom anti-reflective coating (BARC) defects: optimizing and decoupling the filtration and dispense process

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    Brakensiek, Nickolas L.; Martin, Gary; Simmons, Sean; Batchelder, Traci

    2006-03-01

    Semiconductor device manufacturing is one of the cleanest manufacturing operations that can be found in the world today. It has to be that way; a particle on a wafer today can kill an entire device, which raises the costs, and therefore reduces the profits, of the manufacturing company in two ways: it must produce extra wafers to make up for the lost die, and it has less product to sell. In today's state-of-the-art fab, everything is filtered to the lowest pore size available. This practice is fairly easy for gases because a gas molecule is very small compared to the pore size of the filter. Filtering liquids, especially photochemicals such as photoresists and BARCs, can be much harder because the molecules that form the polymers used to manufacture the photochemicals are approaching the filter pore size. As a result, filters may plug up, filtration rates may drop, pressure drops across the filter may increase, or a filter may degrade. These conditions can then cause polymer shearing, microbubble formation, gel particle formation, and BARC chemical changes to occur before the BARC reaches the wafer. To investigate these possible interactions, an Entegris(R) IntelliGen(R) pump was installed on a TEL Mk8 TM track to see if the filtration process would have an effect on the BARC chemistry and coating defects. Various BARC chemicals such as DUV112 and DUV42P were pumped through various filter media having a variety of pore sizes at different filtration rates to investigate the interaction between the dispense process and the filtration process. The IntelliGen2 pump has the capability to filter the BARC independent of the dispense process. By using a designed experiment to look at various parameters such as dispense rate, filtration rate, and dispense volume, the effects of the complete pump system can be learned, and appropriate conditions can be applied to yield the cleanest BARC coating process. Results indicate that filtration rate and filter pore size play a

  8. Realization of Colored Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells with SiO2/SiNx:H Double Layer Antireflection Coatings

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    Minghua Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We presented a method to use SiO2/SiNx:H double layer antireflection coatings (DARC on acid textures to fabricate colored multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si solar cells. Firstly, we modeled the perceived colors and short-circuit current density (Jsc as a function of SiNx:H thickness for single layer SiNx:H, and as a function of SiO2 thickness for the case of SiO2/SiNx:H (DARC with fixed SiNx:H (refractive index n=2.1 at 633 nm, and thickness = 80 nm. The simulation results show that it is possible to achieve various colors by adjusting the thickness of SiO2 to avoid significant optical losses. Therefore, we carried out the experiments by using electron beam (e-beam evaporation to deposit a layer of SiO2 over the standard SiNx:H for 156×156 mm2 mc-Si solar cells which were fabricated by a conventional process. Semisphere reflectivity over 300 nm to 1100 nm and I-V measurements were performed for grey yellow, purple, deep blue, and green cells. The efficiency of colored SiO2/SiNx:H DARC cells is comparable to that of standard SiNx:H light blue cells, which shows the potential of colored cells in industrial applications.

  9. Optimal structure of light trapping in thin-film solar cells: dielectric nanoparticles or multilayer antireflection coatings?

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    Zhao, Yongxiang; Chen, Fei; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2014-08-10

    Recent research has found an alternative way to enhance light trapping of thin-film solar cells by using dielectric nanoparticles deposited on the cell surface. To improve the performance of light trapping, a systematic study on the influence of dielectric nanoparticles on enhancement efficiency is performed in this paper. We prove that the optimal dielectric nanoparticles are substantially equivalent to the multilayer antireflection coatings (ARCs) with a "low-high-low" dielectric constant profile. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the use of a simple two-layer SiO2/SiC ARC can reach 34.15% enhancement, which has exceeded the ideal limit of 32% of nanoparticles structure including plasmonic Ag nanoparticles, dielectric SiC, and TiO2 nanoparticles. That means the optimal multilayer ARCs structure is obviously superior to the optimal dielectric nanoparticles structure, and the deposition of a simple two-layer SiO2/SiC structure on top of a thin-film silicon solar cell can significantly enhance photoelectron generation and hence, result in superior performance of thin-film solar cells.

  10. Finite-difference time-domain simulations of fabricated black silicon nanostructures: Optimal geometries for an antireflective coating

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    Williamson, Adam [X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG, Erfurt (Germany); Technische Universitaet Ilmenau (Germany); Voerckel, Andreas [X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG, Erfurt (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Nano-structured silicon has received a growing and serious amount of interest in industrial technology and university research, particularly in regard to the possibility of such nanostructures in optics, with the primary interest here being black silicon as an anti-reflective coating (ARC) for photodiodes. Current literature now contains a wealth of morphological information to influence structure growth and shape in fluorine-based plasma etching in the presence of oxide-forming or fluorocarbon gas inhibitors. Using the computationally efficient grid-based differential time-domain numerical modeling of the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, approximations to Maxwell's equations are solved to model the optical properties of crystalline black silicon. Multiple geometries, from pillars to more pyramid and needle-like structures, are considered and results are correlated to actual scanning electron microscope (SEM) pictures with corresponding reflection measurements taken in a Cary 5000 UV*VIS spectrophotometer with accompanying integrating (Ulbricht) sphere from 200 nm to 800 nm to evaluate both diffuse and specular reflection from the silicon surface. Optimal geometries are simulated and the consequences for photodiode applications are discussed.

  11. Broad Bandwidth Meta-Material Antireflection Coatings for Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The effort's objective is to realize broadband low-reflectance coatings. The two key technical challenges are the design of the precision engineered materials...

  12. Nano-Enabled Low-Cost High-Performance UV Anti-Reflection Coatings Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Agiltron together with Prof. Michael Rubner's group at MIT is developing a new family of nanoporous, low refractive index coatings for next generation NASA UV...

  13. High-Quality Hollow Closed-Pore Silica Antireflection Coatings Based on Styrene-Acrylate Emulsion @ Organic-Inorganic Silica Precursor.

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    Guo, Zhaolong; Zhao, Haixin; Zhao, Wei; Wang, Tao; Kong, Depeng; Chen, Taojing; Zhang, Xiaoyan

    2016-05-11

    Making use of a facile and low-cost way for the preparation of a hierarchically organized novel hollow closed-pore silica antireflective coating (CHAR) with tailored optical properties and a mechanical reliability is of great interest in the field of solar photovoltaic technology. The process mainly contains two aspects: (1) a styrene-acrylate emulsion @ organic-inorganic silica precursor (SA@OISP) core/shell hierarchical nanostructure, consisting of a sacrificial styrene-acrylate (SA) primary template, was fabricated using a sol-gel method; (2) the self-assembly of the nanostructures leads to SA@OISP nanospheres forming the high-quality hollow closed-pore silica antireflection coating (CHAR) by a dip-coating process and a subsequent calcination treatment. The resulting SA@OISP nanospheres have a mean diameter of 65.2 nm and contained a SA soft core with a mean diameter of approximately 54.8 nm and an organic-inorganic silica precursor (OISP) shell with a thickness of approximately 6-10 nm. Furthermore, the prepared CHAR film exhibited a high transmittance and good ruggedness. An average transmittance (TAV) of 97.64% was obtained, and the value is close to the ideal single-layered antireflection coating (98.09%) over a broad range of wavelengths (from 380 to 1100 nm). The CHAR film showed a stable TAV, with attenuation values of less than 0.8% and 0.43% after the abrasion test and the damp heat test, respectively. The conversion efficiency of the CHAR coating cover solar modules tends to be increased by 3.75%. The promising results obtained in this study suggest that the CHAR film was considered as an essential component of the solar module and were expected to provide additional solar energy harvest under extreme outdoor climates.

  14. Design of a Three-Layer Antireflection Coating for High Efficiency Indium Phosphide Solar Cells Using a Chemical Oxide as First Layer

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    Moulot, Jacques; Faur, Mircea; Faur, Maria; Goradia, Chandra; Goradia, Manju; Bailey, Sheila

    1995-01-01

    It is well known that the behavior of III-V compound based solar cells is largely controlled by their surface, since the majority of light generated carriers (63% for GaAs and 79% for InP) are created within 0.2 microns of the illuminated surface of the cell. Consequently, the always observed high surface recombination velocity (SRV) on these cells is a serious limiting factor for their high efficiency performance, especially for those with the p-n junction made by either thermal diffusion or ion implantation. A good surface passivation layer, ideally, a grown oxide as opposed to a deposited one, will cause a significant reduction in the SRV without adding interface problems, thus improving the performance of III-V compound based solar cells. Another significant benefit to the overall performance of the solar cells can be achieved by a substantial reduction of their large surface optical reflection by the use of a well designed antireflection (AR) coating. In this paper, we demonstrate the effectiveness of using a chemically grown, thermally and chemically stable oxide, not only for surface passivation but also as an integral part of a 3- layer AR coating for thermally diffused p(+)n InP solar cells. A phosphorus-rich interfacial oxide, In(PO3)3, is grown at the surface of the p(+) emitter using an etchant based on HNO3, o-H3PO4 and H2O2. This oxide has the unique properties of passivating the surface as well as serving as a fairly efficient antireflective layer yielding a measured record high AM0, 25 C, open-circuit voltage of 890.3 mV on a thermally diffused InP(Cd,S) solar cell. Unlike conventional single layer AR coatings such as ZnS, Sb2O3, SiO or double layer AR coatings such as ZnS/MgF2 deposited by e-beam or resistive evaporation, this oxide preserves the stoichiometry of the InP surface. We show that it is possible to design a three-layer AR coating for a thermally diffused InP solar cell using the In(PO3)3 grown oxide as the first layer and Al2O3, MgF2 or

  15. Nanostructured antireflective bilayers: Optical design and preparation

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    Detrich, Ádám [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Centre for Colloid Chemistry, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary); Nagy, Norbert [Research Centre for Natural Sciences (MTA TTK), Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science (MFA), P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Nyári, Mária; Albert, Emőke; Zámbó, Dániel [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Centre for Colloid Chemistry, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary); Hórvölgyi, Zoltán, E-mail: zhorvolgyi@mail.bme.hu [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Centre for Colloid Chemistry, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary)

    2014-05-01

    We show different methods for tailoring and fabrication of various cost-effective antireflective nanocoatings on transparent and non-transparent substrates. The main purpose was to prepare coatings with decreased reflectance in the full visible wavelength range using simple wet layer deposition techniques. Structure of coatings was designed by optical simulations applying simplified calculations. The refractive index of substrates was also considered for the calculations. The advantageous optical properties were achieved by bilayered structures combining compact and porous sol–gel derived oxide layers and nanoparticulate films. The bilayered structures enhance the flexibility of design by not only the selection of the layer thicknesses but also by different ways of adjusting the effective refractive index of the layers. Furthermore, chemical stability of the coatings was also investigated. The optical and structural properties of prepared films and bilayered coatings were studied by UV–vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The transmittance of coated glass substrates was above 97.5%, while the reflectance of coated silicon substrates was below 4% between 450 nm and 900 nm. - Highlights: • Designed antireflective bilayered coatings on glass and silicon. • Simple, colloid chemical approaches to preparation. • Favorable optical properties by combining compact and porous oxide layers. • Different ways for adjusting the effective refractive index. • Strong chemical resistance against acidic effects.

  16. Self-cleaning antireflective coatings assembled from peculiar mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; Du, Xin; He, Junhui

    2010-08-17

    Novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles of peculiar shapes were synthesized, from which hierarchically porous silica coatings were fabricated on glass substrates via layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly, followed by calcination. These porous silica coatings were highly transparent and superhydrophilic. The maximum transmittance reached as high as 94%, whereas that of the glass substrate is 91%. The time for a droplet to spread lower than 5 degrees decreased to as short as 0.25 s. After the coating surface was treated with a low surface energy material, the surface became superhydrophobic (water contract angle >150 degrees) with a very low sliding angle of cleaning property. We used scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopy to observe the morphology and structure of nanoparticles and surfaces. Transmission spectra and their change with time were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometer. We studied the surface wettability by a contact angle/interface system. The influence of mesopores on the transmittance and wetting properties of coatings was discussed on the basis of experimental observations.

  17. Single Layer Broadband Anti-Reflective Coatings for Plastic Substrates Produced by Full Wafer and Roll-to-Roll Step-and-Flash Nano-Imprint Lithography

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    Pascal Buskens

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Anti-reflective coatings (ARCs are used to lower the reflection of light on the surface of a substrate. Here, we demonstrate that the two main drawbacks of moth eye-structured ARCs—i.e., the lack of suitable coating materials and a process for large area, high volume applications—can be largely eliminated, paving the way for cost-efficient and large-scale production of durable moth eye-structured ARCs on polymer substrates. We prepared moth eye coatings on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA and polycarbonate using wafer-by-wafer step-and-flash nano-imprint lithography (NIL. The reduction in reflection in the visible field achieved with these coatings was 3.5% and 4.0%, respectively. The adhesion of the coating to both substrates was good. The moth eye coating on PMMA demonstrated good performance in three prototypical accelerated ageing tests. The pencil hardness of the moth eye coatings on both substrates was <4B, which is less than required for most applications and needs further optimization. Additionally, we developed a roll-to-roll UV NIL pilot scale process and produced moth eye coatings on polyethylene terephthalate (PET at line speeds up to two meters per minute. The resulting coatings showed a good replication of the moth eye structures and, consequently, a lowering in reflection of the coated PET of 3.0%.

  18. Sol gel TiO2 antireflection coatings for silicon solar cells

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this paper was to investigate changes in surface morphology and optical reflection of thin films of titanium dioxide. Thin films were prepared using sol gel spin coating method.Design/methodology/approach: The microanalysis have been investigated by the Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy EDS. The changes in surface topography was observed by the atomic force microscope AFM and scanning electron microscope SEM. The results of roughness have been prepared in the software XEI Park Systems and optical reflection by the spectrometer UV/VIS.Findings: Results and their analysis allow to conclude that the titanium isopropoxide concentration in solution and spin speed, which is an important factor in spin coating technology has a significant influence on surface morphology and optical reflection of thin films titanium dioxide.Practical implications: Known sol gel titanium dioxide optical parameters and the possibility of obtaining a uniform thin films show that it can be good material for photovoltaic application.Originality/value: The paper presents some researches of titanium dioxide thin films deposited by sol gel spin coating method on monocrystalline silicon.

  19. Nanocrystalline ZnO film deposited by ultrasonic spray on textured silicon substrate as an anti-reflection coating layer

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    Sali, S., E-mail: samira_sali@yahoo.fr [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd, Frantz FANON, B.P. 140, Algiers (Algeria); Houari Boumediene University (USTHB), Faculty of Physics, Algiers (Algeria); Boumaour, M. [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd, Frantz FANON, B.P. 140, Algiers (Algeria); Kechouane, M. [Houari Boumediene University (USTHB), Faculty of Physics, Algiers (Algeria); Kermadi, S.; Aitamar, F. [Silicon Technology Development Unit (UDTS), 02 Bd, Frantz FANON, B.P. 140, Algiers (Algeria)

    2012-07-01

    A ZnO thin film was successfully synthesized on glass, flat surface and textured silicon substrates by chemical spray deposition. The textured silicon substrate was carried out using two solutions (NaOH/IPA and Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}). Textured with Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} solution, the sample surface exhibits uniform pyramids with an average height of 5 {mu}m. The properties and morphology of ZnO films were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra revealed a preferred orientation of the ZnO nanocrystalline film along the c-axis where the low value of the tensile strain 0.26% was obtained. SEM images show that all films display a granular, polycrystalline morphology. The morphology of the ZnO layers depends dramatically on the substrate used and follows the contours of the pyramids on the substrate surface. The average reflectance of the textured surface was found to be around 13% and it decreases dramatically to 2.57% after deposition of a ZnO antireflection coating. FT-IR peaks arising from the bonding between Zn-O are clearly represented using a silicon textured surface. A very intense photoluminescence (PL) emission peak is observed for ZnO/textured Si, revealing the good quality of the layer. The PL peak at 380.5 nm (UV emission) and the high-intensity PL peak at 427.5 nm are observed and a high luminescence occurs when using a textured Si substrate.

  20. Single Layer Broadband Anti-Reflective Coatings for Plastic Substrates Produced by Full Wafer and Roll-to-Roll Step-and-Flash Nano-Imprint Lithography.

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    Burghoorn, Marieke; Roosen-Melsen, Dorrit; de Riet, Joris; Sabik, Sami; Vroon, Zeger; Yakimets, Iryna; Buskens, Pascal

    2013-08-27

    Anti-reflective coatings (ARCs) are used to lower the reflection of light on the surface of a substrate. Here, we demonstrate that the two main drawbacks of moth eye-structured ARCs-i.e., the lack of suitable coating materials and a process for large area, high volume applications-can be largely eliminated, paving the way for cost-efficient and large-scale production of durable moth eye-structured ARCs on polymer substrates. We prepared moth eye coatings on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polycarbonate using wafer-by-wafer step-and-flash nano-imprint lithography (NIL). The reduction in reflection in the visible field achieved with these coatings was 3.5% and 4.0%, respectively. The adhesion of the coating to both substrates was good. The moth eye coating on PMMA demonstrated good performance in three prototypical accelerated ageing tests. The pencil hardness of the moth eye coatings on both substrates was polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at line speeds up to two meters per minute. The resulting coatings showed a good replication of the moth eye structures and, consequently, a lowering in reflection of the coated PET of 3.0%.

  1. Preparation and stress evolution of sol–gel SiO2 antireflective coatings for small-size anisotropic lithium triborate crystals

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    Bingtao Tian

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Lithium triborate (LiB3O5, LBO crystal is now one of the most useful nonlinear optical materials for frequency conversion of high power lasers. The use of the crystal, however, has been hampered by the unavailability of antireflective (AR coatings with high laser damage resistance. In this work, a “point contact” dip-coating method is developed to prepare sol–gel SiO2 AR coatings on small-size LBO crystals. Using this approach, we obtain a homogenous coating surface on an 8 mm×8 mm×3 mm LBO crystal. The stress measurements show that the stresses in sol–gel SiO2 coatings vary with the time of natural drying, which is beyond our expectation. The anisotropic Young’s modulus of the LBO crystal and the different evolution tendency of the stress in the different SiO2 coating layers are found to be responsible for the crack of the double-layer AR coatings on anisotropic LBO crystal. Meanwhile, the resulting coatings on LBO crystal achieve a LIDT of over 15 J/cm2 (532 nm, 3ns and the coated LBO is expected to have a transmittance of over 99% at 800 nm.

  2. Preparation and stress evolution of sol–gel SiO{sub 2} antireflective coatings for small-size anisotropic lithium triborate crystals

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    Tian, Bingtao; Wang, Xiaodong, E-mail: xiaodong-wang@tongji.edu.cn; Niu, Yanyan; Zhang, Zhihua; Wu, Guangming; Zhou, Bin; Shen, Jun [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Zhang, Jinlong [School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Micro-Structure Materials, Ministry of Education, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Institute of Precision Optical Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Zhang, Qinghua [Chengdu Fine Optical Engineering Research Center, Chengdu, 610041 (China)

    2016-04-15

    Lithium triborate (LiB{sub 3}O{sub 5}, LBO) crystal is now one of the most useful nonlinear optical materials for frequency conversion of high power lasers. The use of the crystal, however, has been hampered by the unavailability of antireflective (AR) coatings with high laser damage resistance. In this work, a “point contact” dip-coating method is developed to prepare sol–gel SiO{sub 2} AR coatings on small-size LBO crystals. Using this approach, we obtain a homogenous coating surface on an 8 mm×8 mm×3 mm LBO crystal. The stress measurements show that the stresses in sol–gel SiO{sub 2} coatings vary with the time of natural drying, which is beyond our expectation. The anisotropic Young’s modulus of the LBO crystal and the different evolution tendency of the stress in the different SiO{sub 2} coating layers are found to be responsible for the crack of the double-layer AR coatings on anisotropic LBO crystal. Meanwhile, the resulting coatings on LBO crystal achieve a LIDT of over 15 J/cm{sup 2} (532 nm, 3ns) and the coated LBO is expected to have a transmittance of over 99% at 800 nm.

  3. Broadband antireflective silicon carbide surface produced by cost-effective method

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    Argyraki, Aikaterini; Ou, Yiyu; Ou, Haiyan

    2013-01-01

    A cost-effective method for fabricating antireflective subwavelength structures on silicon carbide is demonstrated. The nanopatterning is performed in a 2-step process: aluminum deposition and reactive ion etching. The effect, of the deposited aluminum film thickness and the reactive ion etching...... conditions, on the average surface reflectance and nanostructure landscape have been investigated systematically. The average reflectance of silicon carbide surface is significantly suppressed from 25.4% to 0.05%, under the optimal experimental conditions, in the wavelength range of 390-784 nm. The presence...... of stochastic nanostructures also changes the wetting properties of silicon carbide surface from hydrophilic (47°) to hydrophobic (108°)....

  4. Boosting the performance of the ASTRI SST-2M prototype: reflective and anti-reflective coatings

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    Perri, Luca

    2013-01-01

    ASTRI is a Flagship Project of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, led by the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics, INAF. One of the main aims of the ASTRI Project is the design, construction and verification on-field of a dual mirror (2M) end-to-end prototype for the Small Size Telescope (SST) envisaged to become part of the Cherenkov Telescope Array. The ASTRI SST-2M prototype adopts the Schwarzschild-Couder design, and a camera based on SiPM (Silicon Photo Multiplier); it will be assembled at the INAF astronomical site of Serra La Nave on mount Etna (Catania, Italy) within mid 2014, and will start scientific validation phase soon after. The peculiarities of the optical design and of the SiPM bandpass pushed towards specifically optimized choices in terms of reflective coatings for both the primary and the secondary mirror. In particular, multi-layer dielectric coatings, capable of filtering out the large Night Sky Background contamination at wavelengths $\\lambda \\gtrsim 700$ n...

  5. Composite films prepared by plasma ion-assisted deposition (IAD) for design and fabrication of antireflection coatings in visible and near-infrared spectral regions

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    Tsai, Rung-Ywan; Ho, Fang C.

    1994-11-01

    Ion-assisted deposition (IAD) processes configured with a well-controlled plasma source at the center base of a vacuum chamber, which accommodates two independent e-gun sources, is used to deposition TiO2MgF2 and TiO2-SiO2 composite films of selected component ratios. Films prepared by this technology are found durable, uniform, and nonabsorbing in visible and near-IR regions. Single- and multilayer antireflection coatings with refractive index from 1.38 to 2.36 at (lambda) equals 550 nm are presented. Methods of enhancement in optical performance of these coatings are studied. The advantages of AR coatings formed by TiO2-MgF2 composite films over those similar systems consisting of TiO2-SiO2 composite films in both visible and near-IR regions are also presented.

  6. Realization of effective light trapping and omnidirectional antireflection in smooth surface silicon nanowire arrays.

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    Xie, W Q; Oh, J I; Shen, W Z

    2011-02-11

    We have successfully fabricated well-ordered silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays of smooth surface by using a low-cost and facile Ag-assisted chemical etching technique. We have experimentally found that the reflectance can be significantly suppressed (absorption in SiNW arrays, we have obtained a photocurrent enhancement of up to 425% per unit volume of material as compared to crystalline Si, implying that effective light trapping can be realized in the as-grown samples. In addition, we have demonstrated experimentally and theoretically that the as-grown samples have an omnidirectional high-efficiency antireflection property.

  7. Functional photocatalytically active and scratch resistant antireflective coating based on TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2}

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    Mazur, M., E-mail: michal.mazur@pwr.edu.pl [Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Janiszewskiego 11/17, 50-372 Wroclaw (Poland); Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J. [Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Janiszewskiego 11/17, 50-372 Wroclaw (Poland); Song, S.; Gibson, D.; Placido, F. [Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging, University of the West of Scotland, Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE (United Kingdom); Mazur, P. [University of Wroclaw, Institute of Experimental Physics, Max Born 9, 50-204 Wroclaw (Poland); Kalisz, M. [Motor Transport Institute, Centre for Material Testing and Mechatronics, Jagiellonska 80, 03-301 Warsaw (Poland); Poniedzialek, A. [Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Janiszewskiego 11/17, 50-372 Wroclaw (Poland)

    2016-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Designed multilayer was deposited by microwave assisted magnetron sputtering method. • AR coating in designed wavelength range had transmittance higher than 97%. • The AR multilayer was hydrophobic and photocatalytically active. • AR coating was scratch resistant. • Deposited multilayer had higher hardness than the glass substrate. - Abstract: Antireflection (AR) multilayer coating, based on combination of five TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2} thin films, was deposited by microwave assisted reactive magnetron sputtering process on microscope glass substrates. In this work X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and wettability measurements were used to characterize the structural and surface properties of the deposited coating. These studies revealed that prepared coating was amorphous with low surface roughness. Photocatalytic properties were determined based on phenol decomposition reaction. Measurements of optical properties showed that transmittance in the visible wavelength range was increased after the deposition of AR coating as-compared to bare glass substrate. The mechanical properties were determined on the basis of nano-indentation and scratch resistance tests. Performed research has shown that deposition of an additional thin 10 nm thick TiO{sub 2} thin film top layer, the prepared AR coating was photocatalytically active, hydrophobic, scratch resistant and had increased hardness as-compared to bare glass substrate. These results indicate that prepared AR multilayer could be used also as a self-cleaning and protective coating.

  8. Injection moulding antireflective nanostructures

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    Christiansen, Alexander Bruun; Clausen, Jeppe Sandvik; Mortensen, N. Asger

    in an injection moulding process, to fabricate the antireflective surfaces. The cycle-time was 35 s. The injection moulded structures had a height of 125 nm, and the visible spectrum reflectance of injection moulded black polypropylene surfaces was reduced from 4.5±0.5% to 2.5±0.5%. The gradient of the refractive...... index of the nanostructured surfaces was estimated from atomic force micrographs and the theoretical reflectance was calculated using the transfer matrix method and effective medium theory. The measured reflectance shows good agreement with the theory of graded index antireflective nanostructures...

  9. One step antiglare sol-gel coating for screens by sol-gel techniques

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    Schelle, Christian; Mennig, Martin; Krug, Herbert; Jonschker, Gerhard; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-01-01

    Anti-reflection coatings on glass substrates were prepared by the application of sol-gel coatings of silica containing crystalline tin oxide particles. The sol was coated on commercially available float glass by dip-coating and spin-coating techniques. Increasing the surface roughness of the float glass (factor of 50) by a particulate coating material resulted in anti-reflection effects comparable to frosted glass. Haze and clarity, which are a measure for the contrast and definition of an op...

  10. Nanotip Carpets as Antireflection Surfaces

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    Bae, Youngsam; Mobasser, Sohrab; Manohara, Harish; Lee, Choonsup

    2008-01-01

    Carpet-like random arrays of metal-coated silicon nanotips have been shown to be effective as antireflection surfaces. Now undergoing development for incorporation into Sun sensors that would provide guidance for robotic exploratory vehicles on Mars, nanotip carpets of this type could also have many uses on Earth as antireflection surfaces in instruments that handle or detect ultraviolet, visible, or infrared light. In the original Sun-sensor application, what is required is an array of 50-micron-diameter apertures on what is otherwise an opaque, minimally reflective surface, as needed to implement a miniature multiple-pinhole camera. The process for fabrication of an antireflection nanotip carpet for this application (see Figure 1) includes, and goes somewhat beyond, the process described in A New Process for Fabricating Random Silicon Nanotips (NPO-40123), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 1 (November 2004), page 62. In the first step, which is not part of the previously reported process, photolithography is performed to deposit etch masks to define the 50-micron apertures on a silicon substrate. In the second step, which is part of the previously reported process, the non-masked silicon area between the apertures is subjected to reactive ion etching (RIE) under a special combination of conditions that results in the growth of fluorine-based compounds in randomly distributed formations, known in the art as "polymer RIE grass," that have dimensions of the order of microns. The polymer RIE grass formations serve as microscopic etch masks during the next step, in which deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) is performed. What remains after DRIE is the carpet of nano - tips, which are high-aspect-ratio peaks, the tips of which have radii of the order of nanometers. Next, the nanotip array is evaporatively coated with Cr/Au to enhance the absorption of light (more specifically, infrared light in the Sun-sensor application). The photoresist etch masks protecting the apertures

  11. Synthesis of raspberry-like SiO2-TiO2 nanoparticles toward antireflective and self-cleaning coatings.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; He, Junhui

    2013-06-12

    Silica-titania core-shell nanoparticles of 30, 40, 50, 55, 75, and 110 nm were prepared from tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and tetraisopropyl titanate (TIPT). After calcination, the amorphous titania shell transformed into anatase nanoparticles, and the silica-titania core-shell nanoparticles became raspberry-like nanoparticles. These nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and UV-vis spectroscopy. Hierarchically structured antireflective and self-cleaning particulate coatings were fabricated on glass substrates via layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly using silica-titania core-shell nanoparticles and silica nanoparticles as building blocks followed by calcination. The maximum transmittance of coated glass substrates reached as high as ca. 97%, while that of the glass substrates is only ca. 91%. The morphologies of the coatings were observed by SEM and atom force microscopy (AFM). Such hierarchically structured raspberry-like SiO2-TiO2 nanoparticle coatings had superhydrophilic and antifogging properties. The coatings also showed photocatalytic activity toward organic pollutants and thus a self-cleaning property.

  12. Formation of a macro-porous SiO2 layer as an anti-reflective coating on glass substrates.

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    Park, No-Kuk; Kim, Yong Sul; Kim, Min Jung; Lee, Tae Jin; Lee, Seung Hyun; Lee, Seung Hun

    2013-11-01

    A macro-porous silica layer, consisting of a silica layer with macro-sized pores, was formed as an antireflective material on glass substrates. The silica layer and macro-pores were formed by the oxidative thermal decomposition of tetra-ethylorthorsilicate (TEOS) used as the precursor and polystyrene (PS) spherical beads used as the polymer template for the macro-pores at high temperatures. The size of pores was determined by the size of PS beads in the antireflective agent solution. The size of the PS spherical beads can be controlled by changing the concentration of styrene monomer, and the porosity of the macro pore in the silica layer could be controlled by the TEOS/PS ratio. The optimal thermal treating temperature for the formation of a macro-porous silica layer was found to be 650 degrees C. The size of the spherical type macro pores formed in the silica layer on the glass substrate was 100-150 nm. UV-Vis spectrophotometry confirmed the improved antireflective properties of the glass substrate with the macro-porous silica layer.

  13. Investigation of mechanically hard, chemically inert antireflection coatings for photovoltaic solar modules. Final technical report, April 1, 1980-March 31, 1981

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    Moravec, T.J.

    1981-03-31

    The overall objective of this program is to determine the optical properties of i-Carbon (diamond-like) films and determine if these films can be developed into antireflecting (AR) coatings for silicon solar cells. The i-C films have been produced on glass, silicon, and KCl by radio frequency (RF) plasma decomposition of the alkane gases. Films were also produced on silicon solar cells by low-energy ion beam techniques. These coatings did not perform as well as those made from hydrocarbon gases. Significant progress has been made in understanding the deposition parameters that affect the optical properties of the films. The optical constants n and k have been determined over a large range of process parameters and source gas. The degree of hydrogen incorporation in these films has been studied by SIMS analysis. It was found that the lower optically absorbing films contain more hydrogen. This hydrogen does not, however, manifest itself in fundamental C-H absorption bands in the infrared. Very efficient single-layer quarter-wave i-C AR coatings have been produced on single-crystal and SOC Si solar cells. An increase in cell efficiency of 40% over uncoated cells has been achieved.

  14. 双波段激光防护红外减反膜的研制%Design and Fabrication of Double Wavelength Laser Protective Infrared Antireflection Coatings

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    石澎; 付秀华; 孙岩; 魏孜洵; 梅禹珊

    2011-01-01

    针对军用光电仪器对激光致盲武器的防护要求,选取Si和YbF3,ZnS和YbF3两种高低折射率组合形式研制了激光防护减反膜.在多光谱ZnS基底上,采用电子束及离子辅助沉积技术,制备了能够对532 nm和1064 nm激光进行有效防护,同时对3~5μm的波段具有高透射率的薄膜.对Si膜的电子束沉积工艺进行了研究;对YbF3在不同的材料组合中的沉积工艺进行了优化;解决了膜层与基底之间的粘附性问题.该薄膜集探测用减反器件和防护器件于一体,可以使星载、机载等光电仪器的结构得到简化;光谱分析和环境测试的结果表明,各项指标满足使用要求.%In order to protect the military opto-electronic instruments from laser blinding weapons, the high and low refractive index combinations of Si and YbF3, ZnS and YbF3 are selected to design and fabricate laser protective infrared antireflection coatings. On the substrate of multi-spectral ZnS, coatings with laser protective function to 532 nm and 1064 nm laser while with high transmittance in the 3~5 μm spectral band are fabricated, and electron beam and ion assisted deposition technique is used in this process. The deposition process of Si by electron beam is studied, and the deposition process of YbF3 in different materials combination is optimized. The adhesion problem between coatings and substrate is resolved. Devices of antireflection for detection and protection are both integrated into the coatings, and the structures of opto-electronic instruments for satellite and aeroplane can be simplified.Results of spectrum analysis and environmental test show that all the parameters meet the requirements.

  15. A novel perfluorinated AR (antireflective) and protective coating for KDP (potassium dihydrogen phosphate) and other optical materials

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    Thomas, I.M.; Campbell, J.H.

    1990-12-17

    A new commercially available perfluorinated organic polymer has been used to prepare a combined quarterwave AR and protective coating for KDP and other optical materials. Coatings are applied from solution at room temperature by spin or dip, they are fully dense and have a refractive index of 1.29. The laser damage threshold at 1064 nm and 355 nm is the highest that we have ever measured for an AR coating material. 5 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer.

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    Baek, Seong-Ho; Noh, Bum-Young; Park, Il-Kyu; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-01-05

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it.

  17. 晶体硅太阳电池减反射膜的研究%Research on Antireflection Coating of Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    赵萍; 麻晓园; 邹美玲

    2011-01-01

    在太阳电池表面形成一层减反射薄膜是提高太阳电池的光电转换效率比较可行且降低成本的方法.应用PECVD(等离子体增强化学气相沉积)系统,采用SiH4和NH3气源以制备氮化硅薄膜.研究探索了PECVD生长氮化硅薄膜的基本物化性质以及在沉积过程中反应压强、反应温度、硅烷氨气流量比和微波功率对薄膜性质的影响.通过大量实验,分析了氮化硅薄膜的相对最佳沉积参数,并得出制作减反射膜的优化工艺.%Depositing antireflection films on solar cells is the most doable way to improve conversion efficiency of solar cells, which can also debase the cost of solar cells. The PECVD (Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition) system and the reactants of silane and ammonia are applied to fabricating SiN thin film. The effects of reaction temperature, the flow ratio of silane over ammoma and the microwave power on the film character are researched. The effects of post deposition annealing on solar cell materials are also discussed primarily. The optimal relative deposition parameters are investigated and the optimized processes of antireflection fabrication are attained with plenty of experienments.

  18. Optical properties of the Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings

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    Marszałek, Konstanty; Winkowski, Paweł; Jaglarz, Janusz

    2014-01-01

    Investigations of bilayer and trilayer Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings are presented in this paper. The oxide films were deposited on a heated quartz glass by e-gun evaporation in a vacuum of 5 × 10-3 [Pa] in the presence of oxygen. Depositions were performed at three different temperatures of the substrates: 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C. The coatings were deposited onto optical quartz glass (Corning HPFS). The thickness and deposition rate were controlled with Inficon XTC/2 thickness measuring system. Deposition rate was equal to 0.6 nm/s for Al2O3, 0.6 nm - 0.8 nm/s for HfO2 and 0.6 nm/s for SiO2. Simulations leading to optimization of the thin film thickness and the experimental results of optical measurements, which were carried out during and after the deposition process, have been presented. The optical thickness values, obtained from the measurements performed during the deposition process were as follows: 78 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/SiO2 and 78 nm/156 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2. The results were then checked by ellipsometric technique. Reflectance of the films depended on the substrate temperature during the deposition process. Starting from 240 nm to the beginning of visible region, the average reflectance of the trilayer system was below 1 % and for the bilayer, minima of the reflectance were equal to 1.6 %, 1.15 % and 0.8 % for deposition temperatures of 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively.

  19. Antireflective surface patterned by rolling mask lithography

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    Seitz, Oliver; Geddes, Joseph B.; Aryal, Mukti; Perez, Joseph; Wassei, Jonathan; McMackin, Ian; Kobrin, Boris

    2014-03-01

    A growing number of commercial products such as displays, solar panels, light emitting diodes (LEDs and OLEDs), automotive and architectural glass are driving demand for glass with high performance surfaces that offer anti-reflective, self-cleaning, and other advanced functions. State-of-the-art coatings do not meet the desired performance characteristics or cannot be applied over large areas in a cost-effective manner. "Rolling Mask Lithography" (RML™) enables highresolution lithographic nano-patterning over large-areas at low-cost and high-throughput. RML is a photolithographic process performed using ultraviolet (UV) illumination transmitted through a soft cylindrical mask as it rolls across a substrate. Subsequent transfer of photoresist patterns into the substrate is achieved using an etching process, which creates a nanostructured surface. The current generation exposure tool is capable of patterning one-meter long substrates with a width of 300 mm. High-throughput and low-cost are achieved using continuous exposure of the resist by the cylindrical photomask. Here, we report on significant improvements in the application of RML™ to fabricate anti-reflective surfaces. Briefly, an optical surface can be made antireflective by "texturing" it with a nano-scale pattern to reduce the discontinuity in the index of refraction between the air and the bulk optical material. An array of cones, similar to the structure of a moth's eye, performs this way. Substrates are patterned using RML™ and etched to produce an array of cones with an aspect ratio of 3:1, which decreases the reflectivity below 0.1%.

  20. Study on sodium water glass-based anti-reflective film and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Huang, Q.Z. [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Shi, J.F., E-mail: shijf@ms.giec.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China); Wang, L.L.; Li, Y.J.; Zhong, L.W. [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China); Xu, G., E-mail: xugang@ms.giec.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangdong Key Laboratory of New and Renewable Energy Research and Development, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510000 (China)

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, anti-reflective (AR) films are prepared from sodium water glass with a simple dip-coating method. The effects of SiO{sub 2}/Na{sub 2}O molar ratio, concentration of water glass, and withdrawal speed on the anti-reflection performance of the AR films are systematically studied. The optimized AR film is further applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The optical properties and surface morphology of AR films are analyzed by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, scanning electron microscope, and atomic force microscope. Transmittance of the glass coated with sodium water glass-based AR film is increased by 3.2% when the SiO{sub 2}/Na{sub 2}O molar ratio, concentration, and withdrawal speed equal to 3.8, 5 wt%, and 80 mm/min, respectively. Under this condition, the thickness of the AR film is 127 nm and the AR film has obvious porous structure. In addition, the power conversion efficiency of DSC coated by AR film is increased from 7.92% to 8.24%, compared with the DSC without AR film. - Highlights: • Anti-reflective films are prepared from sodium water glass. • Transmittance of anti-reflective film is increased by 3.2%. • Efficiency of dye-sensitized cell is improved by anti-reflective film.

  1. Ultra-thin atomic-layer deposited alumina incorporating silica sol makes ultra-durable antireflection coatings

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    Li, Jia; Lan, Pinjun; Xu, Hua; Zhang, Xianpeng; Yang, Ye; Tan, Ruiqin; Jylhä, Olli; Lu, Yuehui

    2012-11-01

    We propose a strategy to make soda-lime glass maintain both high transparency and long-term durability in stringent high temperature and humid environments. Experiments reveal that the double-layered coatings with 110-nm-thick SiO2 and ultra-thin 25-nm- or 50-nm-thick Al2O3 layers, prepared by sol-gel dip coating and atomic layer deposition (ALD), respectively, exhibit the improvement of 5.88-6.32% in Tave (the average transmittance from the wavelength of 400-700 nm), as compared with that of the bare glass. On the other hand, the highly accelerated temperature and humidity stress test (HAST) confirms that both samples can sustain the 180 h test without any proven transmittance degradation, while the normalized Tave of the bare glass drastically drops to 43.1% of the initial value after the 108 h HAST. It implies that the ultra-thin Al2O3 films prepared by ALD, followed by dip-coated low-index layers such as SiO2 or nanostructured layer, can achieve both higher average transmittance and better durability, which would be of significance for the applications of ALD and dip coating techniques in the fields of consumer electronics, architecture with glass facades, and photovoltaics.

  2. Multi-layer coatings

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    Maghsoodi, Sina; Brophy, Brenor L.; Abrams, Ze' ev R.; Gonsalves, Peter R.

    2016-06-28

    Disclosed herein are coating materials and methods for applying a top-layer coating that is durable, abrasion resistant, highly transparent, hydrophobic, low-friction, moisture-sealing, anti-soiling, and self-cleaning to an existing conventional high temperature anti-reflective coating. The top coat imparts superior durability performance and new properties to the under-laying conventional high temperature anti-reflective coating without reducing the anti-reflectiveness of the coating. Methods and data for optimizing the relative thickness of the under-layer high temperature anti-reflective coating and the top-layer thickness for optimizing optical performance are also disclosed.

  3. The optimization of triple layer anti-reflection coatings and its application on solar cells%三层减反射膜的模拟及其在太阳电池中的应用

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    宫臣; 张静全; 冯良桓; 武莉莉; 李卫; 黎兵; 曾广根; 王文武

    2013-01-01

    The anti-reflection coatings with the structure of Al2O3/H4/MgF2 triple layer were prepared with electron beam evaporation technology on the glass substrate. The transmittance and surface morphology of the films were examined. The anti-reflection coating structure was optimized considering AMI. 5 spectrum and the spectroscopy response band of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cells through TFCALC software simulation. Then the optimized anti-reflection coatings were prepared on the CdTe thin film solar cells. It was found that the quantum efficiency of solar cells with anti-reflection coatings increase by 7. 3% than without, and the photoelectric conversion efficiency increased from 12. 5% to 13. 3%.%使用减反射膜层是提高太阳电池短路电流密度进而提高电池转换效率的有效手段之一.针对CdTe薄膜太阳电池的光谱响应范围,基于AM1.5辐照光谱,优化设计了MgF2/H4/Al2O3结构的减反射薄膜,使用电子束蒸发技术制备了该减反射膜,使用椭圆偏振仪、紫外/可见分光光度计、原子力显微镜分别测量了所制备薄膜的光学性质和表面形貌,对比分析了膜系结构理论模拟与实验测量结果.结果表明,使用该减反射薄膜后,电池的量子效率提高了7.3%;光电转换效率从12.5%提高到13.3%.

  4. a-SiCxNy:H thin films for applications in solar cells as passivation and antireflective coatings

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    Swatowska, Barbara; Kluska, Stanisława; Lewińska, Gabriela; Golańska, Julia; Stapiński, Tomasz

    2016-12-01

    Amorphous a-SiCxNy:H thin films may be an alternative to a-Si:N:H coatings which are commonly used in silicon solar cells. This material was obtained by PECVD (13.56 MHz) method. The reaction gases used: silane, methane, nitrogen and ammonia. The structure of the layers were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). IR absorption spectra of a-SiCxNy:H layers confirmed the presence of various hydrogen bonds - it is important for passivation of Si structural defects. The ellipsometric measurements were implemented to determine the thickness of layers d, refractive index n, extinction coefficient k and energy gap Eg. The values of the energy gap of a-SiCxNy:H layers are in the range from 1.89 to 4.34 eV. The correlation between energy gap of materials and refractive index was found. Generally the introduction of N and/or C into the amorphous silicon network rapidly increases the Eg values.

  5. Synthesis of Neutral SiO/TiO Hydrosol and Its Application as Antireflective Self-Cleaning Thin Film

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    Chiahung Huang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A neutral SiO2/TiO2 composite hydrosol was prepared by a coprecipitation-peptization method using titanium tetrachloride and silicon dioxide hydrosol as precursors. It is not only an antireflective self-cleaning coating material but also an environmental-benign material. Even heated at 700°C for 5 minutes in the tempering process, the as-prepared SiO2/TiO2 thin film still demonstrated antireflection and photocatalytic self-cleaning effect. The SiO2/TiO2 thin film increased near 2% of transmittance; however, the TiO2 thin film decreased 5% of transmittance at least. In addition to antireflection, the SiO2/TiO2 thin film decomposed the surface coated oleic acid under ultraviolet light and showed superhydrophilicity under dark for two days. The SiO2/TiO2 thin film also showed good photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue. With these antireflection, persistent superhydrophilicity, and photocatalytic self-cleaning effects, this prepared neutral SiO2/TiO2 hydrosol would be a good coating material for tempered glass and other building materials.

  6. Characterisation and optimisation of PECVD SiNx as an antireflection coating and passivation layer for silicon solar cells

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    Yimao Wan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we investigate how the film properties of silicon nitride (SiNx depend on its deposition conditions when formed by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD. The examination is conducted with a Roth & Rau AK400 PECVD reactor, where the varied parameters are deposition temperature, pressure, gas flow ratio, total gas flow, microwave plasma power and radio-frequency bias voltage. The films are evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to determine structural properties, by spectrophotometry to determine optical properties, and by capacitance–voltage and photoconductance measurements to determine electronic properties. After reporting on the dependence of SiNx properties on deposition parameters, we determine the optimized deposition conditions that attain low absorption and low recombination. On the basis of SiNx growth models proposed in the literature and of our experimental results, we discuss how each process parameter affects the deposition rate and chemical bond density. We then focus on the effective surface recombination velocity Seff, which is of primary importance to solar cells. We find that for the SiNx prepared in this work, 1 Seff does not correlate universally with the bulk structural and optical properties such as chemical bond densities and refractive index, and 2 Seff depends primarily on the defect density at the SiNx-Si interface rather than the insulator charge. Finally, employing the optimized deposition condition, we achieve a relatively constant and low Seff,UL on low-resistivity (≤1.1 Ωcm p- and n-type c-Si substrates over a broad range of n = 1.85–4.07. The results of this study demonstrate that the trade-off between optical transmission and surface passivation can be circumvented. Although we focus on photovoltaic applications, this study may be useful for any device for which it is desirable to maximize light transmission and surface passivation.

  7. Effects of pattern size, dual side patterning, and imprint materials in the fabrication of antireflective structure using nanoimprint

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    Choi, Dae-Geun; Lee, Ki-Jung; Kim, Ki-Don; Choi, Jun-Hyuk; Jeong, Jun-Ho; Lee, Eung-Sug

    2008-08-01

    One of the useful applications using NIL is the fabrication of antireflection structure (ARS) which has a sub-wavelength nanostructure similar to moth-eye below wavelength of visible light because the ARS can be used in anti-glare monitor, dashboards, and solar cells. The material selection of mold and resin in the NIL process for ARS is very important for the purpose of real application and mass production. Generally, the mold should have flexibility for continuous mass production and final structure should have strong durability under outdoor environment. In this work, the effect of single side and dual side patterning were investigated by change of pitch from moth-eye to photonic crystal on the flexible polymer substrate by using NIL. Then, the effect of fluorine resin with low refractive index was tested. Finally, a fabrication method of ARS of pitch of 250nm with high fidelity and accuracy using the high-resolution PDMS mold by aid of solvent mixing of low viscosity was presented. Generally, it is difficult for Sylgard PDMS to make nanopattern below 300nm pitch without special treatment.

  8. Optical thin films and coatings from materials to applications

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    Flory, Francois

    2013-01-01

    Optical coatings, including mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, beam splitters, and filters, are an integral part of most modern optical systems. This book provides an overview of thin film materials, the properties, design and manufacture of optical coatings and their use across a variety of application areas.$bOptical coatings, including mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, beam splitters, and filters, are an integral part of most modern optical systems. Optical thin films and coatings provides an overview of thin film materials, the properties, design and manufacture of optical coatings and their use across a variety of application areas. Part one explores the design and manufacture of optical coatings. Part two highlights unconventional features of optical thin films including scattering properties of random structures in thin films, optical properties of thin film materials at short wavelengths, thermal properties and colour effects. Part three focusses on novel materials for optical thin films and coatings...

  9. Injection moulding antireflective nanostructures

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    Christiansen, Alexander Bruun; Clausen, Jeppe Sandvik; Mortensen, N. Asger

    2014-01-01

    in an injection moulding process, to fabricate the antireflective surfaces. The cycle-time was 35 s. The injection moulded structures had a height of 125 nm, and the visible spectrum reflectance of injection moulded black polypropylene surfaces was reduced from 4.5±0.5% to 2.5±0.5%. The gradient of the refractive...

  10. Injection moulding antireflective nanostructures

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    Christiansen, Alexander Bruun; Clausen, Jeppe Sandvik; Mortensen, N. Asger

    in an injection moulding process, to fabricate the antireflective surfaces. The cycle-time was 35 s. The injection moulded structures had a height of 125 nm, and the visible spectrum reflectance of injection moulded black polypropylene surfaces was reduced from 4.5±0.5% to 2.5±0.5%. The gradient of the refractive...

  11. Antireflection design concepts with equivalent layers.

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    Schallenberg, Uwe B

    2006-03-01

    Some novel concepts of designing antireflection (AR) coatings with equivalent layers are presented. As an introduction, essential papers concerning thin-film optics and AR designs are cited, and the AR problem and a previously introduced AR-hard design type are discussed. Based on the known matrix formalism, a potential AR region, an equivalent stack index, and an equivalent substrate index are defined to use the theory of stop-band suppression as a starting point for the design of broadband AR coatings. The known multicycle AR design type is identified as a typical solution to the AR problem if the presented approach is used.

  12. Space qualification of an antireflection coating on the surface of a ruled grating prism: increasing the throughput of the single-object slitless spectroscopy mode of NIRISS onboard JWST

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    Albert, Loïc.; Doyon, René; Kuzmenko, Paul J.; Little, Steve L.; Enzor, Greg S.; Maszkiewicz, Michael

    2014-07-01

    Grating prisms (grism) designed for near-infrared spectroscopy typically make use of high-refractive index materials such as zinc selenide (ZnSe), at the expense of large Fresnel losses ( 18%). Part of the loss can be recovered by using anti-reflection (AR) coatings. The technique is however considered risky when applied on the ruled surface of a grating, especially for a space application at cryogenic temperature. Such a grism, made of ZnSe and machined at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is mounted in the Near-Infrared Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) onboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Its Single Object Slitless Spectrograph (SOSS) observing mode uses the ZnSe grism and a cross-dispersing prism to produce R=700 spectra in orders 1 and 2 to cover the 0.6 to 2.5 microns spectral domain. The ZnSe grism is blazed at 1.23 microns, has a density of 54 lines/mm and its triangular grooves have a depth of 700 nm, a base of 18 microns, with facets angled at 1.9 degrees. Here, an AR coating produced by Thin Film Lab (TFL) and deposited on the ruled surface of a ZnSe grism sample was space qualified. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed no groove profile change pre/post coating despite the large relative thickness of the AR coating to that of the groove depth ( 35%). Also, the wavefront error map remained almost unchanged at lambda/8 (peak-to-valley at 632 nm) and survived unscathed through a series of three cryogenic cycles to 20 K. Finally, the transmission gain across our operating spectral range was almost as high as that for a unruled surface covered with the same AR coating (10-15%).

  13. Review of 1064-nm damage tests of electron-beam deposited Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5//SiO/sub 2/ antireflection coatings

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    Milam, D.; Rainer, F.; Lowdermilk, W.H.; Swain, J.E.; Carniglia, C.K.; Hart, T.T.

    1981-12-18

    Damage tests of Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5//SiO/sub 2/ antireflection films deposited under a variety of conditions showed that thresholds of films deposited at 175/sup 0/C were greater than thresholds of films deposited at either 250/sup 0/C or 325/sup 0/C. Deposition at high rate and low oxygen pressure produced highly absorptive films with low thresholds. Thresholds did not correlate with film reflectivity or net stress in the films, and correlated with film absorption only when the film absorption was greater than 10/sup 4/ ppM. Baking the films for four hours at 400/sup 0/C reduced film absorption, altered net film stress, and produced an increase in the average damage threshold.

  14. Tri-layer antireflection coatings (SiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2}) for silicon solar cells using a sol-gel technique

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    Lien, Shui-Yang; Wuu, Dong-Sing [Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Road, Taichung 402, Taiwan (Republic of China); Yeh, Wen-Chang [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science & amp; Technoogy, Taipei 106, Taiwan (Republic of China); Liu, Jun-Chin [Industrial Technology Research Institute, Photovoltaic and Optical Materials Research Laboratory, Chutung, Taiwan 310 (Republic of China)

    2006-10-16

    Antireflection coatings (ARCs) have become one of the key issues for mass production of Si solar cells. They are generally performed by vacuum processes such as thermal evaporation, reactive sputtering, and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. In this work, a sol-gel method has been demonstrated to prepare the ARCs for the non-textured monocrystalline Si solar cells. The spin-coated TiO{sub 2} single-layer, SiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} double-layer and SiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} triple-layer ARCs were deposited on the Si solar cells and they showed good uniformity in thickness. The measured average optical reflectance (400-1000nm) was about 9.3, 6.2 and 3.2% for the single-layer, double-layer and triple-layer ARCs, respectively. Good correlation between theoretical and experimental data was obtained. Under a triple-layer ARC condition, a 39% improvement in the efficiency of the monocrystalline Si solar cell was achieved. These indicate that the sol-gel ARC process has high potential for low-cost solar cell fabrication. (author)

  15. Study of an antireflection surface constructed of controlled ZnO nanostructures

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    Chung, Ren-Jei, E-mail: rjchung@ntut.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech), Taipei 10608, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, Zih-Cian [Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech), Taipei 10608, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, Chin-An; Lai, Kun-Yu [Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2014-11-03

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures were fabricated on Si wafers using a hydrothermal method. By adjusting the spin-coating speed and annealing time for the zinc acetate thin films used as a seed layer, the density of ZnO nanorods (NRs) was controlled. In addition, it was found that the morphology of the NRs evolved from a wire-like geometry to a tower-like geometry with an increasing concentration of ascorbic acid. The surface reflectance of the ZnO NR layers with various textures was investigated. The results indicated that NRs effectively enhanced light trapping and further reduced Fresnel reflection due to the significant grading in the refractive index, avoiding the abrupt transition at the air/Si interface. The total reflectance on the coated surface can be as low as 11%, which is 3 times lower than that of polished Si. The optimized design of nanostructured ZnO surfaces for antireflection coatings will greatly improve the performance of optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: • Nanotructured ZnO was prepared to serve as an anti-reflection coating. • The geometries of sol–gel prepared ZnO were controlled. • ZnO nanorod, nanoneedle and nanotower arrays were fabricated. • The light reflectance of the nanostructures was much lower than that of bare Si.

  16. Durable superhydrophobic and antireflective surfaces by trimethylsilanized silica nanoparticles-based sol-gel processing.

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    Manca, Michele; Cannavale, Alessandro; De Marco, Luisa; Aricò, Antonino S; Cingolani, Roberto; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2009-06-02

    We present a robust and cost-effective coating method to fabricate long-term durable superhydrophobic andsimultaneouslyantireflective surfaces by a double-layer coating comprising trimethylsiloxane (TMS) surface-functionalized silica nanoparticles partially embedded into an organosilica binder matrix produced through a sol-gel process. A dense and homogeneous organosilica gel layer was first coated onto a glass substrate, and then, a trimethylsilanized nanospheres-based superhydrophobic layer was deposited onto it. After thermal curing, the two layers turned into a monolithic film, and the hydrophobic nanoparticles were permanently fixed to the glass substrate. Such treated surfaces showed a tremendous water repellency (contact angle = 168 degrees ) and stable self-cleaning effect during 2000 h of outdoor exposure. Besides this, nanotextured topology generated by the self-assembled nanoparticles-based top layer produced a fair antireflection effect consisting of more than a 3% increase in optical transmittance.

  17. Analysis of an anti-reflecting nanowire transparent electrode for solar cells

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    Zhao, Zhexin; Wang, Ken Xingze; Fan, Shanhui

    2017-03-01

    Transparent electrodes are an important component in many optoelectronic devices, especially solar cells. In this paper, we investigate a nanowire transparent electrode that also functions as an anti-reflection coating for silicon solar cells, taking into account the practical constraints that the electrode is typically encapsulated and needs to be in electric contact with the semiconductor. Numerical simulations show that the electrode can provide near-perfect broadband anti-reflection over much of the frequency range above the silicon band gap for both polarizations while keeping the sheet resistance sufficiently low. To provide insights into the physics mechanism of this broadband anti-reflection, we introduce a generalized Fabry-Perot model, which captures the effects of the higher order diffraction channels as well as the modification of the reflection coefficient of the interface introduced by the nanowires. This model is validated using frequency-domain electromagnetic simulations. Our work here provides design guidelines for nanowire transparent electrode in a device configuration that is relevant for solar cell applications.

  18. Single Layer Broadband Anti-Reflective Coatings for Plastic Substrates Produced by Full Wafer and Roll-to-Roll Step-and-Flash Nano-Imprint Lithography

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    Marieke Burghoorn; Dorrit Roosen-Melsen; Joris de Riet; Sami Sabik; Zeger Vroon; Iryna Yakimets; Pascal Buskens

    2013-01-01

    ...) and polycarbonate using wafer-by-wafer step-and-flash nano-imprint lithography (NIL). The reduction in reflection in the visible field achieved with these coatings was 3.5% and 4.0%, respectively...

  19. Superluminal propagation and broadband omnidirectional antireflection in optical reflectionless potentials

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    Thekkekara, L V; Kasture, Sachin; Mulay, Gajendra; Gupta, S Dutta

    2013-01-01

    Reflectionless potentials (RPs) represent a class of potentials that offer total transmission in the context of one dimensional scattering. Optical realization of RPs in stratified medium can exhibit broadband omnidirectional antireflection property. In addition to the antireflection property, RPs are also expected to demonstrate negative delay. We designed refractive index profiles conforming to RPs and realize them in stratified media consisting of Al2O3 and TiO2 heterolayers. In these structures we observed < 1% reflection over the broad wavelength range of 350 nm to 2500 nm for angles of incidence 0 - 50 degrees. The observed reflection and transmission response of RPs are polarization independent. A negative delay of about 31 fsec with discernible pulse narrowing was observed in passage through two RPs. These RPs can be interesting for optical instrumentation as broadband, omni-directional antireflection coatings as well as in pulse control and transmission applications like delay lines.

  20. A novel self-cleaning and anti-reflective multi-layer for thin-film solar PV module

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    Wong, K.L.; Shiue, J.D. [Kun-Shan Univ., Yung-Kung City, Taiwan (China). Clean Energy Center; Li, M.; Huang, M.C. [NanoWinTechnology Co., Ltd., Taiwan (China); Fu, Y.S.; Wei, S.S. [National Univ. of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2007-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) acts as a photocatalyst, and can accelerate the decomposition of organic particulates and airborne pollutants that gather on solar arrays. In this study, a TiO{sub 2} film was coated on the outside surface of sodium glass in order to increase the self-cleaning ability of solar cells. DC magnetic sputtering was used to coat multi-layer thin films of silicon nitrides in order to increase their antireflective capabilities. The TiO{sub 2} thin film was fabricated using the sol-gel method. Optical properties of the microstructure and composition of the films were characterized using UV-V spectroscopy. Results showed that the best anti-reflection spectrum of the TiO{sub 2} was between 700 and 800 nm. Average transmission rates were 3.54 per cent higher than those observed in slide glass samples. It was concluded that overlapped titanium dioxide/silicon nitride thin films can achieve a very good anti-reflective effect as well as self-cleaning ability in the range of 400-800 nm. 9 refs., 4 figs.

  1. Superhydrophobic and anti-reflective ZnO nanorod-coated FTO transparent conductive thin films prepared by a three-step method

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    Li, Bao-jia, E-mail: li_bjia@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Center for Photon Manufacturing Science and Technology, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); Huang, Li-jing; Ren, Nai-fei [Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Center for Photon Manufacturing Science and Technology, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); School of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); Kong, Xia; Cai, Yun-long; Zhang, Jie-lu [Jiangsu Tailong Reduction Box Co. Ltd., Taixing, 225400 (China)

    2016-07-25

    A ZnO nanorod-coated FTO film was prepared by sputtering an AZO layer on FTO glass, thermal annealing of the AZO/FTO film, and hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanorods at 70 °C on the annealed AZO/FTO film using zinc foils as zinc source. Two other ZnO nanorod-coated FTO films were also prepared by hydrothermal growths of ZnO nanorods on the FTO glass and the unannealed AZO/FTO film respectively for comparison purpose. The results were observed in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, water contact/sliding angle measurement, spectrophotometry and four-point probe measurement. The ZnO nanorods on the annealed AZO/FTO film were found to exhibit denser distribution and better orientation than those on the FTO glass and the unannealed AZO/FTO film. As a result, the ZnO nanorod-coated annealed AZO/FTO film demonstrated superhydrophobicity, high transparency and low reflectance in the visible range. Also this film had the lowest sheet resistance of 4.0 Ω/sq, implying its good electrical conductivity. This investigation provides a valuable reference for developing multifunctional transparent conductive films. - Highlights: • ZnO nanorod-coated annealed AZO/FTO film was obtained by a three-step method. • FTO and unannealed AZO/FTO films were also used as substrates for comparison. • ZnO nanorods on the annealed AZO/FTO film were denser and more vertically-oriented. • The ZnO nanorod-coated annealed AZO/FTO film (Z/TA-FTO) had superhydrophobicity. • The Z/TA-FTO exhibited high transparency, low reflectance and good conductivity.

  2. Antireflection Pyrex envelopes for parabolic solar collectors

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    McCollister, H. L.; Pettit, R. B.

    1983-11-01

    Antireflective (AR) coatings, applied to the glass envelopes used in parabolic trough solar collectors around the receiver tube in order to reduce thermal losses, can increase solar transmittance by 7 percent. An AR surface has been formed on Pyrex by first heat treating the glass to cause a compositional phase separation, removing a surface layer after heat treatment through the use of a preetching solution, and finally etching in a solution that contains hydrofluorosilic and ammonium bifluoride acids. AR-coated samples with solar transmittance values of more than 0.97, by comparison to an untreated sample value of 0.91, have been obtained for the 560-630 C range of heat treatment temperatures. Optimum values have also been determined for the other processing parameters.

  3. Optical coating and nano-structuring on plastics

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    U.Schulz; P.Munzert; A.Kaless; N.Kaiser

    2005-01-01

    The coating of plastics for optical applications is intended to improve the mechanical durability of soft polymers and to serve an antireflection function. Usually a classic four-layer antireflection system is added on top of a single-layer hard coating. With needle optimisation,an alternative coating design has been developed. Plasma ion assisted deposition was used to deposit coatings upon polymers. Uniform antireflection and high scratch resistance have been achieved.

  4. 真空蒸镀氟化镁增透膜的厚度与均匀性控制%Thickness and Uniformity Control of Vacuum Evaporated Magnesium Fluoride Antireflection Coatings

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    温才; 令勇洲; 李文俊; 刘虹; 寇采懿; 蒋耀; 唐金龙

    2012-01-01

    For preparing high efficiency MgF2 antireflection coatings, the thickness and uniformity control of the MgF2 film evaporated by thermal resistance and electron beam were studied. On the basis of principles of antirc flection coatings and vacuum evaporation, many factors such as the weight and physical form of raw materials and the distance between evaporation source and substrates were carefully studied. The results show that for the raw materials in small particles or with low melting point, thermal resistance evaporation can not only control more easily but also avoid the raw material pollution comparing with electron beam evaporation; the actual weight of the evaporated raw materials is approximately linear to the film thickness;although the actual weight is equal, the thickness of film evaporated from the raw materials in polycrystalline particles form is higher than that in powder form; the thickness and uniformity of the film are higher for the substrates in the censer than those in the side of the rotating disk. At last, these experimental results are well explained by the evaporation model of the small plane source for rotating spherical fixture.%基于光学增透膜与真空蒸发镀膜的基本原理,从MgF2原料状态、原料蒸镀质量、蒸发源与基片间距等方面,研究了热电阻和电子束蒸镀的MgF2薄膜厚度与其均匀性的控制工艺,以制备出高效的MgF2增透膜.结果表明:对于颗粒度较小或熔点较低的原料,热电阻比电子束蒸镀更易控制,并可避免原料污染;原料实际蒸镀质量与膜厚呈较好的线性关系;实际蒸镀质量相同的多晶颗粒与粉末状原料相比,前者蒸镀膜更厚;基片置于旋转工转盘中心比其侧部区域蒸镀膜更厚、均匀性更好.最后利用旋转球面夹具的小平面源蒸发模型很好地解释了上述实验结果.

  5. Performance enhancement of pc-Si solar cells through combination of anti-reflection and light-trapping: Functions of AAO nano-grating

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    Wu, Lei; Zhang, Haiming; Qin, Feifei; Bai, Xiaogang; Ji, Ziye; Huang, Dan

    2017-02-01

    Anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) nanogratings are experimentally applied to polycrystalline silicon (pc-Si) solar cells at front surface to improve the light coupling. On the basis of the Fresnel Reflection Principle, the primary reflection loss can be reduced by multi-layer dielectric film with varing refactive index. And this multi-layer film is regarded as anti-reflection coating. An efficient light-trapping structure is significant in absorption enhancement of long wavelength band (around 900-1100 nm) for silicon solar cells. In this paper, we put AAO nanogratings on the front side of pc-Si solar cells to serve as anti-reflecting coating and light-trapping structure. The operation leads to light absorption enhancement eventually. Thanks to AAO nano-grating's structure parameters, the anti-reflecting and light-trapping effects are changeable. This is discussed in three aspects: AAO lattice period, AAO thickness and its pore diameter. Optical interaction between AAO nanograting and Ag electrodes is also discussed. We find an increase of short-circuit current density (1.32 mA/cm2) with SiNx:H/AAO complex coating. The relative power conversion efficiency obtains a growth about 2.2% points. Additionally, AAO nanogratings may facilitate carrier separation. This improves the performance of pc-Si solar cells in electrical aspect.

  6. Development of antireflection coatings with a sup 6 LiF/ sup 6 sup 2 Ni multilayer converter for ultracold neutron detectors

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    Maier-Komor, P; Bergmaier, A; Dollinger, G; Paul, S; Schott, W

    2002-01-01

    High efficiency detectors for ultracold neutrons (UCN) are needed at the new high flux neutron source, Forschungsreaktor Muenchen II. In the development described, silicon PIN diodes were chosen to detect the alpha-particles or the tritons created in the reaction sup 6 Li(n,alpha)t. The high reflectance of UCN on sup 6 Li with its positive optical potential must be compensated by a material with negative optical potential. The isotope sup 6 sup 2 Ni was chosen for this. To avoid problems due to chemical reactions of Li with humidity, the compound sup 6 LiF was chosen. One hundred and fifty double layers of sup 6 LiF/ sup 6 sup 2 Ni had to be deposited by physical vapor deposition on silicon PIN diodes which had already been coated with 88 nm approx 77 mu g/cm sup 2 of sup 5 sup 8 Ni for reflection of the UCN. The theoretical optimal thickness of the sup 6 sup 2 Ni layers is 3 nm, and that of sup 6 LiF is 6 nm. Since expensive isotopes were involved, a small source-to-substrate distance had to be used, but wit...

  7. BDS Thin Film UV Antireflection Laser Damage Competition

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    Stolz, C J

    2010-10-26

    UV antireflection coatings are a challenging coating for high power laser applications as exemplified by the use of uncoated Brewster's windows in laser cavities. In order to understand the current laser resistance of UV AR coatings in the industrial and university sectors, a double blind laser damage competition was performed. The coatings have a maximum reflectance of 0.5% at 355 nm at normal incidence. Damage testing will be performed using the raster scan method with a 7.5 ns pulse length on a single testing facility to facilitate direct comparisons. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes and coating materials will also be shared.

  8. Effects of coating spherical iron oxide nanoparticles

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    2016-01-01

    International audience; We investigate the effect of several coatings applied in biomedical applications to iron oxide nanoparticles on the size, structure and composition of the particles. The four structural techniques employed – TEM, DLS, VSM, SAXS and EXAFS – show no significant effects of the coatings on the spherical shape of the bare nanoparticles, the average sizes or the local order around the Fe atoms. The NPs coated with hydroxylmethylene bisphosphonate or catechol have a lower pro...

  9. Fabrication of High Transparency Diamond-Like Carbon Film Coating on D263T Glass at Room Temperature as an Antireflection Layer

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    Chii-Ruey Lin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study intends to deposit high transmittance diamond-like carbon (DLC thin films on D263T glass substrate at room temperature via a diamond powder target using the radio frequency (RF magnetron sputtering technique. Moreover, various process parameters were used to tune the properties of the thin films by using the Taguchi method. Experimental results show that the content of sp3 bonded carbon decreases in accordance with the effect of the substrate temperature. In addition, the hardness of all as-deposited single-layer DLC films ranges from 13.2 to 22.5 GPa, and the RMS surface roughness was improved significantly with the decrease in sputtering pressure. The water repellent of the deposited DLC films improved significantly with the increase of the sp3 content, and its contact angle was larger than that of the noncoated one by 1.45 times. Furthermore, the refraction index (n of all as-deposited DLC films ranges from 1.95 to 2.1 at λ = 600 nm. These results demonstrate that the thickness increased as the reflectance increased. DLC film under an RF power of 150 W possesses high transmissive ability (>81% and low average reflectance ability (<9.5% in the visible wavelengths (at λ = 400–700 nm.

  10. Si/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Solar Cells with Advanced Antireflection and Back Surface Field Designs

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    Sun, Yiling; Yang, Zhenhai; Gao, Pingqi; He, Jian; Yang, Xi; Sheng, Jiang; Wu, Sudong; Xiang, Yong; Ye, Jichun

    2016-08-01

    Molybdenum oxide (MoO3) is one of most suitable antireflection (AR) layers for silicon/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (Si/PEDOT:PSS) hybrid solar cells due to its well-matched refractive index (2.1). A simulation model was employed to predict the optical characteristics of Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells with the MoO3 layers as antireflection coatings (ARCs), as well as to analyze the loss in current density. By adding an optimum thickness of a 34-nm-thick ARC of MoO3 on the front side and an effective rear back surface field (BSF) of phosphorus-diffused N + layer at the rear side, the hybrid cells displayed higher light response in the visible and near infrared regions, boosting a short-circuit current density ( J sc) up to 28.7 mA/cm2. The average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells was thus increased up to 11.90 %, greater than the value of 9.23 % for the reference devices.

  11. Effect of SiO2 coating in bolometric Ge light detectors for rare event searches

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    Beeman, J W; Giuliani, A; Mancuso, M; Pessina, G; Plantevin, O; Rusconi, C

    2012-01-01

    In germanium-based light detectors for scintillating bolometers, a SiO$_2$ anti-reflective coating is often applied on the side of the germanium wafer exposed to light with the aim to improve its light collection efficiency. In this paper, we report about a measurement, performed in the temperature range 25-35 mK, of the light-collection increase obtained thanks to this method, which resulted to be of the order of 20%. The procedure followed has been carefully selected in order to minimize systematic effects. The employed light sources have the same spectral features (peaking at $\\sim 630$ nm wavelength) that will characterise future neutrinoless double beta decay experiments on the isotope $^{82}$Se and based on ZnSe crystals, such as LUCIFER. The coupling between source and light detector reproduces the configuration used in scintillating bolometers. The present measurement clarifies the role of SiO$_2$ coating and describes a method and a set-up that can be extended to the study of other types of coatings ...

  12. Antireflective surface structures on infrared optics (Conference Presentation)

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    Busse, Lynda E.; Frantz, Jesse A.; Shaw, L. Brandon; Bayya, Shyam; Villalobos, Guillermo; Aggarwal, Ishwar D.; Sanghera, Jas S.

    2017-06-01

    Infrared-transmitting optics used in imaging systems have high refractive indices (n=1.4 to n > 3) that require antireflective (AR) coatings. These coatings have limitations in that they can delaminate in operational environments, which is a problem particularly for broadband coatings that consist of multiple layers of dissimilar materials. In addition, residual reflections within an imaging system can cause ghost reflections, degrading performance. Recently, new methods have been developed for fabrication of anti-reflective surface structures (ARSS) on optics that significantly reduce reflection losses at the surface. The ARSS approach provides a more robust solution by using surface structures built directly into the actual surface of the optics, without the need for a coating with extraneous materials. We present recent results that demonstrate superior ARSS performance on a variety of optics for use in the infrared spectral region. These materials have been successfully patterned with ARSS using reactive ion etching (RIE) or using photolithography and etching. We report on reflection losses as low as 0.02% for fused silica at 1.06 microns, and have also demonstrated low reflection losses for ARSS on germanium, spinel ceramic, and sapphire, all of which are important for mid- to long-wave infrared imaging applications.

  13. Optical coatings for metamaterials (Conference Presentation)

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    Jen, Yi-Jun

    2016-09-01

    Optical coatings have been referred as thin films that create interference effect to change optical properties of substrates. The most common applications of optical thin films are anti-reflection coatings, high reflective coatings, beamsplitter coatings, and bandpass filter coatings. In the recent development of metamaterials, the optical coatings also play a critical role in design, fabrication and measurement. In fabrication, glancing angle deposition has been applied to grow slanted metal nanorod arrays. The associated longitudinal plasmon and transverse plasmon modes under linear polarized illuminations are induced and generate anisotropic refractive index and extinction coefficient. Strong birefringence of a silver nanorod array reveals positive and negative real refractive indices exist for two orthogonal linear polarization states. Recently, negative index materials and hyperbolic metamaterials are realized as multilayers comprising subwavelength-scale metal and dielectric films alternatively. From the view of optical coatings, the design of optical edge filters can be applied to arrange the metal-dielectric multilayer as a symmetrical film sack to perform equivalent complex admittance and refractive index. On the other hand, the traditional admittance diagram used in design of antireflection and bandpass filters can be applied to induce the transmission of a negative index multilayer. The admittance loci of metal films are designed to be huge contours in the admittance diagram to reduce the energy loss in metal films. Five-layered symmetrical film stack and seven-layered symmetrical film stack are shown here to present as new bandpass filters with negative real refractive indices.

  14. Development of diffractive antireflection structures on ZnSe for high power CO II laser applications

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    Reversat, Fabien; Berthou, Thierry; Tisserand, Stéphane; Dupuy, Lionel; Gautier, Sophie; Muys, Peter; Delbeke, Danae; Grojo, David; Laraichi, Mohammed; Delaporte, Philippe

    2008-04-01

    The unavoidable absorption of thin films used in antireflective coatings forms a permanent bottleneck in the development of optics for high power laser applications. A valid alternative would be the micro-structuring of the optics surface, realizing a diffraction grating which emulates the functioning of an Anti-Reflection thin film layer. Due to the absence of film material, this diffractive structure would not contribute to the overall absorption of the optics. This paper investigates the practical limits of this strategy, applied to zinc selenide as low absorption infrared substrate material.

  15. Effect of Coated PHB on Properties of Abradable Seal Coating

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    CHENG Xudong; XIANG Hongyu; YE Weiping; MENG Xiaoming; MIN Jie; LIU Minzhi; ZHANG Pu; LU Wei

    2014-01-01

    As pore-forming materials, the coated poly-p-hydroxybenzoate(short for PHB) and h-BN can be applied in the preparation of abradable seal coatings at high temperature. The characteristics of coating such as morphology, thermal stability and composition were studied by SEM, EDS and FTIR. The results show that the modified PHB will change the remained carbon amount, porosity and pore morphology of the coating, which can affect the properties of coatings. If the pore is small enough in uniform distribution, the coating with 5 MPa bond strength, 30-55 HR45Y superficial hardness and certain of carbon can be suitable to well abradability.

  16. Development of new maskless manufacturing method for anti-reflection structure and application to large-area lens with curved surface

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    Yamamoto, Kazuya; Takaoka, Toshimitsu; Fukui, Hidetoshi; Haruta, Yasuyuki; Yamashita, Tomoya; Kitagawa, Seiichiro

    2016-03-01

    In general, thin-film coating process is widely applied on optical lens surface as anti-reflection function. In normal production process, at first lens is manufactured by molding, then anti-reflection is added by thin-film coating. In recent years, instead of thin-film coating, sub-wavelength structures adding on surface of molding die are widely studied and development to keep anti-reflection performance. As merits, applying sub-wavelength structure, coating process becomes unnecessary and it is possible to reduce man-hour costs. In addition to cost merit, these are some technical advantages on this study. Adhesion of coating depends on material of plastic, and it is impossible to apply anti-reflection function on arbitrary surface. Sub-wavelength structure can solve both problems. Manufacturing method of anti-reflection structure can be divided into two types mainly. One method is with the resist patterning, and the other is mask-less method that does not require patterning. What we have developed is new mask-less method which is no need for resist patterning and possible to impart an anti-reflection structure to large area and curved lens surface, and can be expected to apply to various market segments. We report developed technique and characteristics of production lens.

  17. Tailored antireflective biomimetic nanostructures for UV applications

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    Morhard, Christoph; Pacholski, Claudia; Spatz, Joachim P [Department of New Materials and Biosystems, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Lehr, Dennis; Brunner, Robert; Helgert, Michael [Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Technology Center, Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Sundermann, Michael, E-mail: Pacholski@mf.mpg.de [Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Technology Center, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 56, D-73447 Oberkochen (Germany)

    2010-10-22

    Antireflective surfaces composed of biomimetic sub-wavelength structures that employ the 'moth eye principle' for reflectance reduction are highly desirable in many optical applications such as solar cells, photodetectors and laser optics. We report an efficient approach for the fabrication of antireflective surfaces based on a two-step process consisting of gold nanoparticle mask generation by micellar block copolymer nanolithography and a multi-step reactive ion etching process. Depending on the RIE process parameters nanostructured surfaces with tailored antireflective properties can easily be fabricated that show optimum performance for specific applications.

  18. Coatings and Tints of Spectacle Lenses

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    H. Zeki Büyükyıldız

    2012-01-01

    Spectacle lenses are made of mineral or organic (plastic) materials. Various coatings and tints are applied to the spectacle lenses according to the characteristic of the lens material, and for the personal needs and cosmetic purpose. The coatings may be classified in seven groups: 1) Anti-reflection coatings, 2) Hard coatings, 3) Clean coat, 4) Mirror coatings, 5) Color tint coating (one of coloring processes), 6) Photochromic coating (one of photochromic processes), and 7) Anti-fog...

  19. Surface Passivation and Antireflection Behavior of ALD on n-Type Silicon for Solar Cells

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    Ing-Song Yu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Atomic layer deposition, a method of excellent step coverage and conformal deposition, was used to deposit TiO2 thin films for the surface passivation and antireflection coating of silicon solar cells. TiO2 thin films deposited at different temperatures (200°C, 300°C, 400°C, and 500°C on FZ n-type silicon wafers are in the thickness of 66.4 nm ± 1.1 nm and in the form of self-limiting growth. For the properties of surface passivation, Si surface is effectively passivated by the 200°C deposition TiO2 thin film. Its effective minority carrier lifetime, measured by the photoconductance decay method, is improved 133% at the injection level of  cm−3. Depending on different deposition parameters and annealing processes, we can control the crystallinity of TiO2 and find low-temperature TiO2 phase (anatase better passivation performance than the high-temperature one (rutile, which is consistent with the results of work function measured by Kelvin probe. In addition, TiO2 thin films on polished Si wafer serve as good ARC layers with refractive index between 2.13 and 2.44 at 632.8 nm. Weighted average reflectance at AM1.5G reduces more than half after the deposition of TiO2. Finally, surface passivation and antireflection properties of TiO2 are stable after the cofire process of conventional crystalline Si solar cells.

  20. Use of ZnO as antireflective, protective, antibacterial, and biocompatible multifunction nanolayer of thermochromic VO{sub 2} nanofilm for intelligent windows

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    Zhou, Huaijuan; Li, Jinhua [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Bao, Shanhu [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Li, Jian [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Liu, Xuanyong, E-mail: xyliu@mail.sic.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Jin, Ping, E-mail: p-jin@mail.sic.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Materials Research Institute for Sustainable Development, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya 463-8560 (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A multifunctional VO{sub 2}/ZnO bilayer film is designed and deposited by magnetron sputtering apparatus. • The ZnO top layer can enhance the antireflective, antioxidative and anti-corrosion functions of the VO{sub 2} film. • The ZnO top layer can endow VO{sub 2} film with excellent antibacterial performance. • The ZnO top layer can attenuate the cytotoxicity of VO{sub 2} thin film. - Abstract: A multifunctional VO{sub 2}/ZnO bilayer film is designed and deposited by magnetron sputtering apparatus. The integration of the antireflective, antioxidative and anti-corrosion functions, and antibacterial performance makes the heterostructure film a promising candidate in the energy-saving smart window. The ZnO thin film as the antireflection layer can markedly boost the solar regulation efficiency (ΔT{sub sol}) from 7.7% to 12.2% and possesses excellent luminous transmittance (T{sub lum-L} = 50.3%) in the low-temperature semiconductor phase. The ZnO layer as the protection barrier can not only protect VO{sub 2} thin film from oxidation to much toxic V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, but also decrease the release of V ions. Besides, the synergistic effect of releasing killing by Zn{sup 2+} ions and contact killing by ZnO NPs makes ZnO thin film an outstanding antibacterial coating. In terms of the biological safety, ZnO coating with appropriate film thickness can effectively attenuate the cytotoxicity of VO{sub 2} on human HIBEpiC cells. We hope this work can provide new insights for better designing of novel multifunctional VO{sub 2}-based intelligent energy-saving windows.

  1. Al2O3/SiON stack layers for effective surface passivation and anti-reflection of high efficiency n-type c-Si solar cells

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    Thi Thanh Nguyen, Huong; Balaji, Nagarajan; Park, Cheolmin; Triet, Nguyen Minh; Le, Anh Huy Tuan; Lee, Seunghwan; Jeon, Minhan; Oh, Donhyun; Dao, Vinh Ai; Yi, Junsin

    2017-02-01

    Excellent surface passivation and anti-reflection properties of double-stack layers is a prerequisite for high efficiency of n-type c-Si solar cells. The high positive fixed charge (Q f) density of N-rich hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H) films plays a poor role in boron emitter passivation. The more the refractive index ( n ) of a-SiNx:H is decreased, the more the positive Q f of a-SiNx:H is increased. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxynitride (SiON) films possess the properties of amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx) and a-SiNx:H with variable n and less positive Q f compared with a-SiNx:H. In this study, we investigated the passivation and anti-reflection properties of Al2O3/SiON stacks. Initially, a SiON layer was deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition with variable n and its chemical composition was analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Then, the SiON layer was deposited as a capping layer on a 10 nm thick Al2O3 layer, and the electrical and optical properties were analyzed. The SiON capping layer with n = 1.47 and a thickness of 70 nm resulted in an interface trap density of 4.74 = 1010 cm-2 eV-1 and Q f of -2.59 = 1012 cm-2 with a substantial improvement in lifetime of 1.52 ms after industrial firing. The incorporation of an Al2O3/SiON stack on the front side of the n-type solar cells results in an energy conversion efficiency of 18.34% compared to the one with Al2O3/a-SiNx:H showing 17.55% efficiency. The short circuit current density and open circuit voltage increase by up to 0.83 mA cm-2 and 12 mV, respectively, compared to the Al2O3/a-SiNx:H stack on the front side of the n-type solar cells due to the good anti-reflection and front side surface passivation.

  2. Effect of Surface Coatings on Cylinders Exposed to Underwater Shock

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    Y.W. Kwon

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available The response of a coated cylinder (metallic cylinder coated with a rubber material subjected to an underwater explosion is analyzed numerically. The dynamic response of the coated cylinder appears to be adversely affected when impacted by an underwater shock wave under certain conditions of geometry and material properties of the coating. When adversely affected, significant deviations in values of axial stress, hoop stress, and strain are observed. The coated cylinder exhibits a larger deformation and higher internal energy in the metallic material. Rubber coatings appeared to inhibit energy dissipation from the metallic material to the surrounding water medium. A parametric study of various coatings was performed on both aluminum and steel cylinders. The adverse effect of the coating decreased when the stiffness of the rubber layer increased, indicating the existence of a threshold value. The results of this study indicate that the stiffness of the coating is a critical factor to the shock hardening of the coated cylinder.

  3. Texturing of the Silicon Substrate with Nanopores and Si Nanowires for Anti-reflecting Surfaces of Solar Cells

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    A.A. Druzhinin

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the prospects of obtaining a functional multi-layer anti-reflecting coating of the front surface of solar cells by texturing the surface of the silicon by electrochemical etching. The physical model of the "Black Si" coating with discrete inhomogeneity of the refractive index and technological aspects of producing of "Black Si" functional anti-reflecting coatings were presented. The investigation results of the spectral characteristics of the obtained multilayer multiporous "Black Si" coatings for silicon solar cells made by electrochemical etching are presented. The possibility of creating the texture on a silicon wafer surface using silicon nanowires and ordered nanopores obtained by metal-assisted chemical etching was shown.

  4. Emerging rules for effective antimicrobial coatings.

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    Salwiczek, Mario; Qu, Yue; Gardiner, James; Strugnell, Richard A; Lithgow, Trevor; McLean, Keith M; Thissen, Helmut

    2014-02-01

    In order to colonize abiotic surfaces, bacteria and fungi undergo a profound change in their biology to form biofilms: communities of microbes embedded into a matrix of secreted macromolecules. Despite strict hygiene standards, biofilm-related infections associated with implantable devices remain a common complication in the clinic. Here, the application of highly dosed antibiotics is problematic in that the biofilm (i) provides a protective environment for microbes to evade antibiotics and/or (ii) can provide selective pressure for the evolution of antibiotic-resistant microbes. However, recent research suggests that effective prevention of biofilm formation may be achieved by multifunctional surface coatings that provide both non-adhesive and antimicrobial properties imparted by antimicrobial peptides. Such coatings are the subject of this review.

  5. Superior sealing effect of hydroxyapatite in porous-coated implants

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    Rahbek, Ole; Kold, Søren Vedding; Bendix, Knud

    2005-01-01

    Migration of wear debris to the periprosthetic bone is a major cause of osteolysis and implant failure. Both closed-pore porous coatings and hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings have been claimed to prevent the migration of wear debris. We investigated whether HA could augment the sealing effect...... of a porous coating under both stable and unstable conditions....

  6. Fabrication of broadband antireflective black metal surfaces with ultra-light-trapping structures by picosecond laser texturing and chemical fluorination

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    Zheng, Buxiang; Wang, Wenjun; Jiang, Gedong; Mei, Xuesong

    2016-06-01

    A hybrid method consisting of ultrafast laser-assisted texturing and chemical fluorination treatment was applied for efficiently enhancing the surface broadband antireflection to fabricate black titanium alloy surface with ultra-light-trapping micro-nanostructure. Based on the theoretical analysis of surface antireflective principle of micro-nanostructures and fluoride film, the ultra-light-trapping micro-nanostructures have been processed using a picosecond pulsed ultrafast laser on titanium alloy surfaces. Then fluorination treatment has been performed by using fluoroalkyl silane solution. According to X-ray diffraction phase analysis of the surface compositions and measurement of the surface reflectance using spectrophotometer, the broadband antireflective properties of titanium alloy surface with micro-nano structural characteristics were investigated before and after fluorination treatment. The results show that the surface morphology of micro-nanostructures processed by picosecond laser has significant effects on the antireflection of light waves to reduce the surface reflectance, which can be further reduced using chemical fluorination treatment. The high antireflection of over 98 % in a broad spectral range from ultraviolet to infrared on the surface of metal material has been achieved for the surface structures, and the broadband antireflective black metal surfaces with an extremely low reflectance of ultra-light-trapping structures have been obtained in the wavelength range from ultraviolet-visible to near-infrared, middle-wave infrared. The average reflectance of microgroove groups structured surface reaches as low as 2.43 % over a broad wavelength range from 200 to 2600 nm. It indicates that the hybrid method comprising of picosecond laser texturing and chemical fluorination can effectively induce the broadband antireflective black metal surface. This method has a potential application for fabricating antireflective surface used to improve the

  7. Mathematical modeling of photoinitiated coating degradation: Effects of coating glass transition temperature and light stabilizers

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    Kiil, Søren; G.de With, R.A.T.M.Van Benthem

    2013-01-01

    A mathematical model, describing coating degradation mechanisms of thermoset coatings exposed to ultraviolet radiation and humidity at constant temperature, was extended to simulate the behavior of a coating with a low glass transition temperature. The effects of adding light stabilizers (a UV...... absorber and a radical scavenger) to the coating were also explored. The extended model includes photoinitiated oxidation reactions, intrafilm oxygen permeability, water absorption and diffusion, reduction of crosslink density, absorption of ultraviolet radiation, a radical scavenger reaction......, and simulates the transient development of an oxidation zone. Simulations are in good agreement with experimental data for a fast degrading epoxy-amine coating with a glass transition temperature of −50°C. It was found that the degradation rate of the non-stabilized coating was influenced significantly...

  8. Entry and exit facet laser damage of optical windows with random antireflective surface structures

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    Sapkota, Gopal; Case, Jason R.; Potter, Matthew G.; Busse, Lynda E.; Shaw, L. Brandon; Sanghera, Jasbinder S.; Aggarwal, Ishwar D.; Poutous, Menelaos K.

    2016-12-01

    Nanosecond duration, high intensity and high average power laser pulses induce damage on uncoated optics, due to localized field enhancement at the exit surface of the components. Anti-reflection (AR) coated optics, due to their (multiple) thin film boundaries, have similar field enhancement regions, which lead to laser damage on both entry and exit sides. Nano-scale structured optical interfaces with AR performance (ARSS) have been widely demonstrated, and found to have higher laser damage resistance than conventional AR coatings. Comprehensive tests of optical entry and exit structured-surface laser damage using nanosecond pulses for ARSS are not widely available. We measured the laser damage of random anti-reflective surface structures (rARSS), on planar, optical quality, fused silica substrates, using single 6-8ns duration pulses at 1064 nm wavelength. The single-sided rARSS substrates were optimized for Fresnel reflectance suppression at 1064 nm, and the measured transmittance at normal incidence was increased by 3.2%, with a possible theoretical maximum of 3.5%. The high energy laser beam was focused to increase the incident intensity, in order to probe values above and below the damage thresholds reported in the literature. The source laser Q-switch durations were used to directly control incident fluence. Multiple locations were tested for each Q-switch setting, to build a statistical relationship between the fluence and damaging events. Single-sided, AR random surface structured substrates were tested, using entry and exit side orientations, to determine any effects the random structures may have in the damage induced by the field enhancement on the exit side. We found that the AR randomly structured surfaces have a higher resistance, to the onset of laser damage, when they are located at the entry (structured) side of the substrates. In comparison, when the same AR random structures are in the beam exit side of the substrates, the onset of laser damage

  9. Broadband and omnidirectional anti-reflection layer for III/V multi-junction solar cells

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    Diedenhofen, Silke L; Haverkamp, Erik; Bauhuis, Gerard; Schermer, John; Rivas, Jaime Gómez; 10.1016/j.solmat.2012.02.022

    2012-01-01

    We report a novel graded refractive index antireflection coating for III/V quadruple solar cells based on bottom-up grown tapered GaP nanowires. We have calculated the photocurrent density of an InGaP-GaAs-InGaAsP-InGaAs solar cell with a MgF2/ZnS double layer antireflection coating and with a graded refractive index coating. The photocurrent density can be increased by 5.9 % when the solar cell is coated with a graded refractive index layer with a thickness of 1\\mu m. We propose to realize such a graded refractive index layer by growing tapered GaP nanowires on III/V solar cells. For a first demonstration of the feasibility of the growth of tapered nanowires on III/V solar cells, we have grown tapered GaP nanowires on AlInP/GaAs substrates. We show experimentally that the reflection from the nanowire coated substrate is reduced and that the transmission into the substrate is increased for a broad spectral and angular range.

  10. Double-layer antireflection from silver nanoparticle integrated SiO2 layer on silicon wafer: effect of nanoparticle morphology and SiO2 film thickness

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    Parashar, Piyush K.; Sharma, R. P.; Komarala, Vamsi K.

    2017-01-01

    Optical properties of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) on SiO2 thin films of variable thickness, as a plasmonic double layer on a plain silicon wafer, are investigated for broadband antireflection. The light confinement into the silicon is found to be sensitive to the SiO2 film thickness of a few nanometers due to an evanescent character of the Ag NPs’ near-fields. The Ag NPs’ size anisotropy plays a pivotal role in incident light coupling due to the sub-wavelength spatial variation of near-fields at the interface, which leads to reflectance spectrum oscillation behavior in the nanoparticles’ surface plasmon resonance and off-resonance regions. With an optimized SiO2/Ag NP double layer, the average reflectance in the 300-1200 nm spectral range is reduced to 14% in comparison to 42% in bare silicon, with a flat minimum reflectance of 3.5% in the 725-1020 nm spectral region. Finite difference time domain calculations are performed for spatial variation of near-fields and their angular distribution of far-fields at different inhomogeneous interfaces (where near-fields exist). The total reflectance from various configurations is simulated theoretically by considering the experimentally optimized physical parameters of the plasmonic double layer to support the observations. To verify the role of SiO2 surface topology apart from the nanoparticle morphology in plasmon near-field coupling, thermally grown SiO2 films are investigated along with the sputtered SiO2 thin films.

  11. Numerical Parametric Analysis of Bond Coat Thickness Effect on Residual Stresses in Zirconia-Based Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Abbas, Musharaf; Hasham, Hasan Junaid; Baig, Yasir

    2016-02-01

    Numerical-based finite element investigation has been conducted to explain the effect of bond coat thickness on stress distribution in traditional and nanostructured yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)-based thermal barrier coatings (TBC). Stress components have been determined to quantitatively analyze the mechanical response of both kinds of coatings under the thermal shock effect. It has been found that maximum radial tensile and compressive stresses that exist at thermally grown oxide (TGO)/bond coat interface and within TGO respectively decrease with an increase in bond coat thickness. Effect of bond coat thickness on axial tensile stresses is not significant. However, axial compressive stresses that exist at the edge of the specimen near bond coat/substrate interface decrease appreciably with the increase in bond coat thickness. Residual stress profile as a function of bond coat thickness is further explained for comparative analysis of both coatings to draw some useful conclusions helpful in failure studies of TBCs.

  12. Effect of Al coating conditions on laser weldability of Al coated steel sheet

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    Jung-Han LEE; Jong-Do KIM; Jin-Seok OH; Seo-Jeong PARK

    2009-01-01

    Al coated steel sheets with excellent heat resistance, thermal reflection, and corrosion resistance are widely used in various applications. The laser weldability of the Al coated steel sheet for full penetration welding was reported. The phenomenon caused by intermixed aluminum and behavior of aluminum in the weld were investigated. Al coated steel sheets that have various thickness and coating mass were prepared for laser welding. The effects of parameters such as welding conditions and Al coating conditions were investigated. Al content mixed in the weld after laser welding was evaluated, and then a correlation between the mixed Al and mechanical properties was investigated. The results show that the Al-rich zones which have Fe-Al intermetallic compounds are found in the weld. The intermetallic compounds cause the decreased strength of the weld.

  13. Effects of High Temperature on Collector Coatings

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    Report reveals electroplated black chrome is good coating for concentrating collectors in which temperatures are in the 650 degrees-800 degrees F (340 degrees - 430 degrees C) range. Black chrome thermal emittance is low and solar-absorption properties are not seriously degraded at high temperatures. Black coatings are used to increase absorption of solar energy by base metal while decreasing emission of infrared energy. Coatings are intended to improve efficiency of solar collectors.

  14. CrCuAgN PVD nanocomposite coatings: Effects of annealing on coating morphology and nanostructure

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    Liu, Xingguang; Iamvasant, Chanon; Liu, Chang; Matthews, Allan; Leyland, Adrian

    2017-01-01

    CrCuAgN PVD nanocomposite coatings were produced using pulsed DC unbalanced magnetron sputtering. This investigation focuses on the effects of post-coat annealing on the surface morphology, phase composition and nanostructure of such coatings. In coatings with nitrogen contents up to 16 at.%, chromium exists as metallic Cr with N in supersaturated solid solution, even after 300 °C and 500 °C post-coat annealing. Annealing at 300 °C did not obviously change the phase composition of both nitrogen-free and nitrogen-containing coatings; however, 500 °C annealing resulted in significant transformation of the nitrogen-containing coatings. The formation of Ag aggregates relates to the (Cu + Ag)/Cr atomic ratio (threshold around 0.2), whereas the formation of Cu aggregates relates to the (Cu + Ag + N)/Cr atomic ratio (threshold around 0.5). The primary annealing-induced changes were reduced solubility of Cu, Ag and N in Cr, and the composition altering from a mixed ultra-fine nanocrystalline and partly amorphous phase constitution to a coarser, but still largely nanocrystalline structure. It was also found that, with sufficient Cu content (>12 at.%), annealing at a moderately high temperature (e.g. 500 °C) leads to transportation of both Cu and Ag (even at relatively low concentrations of Ag, ≤3 at.%) from inside the coating to the coating surface, which resulted in significant reductions in friction coefficient, by over 50% compared to that of the substrate (from 0.31 to 0.14 with a hemispherical diamond indenter, and from 0.83 to 0.40 with an alumina ball counterface, respectively). Results indicate that the addition of both Cu and Ag (in appropriate concentrations) to nitrogen-containing chromium is a viable strategy for the development of 'self-replenishing' silver-containing thin film architectures for temperature-dependent solid lubrication requirements or antimicrobial coating applications.

  15. Epitaxial growth of an antireflective, conductive, graded index ITO nanowire layer

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    Colm eO'Dwyer

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Nanoporous and nanostructured films, assemblies and arrangements are important from an applied point of view in microelectronics, photonics and optical materials. The ability to minimize reflection, control light output and use contrast and variation of the refractive index to modify photonic characteristics can provide routes to enhanced photonic crystal devices, omnidirectional reflectors, antireflection coatings and broadband absorbing materials. This work shows how multiscale branching of defect-free ITO NWs grown as a layer with a graded refractive index improves antireflection properties and shifts the transparency window into the near-infrared (NIR. The measurements confirm the structural quality and growth mechanism of the NW layer without any heterogeneous seeding for NW growth. Optical reflectance measurements confirm broadband antireflection down to <5% between 1.3-1.6 um which is tunable with the NW density. The work also outlines how the suppression of the Burstein-Moss shifts using refractive index variation allows transparency in a conductive NW layer into NIR range.

  16. The Effect of Substrate Topography on Coating Cathodic Delamination

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    Weinell, Claus E.; Sørensen, Per A.; Kiil, Søren

    2011-01-01

    This article describes the effect of steel substrate topography on coating cathodic delamination. The study showed that the surface preparation can be used to control and minimize the rate of cathodic delamination. The coating should have maximum wetting properties so that substrates with high...

  17. Physiological Effects of Touching Coated Wood

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    Harumi Ikei

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the physiological effects of touching wood with various coating with the palm of the hand on brain activity and autonomic nervous activity. Participants were 18 female university students (mean age, 21.7 ± 1.6 years. As an indicator of brain activity, oxyhemoglobin concentrations were measured in the left and right prefrontal cortices using near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy. Heart rate variability (HRV and heart rate were used as indicators of autonomic nervous activity. The high-frequency (HF component of HRV, which reflects parasympathetic nervous activity, and the low-frequency (LF/HF ratio, which reflects sympathetic nervous activity, were measured. Plates of uncoated, oil-finished, vitreous-finished, urethane-finished, and mirror-finished white oak wood were used as tactile stimuli. After sitting at rest with their eyes closed for 60 s, participants touched the stimuli with their palm for 90 s each. The results indicated that tactile stimulation with uncoated wood calmed prefrontal cortex activity (vs. urethane finish and mirror finish, increased parasympathetic nervous activity (vs. vitreous finish, urethane finish, and mirror finish, and decreased heart rate (vs. mirror finish, demonstrating a physiological relaxation effect. Further, tactile stimulation with oil- and vitreous-finished wood calmed left prefrontal cortex activity and decreased heart rate relative to mirror-finished wood.

  18. Effect of substrate preheating temperature and coating thickness on residual stress in plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coating

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    Tang, Dapei

    2015-07-01

    A thermal-mechanical coupling model was developed based on thermal-elastic- plastic theory according the special process of plasma spraying Hydroxyapatite (HA) coating upon Ti-6Al-4V substrate. On the one hand, the classical Fourier transient heat conduction equation was modified by introducing the effect item of deformation on temperature, on the other hand, the Johnson-Cook model, suitable for high temperature and high strain rate conditions, was used as constitutive equation after considering temperature softening effect, strain hardening effect and strain rate reinforcement effect. Based on the above coupling model, the residual stress field within the HA coating was simulated by using finite element method (FEM). Meanwhile, the substrate preheating temperature and coating thickness on the influence of residual stress components were calculated, respectively. The failure modes of coating were also preliminary analyzed. In addition, in order to verify the reliability of calculation, the material removal measurement technique was applied to determine the residual stress of HA coating near the interface. Some important conclusions are obtained.

  19. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} spherical particles based anti-reflection and wavelength conversion bi-functional films: Synthesis and application to solar cells

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    Miao, Hui [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Ji, Ruonan [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Hu, Xiaoyun, E-mail: hxy3275@nwu.edu.cn [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Han, Linzi; Hao, Yuanyuan; Sun, Qian [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Zhang, Dekai [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Fan, Jun [School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Bai, Jintao [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); and others

    2015-04-25

    Highlights: • Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were successfully prepared. The as prepared particles can convert UV region photos to visible photons between 460 nm and 640 nm, which just matched the spectral response of most solar cells. • Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} is not only a good photoluminescence host material, but also it has high corrosion resistivity, thermal stability, and transparency from violet to infrared light. Cooperated with SiO{sub 2} sols, it could realize a better anti-reflection property. • As a proof-of-concept application, the as prepared bi-functional films could effectively improve the photoelectric conversion efficiency by 0.23% compared to pure SiO{sub 2} AR coating film and 0.55% compared to glass. - Abstract: In this study, Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were prepared via the simple, cost-effective urea homogeneous precipitation method without additives. The chosen particles were added in the SiO{sub 2} sols to get anti-reflection (AR) and wavelength conversion bi-functional films. Careful investigations were carried out to find the optimum preparation conditions and proper morphology. SEM images showed that the particle sizes reduced as metal ion/urea ratio decreased. Additionally, the extracted particles turned from sphere to lamellar type when the deionized water, which was used as solvent, reduced to a certain extent. The mechanisms of the morphology formation and diversification were proposed as well. The as prepared materials can convert UV region photos to visible photons between 460 nm and 640 nm, which just matched the spectral response of most solar cells. The spherical sample showed better luminescence performance than the one with lamellar morphology. In addition, the optical transmittance spectra indicated that the films adding spherical particles had better anti-reflective performance, and the best adding amount was 0.08 g. Finally, As a proof-of-concept application

  20. Effects of water concentration in the coating solution on the wall relaxation rate of octadecyltrichlorosilane coated rubidium vapor cells

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    Zhang, Guiying; Wei, Lihua; Wang, Meiling; Zhao, Kaifeng, E-mail: zhaokf@fudan.edu.cn [Institute of Modern Physics, Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China and Applied Ion Beam Physics Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2015-01-28

    High quality anti-relaxation surface coatings for atomic vapor cells are essential for the preservation of atomic spin coherence and the enhancement of measurement sensitivity. In this paper, we studied the effects of water concentration in octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) coating solution on the relaxation rate and its reproducibility of OTS coated Rubidium vapor cells. We found that appropriate water concentration can improve the anti-relaxation performance of OTS coated cells.

  1. The effect of coating residual stress on the fatigue life of thermal spray-coated steel and aluminum

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    McGrann, R.T.R.; Greving, D.J.; Shadley, J.R.; Rybicki, E.F. [Tulsa Univ., OK (United States). Mechanical Engineering Dept.; Kruecke, T.L.; Bodger, B.E. [Southwest Aeroservice, Inc., Tulsa, OK (United States)

    1998-10-10

    The acceptance of thermal spray coatings in many applications depends on the effect of the coating on the fatigue performance of the coated part. One of the factors that influences the fatigue life of thermal spray-coated components is the residual stress in the coating. This study investigates the fatigue performance of tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) thermal spray coating systems. Bending fatigue tests of specimens with WC-Co coatings on both 4130 steel substrates and 6061 aluminum substrates were conducted. The through-thickness residual stress level in the thermal spray coatings was determined using the modified layer removal method. The effect of the residual stresses on the fatigue life of the coated specimens was analyzed. It was found that there is a direct relation between the residual stress in the coating and the fatigue life of the coated part. Fatigue life can be changed by a factor of ten due to the level of compressive residual stress in the coating. (orig.) 7 refs.

  2. Effect of W coating on microengine performance

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    MANI,SEETHAMBAL S.; FLEMING,JAMES G.; WALRAVEN,JEREMY A.; SNIEGOWSKI,JEFFRY J.; DE BOER,MAARTEN P.; IRWIN,LLOYD W.; TANNER,DANELLE M.; LAVAN,DAVID A.; DUGGER,MICHAEL T.; JAKUBCZAK II,JEROME F.; MILLER,WILLIAM M.

    2000-03-01

    Two major problems associated with Si-based MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) devices are stiction and wear. Surface modifications are needed to reduce both adhesion and friction in micromechanical structures to solve these problems. In this paper, the authors present a CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) process that selectively coats MEMS devices with tungsten and significantly enhances device durability. Tungsten CVD is used in the integrated-circuit industry, which makes this approach manufacturable. This selective deposition process results in a very conformal coating and can potentially address both stiction and wear problems confronting MEMS processing. The selective deposition of tungsten is accomplished through the silicon reduction of WF{sub 6}. The self-limiting nature of the process ensures consistent process control. The tungsten is deposited after the removal of the sacrificial oxides to minimize stress and process integration problems. The tungsten coating adheres well and is hard and conducting, which enhances performance for numerous devices. Furthermore, since the deposited tungsten infiltrates under adhered silicon parts and the volume of W deposited is less than the amount of Si consumed, it appears to be possible to release adhered parts that are contacted over small areas such as dimples. The wear resistance of tungsten coated parts has been shown to be significantly improved by microengine test structures.

  3. Design of optical coatings

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    Gunkel, Claus W.

    1990-08-01

    A highly sophisticated antireflection coating and a cut-on-filter - designed by the Leitz program "RDP" - will be pointed out. The program runs on a VAX 8530 and allows to calculate reflectance, transmittance and phase of randomly polarized light which interacts with marginal surfaces. The number of layers is not limited. Some or even all layers are allowed to be anistropic. Up to four layers may be inhomogeneous both in refractive indices and absorption constants. At a time two thicknesses, two refractive indices and absorption constants as well as the angles of incidence may be varied independently in each run. The calculated values will be compared with the results of measurements. The antireflection coating is evaporated in a Balzers high vacuum evaporation plant, controlled by the process unit BPU 420, whereas the cut-on filter is evaporated in a Leybold box coater with Leycom III and two electron-beam guns.

  4. Effects of gold coating on experimental implant fixation

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    Zainali, Kasra; Danscher, Gorm; Jakobsen, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    -kinase activation. The present study investigated whether gilding implant Surfaces augmented early implant osseointegration and implant fixation by its modulatory effect on the local inflammatory response. Ion release was traced by autometallographic silver enhancement. Gold-coated cylindrical porous coated Ti6Al4V....... Histomorphometrical analyses showed gold-coated implants had a decrease in overall total bone-to-implant contact of 35%. Autometallographic analysis revealed few cells loaded with gold close to the gilded implant surface. The findings demonstrate that gilding of implants negatively, affects mechanical strength...

  5. Effects of titanium coating on property of diamond

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    2007-01-01

    The titanium film was coated on the surface of diamond crystal in order to improve the chemical properties of diamond and the effect of titanium coating on the property of diamond was discussed. The anti-impacting strength, the oxidization process and the soakage property between vitrified bond and diamond were investigated. It is found that, when the titanium film is coated on the surface of diamond crystal, the soakage angle between vitrified bond and diamond decreases from 39.5° to 34.5° at 993 K, and the oxidization degree on the surface of diamonds is lowered greatly.

  6. Effect of coatings on hardness of commercial marbles

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    Zedef, Veysel

    2016-04-01

    In this study, three type of marble and one granite were chosen to understand if the coating is effective on hardness of the commercial rocks. To understand the hardness of the rock, Schmidt hammer tests were undertaken. The used device allowed us uniaxial compressive strength (UCS) as well as Schmidt rebound (R). The coated samples have clearly high R and UCS values when compared to uncoated samples. The Elazig visne, the well-known marble of Turkey, have 35.6 R and 44.2 MPa UCS values of coated samples. On the other hand, uncoated surface of the same marble have 30.5 R and 35.4 MPa UCS.

  7. Understanding Solidification of Polythiophene Thin Films during Spin-Coating: Effects of Spin-Coating Time and Processing Additives

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    Jin Yeong Na; Boseok Kang; Dong Hun Sin; Kilwon Cho; Yeong Don Park

    2015-01-01

    Spin-coating has been used extensively in the fabrication of electronic devices; however, the effects of the processing parameters have not been fully explored. Here, we systematically characterize the effects of the spin-coating time on the microstructure evolution during semiconducting polymer solidification in an effort to establish the relationship between this parameter and the performances of the resulting polymer field-effect transistors (FETs). We found that a short spin-coating time ...

  8. Effect of inhibitors and coatings on rebar corrosion

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    Saricimen, H.; Ashiru, O.A.; Jarrah, N.R.; Quddus, A.; Shameem, M. [King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia). Research Inst.

    1997-12-01

    Chloride-induced corrosion of reinforcing steel is a major cause of deterioration of concrete structures in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. Two of the practical ways of preventing or retarding corrosion of reinforcing steel bars in concrete are by using (a) inhibitor in concrete mix, and (b) coating either on the rebars or on external surfaces of concrete structures. The objective of this study has been to evaluate the effect of two inhibitors, three concrete coatings, and two barrier coatings on corrosion of reinforcing steel bars. Reinforced concrete specimens were monitored by AC and DC electrochemical techniques while undergoing free and accelerated corrosion. Accelerated corrosion tests were performed under 4V impressed anodic potential. Corrosion of the steel bars were evaluated by measuring anodic current, time-to-cracking of concrete specimens, and corrosion rates of the steel bars. The results showed that the specimens with the concrete surface coatings did not perform better than the control specimens. Time-to-cracking was shorter and corrosion rate of steel bars was higher in specimens coated with concrete coatings. The inhibitors and rebar surface coatings reduced the corrosion rate of steel bars significantly and improved the time-to-cracking of the specimens in comparison to control specimens.

  9. Laser processing of solar cells with anti-reflective coating

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Dennis, Tim; Waldhauer, Ann; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

    2016-02-16

    Contact holes of solar cells are formed by laser ablation to accommodate various solar cell designs. Use of a laser to form the contact holes is facilitated by replacing films formed on the diffusion regions with a film that has substantially uniform thickness. Contact holes may be formed to deep diffusion regions to increase the laser ablation process margins. The laser configuration may be tailored to form contact holes through dielectric films of varying thicknesses.

  10. Effect of heat treatment on corrosion behavior of duplex coatings

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    K. Raghu Ram Mohan Reddy

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, duplex WC-Co/NiCrAlY coating is coated onto Ti6Al4V substrate and vacuum heat treatment is employed to investigate the corrosion behavior of heat treated samples as well as Ti6Al4V substrate for comparison. In this duplex coating system, High Velocity Oxy Fuel (HVOF process is used to deposit NiCrAlY interlayer with a constant thickness of 200 μm and WC-Co ceramic top layer with varying thickness of 250 μm, 350 μm and 450 μm deposited by Detonation Spray (DS process. Different heat treatment temperatures (600–1150 °C were employed for the coated samples to study the microstructure and the effect on corrosion resistance of the duplex coatings. Potentiodynamic polarization tests were carried to investigate the corrosion performance of duplex coated heat treated samples and the substrate in Ringer’s solution at 37 °C and prepared the pH to 5.7. The microstructure upon corrosion after heat treatment was characterized by SEM analysis to understand the corrosion behavior. The results disclosed that at all heat treatment temperatures, all the coated samples exhibited better corrosion resistance than the base substrate. However, during 950 °C and 1150 °C heat treatment temperatures, it was observed highest corrosion potential than 600 °C and 800 °C. The 350 μm thickness, coated sample exhibited highest corrosion resistance compared to other two coated samples and the substrate at all heat treatment temperatures.

  11. Improvement and characterization of high-reflective and anti-reflective nanostructured mirrors by ion beam assisted deposition for 944 nm high power diode laser

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    Ghadimi-Mahani, A.; Farsad, E.; Goodarzi, A.; Tahamtan, S.; Abbasi, S. P.; Zabihi, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    Single-layer and multi-layer coatings were applied on the surface of diode laser facets as mirrors. This thin film mirrors were designed, deposited, optimized and characterized. The effects of mirrors on facet passivation and optical properties of InGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs diode lasers were investigated. High-Reflective (HR) and Anti-Reflective (AR) mirrors comprising of four double-layers of Al2O3/Si and a single layer of Al2O3, respectively, were designed and optimized by Macleod software for 944 nm diode lasers. Optimization of Argon flow rate was studied through Alumina thin film deposition by Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) for mirror improvement. The nanostructured HR and AR mirrors were deposited on the front and back facet of the laser respectively, by IBAD system under optimum condition. Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Vis-IR Spectrophotometer, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and laser characterization Test (P-I) were used to characterize various properties of mirrors and lasers. AFM images show mirror's root mean square roughness is nearly 1 nm. The Spectrophotometer results of the front facet transmission and the back facet reflection are in good agreement with the simulation results. Optical output power (P) versus driving current (I) characteristics, measured before and after coating the facet, revealed a significant output power enhancement due to optimized AR and HR optical coatings on facets.

  12. [Is the white coat effect an alert reaction?].

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    Mpio, I; Ducher, M; Cerutti, C; Fauvel, J P

    2004-01-01

    Is the white coat effect an alert reaction? In this cross-sectional study we compared the white coat effect on systolic blood pressure with the systolic blood pressure reactivity obtained during a stress test. The influence of the sympathetic system (LF band of systolic BP) and the parasympathetic system (HF band of pulse rate) on white coat systolic blood pressure and stress test systolic blood pressure were analysed. We stratified 174 subjects into two groups, according to their blood pressure: hypertensives (HT, n=44, BP>140/90 mmHg) and normotensives (NT, n=130). The BP was recorded during an occupational health consultation, over 24 hours, and beat to beat during a stress test (Finapress). White coat systolic BP was calculated as the difference between the consultation BP and the average systolic BP over 24 hours. The white coat systolic BP was not related with an increase in pulse rate. In contrast, during the stress test the increases in systolic BP and pulse rate were correlated (r=0.44; p<0.001). The white coat systolic BP was lower than the stress test systolic BP in the NT (6.6 +/- 7.2 vs 23 +/- 12 mmHg; p<0.001) and in the HT (16 +/- 11 vs 29 +/- 17 mmHg; p<0.001). The HT had a lower parasympathetic index than the NT (0.45 +/- 0.43 vs 0.92 +/- 0.83 bpm2; p<0.001). In the HT the white coat systolic BP was positively correlated with the stress test systolic BP (r=0.47: p<0.01) and negatively with the parasympathetic activity index. In conclusion, for recently diagnosed and untreated HT an early alteration of the parasympathetic system reveals that the white coat effect is a low amplitude alert reaction.

  13. Effect of Sintering on Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Barrier Effects of Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    WANG Kai; PENG Hui; GUO Hongbo; GONG Shengkai

    2012-01-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are mostly applied to hot components of advanced turbine engines to insulate the components from hot gas.The effect of sintering on thermal conductivity and thermal barrier effects of conventional plasma sprayed and nanostructured yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are investigated.Remarkable increase in thermal conductivity occurs to both typical coatings after heat treatment.The change of porosity is just the opposite.The grain size of the nanostructured zirconia coating increases more drastically with annealing time compared to that of the conventional plasma sprayed coating,which indicates that coating sintering makes more contributions to the thermal conductivity of the nanostructured coating than that of the conventional coating.Thermal barrier effect tests using temperature difference technique are performed on both coatings.The thermal barrier effects decrease with the increase of thermal conductivity after heat treatment and the decline seems more drastic in low thermal conductivity range.The decline in thermal barrier effects is about 80 ℃for nanostructured coating after 100 h heat treatment,while the conventional coating reduces by less than 60 ℃ compared to the as-sprayed coating.

  14. Evaluating the effect of coating equipment on tablet film quality using terahertz pulsed imaging

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    Haaser, Miriam; Naelapaa, Kaisa; Gordon, Keith C

    2013-01-01

    In this study, terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) was employed to investigate the effect of the coating equipment (fluid bed and drum coater) on the structure of the applied film coating and subsequent dissolution behaviour. Six tablets from every batch coated with the same delayed release coating...... formulation under recommended process conditions (provided by the coating polymer supplier) were mapped individually to evaluate the effect of coating device on critical coating characteristics (coating thickness, surface morphology and density). Although the traditional coating quality parameter (weight gain......) indicated no differences between both batches, TPI analysis revealed a lower mean coating thickness (CT) for tablets coated in the drum coater compared to fluid bed coated tablets (p...

  15. On the emissivity of silver coated panels, effect of long term stability and effect of coating thickness

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    Ageladarakis, P.; Obert, W

    1999-01-01

    Silver plated panels have been extensively used for the LHe surfaces of JET's largest cryopumps for more than 15 years now. ITER, the next-generation fusion device, also favours silver plated shields for its cryostat and vacuum vessel. This paper is concerned with the effect of ageing, coating thickness, temperature, moisture and corrosion on the emissivity of silver coated stainless steel samples, as a measure of optimisation for both performance and cost issues. (author)

  16. Effect of Layer-Graded Bond Coats on Edge Stress Concentration and Oxidation Behavior of Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Zhu, Dongming; Ghosn, Louis J.; Miller, Robert A.

    1998-01-01

    Thermal barrier coating (TBC) durability is closely related to design, processing and microstructure of the coating Z, tn systems. Two important issues that must be considered during the design of a thermal barrier coating are thermal expansion and modulus mismatch between the substrate and the ceramic layer, and substrate oxidation. In many cases, both of these issues may be best addressed through the selection of an appropriate bond coat system. In this study, a low thermal expansion and layer-graded bond coat system, that consists of plasma-sprayed FeCoNiCrAl and FeCrAlY coatings, and a high velocity oxyfuel (HVOF) sprayed FeCrAlY coating, is developed to minimize the thermal stresses and provide oxidation resistance. The thermal expansion and oxidation behavior of the coating system are also characterized, and the strain isolation effect of the bond coat system is analyzed using the finite element method (FEM). Experiments and finite element results show that the layer-graded bond coat system possesses lower interfacial stresses. better strain isolation and excellent oxidation resistance. thus significantly improving the coating performance and durability.

  17. Porous Nanomaterials for Ultrabroadband Omnidirectional Anti-Reflection Surfaces with Applications in High Concentration Photovoltaics

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    Yao, Yuan

    2016-12-06

    Materials for nanoporous coatings that exploit optimized chemistries and self-assembly processes offer capabilities to reach ≈98% transmission efficiency and negligible scattering losses over the broad wavelength range of the solar spectrum from 350 nm to 1.5 μm, on both flat and curved glass substrates. These nanomaterial anti-reflection coatings also offer wide acceptance angles, up to ±40°, for both s- and p-polarization states of incident light. Carefully controlled bilayer films have allowed for the fabrication of dual-sided, gradient index profiles on plano-convex lens elements. In concentration photovoltaics platforms, the resultant enhancements in the photovoltaics efficiencies are ≈8%, as defined by experimental measurements on systems that use microscale triple-junction solar cells. These materials and their applications in technologies that require control over interface reflections have the potential for broad utility in imaging systems, photolithography, light-emitting diodes, and display technologies.

  18. Sol-gel derived antireflective structures for applications in silicon solar cells

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    Karasiński, Paweł; Skolik, Marcin

    2016-12-01

    This work presents theoretical and experimental results of antireflective coatings (ARCs) obtained for applications in silicon solar cells. ARCs were derived from sol-gel process and dip-coated using silica (SiO2) and titania (TiO2). Theoretical results were obtained using 2×2 transfer matrix calculation method. Technological process of SiO2 and TiO2 thin film fabrication as well as measurement techniques are described in this paper. Strong correlation between theoretical and experimental data is demonstrated. It is shown, that weighted average reflection from a substrate can be reduced ten times with the use of SiO2/TiO2/Si double layer ARCs, when compared to a bare silica substrate.

  19. Evaporated erbium oxide as an antireflective layer for C-Si solar cells

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    Alizadeh, Hossein; Bahardoust, Barzin; Gougam, Adel; Kherani, Nazir P.; Zukotynski, Stefan

    2009-08-01

    We report on the optical properties of erbium oxide thin films prepared by physical vapor deposition. The films were subjected to various rapid thermal annealing (RTA) treatments. The best result was obtained for samples annealed at 500 °C, where the ramp rate was 200 °C/s, zero soak time, and a cooling rate of 25 °C/s. The average reflection from this erbium oxide coated c-Si substrate, measured over a wavelength range of 300nm to 1100nm, is around 18% and 8% before and after annealing, respectively. The average transmission of erbium oxide on glass is 50 % and 90 % before and after annealing, respectively. Using this antireflection coating the short circuit current of a silicon base photovoltaic device increases by more than 40 %.

  20. Effect of Nanosilica Filled Polyurethane Composite Coating on Polypropylene Substrate

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    Yern Chee Ching

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Acrylic based polyurethane (PU coatings with various amounts of nanosilica contents were prepared using solution casting method. The nanosilica (SiO2 particles used are around 16 nm in diameter. The friction and wear test was conducted using the reciprocating wear testing machine. The tests were performed at rotary speed of 100 rpm and 200 rpm with load of 0.1 kg to 0.4 kg under 1 N interval. The effect of the PU/nano-SiO2 composite coating on friction and wear behavior of polypropylene substrate was investigated and compared. The worn surface of coating film layer after testing was investigated by using an optical microscope. The introduction of PU/nanosilica composite coating containing 3 wt% of nano-SiO2 content gives the lowest friction coefficient and wear rate to PP substrate. Both the friction and wear rate of PP substrate coated with >3 wt% of nano-SiO2 filled PU coating would increase with the increasing of applied load and sliding time.

  1. Antibacterial effect of doxycycline-coated dental abutment surfaces.

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    Xing, Rui; Witsø, Ingun L; Jugowiec, Dawid; Tiainen, Hanna; Shabestari, Maziar; Lyngstadaas, Ståle P; Lönn-Stensrud, Jessica; Haugen, Håvard J

    2015-09-11

    Biofilm formation on dental abutment may lead to peri-implant mucositis and subsequent peri-implantitis. These cases are clinically treated with antibiotics such as doxycycline (Doxy). Here we used an electrochemical method of cathodic polarization to coat Doxy onto the outer surface of a dental abutment material. The Doxy-coated surface showed a burst release in phosphate-buffered saline during the first 24 h. However, a significant amount of Doxy remained on the surface for at least 2 weeks especially on a 5 mA-3 h sample with a higher Doxy amount, suggesting both an initial and a long-term bacteriostatic potential of the coated surface. Surface chemistry was analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. Surface topography was evaluated by field emission scanning electron microscopy and blue-light profilometry. Longer polarization time from 1 h to 5 h and higher current density from 1 to 15 mA cm(-2) resulted in a higher amount of Doxy on the surface. The surface was covered by a layer of Doxy less than 100 nm without significant changes in surface topography. The antibacterial property of the Doxy-coated surface was analyzed by biofilm and planktonic growth assays using Staphylococcus epidermidis. Doxy-coated samples reduced both biofilm accumulation and planktonic growth in broth culture, and also inhibited bacterial growth on agar plates. The antibacterial effect was stronger for samples of 5 mA-3 h coated with a higher amount of Doxy compared to that of 1 mA-1 h. Accordingly, an abutment surface coated with Doxy has potential for preventing bacterial colonization when exposed to the oral cavity. Doxy-coating could be a viable way to control peri-implant mucositis and prevent its progression into peri-implantitis.

  2. UV-black rutile TiO{sub 2}: An antireflective photocatalytic nanostructure

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    Sanz, Ruy, E-mail: ruy.sanzgonzalez@cnr.it; Zimbone, Massimo; Buccheri, Maria Antonietta; Scuderi, Viviana; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Privitera, Vittorio [CNR-IMM, Via Santa Sofia 64, I-95123 Catania (Italy); Romano, Lucia [Department of Physics, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, I-95123 Catania (Italy); Scuderi, Mario; Nicotra, Giuseppe [CNR-IMM, Zona industriale strada VIII n.5, I-95121 Catania (Italy); Jensen, Jens [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Linköping SE-581 83 (Sweden)

    2015-02-21

    This work presents an experimental study on the specific quantitative contributions of antireflective and effective surface areas on the photocatalytic and antibacterial properties of rutile TiO{sub 2} nanospikes. They are studied when continuously distributed over the whole surface and when integrated into well-defined microstructures. The nanospikes were produced following MeV ion beam irradiation of bulk rutile TiO{sub 2} single crystals and subsequent chemical etching. The ion beam irradiation generated embedded isolated crystalline nanoparticles inside an etchable amorphous TiO{sub 2} layer, and nanospikes fixed to the not etchable TiO{sub 2} bulk substrate. The produced nanospikes are shown to resist towards aggressive chemical environments and act as an efficient UV antireflective surface. The photocatalytic activity experiments were performed under the ISO 10678:2010 protocol. The photonic and quantum efficiency are reported for the studied samples. The combined micro- and nanostructured surface triples the photonic efficiency compared to the initial flat surface. Results also revealed that the antireflective effect, due to the nanostructuring, is the dominating factor compared to the increase of surface area, for the observed photocatalytic response. The obtained results may be taken as a general strategy to design and precisely evaluate photoactive nanostructures.

  3. Coatings and Tints of Spectacle Lenses

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    H. Zeki Büyükyıldız

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Spectacle lenses are made of mineral or organic (plastic materials. Various coatings and tints are applied to the spectacle lenses according to the characteristic of the lens material, and for the personal needs and cosmetic purpose. The coatings may be classified in seven groups: 1 Anti-reflection coatings, 2 Hard coatings, 3 Clean coat, 4 Mirror coatings, 5 Color tint coating (one of coloring processes, 6 Photochromic coating (one of photochromic processes, and 7 Anti-fog coatings. Anti-reflection coatings reduce unwanted reflections from the lens surfaces and increase light transmission. Hard coatings are applied for preventing the plastic lens surface from scratches and abrasion. Hard coatings are not required for the mineral lenses due to their hardness. Clean coat makes the lens surface smooth and hydrophobic. Thus, it prevents the adherence of dust, tarnish, and dirt particles on the lens surface. Mirror coatings are applied onto the sunglasses for cosmetic purpose. Color tinted and photochromic lenses are used for sun protection and absorption of the harmful UV radiations. Anti-fog coatings make the lens surface hydrophilic and prevent the coalescence of tiny water droplets on the lens surface that reduces light transmission. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2012; 42: 359-69

  4. Effect of SOFC Interconnect-Coating Interactions on Coating Properties and Performance

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    Jeffrey W. Fergus

    2012-09-05

    The high operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) provides good fuel flexibility which expands potential applications, but also creates materials challenges. One such challenge is the interconnect material, which was the focus of this project. In particular, the objective of the project was to understand the interaction between the interconnect alloy and ceramic coatings which are needed to minimize chromium volatilization and the associated chromium poisoning of the SOFC cathode. This project focused on coatings based on manganese cobalt oxide spinel phases (Mn,Co)3O4, which have been shown to be effective as coatings for ferritic stainless steel alloys. Analysis of diffusion couples was used to develop a model to describe the interaction between (Mn,Co)3O4 and Cr2O3 in which a two-layer reaction zone is formed. Both layers form the spinel structure, but the concentration gradients at the interface appear like a two-phase boundary suggesting that a miscibility gap is present in the spinel solid solution. A high-chromium spinel layer forms in contact with Cr2O3 and grows by diffusion of manganese and cobalt from the coating material to the Cr2O3. The effect of coating composition, including the addition of dopants, was evaluated and indicated that the reaction rate could be decreased with additions of iron, titanium, nickel and copper. Diffusion couples using stainless steel alloys (which form a chromia scale) had some similarities and some differences as compared to those with Cr2O3. The most notable difference was that the high-chromium spinel layer did not form in the diffusion couples with stainless steel alloys. This difference can be explained using the reaction model developed in this project. In particular, the chromia scale grows at the expense of the alloy, the high-chromia layer grows at the expense of chromia scale and the high-chromia layer is consumed by diffusion of chromium into the coating material. If the last process (dissolution

  5. Effect of carbon on microstructure of CrAlCχN1-χ coatings by hybrid coating system

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    Sung-Kyu AHN; Se-Hun KWON; Kwang-Ho KIM

    2011-01-01

    A systematic investigation of the microstructure of CrAICχN1-χ coatings as a function of carbon contents was conducted.Quaternary CrAICχN1-χ coatings were deposited on Si wafers by a hybrid coating system combining an arc-ion plating technique and a DC reactive magnetron sputtering technique using Cr and Al targets in the Ar/N2/CH4 gaseous mixture. The effect of carbon content on microstructure of CrAICχN1-χ coatings was investigated with instrumental analyses of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The results show that the carbon content of CrAICχN1-χ coatings linearly increases with increasing CH4/(CH4/N2) gas flow rate ratio. The surface roughness of the CrAICχN 1-χ coating layer decreases with the increase of carbon content.

  6. Enhanced photothermal effect of plasmonic nanoparticles coated with reduced graphene oxide.

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    Lim, Dong-Kwon; Barhoumi, Aoune; Wylie, Ryan G; Reznor, Gally; Langer, Robert S; Kohane, Daniel S

    2013-09-11

    We report plasmonic gold nanoshells and nanorods coated with reduced graphene oxide that produce an enhanced photothermal effect when stimulated by near-infrared (NIR) light. Electrostatic interactions between nanosized graphene oxide and gold nanoparticles followed by in situ chemical reduction generated reduced graphene oxide-coated nanoparticles; the coating was demonstrated using Raman and HR-TEM. Reduced graphene oxide-coated gold nanoparticles showed enhanced photothermal effect compared to noncoated or nonreduced graphene oxide-coated gold nanoparticles. Reduced graphene oxide-coated gold nanoparticles killed cells more rapidly than did noncoated or nonreduced graphene oxide-coated gold nanoparticles.

  7. Effect of preliminary vacuum plasma treatment on coating adhesion

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    Slabodchikov, Vladimir A.; Borisov, Dmitry P.; Kuznetsov, Vladimir M.

    2016-11-01

    The paper presents research results on the adhesion properties of Si coatings synthesized by different methods and under different conditions of preliminary vacuum ion plasma treatment of substrates with subsequent magnetron sputtering. The substrate surface was pretreated with low-energy ion beams, high-energy ion beams, gas discharge plasma, and plasma produced by a magnetron sputtering system. The vacuum conditions (pump type, pressure, etc.), the ion current density, and the bias parameters (pulse repetition frequency and duration) were varied. The research results demonstrate a considerable effect of plasma immersion ion implantation on the adhesion of Si coatings to NiTi substrates.

  8. Effect of polymer coating on leakage losses in Bragg fibers.

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    Uspenskii, Yu A; Uzorin, E E; Vinogradov, A V; Likhachev, M E; Semjonov, S L; Bubnov, M M; Dianov, E M; Jamier, R; Février, S

    2007-05-15

    It is found that the reflection of leaky radiation from the interface between the outer silica cladding and the coating polymer greatly modifies the loss spectrum of Bragg fibers. A simple model that describes this effect is proposed and confirmed by measurement and computation.

  9. Effect of silica coating on flexural strength of fiber posts

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    Valandro, LF; Ozcan, M; de Melo, RM; Galhano, GAP; Baldissara, P; Scotti, R; Bottino, MA

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: Fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) posts can be air-abraded to obtain good attachment to the resin cement. This study tested the effect of silica coating on the flexural strength of carbon, opaque, and translucent quartz FRC posts. Materials and Methods: Six experimental groups of FRC posts (

  10. Effect of various concentrations of Aloe vera coating on postharvest ...

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    Effect of various concentrations of Aloe vera coating on postharvest quality ... Data were recorded on weight loss, pH and total soluble solids (TSS) among others. ... soluble solids concentration and pH were also maintained for longer periods ...

  11. Hybrid glass coatings for optical fibers: effect of coating thickness on strength and dynamic fatigue characteristics of silica fibers

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    Wojcik, A. B.; Matthewson, M. J.; Castelino, K. T.; Wojcik, J.; Walewski, A.

    2006-04-01

    Specialty optical fibers operating in harsh aerospace environments are typically exposed to high temperatures and elevated humidity. This calls for better performing protective coatings. Recently developed sol-gel derived inorganicorganic hybrid materials called hybrid glass offered improved protective performance as compared to standard dual polymer coated fibers [1]. In this paper we examine the effectiveness of online UV curing for the protective ability of hybrid glass coatings. For this purpose two types of UV-curable hybrid glass candidates representing two different concentrations of acrylate groups were applied online to silica fibers as single and dual coats. Samples of fibers were collected and subjected to dynamic fatigue testing by two-point bending. The stress corrosion parameter, n, as well as the strength of the fibers were determined. Both the strength and n were higher for fibers with two layers of coating as compared to single coatings even when the thickness of both one and two layer coatings was the same. This may be caused by the greater degree of cross linking of the inorganic component when the coating is exposed twice to the heat generated in the UV chamber. Coating materials with reduced acrylate group content had higher values of the fatigue parameter n but at the same time reduced strength.

  12. Antireflective characteristics of hemispherical grid grating

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    REN Zhibin; JIANG Huilin; LIU Guojun; SUN Qiang

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, the optical characteristics of new type hemispherical grid subwavelength grating are studied by using multi-level column structure approximation and rigorous coupled-wave analysis. This kind of grating could be fabricated by chemical methods, thus simplifying the fabrication technology of subwavelength gratings for visible light. By computer simulation and calculation, the hemispherical grid subwavelength gratings are proved to have antireflective characteristics. Two design schemes of this kind of grating are presented. In the first scheme, the grating could achieve a reflectivity as low as 3.4416×10-7, which can be adapted to 0.46―0.7 μm of visible waveband and ±12° incident angle field. In the second scheme, the grating can achieve a reflectivity as low as 3.112×10-4 and adapted to the whole visible waveband and ±23° incident angle field. The application field of the latter scheme is wider than that of the former. The results of this paper could provide reference for the applications of the hemispherical grid subwavelength gratings for the visible waveband.

  13. Reflective solar coatings. (Latest citations from the NTIS bibliographic database). Published Search

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    1997-07-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the research and development of solar reflective coatings. The use of reflective and antireflective coatings in solar mirrors, collectors, cells, and laser windows is discussed. Corrosion protection and protective coatings are emphasized. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  14. Measurement of surface crystallinity of PAA and PAANa coatings and its effect on hydrophilicity of coatings

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    潘春跃; 刘清泉; 徐先华; 陈振华

    2003-01-01

    The solutions of poly(acrylic acid)(PAA), poly(acrylic acid sodium)(PAANa) were coated on aluminium fins by roll coating method. The coatings with different crystallinity were obtained by varying baking time and temperature. Their surface crystallinity and surface tension were measured, and their spreading speed constant and equilibrium contact angle were tested also. The correlation of surface crystallinity, surface tension, spreading speed constant and surface hydrophilicity was discussed. It is demonstrated that surface tension and spreading speed constant increase, while equilibrium contact angle declines with increasing surface crystallinity of coatings, that is to say, the hydrophilicity of coatings is improved with surface crystallinity of coatings increasing.

  15. Effects of Conformal Coat on Tin Whisker Growth

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    Kadesch, Jong S.; Leidecker, Henning; Day, John H. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    A whisker from a tin plated part was blamed for the loss of a commercial spacecraft in 1998. Although pure tin finishes are prohibited by NASA, tin plated parts, such as hybrids, relays and commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts, are something discovered to have been installed in NASA spacecraft. Invariably, the assumption is that a conformal coat will prevent the growth of, or short circuits caused by, tin whiskers. This study measures the effect a Uralane coating has on the initiation and growth of tin whiskers, on the ability of this coating to prevent a tin whisker from emerging from the coating, and on the ability to prevent shorting. A sample of fourteen brass substrates (1 inch by 4 inches by 1/16 inch) were plated by two separate processes: half of the specimens were 'bright' tin plated directly over the brass substrate and half received a copper flash over the brass substrate prior to 'bright' tin plating. Each specimen was coated on one half of the substrate with three bi-directional sprays of Uralane 5750 to a nominal thickness of 25 to 75 micrometers (1 to 3 mils). Several specimens of both types, Cu and non-Cu flashed, were placed in an oven maintained at 50 C as others' work suggests that this is the optimal temperature for whisker formation. The remaining specimens were maintained at room ambient conditions. The surfaces of each specimen have been regularly inspected using both optical (15 to 400x power) and Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM). Many types of growths, including needle-like whiskers, first appeared approximately three months after plating on the non-conformally coated sides of all specimens. At four months, 4 to 5 times more growth sites were observed on the coated side; however, the density of growth sites on the non-conformally coated side has since increased rapidly, and now, at one year, is about the same for both sides. The density of growth sites is estimated at 90/sq mm with 30 percent of the sites growing whiskers (needle

  16. Weathering of coil-coatings: UV radiation and thermal effects

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    Castela, A. S.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of heat and of QUV ageing on coil coatings was tested by electrochemical impedance, and the results compared with surface analysis of the polymers by FTIR and XPS. It was shown that UV radiation is more relevant than heat to chemical degradation. A different correlation between water permeation and chemical degradation was observed depending on the coating thickness: for the thinner coatings, the higher UV degradation has corresponded to increased water absorption, whereas in the thicker coating, the bulk effect of heat was more relevant to water permeation.

    El efecto del calor y del envejecimiento, QUV, sobre recubrimiemtos de bobinas se probó mediante la impedancia electroquímica, y los resultados se compararon con análisis superficiales de los polímeros usando FTIR y XPS. Se encontró que la radiación UV es más importante que el calor en la degradación química. Una correlación diferente, entre agua infiltrada y degradación química, se observó, dependiendo del espesor del recubrimiento: para los recubrimientos más delgados, mayor degradación UV correspondió a un incremento de absorción de agua; en cambio, para los recubrimientos más gruesos, el efecto del calor fue más importante para la infiltración del agua.

  17. Fabrication of Antireflective Sub-Wavelength Structures on Silicon Nitride Using Nano Cluster Mask for Solar Cell Application

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    Lin Men-Ku

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We have developed a simple and scalable approach for fabricating sub-wavelength structures (SWS on silicon nitride by means of self-assembled nickel nanoparticle masks and inductively coupled plasma (ICP ion etching. Silicon nitride SWS surfaces with diameter of 160–200 nm and a height of 140–150 nm were obtained. A low reflectivity below 1% was observed over wavelength from 590 to 680 nm. Using the measured reflectivity data in PC1D, the solar cell characteristics has been compared for single layer anti-reflection (SLAR coatings and SWS and a 0.8% improvement in efficiency has been seen.

  18. The effect of coating/substrate interface curvature on fracture of Si-Al-N coatings subjected to mechanical loading

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    Shugurov, Artur

    2015-10-01

    The effect of curvature of the film/substrate interface on the fracture mechanisms of Si-Al-N coatings on Cu substrates subjected to uniaxial tension and alternating bending is studied. Local interface curvature due to substrate surface roughening caused by its plastic deformation in the course of the uniaxial tension is shown to have a profound effect on their delamination and buckling. Interface curvature induced by specimen bending promotes kinking of through-the-coating cracks at the interface that is followed by delamination and spalling of the coatings.

  19. Effective Dielectric Response of Nonlinear Composites of Coated Metal Inclusions

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    CHEN Guo-Qing; WU Ya-Min

    2007-01-01

    The effective dielectric response of the composites in which nondilute coated metal particles are randomly embedded in a linear host is investigated. Two types of coated particles are considered, one is that the core is nonlinear, the other is that the shell is nonlinear. We derive general expressions for the effective linear dielectric function and the effective third-order nonlinear susceptibility, and take one step forward to perform numerical calculations on the coated metal/dielectric composites. Numerical results show that the effective linear and nonlinear dielectric responses can be greatly enhanced near the surface plasmon resonant frequency. Moreover, the resonant peaks are found within a range from 0.46ωp to 0.57ωp for spherical particles and from 0.59ωp to 0.7ωp for cylindrical inclusions. In the frequency region, the resonant peak can achieve the maximum, according to an optimal structural parameter and volume fraction. The resonant frequency exhibits a redshift with the increasing structural parameter k or volume fraction f or dimensionality factor D.

  20. Effect of Hydrophobic Coating on Hagen-Poiseuille Flows

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    Alejandro Ríos-Rodríguez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of a hydrophobic coating on the flow through circular pipes with Newtonian fluids has been investigated. Velocity fields inside a pipe were experimentally determined by the particle image velocimetry (PIV technique. The test fluid presented a viscosity of about sixty times higher than water viscosity. Two glass pipe configurations were used: one uncoated and another covered with an extremely hydrophobic commercial product. Comparisons between coated and uncoated pipes were made at similar Reynolds (Re numbers, all in the laminar regime (70-250. Results show that the hydrophobic effect consists in an observable slip velocity at the wall, with a reduction in shear rate near the pipe boundary. Pressure drop values were estimated from a modified Hagen-Poiseuille equation, taking into consideration the non-zero velocity at the boundary for both set of experiments, and the results show a 20% reduction in the pressure drop for the hydrophobic wall compared with the uncoated pipe case.

  1. Effects Of Gelatine-Coated Vascular Grafts On Human Neutrophils

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    Meyer Frank

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate the immune-modulatory potential of commercially available PTFE and polyester vascular grafts with and without gelatine-coating. The biomaterial-cell-interaction was characterized by changes of established parameters such as PMN-related receptors/mediators, phagocytosis potential and capacity as well as the effect of an additional plasma-dependent modulation.

  2. WHITE COAT EFFECT AND WHITE COAT HYPERTENSION: ONE AND THE SAME?

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    TENG CL

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available White coat hypertension (WCHT and white coat effect (WCE are often thought to be of the same entity. They are in fact different conditions which carry distinctive definitions and prognostic significance. WCHT is diagnosed when office blood pressure (OBP is ≥140/90 mmHg on at least 3 occasions, while the average daytime or 24-hour blood pressure is <135/85 mmHg. It is common with 15% prevalence in the general population and may account for over 30% of individuals in whom hypertension is diagnosed. Although individuals with WCHT were reported to have a better cardiovascular (CV prognosis when compared to those with sustained hypertension and masked hypertension; they were also shown to have a greater prevalence of target organ damage (TOD and metabolic abnormalities than that of normotensive subjects. In contrast, WCE is defined as the transient elevation of OBP induced by the alerting response to a doctor or a nurse. WCE can occur in both normotensive and hypertensive persons; and is not substantially influenced by reassurance and familiarisation. There is conflicting evidence with regards to prognostic significance of WCE, where most data indicated that it does not predict future TOD, CV morbidity or mortality; with some studies showed otherwise. This case scenario aims to solve the diagnostic perplexity with regards to WCHT and WCE, followed by an evidence-based commentary of how to best manage such conditions.

  3. Effect of bioglass and silica coating of zirconia substrate on its bond strength to resin cement.

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    Moezzizadeh, Maryam; Nojedehian, Hanieh; Valizadeh Haghi, Haleh

    2017-01-31

    This study aimed to assess the effect of bioglass and silica coating of zirconia substrate on its bond strength to resin cement. A total of 120 specimens were used in this in-vitro, experimental study. Zirconia discs measuring 10×7×2 mm were cut from Y-TZP zirconia blocks, sintered, cleaned and received different surface treatments of sandblasting, bioglass powder coating+etching, bioglass powder coating+etching+silanization, bioglass slurry coating+etching, bioglass slurry coating+etching+silanization, silica coating+silanization, silica coating+etching+silanization and no treatment group (control). Then the microshear bond strength testing and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis were done. Data were analyzed using the Mann Whitney U and the Kruskal Wallis tests. Significant differences existed in bond strength of different groups (p<0.001). The sandblasted and bioglass coated groups showed higher and the colloidal silica-coated groups showed lower bond strength compared to the control group.

  4. Effect of coatings on oxidation resistance and mechanical performance of Ti60 alloy

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    Tang Zhaolin; Wang Fuhui; Wu Weitao [Academia Sinica, Shenyang, LN (China). Inst. of Corrosion and Protection of Metals; Wang Qingjiang; Li Dong [Institute of Metals Research, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110015 (China)

    1998-10-31

    The effect of several sputtered coatings on oxidation resistance and mechanical performance of Ti60 alloy was investigated. Sputtered pure Al, Ti-36Al, Ni-16Cr-2.5Al(wt%) coatings and reactively-sputtered Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} film were effective in inhibiting the oxidation and oxygen-embrittlement of Ti60 alloy at 600-700 C, while Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiAl coatings exhibited a better effect than Al and NiCrAl coatings from the point of view of coating-substrate compatibility. The tensile test after 100h exposure at 600 C in air also showed that Ti60 alloy with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiAl coatings exhibited a higher ductility than that with Al and NiCrAl coatings, which exhibited a good correlation with coating-substrate compatibility. (orig.) 17 refs.

  5. Effect of cathodic polarization on coating doxycycline on titanium surfaces

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    Geißler, Sebastian; Tiainen, Hanna; Haugen, Håvard J., E-mail: h.j.haugen@odont.uio.no

    2016-06-01

    Cathodic polarization has been reported to enhance the ability of titanium based implant materials to interact with biomolecules by forming titanium hydride at the outermost surface layer. Although this hydride layer has recently been suggested to allow the immobilization of the broad spectrum antibiotic doxycycline on titanium surfaces, the involvement of hydride in binding the biomolecule onto titanium remains poorly understood. To gain better understanding of the influence this immobilization process has on titanium surfaces, mirror-polished commercially pure titanium surfaces were cathodically polarized in the presence of doxycycline and the modified surfaces were thoroughly characterized using atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and angle-resolved X-ray spectroscopy. We demonstrated that no hydride was created during the polarization process. Doxycycline was found to be attached to an oxide layer that was modified during the electrochemical process. A bacterial assay using bioluminescent Staphylococcus epidermidis Xen43 showed the ability of the coating to reduce bacterial colonization and planktonic bacterial growth. - Highlights: • Titanium hydride was found not to be involved in immobilization of doxycycline. • Doxycycline coating was strongly bound to a modified surface oxide layer. • Effect of coatings tested using a dynamic bacteria assay based on bioluminescence. • Topmost layer of adsorbed doxycycline was shown to have strong antibacterial effect.

  6. Study of the recrystallization in coated pellets - effect of coating on API crystallinity.

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    Nikowitz, Krisztina; Pintye-Hódi, Klára; Regdon, Géza

    2013-02-14

    Coated diltiazem hydrochloride-containing pellets were prepared using the solution layering technique. Unusual thermal behavior was detected with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and its source was determined using thermogravimetry (TG), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and hot-stage microscopy. The coated pellets contained diltiazem hydrochloride both in crystalline and amorphous form. Crystallization occurs on heat treatment causing an exothermic peak on the DSC curves that only appears in pellets containing both diltiazem hydrochloride and the coating. Results indicate that the amorphous fraction is situated in the coating layer. The migration of drugs into the coating layer can cause changes in its degree of crystallinity. Polymeric coating materials should therefore be investigated as possible crystallization inhibitors.

  7. Design and optimization of broadband wide-angle antireflection structures for binary diffractive optics.

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    Chang, Chih-Hao; Waller, Laura; Barbastathis, George

    2010-04-01

    We propose a class of antireflecting structures that can effectively suppress reflections for binary diffractive optics. In this structure, multiple periodic thin films with gradually varying refractive indices are used to shift all reflected diffraction to the transmitted orders. The structure is optimized to operate over broad bands and wide angles using rigorous coupled-wave analysis and genetic algorithms. We validated the structure numerically using finite-difference time-domain methods. The proposed structure may lead to more efficient diffractive devices for applications in thin-film photovoltaic, waveguide coupler, and holographic optical elements.

  8. Optical coatings for laser fusion applications

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    Lowdermilk, W.H.; Milam, D.; Rainer, F.

    1980-04-24

    Lasers for fusion experiments use thin-film dielectric coatings for reflecting, antireflecting and polarizing surface elements. Coatings are most important to the Nd:glass laser application. The most important requirements of these coatings are accuracy of the average value of reflectance and transmission, uniformity of amplitude and phase front of the reflected or transmitted light, and laser damage threshold. Damage resistance strongly affects the laser's design and performance. The success of advanced lasers for future experiments and for reactor applications requires significant developments in damage resistant coatings for ultraviolet laser radiation.

  9. Facile fabrication of a lotus-effect composite coating via wrapping silica with polyurethane

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    Su Changhong, E-mail: suchhnju@yahoo.com.cn [Department of Material Science, School of Material Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Technology, Zhangzou Road 22, Zibo 255049 (China)

    2010-01-15

    A lotus-effect coating was fabricated by wrapping micro-silica and nano-silica with polyurethane (PU) and subsequent spraying. The coating shows the similar self-cleaning property as lotus leaves: the contact angle is as large as 168 deg. and the sliding angle is as low as 0.5 deg. Surface morphology of the coating was studied with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The composite coating shows the similar structure as lotus leaves.

  10. Effects of yttrium, aluminum and chromium concentrations in bond coatings on the performance of zirconia-yttria thermal barriers

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    Stecura, S.

    1980-01-01

    A cyclic furnace study was conducted on thermal barrier systems to evaluate the effects of yttrium, chromium and aluminum in nickel-base alloy bond coatings and the effect of bond coating thickness on yttria-stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coating life. Without yttrium in the bond coatings, the zirconia coatings failed very rapidly. Increasing chromium and aluminum in the Ni-Cr-Al-Y bond coatings increased total coating life. This effect was not as great as that due to yttrium. Increased bond coat thickness was also found to increase life.

  11. Modulating pH-independent release from coated pellets: effect of coating composition on solubilization processes and drug release.

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    Ensslin, Simon; Moll, Klaus Peter; Metz, Hendrik; Otz, Markus; Mäder, Karsten

    2009-05-01

    The aim of the study was to clarify the influences of three coating parameters on the drug release from chlorpheniramine maleate (CPM) pellets, coated with blends of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(vinyl alcohol)-poly(ethylene glycol) (PVA-PEG) graft copolymer. A central composite design was implemented to investigate the effect of the polymer blend ratio, the film coat thickness and the plasticizer concentration on the drug release. The solubilization inside the pellets was monitored by EPR spectroscopy. The blending ratio of both the polymers and the film thickness were found to have a major influence on the drug release and the solubilization speed, in contrast to the plasticizer concentration. A pH-independent release profile was adjustable via modulating the polymer blend ratio and the coating thickness. A mathematical model was developed, providing a good predictability of the release profile, based on the film coat composition. This model offers the possibility to achieve a defined drug-release profile by selective adaptation of the film coat composition, in view of process times, feasibility or polymer costs.

  12. Electroless deposition of nickel-boron coatings using low frequency ultrasonic agitation: Effect of ultrasonic frequency on the coatings.

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    Bonin, L; Bains, N; Vitry, V; Cobley, A J

    2017-01-30

    The effect of ultrasound on the properties of Nickel-Boron (NiB) coatings was investigated. NiB coatings were fabricated by electroless deposition using either ultrasonic or mechanical agitation. The deposition of Ni occurred in an aqueous bath containing a reducible metal salt (nickel chloride), reducing agent (sodium borohydride), complexing agent (ethylenediamine) and stabilizer (lead tungstate). Due to the instability of the borohydride in acidic, neutral and slightly alkaline media, pH was controlled at pH 12±1 in order to avoid destabilizing the bath. Deposition was performed in three different configurations: one with a classical mechanical agitation at 300rpm and the other two employing ultrasound at a frequency of either 20 or 35kHz. The microstructures of the electroless coatings were characterized by a combination of optical Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The chemistry of the coatings was determined by ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometry) after dissolution in aqua regia. The mechanical properties of the coatings were established by a combination of roughness measurements, Vickers microhardness and pin-on-disk tribology tests. Lastly, the corrosion properties were analysed by potentiodynamic polarization. The results showed that low frequency ultrasonic agitation could be used to produce coatings from an alkaline NiB bath and that the thickness of coatings obtained could be increased by over 50% compared to those produced using mechanical agitation. Although ultrasonic agitation produced a smoother coating and some alteration of the deposit morphology was observed, the mechanical and corrosion properties were very similar to those found when using mechanical agitation.

  13. The effect of zirconium coating on bonding strength of porcelain to titanium

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    Duan Zhenzhen; Sun Daqian; Qiu Xiaoming; Gu Xiaoyan; Sun Dexin

    2008-01-01

    The Zr coating was deposited on titanium surface using the magnetron sputtering technique. Effects of Zr coating on microstracture and mechanical properties of porcelain fired to titanium have been investigated. The results show that interdiffusion of elements occurs during porcelain firing, and the Zr coating can effectively protect titanium surface from excess oxidation. The strength of bond zone with Zr coating deposited for 1 hour reaches 29.7 Mpa, which has increased by 26.4% as compared with that of bond zone without coating (23.5 Mpa).

  14. Laser damage resistant anti-reflection microstructures for mid-infrared metal-ion doped ZnSe gain media

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    Hobbs, Douglas S.; MacLeod, Bruce D.; Sabatino, Ernest; Mirov, Sergey B.; Martyshkin, Dmitri V.

    2012-11-01

    Power scaling of mid-infrared laser systems based on chromium and iron doped zinc selenide (ZnSe) and zinc sulfide (ZnS) crystals is being advanced through the integration of surface relief anti-reflection microstructures (ARMs) etched directly in the facets of the laser gain media. In this study, a new ARMs texture fabrication process is demonstrated for polycrystalline ZnSe and ZnS material that results in a significant increase in pulsed laser damage resistance combined with an average reflection loss of less than 0.5% over the wavelength range of 1.9-3.0μm. The process was utilized to fabricate ARMs in chromium-doped zinc selenide (Cr2+:ZnSe) materials supplied by IPG Photonics and standardized pulsed laser induced damage threshold (LiDT) measurements at a wavelength of 2.09μm were made using the commercial testing services of Spica Technologies. It was found that the pulsed LiDT of ARMs etched in ZnSe and Cr2+:ZnSe can match or even exceed the level of a well-polished surface, a survivability that is many times higher than an equivalent performance broad-band thin-film AR coating. The results also indicate that the ARMs plasma etch process may find use as a post-polish damage mitigation technique similar to the chemical immersion used to double the damage resistance of fused silica optics. ARMs etched in Cr2+:ZnSe were also evaluated by IPG Photonics for survivability under continuous wave (CW) laser operation at a pump laser wavelength of 1.94μm. Catastrophic damage occurred between power levels of 400-500 kilowatt per square centimeter for both as polished and ARMs textured samples indicating no reduction in CW damage resistance attributable to surface effects.

  15. COMBINED EFFECT OF MECHANICAL GROOVING AND STAIN-ETCHED SURFACE ON OPTICAL AND ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF CRYSTALLINE SILICON SUBSTRATES

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    AHMED ZARROUG; LOTFI DERBALI; RACHID OUERTANI; WISSEM DIMASSI; HATEM EZZAOUIA

    2014-01-01

    This paper investigates the combined effect of mechanical grooving and porous silicon (PS) on the front surface reflectance and the electronic properties of crystalline silicon substrates. Mechanical surface texturization leads to reduce the cell reflectance, enhance the light trapping and augment the carrier collection probability. PS was introduced as an efficient antireflective coating (ARC) onto the front surface of crystalline silicon solar cell. Micro-periodic V-shaped grooves were made...

  16. Solution-Processed Nanowire Coating for Light Management in Organic Solar Cells

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    K. Tsuboi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a novel light management approach based on solution-processed nanowire (NW coating for enhancing organic solar cell efficiency. A titanium dioxide (TiO2 NW dispersion was produced by electrospinning. The coatings with various coverage fractions were fabricated by a simple solution casting of a TiO2 NW dispersion. Reduced reflectivity was observed for the NW-coated glass slide. The bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells with the NW coating showed improved power conversion efficiencies (PCEs due to their antireflection and light trapping effects in the active layer. In addition, the PCE of the cell with the NW coating was improved compared with that without the NW coating for incident angles above 70° (increased by a maximum of 51.6% at an incident angle of 85°. These results indicate that solution-processed NW coating is a promising light management approach easily scalable and applicable to a wide range of devices, including solar cells.

  17. Structurally Integrated, Damage Tolerant Thermal Spray Coatings: Processing Effects on Surface and System Functionalities

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    Vackel, Andrew

    coating properties and residual stress, processing effects, and substrate choice on the changes in specimen fatigue life is explored, with a mechanism for failure postulated.

  18. Effect of lecithin coating on the pulmonary absorption of furosemide in rats.

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    Saso, Yuko; Seki, Toshinobu; Fukuchi, Rie; Chono, Sumio; Morimoto, Kazuhiro

    2006-07-01

    The effect of lecithin coating on the pulmonary absorption of furosemide after application by metered dose inhalers (MDI) containing HFA 227 was evaluated in rats. The plasma concentration of furosemide after application of lecithin-coated furosemide was higher than that after application of the un-coated form. Since the disposition in the lung 2 min after application of un-coated furosemide was significantly lower than that after application of the coated form and the adsorption to a polyethylene tube used for the application of the un-coated form was significantly higher than that of the coated form, the higher plasma concentration after application of lecithin-coated furosemide could be partly related to the efficient delivery of the furosemide particles to the lung. The permeation-enhancing effect of the lecithin coating was investigated using Calu-3 cell monolayers. The cumulative amount of furosemide permeated over 2 h from a suspension containing lecithin-coated furosemide through the monolayers was significantly higher than that from a conventional furosemide suspension. This enhancing effect could also contribute to the high plasma concentration of furosemide in rats. The lecithin-coated furosemide will be useful for the formulation of MDI offering high bioavailability.

  19. EFFECT OF SURFACTANTS ON Ni-TiN NANOCOMPOSITE COATINGS PREPARED BY ULTRASONIC ELECTRODEPOSITION

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    XIA Fafeng; JIA Zhenyuan; WU Menghua; LI Zhi

    2008-01-01

    Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings were prepared by ultrasonic electrodeposition, and the effects of the surfactants on the coatings were investigated and the microstructure and micro rigidity of the coatings were characterized. Samples were also submitted to corrosion tests in 3% NaCl solution. The results showed that the surfactants had great effects on Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings. The composite coatings prepared by ultrasonic electrodeposition with the surfactants were better than that of the coatings prepared without surfactants. The favorable properties of Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings were prepared with the mixing of the non-ion and positive ion surfactants. The concentration of the mixing was 80 mg/L, and the ratio of the non-ion and positive ion surfactants was 1: 2.

  20. Rain erosion of wind turbine blade coatings using discrete water jets: Effects of water cushioning, substrate geometry, impact distance, and coating properties

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    Zhang, Shizhong; Dam-Johansen, Kim; Bernad, Pablo L.

    2015-01-01

    Rapid and reliable rain erosion screening of blade coatings for wind turbines is a strong need in the coatings industry. One possibility in this direction is the use of discrete water jets, where so-called jet slugs are impacted on a coating surface. Previous investigations have mapped...... the influence of water jet slug velocity and impact frequency. In the present work, the effects on coating erosion of water cushioning, substrate curvature, and water nozzle-coating distance were explored. The investigations showed that in some cases water cushioning (the presence of a liquid film...... on the coating surface prior to impact) influences the erosion. Contrary to this, substrate curvature and the water nozzle-coating distance (coatings, including tensile strength, flexibility...

  1. Optical studies of multilayer dielectric-metal-dielectric coatings as applied to solar cells

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    Demichelis, F.; Minetti-Mezzetti, E.; Perotto, V.

    1982-09-01

    A study of antireflection coatings for solar cells which provide maximum transmittance in the range of the spectral response of the cell and maximum reflectance in the IR portion of the spectrum of normally incident radiation is reported. Dielectric-metal-dielectric filters with a relatively low number of dielectric layers are designed as coatings for silicon and GaAs solar cells.

  2. Variation in the Optical Properties of the SiC-SiO2 Composite Antireflection Layer in Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells by Annealing

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    Jannat, Azmira; Li, Zhen Yu; Akhter, M. Shaheer; Yang, O.-Bong

    2017-07-01

    This study showed the effects of annealing on a sol-gel-derived SiC-SiO2 composite antireflection (AR) layer and investigated the optical and photovoltaic properties of crystalline silicon (Si) solar cells. The SiC-SiO2 composite AR coating showed a considerable decrease in reflectance from 7.18% to 3.23% at varying annealing temperatures of 450-800°C. The refractive indices of the SiC-SiO2 composite AR layer were tuned from 2.06 to 2.45 with the increase in annealing temperature. The analysis of the current density-voltage characteristics indicated that the energy conversion efficiencies of the fabricated Si solar cells gradually increased from 16.99% to 17.73% with increasing annealing temperatures of 450-800°C. The annealing of the SiC-SiO2 composite AR layer in Si solar cells was crucial to improving the optical, morphological, and photovoltaic properties.

  3. Optical coatings for solar cells and solar collectors. Citations from the Engineering Index data base

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    Carrigan, B.

    1980-01-01

    This bibliography of worldwide journal literature cites reports on materials and research for the development of selective coatings for solar energy conversion devices. These materials include types of coatings or covers used to reflect or transmit solar radiation in order to optimize solar conversion to heat or electricity. Most studies concern antireflection, thermal control, or reflective coatings. Coatings which act as optical filters are also covered. This updated bibliography contains 223 abstracts, 54 of which are new entries to the previous edition.

  4. Radiation Resistant Hybrid Lotus Effect Photoelectrocatalytic Self-Cleaning Anti-Contamination Coatings Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This project will develop radiation resistant hybrid Lotus Effect photoelectrocatalytic self-cleaning anti-contamination coatings for application to Lunar...

  5. Graded index and randomly oriented core-shell silicon nanowires for broadband and wide angle antireflection

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    P. Pignalosa

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Antireflection with broadband and wide angle properties is important for a wide range of applications on photovoltaic cells and display. The SiOx shell layer provides a natural antireflection from air to the Si core absorption layer. In this work, we have demonstrated the random core-shell silicon nanowires with both broadband (from 400nm to 900nm and wide angle (from normal incidence to 60º antireflection characteristics within AM1.5 solar spectrum. The graded index structure from the randomly oriented core-shell (Air/SiOx/Si nanowires may provide a potential avenue to realize a broadband and wide angle antireflection layer.

  6. 3D-Printed Broadband Dielectric Tube Terahertz Waveguide with Anti-Reflection Structure

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    Vogt, Dominik Walter; Leonhardt, Rainer

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate broadband, low loss, and close-to-zero dispersion guidance of terahertz (THz) radiation in a dielectric tube with an anti-reflection structure (AR-tube waveguide) in the frequency range from 0.2 to 1.0 THz. The anti-reflection structure (ARS) consists of close-packed cones in a hexagonal lattice arranged on the outer surface of the tube cladding. The feature size of the ARS is in the order of the wavelength between 0.2 and 1.0 THz. The waveguides are fabricated with the versatile and cost efficient 3D-printing method. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) measurements as well as 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations (FDTD) are performed to extensively characterize the AR-tube waveguides. Spectrograms, attenuation spectra, effective phase refractive indices, and the group-velocity dispersion parameters β 2 of the AR-tube waveguides are presented. Both the experimental and numerical results confirm the extended bandwidth and smaller group-velocity dispersion of the AR-tube waveguide compared to a low loss plain dielectric tube THz waveguide. The AR-tube waveguide prototypes show an attenuation spectrum close to the theoretical limit given by the infinite cladding tube waveguide.

  7. 3D-Printed Broadband Dielectric Tube Terahertz Waveguide with Anti-Reflection Structure

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    Vogt, Dominik Walter; Leonhardt, Rainer

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate broadband, low loss, and close-to-zero dispersion guidance of terahertz (THz) radiation in a dielectric tube with an anti-reflection structure (AR-tube waveguide) in the frequency range from 0.2 to 1.0 THz. The anti-reflection structure (ARS) consists of close-packed cones in a hexagonal lattice arranged on the outer surface of the tube cladding. The feature size of the ARS is in the order of the wavelength between 0.2 and 1.0 THz. The waveguides are fabricated with the versatile and cost efficient 3D-printing method. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) measurements as well as 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations (FDTD) are performed to extensively characterize the AR-tube waveguides. Spectrograms, attenuation spectra, effective phase refractive indices, and the group-velocity dispersion parameters β 2 of the AR-tube waveguides are presented. Both the experimental and numerical results confirm the extended bandwidth and smaller group-velocity dispersion of the AR-tube waveguide compared to a low loss plain dielectric tube THz waveguide. The AR-tube waveguide prototypes show an attenuation spectrum close to the theoretical limit given by the infinite cladding tube waveguide.

  8. Effect of shim configuration on internal die flows for non-Newtonian coating liquids in slot coating process

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    Jin, Guang Lin; Ahn, Won-Gi; Kim, See Jo; Nam, Jaewook; Jung, Hyun Wook; Hyun, Jae Chun

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a strategy for designing optimal shim configuration inside a slot die is suggested to assure the uniform coating flow distribution of various non-Newtonian shear-thinning liquids at the die exit in a slot coating system. Flow patterns of non-Newtonian liquids inside the slot die, via three-dimensional computations, have been compared using various shim geometries which can adjust the flow region in a slot manifold. The rather non-uniform (parabolic) velocity distributions of shear-thinning liquids at the die exit under the basic shim condition could be effectively flattened by the modification of shim geometry without the change of die manifold structure. Dimensions of hybrid shims for controlling flow features at edge and center regions within slit channel are positively tuned, according to the shear-thinning level of coating liquids.

  9. Effect of Nanoalumina on the Electrochemical and Mechanical Properties of Waterborne Polyurethane Composite Coatings

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    Shailesh K. Dhoke

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A nanocomposite coating was formed by incorporating nanoalumina pigment in a waterborne polyurethane dispersion (WPUD to different loading levels (0.1% and 1.0% by weight. Electrochemical performance of the nanocomposite coating was evaluated by applying these nanomodified coatings on mild steel substrate and exposing them to salt-spray, humidity, and accelerated UV weathering. The surface morphology of the composite coating was evaluated using various analytical techniques. SEM and AFM were used to investigate the dispersion of nanoalumina pigment and surface morphological changes of the nanomodified coating, before and after exposure to the test environment. Mechanical properties like scratch resistance were studied by using nanoscratch technique (Nanoindenter TI-900, Hysitron Inc, USA and hardness using pencil hardness test method. The results showed an improvement in the corrosion, UV weathering, and mechanical properties of the coatings at lower concentration (0.1% by wt, indicating the positive effect of addition of nanoalumina pigment to the coating.

  10. Effect of temperature on structure and corrosion resistance for electroless NiWP coating

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    M Q YU; Q QIAO; F YOU; C L LI; Y ZHAO; Z Z XIAO; H L LUO; Z F XU; KAZUHIRO MATSUGI; J K YU

    2016-04-01

    The effect of plating temperatures between 60 and 90$^{\\circ}$C on structure and corrosion resistance for electroless NiWP coatings on AZ91D magnesium alloy substrate was investigated. Results show that temperature has a significant influence on the surface morphology and corrosion resistance of the NiWP alloy coating. An increase in temperature will lead to an increase in coating thickness and form a more uniform and dense NiWP coatings. Moreover, cracks were observed by SEM in coating surface and interface at the plating temperature of 90$^{\\circ}$C. Coating corrosion resistance is highly dependent on temperature according to polarization curves. The optimum temperature isfound to be 80$^{\\circ}$C and the possible reasons of corrosion resistance for NiWP coating have been discussed.

  11. Effect of High Velocity Arc Spraying Parameters on Properties of FeNiCrAl Coating

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    TIAN Haoliang

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available FeNiCrAl coating is a kind of surface wear resistant material for shaft parts. Microstructure, adhesive strength, phase composition and microhardness were analyzed in order to study the influence mechanism of spraying parameters on coating properties. The relation among the spraying current, coating microstructure and cohesive strength was studied in detail. The results shown that the spraying current is very important to obtain the dense coating (porosity of 8.76% with cohesive strength of 52.3 MPa and an excellent coating is prepared by spraying current 200 A, spraying voltage 34 V and spraying distance 160 mm. The hardness of coating is 626 HV0.1 and about 1.6 times as that of the matrix. The effective mechanism is relevant to the scatter distribution of the Fe-Al intermetallic compound and Cr0.19Fe0.1Ni0.11 solution in the coating.

  12. Effect of Cationic and Anionic Surfactants on the Application of Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles in Paper Coating

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    Barhoum, Ahmed; Abou-Zaied, Ragab Esmail; Rehan, Mohamed; Dufour, Thierry; Hill, Gavin; Dufresne, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Modification of calcium carbonate particles with surfactant significantly improves the properties of the calcium carbonate coating on paper. Unmodified and CTAB and oleate-modified calcium carbonate nanoparticles were prepared using the wet carbonation technique for paper coating. CTAB (cationic surfactant) and sodium oleate (anionic surfactant) were used to modify the size, morphology, and surface properties of the precipitated nanoparticles. The obtained particles were characterized by XRD, FT-IR spectroscopy, zeta potential measurements, TGA and TEM. Coating colors were formulated from the prepared unmodified and modified calcium carbonates and examined by creating a thin coating layer on reference paper. The effect of calcium carbonate particle size and surface modification on paper properties, such as coating thickness, coating weight, surface roughness, air permeability, brightness, whiteness, opacity, and hydrophobicity, were investigated and compared with GCC calcium carbonate-coated papers. The obtai...

  13. Effect of Heat-treatment Temperature on HA-coated Titanium Materials

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    Homogeneous HA coating materials were prepared on porous titanium by the low-temperature combustion synthesis. It was found that the mechanical properties of the specimen depend on the coating process and the heat treatment, and the bending strength would be reduced during the coating process but could be improved by heat treatment. The effects of the temperature during heat-treatment on the phase composition and microstructure of the as-prepared coating, and the bending strength of the specimen were investigated by XRD and SEM.The experimental results show that in the coating process, slight oxidation of the substrate may give rise to a drop in bending strength; however, it could be increased by the reaction of HA and TiO2, and the sintering of the coating during heat treatment. The HA particles in the coating, with very fine sized particles, were pretty active and would decompose at 800 ℃ .

  14. Effective and Environmentally Friendly Nickel Coating on the Magnesium Alloy

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    Ivana Škugor Rončević

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The low density and good mechanical properties make magnesium and its alloys attractive construction materials in the electronics, automotive, and aerospace industry, together with application in medicine due to their biocompatibility. Magnesium AZ91D alloy is an alloy with a high content of aluminum, whose mechanical properties overshadow the low corrosion resistance caused by the composition of the alloy and the existence of two phases: α magnesium matrix and β magnesium aluminum intermetallic compound. To improve the corrosion resistance, it is necessary to find an effective protection method for the alloy surface. Knowing and predicting electrochemical processes is an essential for the design and optimization of protective coatings on magnesium and its alloys. In this work, the formations of nickel protective coatings on the magnesium AZ91D alloy surface by electrodeposition and chemical deposition, are presented. For this purpose, environmentally friendly electrolytes were used. The corrosion resistance of the protected alloy was determined in chloride medium using appropriate electrochemical techniques. Characterization of the surface was performed with highly sophisticated surface-analytical methods.

  15. Understanding Solidification of Polythiophene Thin Films during Spin-Coating: Effects of Spin-Coating Time and Processing Additives

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    Na, Jin Yeong; Kang, Boseok; Sin, Dong Hun; Cho, Kilwon; Park, Yeong Don

    2015-08-01

    Spin-coating has been used extensively in the fabrication of electronic devices; however, the effects of the processing parameters have not been fully explored. Here, we systematically characterize the effects of the spin-coating time on the microstructure evolution during semiconducting polymer solidification in an effort to establish the relationship between this parameter and the performances of the resulting polymer field-effect transistors (FETs). We found that a short spin-coating time of a few seconds dramatically improve the morphology and molecular order in a conjugated polymer thin film because the π-π stacking structures formed by the polymer molecules grow slowly and with a greater degree of order due to the residual solvent present in the wet film. The improved ordering is correlated with improved charge carrier transport in the FETs prepared from these films. We also demonstrated the effects of various processing additives on the resulting FET characteristics as well as on the film drying behavior during spin-coating. The physical properties of the additives are found to affect the film drying process and the resulting device performance.

  16. Anti-reflective device having an anti-reflective surface formed of silicon spikes with nano-tips

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    Bae, Youngsam (Inventor); Manohara, Harish (Inventor); Mobasser, Sohrab (Inventor); Lee, Choonsup (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    Described is a device having an anti-reflection surface. The device comprises a silicon substrate with a plurality of silicon spikes formed on the substrate. A first metallic layer is formed on the silicon spikes to form the anti-reflection surface. The device further includes an aperture that extends through the substrate. A second metallic layer is formed on the substrate. The second metallic layer includes a hole that is aligned with the aperture. A spacer is attached with the silicon substrate to provide a gap between an attached sensor apparatus. Therefore, operating as a Micro-sun sensor, light entering the hole passes through the aperture to be sensed by the sensor apparatus. Additionally, light reflected by the sensor apparatus toward the first side of the silicon substrate is absorbed by the first metallic layer and silicon spikes and is thereby prevented from being reflected back toward the sensor apparatus.

  17. Effect of nanocrystalline surface of substrate on microstructure and wetting of PEO coatings

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    H R Masiha; H R Bagheri; M Gheytani; M Aliofkhazraei; A Sabour Rouhaghdam; T Shahrabi

    2015-08-01

    In this research, effect of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) was studied on characteristics of the coatings formed using plasma electrolyte oxidation (PEO) on AA1230 aluminium. To do so, first, the samples were coated with and without SMAT pre-process. Coating by PEO method was carried out in two phosphate-based and silicate-based suspensions of silicon nitride nanoparticles for 10 min. Next, to study the distribution of the nanoparticles and elements inside the coating, surface morphology of the samples was examined using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. In addition, wettability test was performed on all samples using the deionized water. Also, droplet expansion manner on the porous oxide coating surface and its relation with fine structure of the coating was investigated. The results indicated that samples coated in silicate-based electrolyte have a relatively rougher microstructure as compared to samples coated in phosphate-based electrolyte. The average surface pores area percentage of the samples coated in silicate-based electrolytes was 13.9% greater than that of samples coated in phosphate-based electrolyte. Moreover, the average height to diameter (h/d) value obtained from wettability test for samples coated in silicate-based electrolyte was 13.3% greater than that of phosphate-based electrolyte.

  18. A versatile route to polymer-reinforced, broadband antireflective and superhydrophobic thin films without high-temperature treatment.

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    Ren, Tingting; Geng, Zhi; He, Junhui; Zhang, Xiaojie; He, Jin

    2017-01-15

    Broadband high transmittance, good mechanical robustness as well as simple and low temperature fabrication are three important aspects that dictate the practical applications of superhydrophobic thin films, especially on organic substrates. However, it has proved difficult to meet these challenges. In the present work, superhydrophobic thin films were prepared by first dip-coating solid silica nanoparticles, then spray-coating hollow silica nanoparticles, followed by spray-coating mesoporous silica nanosheets & poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and eventually chemical vapor deposition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perflurooctyltriethoxysilane (POTS) at 90°C. The optimized thin film has a maximum transmittance of 96.0% in the wavelength range of 300-2500nm and a WCA of 164° and a RA of 1°. The thin film also shows good mechanical robustness toward water droplet impact test, sand impact abrasion test and tape adhesion tests, which results from PVA as a binder, the formation of covalent bond between the hydroxyl group of PVA and the ethoxy group of POTS and the chemical inertness of CC, CF bonds of POTS molecules. To our best knowledge, it is the first example where antireflective and superhydrophobic thin films of excellent mechanical robustness were realized at low temperature on organic substrates (PMMA, PC). The current work would provide a promising route to meet the challenges in practical applications simultaneously posed by the requirements of broadband antireflection, good mechanical robustness as well as simple and low temperature fabrication of superhydrophobic thin films. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Flexible-textured polydimethylsiloxane antireflection structure for enhancing omnidirectional photovoltaic performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells.

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    Kuo, Shou-Yi; Hsieh, Ming-Yang; Han, Hau-Vei; Lai, Fang-I; Chuang, Tsung-Yeh; Yu, Peichen; Lin, Chien-Chung; Kuo, Hao-Chung

    2014-02-10

    Because of the Sun's movement across the sky, broadband and omnidirectional light harvesting is a major development in photovoltaic technology. This study reports the fabrication and characterization of flexible-textured polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells, which is one of the simplest and cheapest peel-off processes for fabricating a three-dimensional structure. A cell containing a textured PDMS film enhanced the short-circuit current density from 22.12 to 23.93 mA/cm2 in a simulated one-sun scenario. The omnidirectional antireflection of CIGS solar cells containing various PDMS films is also investigated. This study uses an angle-resolved reflectance spectroscope to investigate the omnidirectional and broadband optical properties of the proposed PDMS film. This improvement in light harvesting is attributable to the scattering of the PDMS film and the gradual refractive index profile between the PDMS microstructures and air. The flexible-textured PDMS film is suitable for creating an antireflective coating for a diverse range of photovoltaic devices.

  20. Effect of Seed Coating on the Growth of Lettuce

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    1981-01-01

    The experiments were carried out to ascertain the germination behavior and the time required for sowing and thinning, and plant growth of corted and raw lettuce seeds. Germination of coating seeds was 24 hours later than that of raw seeds, but coefficient of germination did not differ between both. The coating seeds began to destroy along the vertical axis after suction, and destroyed wholly in short period. In the sowing hours by custom method, raw seeds required lesser time than coating 5 s...

  1. On the radiative properties of soot aggregates - Part 2: Effects of coating

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    Liu, Fengshan; Yon, Jérôme; Bescond, Alexandre

    2016-03-01

    The effects of weakly absorbing material coating on soot have attracted considerable research attention in recent years due to the significant influence of such coating on soot radiative properties and the large differences predicted by different numerical models. Soot aggregates were first numerically generated using the diffusion limited cluster aggregation algorithm to produce fractal aggregates formed by log-normally distributed polydisperse spherical primary particles in point-touch. These aggregates were then processed by adding a certain amount of primary particle overlapping and necking to simulate the soot morphology observed from transmission electron microscopy images. After this process, a layer of WAM coating of different thicknesses was added to these more realistic soot aggregates. The radiative properties of these coated soot aggregates over the spectral range of 266-1064 nm were calculated by the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) using the spectrally dependent refractive index of soot for four aggregates containing Np=1, 20, 51 and 96 primary particles. The considered coating thicknesses range from 0% (no coating) up to 100% coating in terms of the primary particle diameter. Coating enhances both the particle absorption and scattering cross sections, with much stronger enhancement to the scattering one, as well as the asymmetry factor and the single scattering albedo. The absorption enhancement is stronger in the UV than in the visible and the near infrared. The simple corrections to the Rayleigh-Debye-Gans fractal aggregates theory for uncoated soot aggregates are found not working for coated soot aggregates. The core-shell model significantly overestimates the absorption enhancement by coating in the visible and the near infrared compared to the DDA results of the coated soot particle. Treating an externally coated soot aggregate as an aggregate formed by individually coated primary particles significantly underestimates the absorption

  2. Improvement of corrosion resistance of Ni−Mo alloy coatings: Effect of heat treatment

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    Mousavi, R., E-mail: mousavi@scu.ac.ir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bahrololoom, M.E. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Deflorian, F.; Ecco, L. [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, via Sommarive 9, Trento (Italy)

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Conjunction between SEM, EIS, and Tafel measurements to obtain a coat with dense morphology and without crack. • An inverse Hall-Petch effect is observed after annealing the coatings, i.e. the coatings get harder as the grain size is increased by increasing annealing temperature up to 600 {sup o}C. • Heat treatment can improve the mechanical and corrosion properties of coatings. - Abstract: In this paper, Ni−Mo alloy coatings were deposited from bath containing sodium citrate, nickel sulphate, and sodium molybdate. Essentially, this work is divided into two mains parts: (i) the optimization on the coatings deposition parameters and (ii) the effect of the heat treatment. Polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were acquired using potentiostat/galvanostat and a frequency response analyzer, respectively. Morphology and chemical composition of the coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, respectively. Polarization curves at different condition revealed that electroplating at temperature 40 {sup o}C, pH 9 provides a dense coating with high efficiency. Following the optimization of the deposition parameters, the coatings were annealed at 200, 400, and 600 {sup o}C for 25 min. The results showed that the coatings obtained at temperature 40 {sup o}C, pH 9, and annealing at 600 {sup o}C has the highest corrosion resistance and microhardness.

  3. Effect of enamel top coating on oxidation behavior of multi-arc ion plating NiCrAlY coating in oxygen containing water vapor

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    XIE Dong-bai; ZHU Sheng-long; WANG Fu-hui

    2004-01-01

    The oxidation behavior of Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating produced by multi-arc ion plating with and without an enamel coating was investigated in flow oxygen and oxygen containing water vapor at 900 ℃. The results show that Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating exhibits low oxidation rate at 900 ℃ in pure oxygen and the oxidation kinetics follow the parabolic rate law. The presence of water vapor accelerates the oxidation rate of Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating and K38G alloy.The enamel top coating is very effective in protecting the Ni-Cr-Al-Y coating from water vapor corrosion attack, but the corrosion attack beneath the enamel coating is not observed.

  4. Effects of chemical coating with Ni on electrochemical properties of Mg2Ni hydrogen storage alloys

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    2007-01-01

    The effects of nickel coating on the electrochemical properties of Mg2Ni hydrogen storage alloys are presented in this paper. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) techniques were employed to examine the crystal structure and surface morphologies of the bare and Ni-coated Mg2Ni alloys. The electrochemical properties of alloys were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results showed that Ni coating not only decreased the charge transfer resistance, but also decreased the H atom diflusion resistance for Mg2Ni alloys. It was also found that Ni coating effectively improved the discharge capacity, but decreased the cycling performance of the as-synthesized Ni-coated Mg2Ni alloys. The discharge current has a great impact on the cycling performance of the as-synthesized Ni-coated Mg2Ni alloys.

  5. Enteric coating can lead to reduced antiplatelet effect of low-dose acetylsalicylic acid

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    Fentz Haastrup, Peter; Grønlykke, Thor; Jarbøl, Dorte Ejg

    2015-01-01

    Low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) is widely used as antithrombotic prophylaxis. Enteric coated ASA has been developed in order to decrease the risk of gastrointestinal side effects. The consequences of enteric coating on pharmacokinetics and antiplatelet effect of ASA have not systematically been...

  6. Effect of an Opaque Reflecting Layer on the Thermal Behavior of a Thermal Barrier Coating

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    Spuckler, Charles M.

    2007-01-01

    A parametric study using a two-flux approximation of the radiative transfer equation was performed to examine the effects of an opaque reflective layer on the thermal behavior of a typical semitransparent thermal barrier coating on an opaque substrate. Some ceramic materials are semitransparent in the wavelength ranges where thermal radiation is important. Even with an opaque layer on each side of the semitransparent thermal barrier coating, scattering and absorption can have an effect on the heat transfer. In this work, a thermal barrier coating that is semitransparent up to a wavelength of 5 micrometers is considered. Above 5 micrometers wavelength, the thermal barrier coating is opaque. The absorption and scattering coefficient of the thermal barrier was varied. The thermal behavior of the thermal barrier coating with an opaque reflective layer is compared to a thermal barrier coating without the reflective layer. For a thicker thermal barrier coating with lower convective loading, which would be typical of a combustor liner, a reflective layer can significantly decrease the temperature in the thermal barrier coating and substrate if the scattering is weak or moderate and for strong scattering if the absorption is large. The layer without the reflective coating can be about as effective as the layer with the reflective coating if the absorption is small and the scattering strong. For low absorption, some temperatures in the thermal barrier coating system can be slightly higher with the reflective layer. For a thin thermal barrier coating with high convective loading, which would be typical of a blade or vane that sees the hot sections of the combustor, the reflective layer is not as effective. The reflective layer reduces the surface temperature of the reflective layer for all conditions considered. For weak and moderate scattering, the temperature of the TBC-substrate interface is reduced but for strong scattering, the temperature of the substrate is increased

  7. Effect of Mo ion-implantation on the adhesion of diamond coatings

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    Yang Shie; Wang Xiao Ping; Li Hui; Ma Bing Xian; Qin Guang Yong; Zhang Bing Lin

    2002-01-01

    Diamond coatings were deposited on the cobalt-cemented tungsten carbide (YG6) substrates, which have been implanted with Mo ions, by microwave plasma CVD (MPCVD) method. The effect of ion-implantation on the adhesion of diamond coatings was studied. The results showed that the chemical compositions of cemented carbide substrate surfaces change obviously after Mo ion-implantation; and the adhesion strength between the CVD diamond coatings and the substrates implanted with Mo ions in proper concentration is improved remarkably

  8. Effects of Bond Coating on NiCrBSi-Mo Composite Functional Coating Properties in Plasma Spraying NiCrBSi-Mo/Ni Coating

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    DU Ji-yu

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Nickel-based bond coating and composite functional coating were sprayed on leaf blade steel material FV520B successively by using air plasma spraying system. NiCrBSi-Mo powder deposition rate, coating porosity, bonding strength and surface hardness were tested. The results indicate that, for the NiCrBSi-Mo/Ni coating, bond coating with 180-220μm thickness can improve NiCrBSi-Mo powder deposition rate while the surface coating with lower porosity, higher bonding strength and high hardness is prepared; the increase of bond coating thickness can lead to increase of functional coating porosity in the bottom and speed up the process of porosity attenuating in the vertical direction.SEM analysis found that the increase of bond coating thickness results in the droplet deposition morphology change in the bending interface with the functional coating. The defects of bond coating have genetic influence on composite functional coating. Bond tensile test results show that excessive bond coating thickness will cause fracture in the interface between bond coating and functional coating during the stretching process; in different grinding surfaces, Vickers hardness of test blocks with a certain bood coating thickness attenuates slowly in the vertical direction. NiCrBSi-Mo/Ni coating not only maintains high surface hardness, but also increases the coating thickness to repair surface damage.

  9. Substrate Frequency Effects on Cr x N Coatings Deposited by DC Magnetron Sputtering

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    Obrosov, Aleksei; Naveed, Muhammad; Volinsky, Alex A.; Weiß, Sabine

    2016-11-01

    Controlled ion bombardment is a popular method to fabricate desirable coating structures and modify their properties. Substrate biasing at high frequencies is a possible technique, which allows higher ion density at the substrate compared with DC current bias. Moreover, high ion energy along with controlled adatom mobility would lead to improved coating growth. This paper focuses on a similar type of study, where effects of coating growth and properties of DC magnetron-sputtered chromium nitride (Cr x N) coatings at various substrate bias frequencies are discussed. Cr x N coatings were deposited by pulsed DC magnetron sputtering on Inconel 718 and (100) silicon substrates at 110, 160 and 280 kHz frequency at low duty cycle. Coating microstructure and morphology were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scratch adhesion testing and nanoindentation. Results indicate a transformation of columnar into glassy structure of Cr x N coatings with the substrate bias frequency increase. This transformation is attributed to preferential formation of the Cr2N phase at high frequencies compared with CrN at low frequencies. Increase in frequency leads to an increase in deposition rate, which is believed to be due to increase in plasma ion density and energy of the incident adatoms. An increase in coating hardness along with decrease in elastic modulus was observed at high frequencies. Scratch tests show a slight increase in coating adhesion, whereas no clear increase in coating roughness can be found with the substrate bias frequency.

  10. The effect of nanocrystalline Ni-W coating on the tensile properties of copper

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    E. P. Georgiou

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured Ni-W alloy coatings containing approximately 40 wt.% tungsten were electrodeposited onto copper substrates. The effect of the coatings thickness on the surface topography, microstructure and grain size was investigated with the aid of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and X-ray Diffraction (XRD techniques respectively. In addition, this research work aims in understanding the influence and correlation between microstructure and thickness of these Ni-W coatings with the bulk mechanical properties of coated specimens. The experimental results indicated that the micro-hardness and Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS of the Ni-W coated copper were higher than that of bare copper, whereas both slightly increased with increasing coating thickness up to 21 μm. On the other hand, the ductility of Ni-W coated copper decreased significantly with increasing coating thickness. Thus it could be said that when applying Ni-W coatings there are certain limitations not only in terms of their composition, but their thickness, grain size and coating structure should be also taken into consideration, in order to obtain an understanding of their mechanical behavior.

  11. Effect of edible coatings on bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity of tomatoes at different maturity stages.

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    Dávila-Aviña, Jorge E; Villa-Rodríguez, José A; Villegas-Ochoa, Mónica A; Tortoledo-Ortiz, Orlando; Olivas, Guadalupe I; Ayala-Zavala, J Fernando; González-Aguilar, Gustavo A

    2014-10-01

    This work evaluated the effect of carnauba and mineral oil coatings on the bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity of tomato fruits (cv. "Grandela"). Carnauba and mineral oil coatings were applied on fresh tomatoes at two maturity stages (breaker and pink) over 28 day of storage at 10 °C was evaluated. Bioactive compound and antioxidant activity assays included total phenols, total flavonoids, ascorbic acid (ASA), lycopene, DPPH radical scavenging activity (%RSA), trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) and oxygen radical absorbance capacity assay (ORAC). The total phenolic, flavonoid and lycopene contents were significantly lower for coated fruit than control fruits. However, ascorbic acid content was highest in fruits treated with carnauba, followed by mineral oil coating and control fruits. The ORAC values were highest in breaker tomatoes coated with carnauba wax, followed by mineral oil-coated fruits and controls. No significant differences in ORAC values were observed in pink tomatoes. % RSA and TEAC values were higher for controls than for coated fruit. Edible coatings preserve the overall quality of tomatoes during storage without affecting the nutritional quality of fruit. We found that the physiological response to the coatings is in function of the maturity stage of tomatoes. The information obtained in this study support to use of edible coating as a safe and good alternative to preserve tomato quality, and that the changes of bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity of tomato fruits, was not negatively affected. This approach can be used by producers to preserve tomato quality.

  12. Effects of a carbon nanotube-collagen coating on a titanium surface on osteoblast growth

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    Park, Jung Eun; Park, Il-Song; Neupane, Madhav Prasad; Bae, Tae-Sung; Lee, Min-Ho

    2014-02-01

    This study was performed to evaluate the effect of collagen-multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composite coating deposited on titanium on osteoblast growth. Titanium samples coated with only collagen and MWCNTs were used as controls. Pure titanium was coated with collagen-MWCNTs composite coating with 5, 10 and 20 μg cm-2 MWCNTs by dip coating method. Scanning probe microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to ascertain the root mean squared roughness, structural and morphological features and, the interaction between the collagen and the MWCNTs, respectively. The biocompatibility of the collagen-MWCNTs composite coated Ti was assessed by MTT and ALP activity assays after culturing the cells for 2 and 5 days. The study reveals that root mean squared surface roughness of collagen-MWCNTs composite coated titanium is relatively higher than those of collagen and MWCNTs coated Ti. There is a strong interaction between the MWCNTs and the collagen, which is supported by the inferences made in FE-SEM and TEM studies and further confirmed by FT-IR spectra. Among all the specimens tested, cell proliferation is relatively higher on collagen-MWCNTs composite coated Ti specimen incorporated with 20 μg cm-2 of MWCNTs (p collagen-MWCNTs composite coated Ti specimens is considered responsible for the relatively higher extent of cell proliferation. The MWCNTs incorporated in the composite could have also contributed to the cell viability and growth.

  13. Antireflective SiC Surface Fabricated by Scalable Self-Assembled Nanopatterning

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    Ou, Yiyu; Fadil, Ahmed; Ou, Haiyan

    2016-01-01

    An approach for fabricating sub-wavelength antireflective structures on SiC material is demonstrated. A time-efficient scalable nanopatterning method by rapid thermal annealing of thin metal film is applied followed by a dry etching process. Size-dependent optical properties of the antireflective...

  14. A study on the effect of coating's sorption capacity on the porosity in lost foam aluminum alloy casting

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    2004-01-01

    Effects of coating constituent, coating density, coating layer thickness and temperature on coating sorption capacity for polystyrene decomposition products have been studied systematically. It has been found that the effect of attapulgite clay on sorption capacity is the largest among coating constituents. The sorption capacity of the coating with 2 %attapulgite clay is elevated by 81%. The relationship between casting porosity and coating sorption capacity has been studied. It has been pointed out that higher coating sorption capacity for polystyrene decomposition products is helpful to decrease the casting porosity. Results also show that the sorption capacity of self- developed HW- 1 coating for polystyrene decomposition products is as good as that of Ashland coating from America.

  15. The effects of grooming on a copper ablative coating: a six year study.

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    Tribou, Melissa; Swain, Geoffrey

    2017-07-01

    More than 90% of US Navy Ships are coated with copper ablative paint. These ships may spend long periods of time pier-side, which makes them vulnerable to fouling. Hull grooming has been proposed as a means of maintaining the coatings in an operational condition. This study investigated the effect of grooming on a copper ablative coating exposed statically for six years. Grooming was performed weekly or monthly with controls left ungroomed. The fouling community was visually assessed, dry film thickness measurements were taken to monitor coating loss, and the copper leaching rates were measured. It was found that weekly and monthly groomed surfaces reduced fouling, and the ungroomed surfaces became fully fouled. Coating loss was similar for weekly, monthly and ungroomed surfaces. The results suggest that grooming is a viable method for maintaining copper ablative coatings in a fouling-free condition without adverse increases in the total copper output.

  16. Effects of Nano Pigments on the Corrosion Resistance of Alkyd Coating

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    2007-01-01

    Alkyd coatings embedded with nano-TiO2 and nano-ZnO pigments were prepared. The effects of nano pigments on anticorrosion performance of alkyd coatings were investigated using electrochemical impedance spectrum (EIS). For the sake of comparison, the corrosion protection of alkyd coatings with conventional TiO2 and ZnO was also studied. It was found that nano-TiO2 pigment improved the corrosion resistance as well as the hardness of alkyd coatings. The optimal amount of nano-TiO2 in a colored coating for corrosion resistance was 1%. The viscosities of alkyd coatings with nanometer TiO2 and ZnO and conventional TiO2 and ZnO pigments were measured and the relation between viscosity and anticorrosion performance was discussed.

  17. Improvement of corrosion resistance of Nisbnd Mo alloy coatings: Effect of heat treatment

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    Mousavi, R.; Bahrololoom, M. E.; Deflorian, F.; Ecco, L.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, Nisbnd Mo alloy coatings were deposited from bath containing sodium citrate, nickel sulphate, and sodium molybdate. Essentially, this work is divided into two mains parts: (i) the optimization on the coatings deposition parameters and (ii) the effect of the heat treatment. Polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were acquired using potentiostat/galvanostat and a frequency response analyzer, respectively. Morphology and chemical composition of the coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, respectively. Polarization curves at different condition revealed that electroplating at temperature 40 oC, pH 9 provides a dense coating with high efficiency. Following the optimization of the deposition parameters, the coatings were annealed at 200, 400, and 600 oC for 25 min. The results showed that the coatings obtained at temperature 40 oC, pH 9, and annealing at 600 oC has the highest corrosion resistance and microhardness.

  18. Effect of Precipitation on the Microhardness Distribution of Diode Laser Epitaxially Deposited IN718 Alloy Coating

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    Yaocheng Zhang; Zhuguo Li; Pulin Nie; Yixiong Wu

    2013-01-01

    The microhardness distribution of the diode laser epitaxially deposited IN718 alloy coating was investigated.The Laves concentration in different regions of the coating was measured by binarization processing.The strengthening phase of the coating was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).The results showed that the microhardness increased along the depth of the coating.Part of Laves dissolved into austenitic matrix during the successive laser deposition.A little amount of strengthening phase was precipitated in the bottom region of the coating.It was attributed to the heat effect from the thermal cycle of successive deposition on the microstructure in the bottom region of the epitaxially deposited coating.

  19. Effect of UV/EB radiation dosages on the properties of nanocomposite coatings

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    Nik Salleh, Nik Ghazali, E-mail: Nik_Ghazali@nuclearmalaysia.gov.m [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Block 42, Radiation Curing and Synthesis Group, Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Firdaus Yhaya, Mohd; Hassan, Azman; Abu Bakar, Aznizam; Mokhtar, Munirah [Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor (Malaysia)

    2011-02-15

    The aim of this study was to compare the effects of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) radiation on the properties of cured nanocomposite coatings. Surface hardness increased with increase in radiation dosages (number of passes) for all samples. This was due to the increase in crosslinking with increase in radiation dosage. Pendulum hardness, gel content, and thumb twist results were analyzed to choose appropriate curing dosage for both curing techniques. The selected dosages were then used to cure coatings for scratch and abrasion resistance tests. It was found that the UV curing produced coatings with better abrasion resistance, whereas EB curing was a more suitable approach for producing scratch resistance coatings.

  20. Preparation of high-performance optical coatings with fluoride nanoparticle films made from autoclaved sols.

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    Murata, Tsuyoshi; Ishizawa, Hitoshi; Motoyama, Izumi; Tanaka, Akira

    2006-03-01

    An ultralow refractive index is very advantageous when one designs antireflective coatings. We successfully obtained high-quality MgF2 thin films with ultralow refractive indices from autoclaved sols prepared from magnesium acetate and hydrofluoric acid. The MgF2 films consist of nanosized particles, and they have high laser-exposure durability at 193 nm. The reflectance of the antireflective coating with five layers, of which the top layer is formed by our method, is lower than 0.6% in the incident angle range of 0 degrees - 60 degrees at 193 nm.

  1. Effect of a dielectric coating on terahertz surface plasmon polaritons on metal wires

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    Van der Valk, N.C.J.; Planken, P.C.M.

    2005-01-01

    The authors present measurements and calculations on the effect of thin dielectric coatings on the propagation of terahertz pulses along the surface of metal wires. Our measurements show that propagation over only a few centimeters of wire having a thin dielectric coating, strongly distorts the tera

  2. Method and tool to reverse the charges in anti-reflection films used for solar cell applications

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    Sharma, Vivek; Tracy, Clarence

    2017-01-31

    A method is provided for making a solar cell. The method includes providing a stack including a substrate, a barrier layer disposed on the substrate, and an anti-reflective layer disposed on the barrier layer, where the anti-reflective layer has charge centers. The method also includes generating a corona with a charging tool and contacting the anti-reflective layer with the corona thereby injecting charge into at least some of the charge centers in the anti-reflective layer. Ultra-violet illumination and temperature-based annealing may be used to modify the charge of the anti-reflective layer.

  3. Preparation of Polyacrylate-based Conductive Coatings and Its PTC Effect

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    XIONG Chuan-xi; HU Hui-rong; ZHOU Zhi-yong; ZHANG Yi; DONG Li-jie

    2004-01-01

    Polyacrylate- based conductive coatings were prepared from polyacrylate emulsion as matrix andcarbon black (CB) whose surface was treated with titanate coupling agent as conducting particles. One kind oforganic crystal was added to study its effects on the electrical conductivity and PTC ( positive temperature coeffi-cient ) effect of the conductive coatings. Experimental results show that the coatings containing only polyacrylateemulsion and CB exhibit an excellent electrical conductivity but bad PTC effect, and when organic crystal is added,PTC effect is characterized and can increase by 2 orders of magtitude. The critical transformation temperature ofpolyacrylate emulsion/CB PTC composites is decided by melting point of organic crystals.

  4. Sol-gel derived bioactive coating on zirconia: Effect on flexural strength and cell proliferation.

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    Shahramian, Khalil; Leminen, Heidi; Meretoja, Ville; Linderbäck, Paula; Kangasniemi, Ilkka; Lassila, Lippo; Abdulmajeed, Aous; Närhi, Timo

    2016-09-07

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sol-gel derived bioactive coatings on the biaxial flexural strength and fibroblast proliferation of zirconia, aimed to be used as an implant abutment material. Yttrium stabilized zirconia disc-shaped specimens were cut, ground, sintered, and finally cleansed ultrasonically in each of acetone and ethanol for 5 minutes. Three experimental groups (n = 15) were fabricated, zirconia with sol-gel derived titania (TiO2 ) coating, zirconia with sol-gel derived zirconia (ZrO2 ) coating, and non-coated zirconia as a control. The surfaces of the specimens were analyzed through images taken using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a non-contact tapping mode atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to record the surface topography and roughness of the coated specimens. Biaxial flexural strength values were determined using the piston-on-three ball technique. Human gingival fibroblast proliferation on the surface of the specimens was evaluated using AlamarBlue assay™. Data were analyzed using a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Tukey's post-hoc test. Additionally, the biaxial flexural strength data was also statistically analyzed with the Weibull distribution. The biaxial flexural strength of zirconia specimens was unaffected (p > 0.05). Weibull modulus of TiO2 coated and ZrO2 coated groups (5.7 and 5.4, respectively) were lower than the control (8.0). Specimens coated with ZrO2 showed significantly lower fibroblast proliferation compared to other groups (p sol-gel derived coatings have no influence on the flexural strength of zirconia. ZrO2 coated specimens showed significantly lower cell proliferation after 12 days than TiO2 coated or non-coated control. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 2016.

  5. Preparation, antibacterial effects and corrosion resistant of porous Cu–TiO{sub 2} coatings

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    Wu, Haibo; Zhang, Xiangyu, E-mail: zhangxiangyu@tyut.edu.cn; Geng, Zhenhua; Yin, Yan; Hang, Ruiqiang; Huang, Xiaobo; Yao, Xiaohong; Tang, Bin

    2014-07-01

    Antibacterial TiO{sub 2} coatings with different concentrations of Cu (Cu–TiO{sub 2}) were prepared by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) on pre-sputtered CuTi films. The effect of Cu concentrations in CuTi films on the MAO process was investigated. The Cu–TiO{sub 2} coatings were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corrosion resistance of Cu–TiO{sub 2} coatings was evaluated via potentiodynamic polarization method. The antibacterial properties were assessed by two methods: spread plate method and fluorescence staining. The experimental results demonstrate that the coatings are porous and consist of anatase phase, rutile phase and unoxidized titanium. The CuTi films are almost completely oxidized and the thickness of all MAO coatings is about 5–10 μm. Cu mainly exists as CuO in the TiO{sub 2} coatings. The Cu–TiO{sub 2} coatings exhibit excellent antibacterial activities, and the antibacterial rate gradually rise with the increase in Cu concentration in the MAO coatings. The corrosion resistance of MAO coatings is also improved slightly.

  6. Antimicrobial effects and human gingival biocompatibility of hydroxyapatite sol-gel coatings.

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    Chung, Ren-Jei; Hsieh, Ming-Fa; Huang, Chine-Wen; Perng, Li-Hsiang; Wen, Hsiao-Wei; Chin, Tsung-Shune

    2006-01-01

    The sol-gel method was employed to synthesize hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings modified with Ag or Zn ions onto Ti-6Al-4V substrate. A bacterial strain Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and a human gingival fibroblast (HGF-1) cell line were used to investigate the antimicrobial effect and biocompatibility, respectively. HAp coatings containing 100 ppm Ag(+) ions suppressed the growth of S. mutans. An apparent inhibition zone around the HAp coating was further observed at Ag(+) concentration up to 10,000 ppm. However, for coatings containing Zn(2+) ions, a clear inhibition zone was observed at Zn(2+) concentration of 10,000 ppm. Nevertheless, the results of HGF-1 cultivation demonstrated that the Zn(2+)-modified HAp coatings exhibited better attachment and spread of HGF-1 than did the Ag(+)-modified coatings. Zn(2+) modified HAp coatings also increased the plating efficiency of HGF-1 cells. The cytotoxicity associated with the addition of Ag and the cell-conductive capacity associated with the addition of Zn are proportional to the added concentration, from 100 to 10,000 ppm. The dosages of both Ag(+) and Zn(2+) ions that should be added to HAp coatings were considered to prevent infection and improve biocompatibility. The results of this study ensure that HAp coatings modified with a moderate amount of Ag/Zn efficiently resist microorganisms and improve biocompatibility.

  7. Effect of flame conditions on abrasive wear performance of HVOF sprayed nanostructured WC-12Co coatings

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    WANG Yu-yue; LI Chang-jiu; MA Jian; YANG Guan-jun

    2004-01-01

    Nanostructured WC-12Co coatings were deposited by high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spraying with an agglomerated powder. The effect of flame conditions on the microstructure of the nanostructured coatings was investigated. The wear properties of the coatings were characterized using a dry rubber-wheel wear test. The results show that the nanostructured WC-Co coatings consist of WC, W2C, W and an amorphous binder phase. The microstructure of the coating is significantly influenced by the ratio of oxygen flow to fuel flow. Under the lower ratio of oxygen/fuel flow, the nanostructured coating presents a relative dense microstructure and severe decarburization of WC phase occurs during spraying. With increasing ratio of oxygen/fuel flow, the bonding of WC particles in the coating becomes loose resulting from the original structure of feedstock and the decarburization of WC becomes less owing to limited heating to the powder. Both the decarburization of WC particles in spraying and the bonding among WC particles in the coatings affect the wear performance. The examination of the worn surfaces of the nanostructured coatings reveals that the dominant wear mechanisms would be spalling from the interface of WCCo splats when spray particles undergo a limited melting. While the melting state of the spray particles is improved,the dominant wear mechanisms become the plastic deformation and plowing of the matrix and spalling of WC particles from the matrix.

  8. Effects of tallowtree seed coat on seed germination

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    LI Shu-xian; GU Hong-biao; MAO Yan; YIN Tong-ming; GAO Han-dong

    2012-01-01

    We measured physiological parameters including water uptake,in-vitro embryo germination ratio,and seed coat structure observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to explore the influence of seed coat on the germination of seeds of tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum (Linn) Roxb.).Tallow tree seeds had good water permeability.We found that germination of cabbage seeds was inhibited when cabbage seeds were soaked in extracted solutions from tallow tree seed coat.Seed coat structure at the side of the radicle appeared to be a barrier to seed germination.We tested methods to break tallow tree seed dormancy.Dormancy of tallow tree seeds was overcome by soaking the seeds in 500 mg·L-1 or 1000 mg·L-1 GA3,followed by 100 days of cold stratification.

  9. Comparative study on effect of blending, thermal barrier coating (LHR)

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    But proper deployment of blending the biodiesel with diesel and adopting thermal ... almost comparable engine performance with acceptable emission norms. ... Keywords: Uppage oil, biodiesel, thermal barrier coating, low heat rejection ...

  10. Effect of Post Heat Treatment on Corrosion Resistance of Phytic Acid Conversion Coated Magnesium

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    R.K. Gupta; K. Mensah-Darkwa; D. Kumar

    2013-01-01

    An environment friendly chemical conversion coating for magnesium was obtained by using a phytic acid solution.The effect of post-coating 1heat treatment on the microstructures and corrosion properties of phytic acid conversion coated magnesium was investigated.It was observed that the microstructure and corrosion resistive properties were improved for the heat treated samples.The corrosion current density for bare magnesium,phytic acid conversion coated magnesium,and post-coating heat treated magnesium was calculated to be 2.48 × 10-5,1.18 × 10-6,and 9.27 × 10-7 A/cm2,respectively.The lowest corrosion current density for the heat treated sample indicated its highest corrosion resistive effect for the magnesium.The maximum corrosion protective nature of the heat treated sample was further confirmed by the largest value of impedance in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies.

  11. Enhanced antireflection properties of silica thin films via redox deposition and hot-water treatment

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    Chigane, Masaya; Hatanaka, Yoshiro; Shinagawa, Tsutomu [Department of Electronic Materials, Osaka Municipal Technical Research Institute, 1-6-50 Morinomiya, Joto-ku, Osaka 536-8553 (Japan)

    2010-06-15

    Silicon oxide (SiO{sub x}) thin film was deposited onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate by the reduction of an aqueous solution containing ammonium hexafluorosilicate, dimethylamine borane and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Post-deposition hot water treatment: immersion of the film in water at 333 K dissolved CTAB producing nanopores in silica (SiO{sub 2}) film and remarkably enhanced the antireflection property of the film: 0.1% at 550 nm of wavelength. The films before and after the treatment were compared via characterization by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic depth profile, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The decrease of refractive index dispersion by the porous silica films, attributing to the low reflection, was verified by effective medium approximation analysis. (author)

  12. Forming high efficiency silicon solar cells using density-graded anti-reflection surfaces

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    Yuan, Hao-Chih; Branz, Howard M.; Page, Matthew R.

    2014-09-09

    A method (50) is provided for processing a graded-density AR silicon surface (14) to provide effective surface passivation. The method (50) includes positioning a substrate or wafer (12) with a silicon surface (14) in a reaction or processing chamber (42). The silicon surface (14) has been processed (52) to be an AR surface with a density gradient or region of black silicon. The method (50) continues with heating (54) the chamber (42) to a high temperature for both doping and surface passivation. The method (50) includes forming (58), with a dopant-containing precursor in contact with the silicon surface (14) of the substrate (12), an emitter junction (16) proximate to the silicon surface (14) by doping the substrate (12). The method (50) further includes, while the chamber is maintained at the high or raised temperature, forming (62) a passivation layer (19) on the graded-density silicon anti-reflection surface (14).

  13. Structure and optical properties of dielectric-metal-dielectric coatings

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    Koltun, M.M.; Faiziev, Sh.A.; Gaziev, U.Kh.

    1976-01-01

    The conditions for production of a ZnS-Ag-ZnS coating on glass are investigated, together with the influence of each of the three layers on the optical characteristics of the coating. It is shown that the lower antireflection film in a three-layer coating serves not only to reduce reflection from the glass-metal film interface, but also creates conditions for condensation of a metal layer with small structural defects to increase the conductivity of the coating and its integral reflection coefficient in the infrared region of the spectrum.

  14. Effect of Uniformly and Nonuniformly Coated Al2O3 Nanoparticles over Glass Tube Heater on Pool Boiling

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    Nitin Doifode

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Effect of uniformly and nonuniformly coated Al2O3 nanoparticles over plain glass tube heater on pool boiling heat transfer was studied experimentally. A borosilicate glass tube coated with Al2O3 nanoparticle was used as test heater. The boiling behaviour was studied by using high speed camera. Result obtained for pool boiling shows enhancement in heat transfer for nanoparticle coated surface heater and compared with plain glass tube heater. Also heat transfer coefficient for nonuniformly coated nanoparticles was studied and compared with uniformly coated and plain glass tube. Coating effect of nanoparticles over glass tube increases its surface roughness and thereby creates more nucleation sites.

  15. Effect of chemical composition of steel on the structure of hot – dip galvanized coating

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    P. Pokorny

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the effect of the content of conventional steel impurity elements on the thickness and composition of the zinc layer. This article is focused primarily on low-temperature, batch hot-dip galvanizing; however, the continuous coating process is also mentioned. The main discussion covers galvanizing from pure zinc melt, and only touches on galvanizing from melts with the usual amounts of aluminium (0,2 wt. %. Silicon, phosphorus, aluminium and sulfur may have an especially negative effect on the mechanical properties of the coating and its final appearance. The content of ballast carbon and manganese has a rather limited effect on composition and coating thickness.

  16. Effects of PVA coated nanoparticles on human immune cells.

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    Strehl, Cindy; Gaber, Timo; Maurizi, Lionel; Hahne, Martin; Rauch, Roman; Hoff, Paula; Häupl, Thomas; Hofmann-Amtenbrink, Margarethe; Poole, A Robin; Hofmann, Heinrich; Buttgereit, Frank

    2015-01-01

    Nanotechnology provides new opportunities in human medicine, mainly for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often diagnosed after irreversible joint structural damage has occurred. There is an urgent need for a very early diagnosis of RA, which can be achieved by more sensitive imaging methods. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) are already used in medicine and therefore represent a promising tool for early diagnosis of RA. The focus of our work was to investigate any potentially negative effects resulting from the interactions of newly developed amino-functionalized amino-polyvinyl alcohol coated (a-PVA) SPION (a-PVA-SPION), that are used for imaging, with human immune cells. We analyzed the influence of a-PVA-SPION with regard to cell survival and cell activation in human whole blood in general, and in human monocytes and macrophages representative of professional phagocytes, using flow cytometry, multiplex suspension array, and transmission electron microscopy. We found no effect of a-PVA-SPION on the viability of human immune cells, but cytokine secretion was affected. We further demonstrated that the percentage of viable macrophages increased on exposure to a-PVA-SPION. This effect was even stronger when a-PVA-SPION were added very early in the differentiation process. Additionally, transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that both monocytes and macrophages are able to endocytose a-PVA-SPION. Our findings demonstrate an interaction between human immune cells and a-PVA-SPION which needs to be taken into account when considering the use of a-PVA-SPION in human medicine.

  17. ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} core/shell nanorods array as excellent anti-reflection layers on silicon solar cells

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    Lung, Chun-Ming; Wang, Wei-Cheng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan (China); Chen, Ching-Hsiang [Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Taipei, 106, Taiwan (China); Chen, Liang-Yih, E-mail: sampras@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Taipei, 106, Taiwan (China); Chen, Miin-Jang, E-mail: mjchen@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2016-09-01

    A simple, low-temperature hydrothermal method and atomic layer deposition (ALD) were used to fabricate ZnO nanostructures as subwavelength-structure antireflection layers (SWS ARLs) on Si solar cells. ZnO seed layers with wafer-scale uniformity were prepared, and ALD was used to reproduce two types of ZnO-based structures, nanorod arrays (NRAs) and nanotip arrays (NTAs). The study examined diammonium phosphate concentrations during growth, conducted simulations based on three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain and reflection analyses, performed X-ray diffractometer, field-emission scanning electron microscope, and high-resolution transmission electron microscope characterizations, measured total reflectance spectra by using a spectrophotometer with integrated spheres, and ran solar simulations to determine the efficiency of the Si solar cells. Coating the ZnO NTAs on the Si solar cells yielded a low total reflectance over a broad band range and produced omnidirectional light scattering on the cells, causing incident light to have a shallow penetration depth near the p–n junction and leading to an increase in short current density ({sub Jsc}). Coating the ZnO NTAs with an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell induced continuous variation in the refractive index, further decreasing the total reflectance to approximately 5.5%, and protected the ZnO NTAs from the harmful acidic environment. Significantly increasing the J{sub sc} and η levels of the Si solar cells, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}@ZnO-NTA antireflection structure produced a high efficiency of 17.79%. Its superior performance, including low and wideband reflectance, a low process temperature, and a significant increase in efficiency, indicates the potential of this antireflective structure for enhancing solar cell efficiency in photovoltaic devices. - Highlights: • ZnO nanotip arrays were synthesized by hydrothermal methods as antireflection layer. • The total reflectance is low around 7.8% from 400 nm to 1000

  18. Effect of Rare Earth Metals on Structure and Properties of Electroless Co-B Alloy Coating

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    宣天鹏; 张雷; 黄秋华

    2002-01-01

    The effect of rare earth metals cerium, lanthanum and yttrium on chemical composition, structure and properties of electroless Co-B alloy coating was studied. By plasma transmitting spectrograph, electron energy spectrometer, X-ray diffractometter, micro-hardometer and vibratory sample magnetometer the chemical constitution, structure and properties of the alloy coatings were analyzed and inspected. The results show that with a tiny quantity of rare earth metal added into Co-B alloy coating, the content of boron is decreased in the alloy coatings, and the kinds of rare earth metal have enormous effect on the structure and properties of electroless Co-B alloy coating. At the same time electroless Co-B alloy with amorphous structure is transformed to electroless Co-B-RE alloy with microcrystalline or crystalline structure. In this way microhardness of the coatings is increased remarkably. Cerium and lanthanum would also increase the saturated magnetic intensity and decrease coercitive force of the coating. So soft magnetization of the coatings would be improved.

  19. Effects of coating thickness and interfacial roughness on cracking and delamination strength of WC-Co coating measured by ring compression test

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    Kato, Masahiko; Nazul, Mahmoud; Itti, Takeshi; Akebono, Hiroyuki; Sugeta, Atsushi; Mitani, Eiji

    2014-08-01

    The effects of coating thickness and interfacial roughness on the interfacial fracture toughness of tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) coatings were evaluated using a ring compression test. WC-Co powder was sprayed on steel (JIS:SS400) rings by a high-velocity air- fuel method in coatings with various thicknesses and values of interfacial roughness. The ring compression test was carried out, and the cracking and delamination behavior of the coatings was observed using charge-coupled-device cameras. The results showed that cracking perpendicular to the loading direction occurred in the coatings during the ring compression test, and the cracking strength obtained from the ring compression test decreased slightly with increasing coating thickness, but was independent of the interfacial roughness. Upon further increase of the compression load, the coatings delaminated from the substrate. The interfacial fracture toughness calculated from the delamination of the coatings during the ring compression test decreased with increasing coating thickness and increased with increasing interfacial roughness.

  20. Development of calcium titanium oxide coated silicon solar cells for enhanced voltage generation capacity

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    Kathirvel K.

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Depletion of fossil fuel based energy sources drive the present scenario towards development of solar based alternative energy. Polycrystalline silicon solar cells are preferred due to low cost and abundant availability. However, the power conversion efficiency of polycrystalline silicon is lesser compared to monocrystalline one. The present study aims at analyzing the effect of calcium titanium oxide (CaTiO3 antireflection (AR coating on the power conversion of polycrystalline solar cells. CaTiO3 offers unique characteristics, such as non-radioactive and non-magnetic orthorhombic biaxial structure with bulk density of 3.91 g/cm3. CaTiO3 film deposition on the solar cell substrate has been carried out using Radio Frequency (RF magnetron sputter coating technique under varying time durations (10 min to 45 min. Morphological studies proved the formation of CaTiO3 layer and respective elemental percentages on the coated substrate. Open circuit voltage studies were conducted on bare and coated silicon solar substrates under open and controlled atmospheric conditions. CaTiO3 coated on a solar cell substrate in a deposition time of 30 min showed 8.76 % improvement in the cell voltage compared to the bare solar cell.

  1. Effects of Current Density on Microstructure of Titania Coatings by Micro-arc Oxidation

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    Yue Yang; Hua Wu

    2012-01-01

    In the present study, titania coatings were prepared under different current density conditions in micro-arc oxidation (MAO) process on titanium alloy in NaAlO2 solution. The aim of this work was to study the effects of current density on the microstructure of titania coatings. The morphology and phase composition of the coatings were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectra. The thickness and surface roughness of the coatings were characterized by confocal laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM). The results showed that the coatings were composed of crystalline anatase and rutile phases of TiO2, and contain a network of evenly distributed small pores. It has also shown that an increase in current density leads to an increase in rutile content.

  2. Effect of Y2O3 on microstructure and oxidation of chromizing coating

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    ZHOU Yue-bo; ZHANG Hai-jun; WANG Yong-dong

    2008-01-01

    A Y2O3-modified chromizing coating was produced by chromizing an as-electrodeposited Ni-Y2O3 composite film using pack cementation method at 1 100 ℃ for 3 h. For comparison, chromizing was also performed under the same condition on an as-deposited Ni film without Y2O3 particles. Oxidation at 900 ℃ for 120 h indicates that although on both two chromizing coatings chromia scales grow during oxidation, the Y2O3-modified chromizing coating exhibits an increased oxidation resistance due to the formation of thinner, denser and freer-grain scale. The effect of Y2O3 on the coating formation and the coating oxidation behavior was discussed in detail.

  3. Effect of coating thickness on microstructures and mechanical properties of C/Cu/Al composites

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    CAO Zhuo-kun; YAO Guang-chun; LIU Yi-han

    2006-01-01

    The different copper coatings with thickness varying from 0.3 μm to 1.5 μtm were deposited on carbon fibers using either electroless plating or electroplating method. The coated fibers were chopped and composites were fabricated with melting aluminum at 700 ℃. The effect of the copper layer on the microstructure in the system was discussed. The results show that the copper layer has fully reacted with aluminum matrix, and the intermetallic compound CuAl2 forms through SEM observation and XRD, EDX analysis. The results of tensile tests indicate that composites fabricated using carbon fibers with 0.7-1.1 μm copper coating perform best and the composites turn to more brittle as the thickness of copper coating increases. The fracture surface observation exhibits good interface bonding and ductility of the matrix alloy when the thickness of copper coating is about 0.7-1.1 μm.

  4. Effects of Beeswax Coating on the Oxidative Stability of Long-Ripened Italian Salami

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    Marcello Trevisani

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Beeswax coating of foods put a barrier to oxygen, light, and vapour that can help to prevent oxidation of fat and pigments and water loss. The amounts of 2-thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS and water activity (Aw were assessed in Italian salami coated with beeswax at 55 days of ripening and compared with controls at 5, 6, and 7 months of shelf life. The results were correlated with sensory quality. TBARS levels were below 0.8 mg kg−1 in the beeswax-coated salami until 6 months of aging (median 0.697, max 0.795 and significantly higher in the uncoated salami (median 1.176, max 1.227. A slight correlation between the amount of TBARS and Aw was observed in beeswax-coated salamis, whereas this effect was masked in controls by the large Aw variability observed at 7 months. Beeswax coating prevents case hardening and facilitated the peeling.

  5. Effects of micropatterned surfaces coated with type I collagen on the proliferation and morphology of tenocytes

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    Chen Xi; Wang Zhi [Institute of Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Wainan Guoxue Street, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan (China); Qin Tingwu [Institute of Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Wainan Guoxue Street, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan (China)], E-mail: tingwuqin@hotmail.com; Liu Chengjun; Yang Zhiming [Institute of Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Wainan Guoxue Street, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan (China)

    2008-11-15

    The effects of micropatterned surfaces coated with type I collagen (CNI) on the proliferation and morphology of rat tail tenocytes were investigated in this study. The micropatterned polydimethylsiloxane substrates were prepared by using the technique of microcontact printing and then coated with different concentrations of CNI by the microfluidic channels technology. After being seeded on the CNI-coated micropatterned substrates, the tenocytes were tested by MTT colorimetric assay at 1-, 3-, 5-, and 7-day time intervals to evaluate the proliferation of tenocytes on the substrates. The alignment and morphology of tenocytes on the CNI-coated substrates after incubation for 1 or 24 h were observed with SEM. The results showed tenocytes proliferated well with increase of CNI concentrations and identically aligned along the grooves of the CNI-coated micropatterned substrates. This could have a potential advantage in construction of engineered tendons in vitro.

  6. Effects of micropatterned surfaces coated with type I collagen on the proliferation and morphology of tenocytes

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    Chen, Xi; Wang, Zhi; Qin, Ting-Wu; Liu, Cheng-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ming

    2008-11-01

    The effects of micropatterned surfaces coated with type I collagen (CNI) on the proliferation and morphology of rat tail tenocytes were investigated in this study. The micropatterned polydimethylsiloxane substrates were prepared by using the technique of microcontact printing and then coated with different concentrations of CNI by the microfluidic channels technology. After being seeded on the CNI-coated micropatterned substrates, the tenocytes were tested by MTT colorimetric assay at 1-, 3-, 5-, and 7-day time intervals to evaluate the proliferation of tenocytes on the substrates. The alignment and morphology of tenocytes on the CNI-coated substrates after incubation for 1 or 24 h were observed with SEM. The results showed tenocytes proliferated well with increase of CNI concentrations and identically aligned along the grooves of the CNI-coated micropatterned substrates. This could have a potential advantage in construction of engineered tendons in vitro.

  7. Chronic Effects of Coated Silver Nanoparticles on Marine Invertebrate Larvae: A Proof of Concept Study.

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    Christine Ying Shan Chan

    Full Text Available Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs, owing to their unique physical and chemical properties, have become increasingly popular in consumer products. However, data on their potential biological effects on marine organisms, especially invertebrates, remain very limited. This proof of principle study reports the chronic sub-lethal toxicity of two coated AgNPs (oleic acid coated AgNPs and polyvinylpyrrolidone coated AgNPs on marine benthic invertebrate larvae across three phyla (i.e., the barnacle Balanus Amphitrite, the slipper-limpet Crepidula onyx, and the polychaete Hydroides elegans in terms of growth, development, and metamorphosis. Bioaccumulation and biodistribution of silver were also investigated. Larvae were also exposed to silver nitrate (AgNO3 in parallel to distinguish the toxic effects derived from nano-silver and the aqueous form of silver. The sub-lethal effect of chronic exposure to coated AgNPs resulted in a significant retardation in growth and development, and reduction of larval settlement rate. The larval settlement rate of H. elegans was significantly lower in the coated AgNP treatment than the AgNO3 treatment, suggesting that the toxicity of coated AgNPs might not be solely evoked by the release of silver ions (Ag+ in the test medium. The three species accumulated silver effectively from coated AgNPs as well as AgNO3, and coated AgNPs were observed in the vacuoles of epithelial cell in the digestive tract of C. onyx. Types of surface coatings did not affect the sub-lethal toxicity of AgNPs. This study demonstrated that coated AgNPs exerted toxic effects in a species-specific manner, and their exposure might allow bioaccumulation of silver, and affect growth, development, and settlement of marine invertebrate larvae. This study also highlighted the possibility that coated AgNPs could be taken up through diet and the toxicity of coated AgNPs might be mediated through toxic Ag+ as well as the novel modalities of coated AgNPs.

  8. Effects of Y2O3 upon mechanical properties of laser coating

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    Chi Deng; Yong Wang; Yaping Zhang; Jiacheng Gao

    2005-01-01

    @@ Roles of Y2O3 in mechanical properties of the bioceramic coating by the laser cladding were reported in this paper. The bonding strength of interface between the laser coatings with/without Y2O3 and substrate Ti-6Al-4V (TC4), bending strength, compressive strength, tensile strength, and hardness in these coatings were contrastively tested, and the ceramic-metal interface was observed by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). These results indicated that the rare earth was the important factor which influenced the mechanical properties of the coating. Y2O3 was adequately dispersed in the melting pool of the laser coating, crystal grain got smaller after the melted coating was cooled, the impurity existing in crystal interface was reduced by chemical reactions, and so the strength was evidently improved. On the other hand, the rare earth could also obviously increase the hole numbers in the coating and decrease the compressive strength. So the effects of the rare earth on the laser coating were intricate and all-purpose.

  9. Effects of Oxygen-fuel Ratio on Structure and Property of Detonation Gun Sprayed WC Coating

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    ZHAO Li-ying

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The tungsten carbide coating with both high hardness and dense microstructure was prepared by optimizing the detonation gun spraying parameters. The phase identifications and microstructure of the coating were observed and analyzed by optical microscope, X-ray diffraction (XRD and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS. The results show that with the increase of oxygen-fuel ratio, the hardness and adhesive strength of the coating firstly enhance and then decrease, while porosities firstly decrease and then increase. When the oxygen fuel ratio is too low, slow particle flight speed and insufficient melt are the main reasons for the degradation of the coating compactness and mechanical properties. When the oxygen fuel ratio is too high, particle decarburization and binder phase nonuniform contract in the cooling process are the determining factors to the coating structure and properties. When the oxygen-fuel ratio is 1.15, comprehensive performance of the coating is optimal, and the oxidation and decarburization of the coating can be effectively reduced. The Vickers microhardness HV0.3 of cross-section reaches 1178kg·mm-2, the porosity is 0.86%, and the bonding strength between the coating and substrate is 152MPa.

  10. Effects of surface modification with hydroxyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane on the corrosion protection of polyurethane coating

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    Jeon, Jae Hong; Shon, Min Young [Pukyong National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Polyurethane coating was designed to give a hydrophobic property on its surface by modifying it with hydroxyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane and then effects of surface hydrophobic tendency, water transport behavior and hence corrosion protectiveness of the modified polyurethane coating were examined using FT-IR/ATR spectroscopy, contact angle measurement and electrochemical impedance test. As results, the surface of polyurethane coating was changed from hydrophilic to hydrophobic property due primarily to a phase separation tendency between polyurethane and modifier by the modification. The phase separation tendency is more appreciable when modified by polydimethylsiloxane with higher content. Water transport behavior of the modified polyurethane coating decreased more in that with higher hydrophobic surface property. The decrease in the impedance modulus ⅠZⅠ at low frequency region in immersion test for polyurethane coatings was associated with the water transport behavior and surface hydrophobic properties of modified polyurethane coatings. The corrosion protectiveness of the modified polyurethane coated carbon steel generally increased with an increase in the modifier content, confirming that corrosion protectiveness of the modified polyurethane coating is well agreed with its water transport behavior.

  11. [Effects of TiSi coating on corrosion resistance of dental Co-Cr alloy].

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    Hu, Bin; Chen, Jie; Zhang, Fu-qiang

    2011-12-01

    To investigate the effect of titanium-silicon(TiSi) coating on corrosion resistance of dental CoCr alloy. The commonly used CoCr alloy was cast into 10mm×10mm×3mm specimen in size. Then the specimen was coated with TiSi on the surface by sol-gel method. The specimens were immersed in artificial saliva. Weight loss method was used to analyze corrosion rate. Element analysis using Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) was performed to compare the content of element before and after coating of TiSi in artificial saliva. SAS8.0 software package was used for statistical analysis. By weight lost method, before and after coating TiSi, the corrosive rate was 0.163 g·m(-2)·h(-1) and 0.138 g·m(-2)·h(-1) respectively. With AES, in Co-Cr alloy not coating TiSi, atomic concentration (g·m(-2)) of Ni, Co, Cr and Si was 7.728582657,0.008801153,0.306195965 and 0.194851978,respectively. After coating Ti-Si,the content of Ni, Co, Cr and Si and 4.745189808,0.004718889, 0.153195362 and 0.778406136, respectively. The release rate of the Ni,Co,cr were decreased after coating. TiSi coating can improve corrosion resistance of CoCr alloy.

  12. Effects of zinc-substituted nano-hydroxyapatite coatings on bone integration with implant surfaces

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    Shi-fang ZHAO; Wen-jing DONG; Qiao-hong JIANG; Fu-ming HE; Xiao-xiang WANG; Guo-li YANG

    2013-01-01

    Objective:The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a zinc-substituted nano-hydroxyapatite (Zn-HA) coating,applied by an electrochemical process,on implant osseointegraton in a rabbit model.Methods:A Zn-HA coating or an HA coating was deposited using an electrochemical process.Surface morphology was examined using field-emission scanning electron microscopy.The crystal structure and chemical composition of the coatings were examined using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).A total of 78 implants were inserted into femurs and tibias of rabbits.After two,four,and eight weeks,femurs and tibias were retrieved and prepared for histomorphometric evaluation and removal torque (RTQ) tests.Results:Rod-like HA crystals appeared on both implant surfaces.The dimensions of the Zn-HA crystals seemed to be smaller than those of HA.XRD patterns showed that the peaks of both coatings matched well with standard HA patterns.FTIR spectra showed that both coatings consisted of HA crystals.The Zn-HA coating significantly improved the bone area within all threads after four and eight weeks (P<0.05),the bone to implant contact (BIC) at four weeks (P<0.05),and RTQ values after four and eight weeks (P<0.05).Conclusions:The study showed that an electrochemically deposited Zn-HA coating has potential for improving bone integration with an implant surface.

  13. Effects of metal coating on the fiber Bragg grating temperature sensing characteristics

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    Wen, Changjin; Li, Yulong

    2016-04-01

    Effects of the metal coatings on the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensing characteristics were simulated and experimentally investigated. Temperature sensitivity of the coated FBG as a function of the coating material properties was simulated using MATLAB software based on the temperature sensing model. The simulation results show that the elastic modulus, Poisson's ratio, thermal expansion coefficient and coating thickness of the coatings have noticeable impacts on the sensing characteristics of the coated FBG. It is noted that (i) there is an extreme value for the influence of the elastic modulus on temperature sensitivity; (ii) temperature sensitivity increases with the increase of Poisson's ratio and thermal expansion coefficient; (iii) with the increase of the coating thickness, the temperature sensitivity increases first then reaches a plateau asymptotically. To validate the simulation results, several FBGs were coated with copper, nickel, cobalt, copper-zinc, and Ni-ZrO2, and subsequently the associated temperature sensitivities were measured using a network analyzer as well as a water bath. The results show that the simulation results agree well with that of the experiments, with the errors up to 5.49%.

  14. Effect of Nano Al Pigment on the Anticorrosive Performance of Waterborne Epoxy Coatings

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    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the results regarding the effect of nano aluminum powder pigment concentration on the protective properties of waterborne epoxy films in 3.5 wt pct NaCl solution. The anticorrosive performance of the coatings with 0.5, 1, and 3 wt pct pigments and none pigment were investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy techniques.The results show that adding appropriate amount of nano-aluminium powder pigment can enhance the barrier properties of the epoxy coating, which is attributed to the surface effect of nanoparticles and the compatibility of the pigment with the waterborne epoxy coatings.

  15. Effect of chitosan-based edible coating on preservation of white shrimp during partially frozen storage.

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    Wu, Shengjun

    2014-04-01

    Chitosan and chitooligosaccharides are preservatives with proven antibacterial activity, while glutathione has antioxidant activity. This study investigated the effects of chitosan coating combined with chitooligosaccharides and glutathione (0.8% glutathione+1% chitooligosaccharides+1% chitosan) on preservation of white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) during partially frozen storage. Chitosan-based coating treatments effectively inhibited bacterial growth, reduced total volatile basic nitrogen and malondialdehyde, and basically maintained the sensory properties of white shrimp (P. vannamei) during partially frozen storage. Therefore, chitosan-based edible coating combined with chitooligosaccharides and glutathione could be a promising antimicrobial and oxidant method to prevent metamorphism of white shrimp with extended shelf life.

  16. Effect of Edible Coatings, Storage Time and Maturity Stage on Overall Quality of Tomato Fruits

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    Jorge E.J, Davila-Avina

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. is one of the most widely consumed fresh vegetables in the world; however, its highly perishable nature limits its postharvest life. Major losses in tomato quality and quantity occur between harvest and consumption. Therefore, the application of new technologies to extend the postharvest life of this commodity is needed. The use of edible coatings appears to be a good alternative. Approach: We evaluated the effect of carnauba and mineral oil coatings on the postharvest quality of tomato fruits (cv. Grandela. Stafresh 2505 (carnauba and Stafresh 151 (mineral oil coatings were applied on fresh tomatoes at two maturity stages (breaker and pink. The quality of tomatoes was evaluated periodically at 0, 5, 10, 15, 21 and 28 days of storage at 10°C, plus 2 days at 20°C. For respiration rate analysis, tomatoes were kept at 20°C for 16 days. Results: At the beginning of the study, CO2 production was reduced by 38 and 46% when applying the mineral oil coating on breaker and pink tomatoes, respectively. In addition, early during the study, the mineral oil coating showed suppression of ethylene biosynthesis at both maturity stages. Both coatings reduced 30% PG activity of tomato tissue. At the end of storage, mineral oil coatings delayed color changes and reduced weight losses for up 70 and 46% at the breaker and pink stages, respectively. Conclusion/Recommendations: Respiration rate, color, weight loss and enzyme activity were positively affected by mineral oil coating at both maturity stages. No effects on firmness, titratable acidity and pH were found by the coating application. We concluded that mineral oil coating could be a good alternative to preserve the quality and extend the postharvest life of tomato fruit.

  17. Effect of Edible and Active Coating (with Rosemary and Oregano Essential Oils) on Beef Characteristics and Consumer Acceptability

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    Vital, Ana Carolina Pelaes; Guerrero, Ana; Monteschio, Jessica de Oliveira; Valero, Maribel Velandia; Carvalho, Camila Barbosa; de Abreu Filho, Benício Alves; Madrona, Grasiele Scaramal; do Prado, Ivanor Nunes

    2016-01-01

    The effects of an alginate-based edible coating containing natural antioxidants (rosemary and oregano essential oils) on lipid oxidation, color preservation, water losses, texture and pH of beef steaks during 14 days of display were studied. The essential oil, edible coating and beef antioxidant activities, and beef consumer acceptability were also investigated. The edible coatings decreased lipid oxidation of the meat compared to the control. The coating with oregano was most effective (46.81% decrease in lipid oxidation) and also showed the highest antioxidant activity. The coatings significantly decreased color losses, water losses and shear force compared to the control. The coatings had a significant effect on consumer perception of odor, flavor and overall acceptance of the beef. In particular, the oregano coating showed significantly high values (approximately 7 in a 9-point scale). Active edible coatings containing natural antioxidants could improve meat product stability and therefore have potential use in the food industry. PMID:27504957

  18. Fabrication and electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of polymeric composites filled with silver-coated microorganism cells

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    Lan, Mingming, E-mail: lan_mingming@163.com [College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Zhang, Deyuan; Cai, Jun; Hu, Yanyan; Yuan, Liming [Bionic and Micro/Nano/Bio Manufacturing Technology Research Center, School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, helical silver-coated Spirulina cells were used as conductive fillers for the fabrication of polymeric composites. The morphology and composition of the coated Spirulina cells were analyzed with scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer. The densities of silver-coated Spirulina cells were measured using the standard Archimedes method with distilled water. The electrical resistivity was measured by four-probe technique using ammeter and voltmeter whereas electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness was measured by four-port method using vector network analyzer and coaxial-airline sample holder. The results showed that the silver-coated Spirulina cells with different coating thickness were lightweight fillers compared to the other typical conductive particles. The polymeric composites could achieve good conductivity at the lower content of silver-coated Spirulina cells owing to their helical shape. The shielding effectiveness of polymeric composites had a strong dependence on their conductivity. At the coating thickness of 0.96 μm and the content of 40 vol%, the shielding effectiveness could reach above 74.3 dB in entire test wave band.

  19. Antibacterial effect and cytotoxicity of Ag-doped functionally graded hydroxyapatite coatings.

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    Bai, Xiao; Sandukas, Stefan; Appleford, Mark; Ong, Joo L; Rabiei, Afsaneh

    2012-02-01

    Functionally graded hydroxyapatite coatings (FGHA) doped with 1, 3, and 6.5 wt % silver (Ag) have been deposited on Titanium using ion-beam-assisted deposition. Scanning transmission electron microscopy on coating cross sections confirmed the presence of FGHA coating with mostly amorphous layers at the top and mostly crystalline layers toward the coating interface as well as the existence of 10-50 nm Ag particles distributed throughout the thickness of the coatings. Calcium release in phosphate buffered saline solution showed a high release rate of Ca at the beginning of the test, and a gradual decrease in release rate thereafter to a minimum level until day 7. Similarly, the release rate of Ag in ultra pure water was initially high in the first 4 h and then gradually decreased over a 7 days period. Antibacterial tests have shown a reduction in the viability of S. aureus in Ag-doped coatings particularly in samples with higher Ag concentrations of 3 and 6.5 wt %. Cytotoxicity tests using an osteoblast cell line, on the other hand, have demonstrated that the samples with 6.5 wt % Ag have a negative effect on osteoblast cell response, proliferation, and apoptosis as well as a negative effect on protein and osteocalcin production. It is notable that the samples with 3 wt % Ag or less presented minimal cytotoxicity compared with control surfaces. Considering both the antibacterial and cytotoxicity effects, it is suggested that the 3 wt % of Ag in FGHA coatings can be favorable.

  20. The effect of refractory coating permeability on the Lost Foam Process

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    T. Pacyniak

    2008-01-01

    The article analyses the effect of refractory coating permeability on the process of casting manufacture by the Lost Foam technique. Theanalysis was focussed on simulation tests examining the effect of coating permeability on the mould cavity filling rate, pressure in gas gap, and the size of this gap. In simulation tests of the Lost Foam Process, a mathematical model of the process presented in this study and the author’s own computation algorithm were used. The computations have proved that...

  1. Optimization of contaminated oxide inversion layer solar cell. [considering silicon oxide coating

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    Call, R. L.

    1976-01-01

    Contaminated oxide cells have been fabricated with efficiencies of 8.6% with values of I sub sc = 120 ma, V sub oc = .54 volts, and curve factor of .73. Attempts to optimize the fabrication step to yield a higher output have not been successful. The fundamental limitation is the inadequate antireflection coating afforded by the silicon dioxide coating used to hold the contaminating ions. Coatings of SiO, therefore, were used to obtain a good antireflection coating, but the thinness of the coatings prevented a large concentration of the contaminating ions, and the cells was weak. Data of the best cell were .52 volts V sub oc, 110 ma I sub sc, .66 CFF and 6.7% efficiency.

  2. Effects of a carbon nanotube-collagen coating on a titanium surface on osteoblast growth

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    Park, Jung Eun, E-mail: pje312@naver.com; Park, Il-Song, E-mail: ilsong@jbnu.ac.kr; Neupane, Madhav Prasad; Bae, Tae-Sung; Lee, Min-Ho, E-mail: lmh@jbnu.ac.kr

    2014-02-15

    This study was performed to evaluate the effect of collagen-multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composite coating deposited on titanium on osteoblast growth. Titanium samples coated with only collagen and MWCNTs were used as controls. Pure titanium was coated with collagen-MWCNTs composite coating with 5, 10 and 20 μg cm{sup −2} MWCNTs by dip coating method. Scanning probe microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to ascertain the root mean squared roughness, structural and morphological features and, the interaction between the collagen and the MWCNTs, respectively. The biocompatibility of the collagen-MWCNTs composite coated Ti was assessed by MTT and ALP activity assays after culturing the cells for 2 and 5 days. The study reveals that root mean squared surface roughness of collagen-MWCNTs composite coated titanium is relatively higher than those of collagen and MWCNTs coated Ti. There is a strong interaction between the MWCNTs and the collagen, which is supported by the inferences made in FE-SEM and TEM studies and further confirmed by FT-IR spectra. Among all the specimens tested, cell proliferation is relatively higher on collagen-MWCNTs composite coated Ti specimen incorporated with 20 μg cm{sup −2} of MWCNTs (p < 0.05) after 5 days of cell culture. Cell proliferation studies confirm the existence of a strong dependence of the extent of cell proliferation on the amount of MWCNTs incorporated in the composite; the higher the amount of MWCNTs, the greater the extent of cell proliferation. The higher surface roughness of collagen-MWCNTs composite coated Ti specimens is considered responsible for the relatively higher extent of cell proliferation. The MWCNTs incorporated in the composite could have also contributed to the cell viability and growth.

  3. Effect of chitosan coating on the characteristics of DPPC liposomes

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    Mohsen M. Mady

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Because it is both biocompatible and biodegradable, chitosan has been used to provide a protective capsule in new drug formulations. The present work reports on investigations into some of the physicochemical properties of chitosan-coated liposomes, including drug release rate, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, zeta potential and turbidity measurement. It was found that chitosan increases liposome stability during drug release. The coating of DPPC liposomes with a chitosan layer was confirmed by electron microscopy and the zeta potential of liposomes. The coating of liposomes by chitosan resulted in a marginal increase in the size of the liposomes, adding a layer of (92 ± 27.1 nm. The liposomal zeta potential was found to be increasingly positive as chitosan concentration increased from 0.1% to 0.3% (w/v, before stabilising at a relatively constant value. Turbidity studies revealed that the coating of DPPC liposomes with chitosan did not significantly modify the main phase transition temperature of DPPC at examined chitosan concentrations. The appropriate combination of liposomal and chitosan characteristics may produce liposomes with specific, prolonged and controlled release.

  4. Sand effects on thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine engines

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    Walock, Michael; Barnett, Blake; Ghoshal, Anindya; Murugan, Muthuvel; Swab, Jeffrey; Pepi, Marc; Hopkins, David; Gazonas, George; Kerner, Kevin

    Accumulation and infiltration of molten/ semi-molten sand and subsequent formation of calcia-magnesia-alumina-silicate (CMAS) deposits in gas turbine engines continues to be a significant problem for aviation assets. This complex problem is compounded by the large variations in the composition, size, and topology of natural sands, gas generator turbine temperatures, thermal barrier coating properties, and the incoming particulate's momentum. In order to simplify the materials testing process, significant time and resources have been spent in the development of synthetic sand mixtures. However, there is debate whether these mixtures accurately mimic the damage observed in field-returned engines. With this study, we provide a direct comparison of CMAS deposits from both natural and synthetic sands. Using spray deposition techniques, 7% yttria-stabilized zirconia coatings are deposited onto bond-coated, Ni-superalloy discs. Each sample is coated with a sand slurry, either natural or synthetic, and exposed to a high temperature flame for 1 hour. Test samples are characterized before and after flame exposure. In addition, the test samples will be compared to field-returned equipment. This research was sponsored by the US Army Research Laboratory, and was accomplished under Cooperative Agreement # W911NF-12-2-0019.

  5. Effect of carbon coating on scuffing performance in diesel fuels

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    Ajayi, O. O.; Alzoubi, M. F.; Erdemir, A.; Fenske, G. R.

    2000-06-29

    Low-sulfur and low-aromatic diesel fuels are being introduced in order to reduce various types of emissions in diesel engines to levels in compliance with current and impending US federal regulations. The low lubricity of these fuels, however, poses major reliability and durability problems for fuel injection components that depend on diesel fuel for their lubrication. In the present study, the authors evaluated the scuff resistance of surfaces in regular diesel fuel containing 500 ppm sulfur and in Fischer-Tropsch synthetic diesel fuel containing no sulfur or aromatics. Tests were conducted with the high frequency reciprocating test rig (HFRR) using 52100 steel balls and H-13 tool-steel flats with and without Argonne's special carbon coatings. Test results showed that the sulfur-containing fuels provide about 20% higher scuffing resistance than does fuel without sulfur. Use of the carbon coating on the flat increased scuffing resistance in both regular and synthetic fuels by about ten times, as measured by the contact severity index at scuffing. Scuffing failure in tests conducted with coated surfaces did not occur until the coating had been removed by the two distinct mechanisms of spalling and wear.

  6. Effect of concentration of Curcuma longa L. on chitosan-starch based edible coating

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    Yusof, N. M.; Jai, J.; Hamzah, F.; Yahya, A.; Pinijsuwan, S.

    2017-08-01

    The ability of chitosan-starch based coating to extend shelf life of strawberry were studied. The main objectives of this paper is to study the effects of different concentrations (20, 15, 10 and 5 µL) of Curcuma longa L. (CUR) essential oil into chitosan-based edible coating on surface tension in order to increase the effectiveness of the coating. CUR or turmeric is one of the commercially planted herbs in Malaysia for its phytochemical benefits. Application of edible coating using dipping technique has been analysed and evaluated for their effectiveness in extending shelf life of fruits. Surface tension was analysed to investigate the adhesion properties. The best CUR concentration was 15 µL with the optimum surface tension was found to be 31.92 dynes/cm.

  7. Inhibitory effect of coated mannan against the adhesion of Candida biofilms to denture base resin.

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    Sato, Maki; Ohshima, Tomoko; Maeda, Nobuko; Ohkubo, Chikahiro

    2013-01-01

    The adherence of Candida on dentures is related to diseases such as denture stomatitis and aspiration pneumonia. Mannan is a major component of the Candida cell surface, and contributes to the cell adherence. A previous report indicated that the adherence of C. albicans to culture dishes was inhibited by the coating them with mannan. The purpose of this study was to examine the adhesion inhibitory effect of mannan coating on acrylic denture surfaces against C. albicans and C. glabrata. The amount of Candida attached on the acrylic surfaces coated with mannan was calibrated by culture methods. Mannan showed significant inhibitory effects on Candida adhesion in both the yeast and hyphal form in a concentration-dependent manner, and the durability of the inhibitory effect continued for three days. These results suggest that mannan coating on the denture base acrylic can prevent Candida adhesion on the denture.

  8. High Surface Area Nanoporous Ti02 Coating for Effective Water Condensation.

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    Kaynar, Mehmet; McGarity, Mark; Yassitepe, Emre; Shah, S.

    2013-03-01

    A water collection device utilizing nanoparticles has been researched, towards the possible goal of providing water in much needed areas on Earth. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles were spray coated on stainless steel substrates to measure their effect on atmospheric water condensation. A simple thermoelectric cooler, also called a Peltier device, was used to lower the temperature of the coated and uncoated stainless steel substrates to below the dew point temperature of the surrounding air. The thickness of the spray coating was varied to measure its effect on water condensation. This increase in surface area had a direct effect on the amount of water condensed. Compared with bare stainless steel, the TiO2 spray coated stainless steel had a considerably smaller contact angle of H20 droplets. In addition, the super-hydrophilic properties of TiO2 allowed water to flow more easily off the device. Supported by TUBITAK-BIDEB 2214-Abroad Research Scholarship program.

  9. Investigations of surface coatings to reduce memory effect in plastic scintillator detectors used for radioxenon detection

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    Bläckberg, L.; Fay, A.; Jõgi, I.; Biegalski, S.; Boman, M.; Elmgren, K.; Fritioff, T.; Johansson, A.; Mårtensson, L.; Nielsen, F.; Ringbom, A.; Rooth, M.; Sjöstrand, H.; Klintenberg, M.

    2011-11-01

    In this work Al2O3 and SiO2 coatings are tested as Xe diffusion barriers on plastic scintillator substrates. The motivation is improved beta-gamma coincidence detection systems, used to measure atmospheric radioxenon within the verification regime of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. One major drawback with the current setup of these systems is that the radioxenon tends to diffuse into the plastic scintillator material responsible for the beta detection, resulting in an unwanted memory effect. Here, coatings with thicknesses between 20 and 900 nm have been deposited onto plastic scintillators, and investigated using two different experimental techniques. The results show that all tested coatings reduce the Xe diffusion into the plastic. The reduction is observed to increase with coating thickness for both coating materials. The 425 nm Al2O3 coating is the most successful one, presenting a diffusion reduction of a factor 100, compared to uncoated plastic. In terms of memory effect reduction this coating is thus a viable solution to the problem in question.

  10. Effects of composite surface coating and pre-drying on the properties of kabanosy dry sausage.

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    Tyburcy, Andrzej; Kozyra, Daniel

    2010-10-01

    Coating of dry sausages with renewable materials could be an alternative to vacuum packaging. In this study kabanosy dry sausage was coated with a composite emulsion and stored for 7 or 15 days at 4-6 degrees C. Effects of different emulsion formulas (0.5 or 1% w/w of kappa-carrageenan and 5 or 10% w/w of glycerol) and pre-drying of coated sausages (at 50 degrees C for 1.5h) were investigated. Carrageenan concentration had a significant effect (Pcoatings. At both glycerol concentration levels, coatings had no visible cracks and were easily removed from the sausage surface after 7 and 15 days of storage. The colour values of coatings (L*, a*, and b*) changed along with the decreasing water activity during storage. Pre-drying of coated sausages reduced peeled product weight loss after storage. The financial analysis showed that among coatings tested the best proved to be the emulsion containing (w/w): 5% glycerol, 5% gelatin, 0.5% carrageenan, 20% lard, 20% beeswax, and 50% water. Copyright (c) 2010 The American Meat Science Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Investigations of surface coatings to reduce memory effect in plastic scintillator detectors used for radioxenon detection

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    Blaeckberg, L., E-mail: lisa.blackberg@physics.uu.se [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, SE-75120 Uppsala (Sweden); Fay, A. [University of Texas at Austin, Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, R-9000 Austin, TX (United States); Jogi, I. [Department of Materials Chemistry, Uppsala University, Box 538, SE-75121 Uppsala (Sweden); Biegalski, S. [University of Texas at Austin, Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, R-9000 Austin, TX (United States); Boman, M. [Department of Materials Chemistry, Uppsala University, Box 538, SE-75121 Uppsala (Sweden); Elmgren, K.; Fritioff, T. [Division of Defence and Security Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), SE-17290 Stockholm (Sweden); Johansson, A. [Nanexa AB, Virdings Alle 32B, SE-75450 Uppsala (Sweden); Martensson, L.; Nielsen, F.; Ringbom, A. [Division of Defence and Security Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), SE-17290 Stockholm (Sweden); Rooth, M. [Nanexa AB, Virdings Alle 32B, SE-75450 Uppsala (Sweden); Sjoestrand, H.; Klintenberg, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, SE-75120 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2011-11-11

    In this work Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and SiO{sub 2} coatings are tested as Xe diffusion barriers on plastic scintillator substrates. The motivation is improved beta-gamma coincidence detection systems, used to measure atmospheric radioxenon within the verification regime of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. One major drawback with the current setup of these systems is that the radioxenon tends to diffuse into the plastic scintillator material responsible for the beta detection, resulting in an unwanted memory effect. Here, coatings with thicknesses between 20 and 900 nm have been deposited onto plastic scintillators, and investigated using two different experimental techniques. The results show that all tested coatings reduce the Xe diffusion into the plastic. The reduction is observed to increase with coating thickness for both coating materials. The 425 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating is the most successful one, presenting a diffusion reduction of a factor 100, compared to uncoated plastic. In terms of memory effect reduction this coating is thus a viable solution to the problem in question.

  12. Effect of 2D WS2 Addition on Cold-Sprayed Aluminum Coating

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    Loganathan, Archana; Rengifo, Sara; Hernandez, Alexander Franco; Emirov, Yusuf; Zhang, Cheng; Boesl, Benjamin; Karthikeyan, Jeganathan; Agarwal, Arvind

    2017-08-01

    Tungsten disulfide (WS2) has excellent solid lubrication properties due to its 2D layered structure. This study focuses on depositing Al-2 wt.% WS2 composite coating by cold spray technique. The effect of WS2 addition on the microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of the composite coatings is examined in the as-deposited and heat-treated conditions. After heat treatment, the coating density increased to 99% with improved intersplat bonding. The microhardness of the heat-treated Al-2 wt.% WS2 coating increased by 56% as compared to the as-sprayed coating. The wear resistance of heat-treated Al-2 wt.% WS2 coating improved by 75% with a synergistic reduction in the coefficient of friction (COF) by 51%. Transmission electron microscopy investigation reveals the presence of layered WS2 within aluminum splats with a strong interface. This study shows that cold spraying can be effectively used to integrate 2D layered WS2 as a solid lubricant in the metallic coatings.

  13. On the Material Characterisation of Wind Turbine Blade Coatings: The Effect of Interphase Coating-Laminate Adhesion on Rain Erosion Performance.

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    Cortés, Enrique; Sánchez, Fernando; O'Carroll, Anthony; Madramany, Borja; Hardiman, Mark; Young, Trevor M

    2017-09-28

    of the main coating technologies used in industry (i.e., gel coating and LEP); the second case investigates the effects of the in-mould gel coating curing; and the third considers the inclusion of a primer layer on a LEP configuration system. Following these case studies, the LEP is found to be a far superior coating due to its appropriate mechanical and acoustic properties and the interface between the coating and the substrate is highlighted as a key aspect, as poor adhesion can lead to delamination and, ultimately, premature failure of the coating.

  14. Spray-painted human fibronectin coating as an effective strategy to enhance graft ligamentization of a polyethylene terephthalate artificial ligament.

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    Li, Hong; Chen, Chen; Ge, Yunsheng; Chen, Shiyi

    2014-05-01

    To enhance graft ligamentization after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, human fibronectin (FN) was coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) ligaments by spray painting. The FN-coated PET ligaments were investigated in vitro using rat mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). MSCs cultured on FN-coated grafts resulted in similar cell densities and amounts of proliferating cells with control grafts without coating. The FN-coated group not only gave rise to MSC-derived collagen-like tissues but also enhanced the expression of collagen-I gene. Furthermore, rat ACL reconstruction models were used to evaluate the effect of the FN coating in vivo. The FN coating significantly promoted new ligament tissue regeneration into the graft fibers. In conclusion, sprayed FN coating had a positive effect to enhance graft ligamentization of PET artificial ligament.

  15. Coatings and Corrosion Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Purpose: The mission of the Coatings and Corrosion Laboratory is to develop and analyze the effectiveness of innovative coatings test procedures while evaluating the...

  16. Effects of cerium salts on corrosion behaviors of Si–Zr hybrid sol–gel coatings

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    Yu Mei; Liu Yuxing; Liu Jianhua; Li Songmei; Xue Bing; Zhang You; Yin Xiaolin

    2015-01-01

    The present work examines the effects of cerium salts on corrosion behaviors of Si–Zr hybrid sol–gel coatings. The Si–Zr hybrid sol–gel coatings on a 2A12 aluminum substrate were prepared through hydrolysis and condensation of glycidoxypropyl-trimethoxy-silane (GTMS) and zirconium(IV) n-propoxide (TPOZ). Used as inhibitors for corrosion, three types of cerium salts (Ce(NO3)3, CeCl3, and Ce(CH3COO)3) were doped into the sol–gel coatings. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and scanning electron ...

  17. Exploring anti-reflection modes in disordered media

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    Kim, Moonseok; Yoon, Changhyeong; Kim, Guang Hoon; Kim, Seung-hyun; Yi, Gi-Ra; Park, Q-Han; Choi, Wonshik

    2013-01-01

    Sensing and manipulating targets hidden under scattering media are universal problems that take place in applications ranging from deep-tissue optical imaging to laser surgery. A major issue in these applications is the shallow light penetration caused by multiple scattering that reflects most of incident light. Although advances have been made to eliminate image distortion by a scattering medium, dealing with the light reflection has remained unchallenged. Here we present a method to minimize reflected intensity by finding and coupling light into the anti-reflection modes of a scattering medium. In doing so, we achieved more than a factor of 3 increase in light penetration. Our method of controlling reflected waves makes it readily applicable to in vivo applications in which detector sensors can only be positioned at the same side of illumination and will therefore lay the foundation of advancing the working depth of many existing optical imaging and treatment technologies.

  18. Coupled-cavity-based slow light metamaterials with antireflection structures

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    Lee, Sun-Goo; Kim, Seong-Han; Jung, Soo-Yong; Lee, Jongjin; Park, Jong-Moon; Kee, Chul-Sik

    2016-11-01

    A slow light metamaterial based on a coupled Fabry-Pérot cavity is proposed and numerically studied using finite-difference time-domain simulations. The coupled cavity-based slow light metamaterial is composed of a periodic array of partial mirrors with low transmittance, i.e., thin metal films perforated with a subwavelength hole array. The tight-binding model is employed to investigate the transmission properties of the coupled-cavity-based metamaterial. It is shown that the group velocities of the slowly propagating modes can be controlled by adjusting the radius of holes in the mirrors. We also show that undesirable reflections at the boundaries of the finite-size metamaterial can be minimized by introducing optimized antireflection structures.

  19. Antifibrotic effect of rapamycin containing polyethylene glycol-coated alginate microcapsule in islet xenotransplantation.

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    Park, Heon-Seok; Kim, Ji-Won; Lee, Seung-Hwan; Yang, Hae Kyung; Ham, Dong-Sik; Sun, Cheng-Lin; Hong, Tae Ho; Khang, Gilson; Park, Chung-Gyu; Yoon, Kun-Ho

    2017-04-01

    Islet microencapsulation is an attractive strategy for the minimization or avoidance of life-long immunosuppression after transplantation. However, the clinical implementation of this technique is currently limited by incomplete biocompatibility. Thus, the aim of the present study was to demonstrate the improved biocompatibility of rapamycin-containing polyethylene glycol (Rapa-PEG)-coating on alginate microcapsules containing xenogeneic islets. The Rapa-PEG-coating on the alginate layer was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the molecular cut-off weight of the microcapsules was approximately 70 kDa. The viabilities of the alginate-encapsulated and Rapa-PEG-coated alginate-encapsulated islets were lower than the viability of the naked islets just after encapsulation, but these the differences diminished over time in culture dishes. Rapa-PEG-coating on the alginate capsules effectively decreased the proliferation of macrophage cells compared to the non-coating and alginate coating of xenogeneic pancreas tissues. Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion did not significantly differ among the groups prior to transplantation. The random blood glucose levels of diabetic mice significantly improved following the transplantation of alginate-encapsulated and Rapa-PEG-coated alginate-encapsulated islets, but there were no significant differences between these two groups. However, there was a significant decrease in the number of microcapsules with fibrotic cell infiltration in the Rapa-PEG-coated alginate microcapsule group compared to the alginate microcapsule group. In conclusion, Rapa-PEG-coating might be an effective technique with which to improve the biocompatibility of microcapsules containing xenogeneic islets. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Antimicrobial effects of GL13K peptide coatings on S. mutans and L. casei

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    Schnitt, Rebecca Ann

    Background: Enamel breakdown around orthodontic brackets, so-called "white spot lesions", is the most common complication of orthodontic treatment. White spot lesions are caused by bacteria such as Streptococci and Lactobacilli, whose acidic byproducts cause demineralization of enamel crystals. Aims: The aim of this project was to develop an antimicrobial peptide coating for titanium alloy that is capable of killing acidogenic bacteria, specifically Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus casei. The long-term goal is to create an antimicrobial-coated orthodontic bracket with the ability to reduce or prevent the formation of white spot lesions in orthodontic patients thereby improving clinical outcomes. Methods: First, an alkaline etching method with NaOH was established to allow effective coating of titanium discs with GL13K, an antimicrobial peptide derived from human saliva. Coatings were verified by contact angle measures, and treated discs were characterized using scanning electron microscopy. Secondly, GL13K coatings were tested against hydrolytic, proteolytic and mechanical challenges to ensure robust coatings. Third, a series of qualitative and quantitative microbiology experiments were performed to determine the effects of GL13K--L and GL13K--D on S. mutans and L. casei, both in solution and coated on titanium. Results: GL13K-coated discs were stable after two weeks of challenges. GL13K--D was effective at killing S. mutans in vitro at low doses. GL13K--D also demonstrated a bactericidal effect on L. casei, however, in contrast to S. mutans, the effect on L. casei was not statistically significant. Conclusion: GL13K--D is a promising candidate for antimicrobial therapy with possible applications for prevention of white spot lesions in orthodontics.

  1. Effect of Perovskite coating on oxide scale growth on Fe-22Cr

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    Persson, Åsa; Mikkelsen, Lars; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2006-01-01

    A coating consisting of La0.85Sr0.15MnO3 (LSM) was deposited onto two Fe 22 wt % Cr alloys Crofer 22APU and Sandvik lC44Mo20. The evolution of the oxide layers developing underneath the coatings during oxidation was investigated. The effect of the LSM coating on oxidation rate and microstructure...... of the oxide scale was investigated, and possible effects on the overall oxidation mechanism are discussed. It was found that the growth rate for coated Crofer 22APU was decreased by a factor of 3 in comparison with the uncoated samples, and the thickness of the chromia layer in the scales decreased in favor...

  2. Camera-based model to predict the total difference between effect coatings under directional illumination

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    Zhongning Huang; Haisong Xu; M.Rounier Luo

    2011-01-01

    @@ A camera-based model is established to predict the total difference for samples of metallic panels with effect coatings under directional illumination,and the testing results indicate that the model can precisely predict the total difference between samples with metallic coatings with satisfactory consistency to the visual data.Due to the limited amount of testing samples,the model performance should be further developed by increasing the training and testing samples.%A camera-based model is established to predict the total difference for samples of metallic panels with effect coatings under directional illumination, and the testing results indicate that the model can precisely predict the total difference between samples with metallic coatings with satisfactory consistency to the visual data. Due to the limited amount of testing samples, the model performance should be further developed by increasing the training and testing samples.

  3. Effects of Hybrid Fibre Reinforcement on Fire Resistance Performance and Char Morphology of Intumescent Coating

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    Amir N.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent researches of fire retardant intumescent coatings reinforced by single Rockwool and single glass wool fibre at various weight percentages and lengths showed some improvements to the mechanical properties of the coatings and the char produced. Therefore, in this research the fibres were combined together in intumescent coating formulation at several weight percentages and fibre lengths to study their effects towards fire resistance performance and char morphology. The hybrid fibre reinforced intumescent coatings were subjected to two types of fire tests; Bunsen burner at 1000°C and the electric furnace at 800°C for 1 hour, respectively. Steel temperature of the coated samples during Bunsen burner test was recorded to determine the fire resistance performance. Thermal stability of the intumescent coatings and chars was determined by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA. The morphology of the coatings and char was then examined by using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS was conducted to obtain elemental composition of the samples. This research concluded that long-hybrid fibre at 12-mm length and 0.6% fibre-weight produced the top performing hybrid fibre intumescent formulation. The hybrid fibres form survived at elevated temperature, hence helped to provide structure and strengthen the char with the highest fire resistance was recorded at steel temperature of 197°C.

  4. Effects of nanotopography on the in vitro hemocompatibility of nanocrystalline diamond coatings.

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    Skoog, Shelby A; Lu, Qijin; Malinauskas, Richard A; Sumant, Anirudha V; Zheng, Jiwen; Goering, Peter L; Narayan, Roger J; Casey, Brendan J

    2017-01-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings have been investigated for improved wear resistance and enhanced hemocompatibility of cardiovascular devices. The goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of NCD surface nanotopography on in vitro hemocompatibility. NCD coatings with small (NCD-S) and large (NCD-L) grain sizes were deposited using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition and characterized using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, contact angle testing, and Raman spectroscopy. NCD-S coatings exhibited average grain sizes of 50-80 nm (RMS 5.8 nm), while NCD-L coatings exhibited average grain sizes of 200-280 nm (RMS 23.1 nm). In vitro hemocompatibility testing using human blood included protein adsorption, hemolysis, nonactivated partial thromboplastin time, platelet adhesion, and platelet activation. Both NCD coatings demonstrated low protein adsorption, a nonhemolytic response, and minimal activation of the plasma coagulation cascade. Furthermore, the NCD coatings exhibited low thrombogenicity with minimal platelet adhesion and aggregation, and similar morphological changes to surface-bound platelets (i.e., activation) in comparison to the HDPE negative control material. For all assays, there were no significant differences in the blood-material interactions of NCD-S versus NCD-L. The two tested NCD coatings, regardless of nanotopography, had similar hemocompatibility profiles compared to the negative control material (HDPE) and should be further evaluated for use in blood-contacting medical devices. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 105A: 253-264, 2017.

  5. The effects of manganese phosphate coating wear resistance of chilled ductile iron camshafts

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    Tarık Gün

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The ductile iron camshafts are preferred due to high toughness and strength features in the automobile industry. Through the coolants used in the camshaft production high surface hardness is achieved. In this study, the wear resistance effects of ductile iron chill produced camshafts coated with manganese phosphate are researched. The camshaft surfaces produced as ductile iron chill are coated with manganese phosphate. The coating surfaces are observed with scanning electron microscope (SEM. The changes occurring on the cam profiles are measured with running the wear resistance of the manganese phosphate coating on the camshafts on the engine test rig with 30 minutes interval in 1000rpm. In order to compare the results of uncoated camshafts run on engines are checked against simultaneously. As result, the manganese phosphate coated cams were 2,8 times less worn up than the uncoated cams. The manganese phosphate coated ductile iron chill camshafts are less worn up according to uncoated camshafts because of the oil holding feature of manganese phosphate coating.

  6. Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings

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    Yuxin Wang

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study we investigated the effects of Bi addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ag coating. Microstructural features were investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results indicate that the addition of Bi introduced nanometer-scale Ag-Bi solid solution particles and more internal defects to the initial Ag microstructures. The anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of the Ag nanocrystalline coating with and without Bi addition were examined with nanoindentation experiments in conjunction with the recently-developed inverse method. The results indicate that the as-deposited nanocrystalline Ag coating contained high mechanical anisotropy. With the addition of 1 atomic percent (at% Bi, the anisotropy within Ag-Bi coating was very small, and yield strength of the nanocrystalline Ag-Bi alloy in both longitudinal and transverse directions were improved by over 100% compared to that of Ag. On the other hand, the strain-hardening exponent of Ag-Bi was reduced to 0.055 from the original 0.16 of the Ag coating. Furthermore, the addition of Bi only slightly increased the electrical resistivity of the Ag-Bi coating in comparison to Ag. Results of our study indicate that Bi addition is a promising method for improving the mechanical and physical performances of Ag coating for electrical contacts.

  7. Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings

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    Wang, Yuxin; Cheng, Guang; Tay, See Leng; Guo, Yuxia; Sun, Xin; Gao, Wei

    2017-08-10

    In this study we investigated the effects of Bi addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ag coatings. Microstructural features were investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicate that the addition of Bi introduced nanometer scale Ag-Bi solid solution particles and more internal defects to the initial Ag microstructures. The anisotropic elastoplastic properties of Ag nanocrystalline coatings with and without Bi addition were examined with nanoindentation experiments in conjunction with the recently developed inverse calculation. The results indicate that the as-deposited nanocrystalline Ag coating contained high mechanical anisotropy. With the addition of 1 atomic percent (at.%) Bi, the anisotropy within Ag-Bi coating was very small, and yield strength of nanocrystalline Ag-Bi alloy in both longitudinal and transverse directions were improved by over 100% compared to that of Ag. On the other hand, the strain hardening exponent of Ag-Bi was reduced to 0.055 from the original 0.16 of Ag coating. Furthermore, the addition of Bi only slightly increased the electrical resistivity of the Ag-Bi coating in comparison to Ag. Results of our study indicate that Bi addition is a promising method for improving the physical and mechanical performances of Ag coating for electrical contact.

  8. Effect of Induced Periimplantitis on Dental Implants With and Without Ultrathin Hydroxyapatite Coating.

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    Madi, Marwa; Zakaria, Osama; Ichinose, Shizuko; Kasugai, Shohei

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the effect of ligature-induced periimplantitis on dental implants with and without hydroxyapatite (HA) coat. Thirty-two dental implants (3.3 mm wide, 13 mm long) with 4 surface treatments (8 implant/group) (M: machined, SA: sandblasted acid etched, S: sputter HA coat and P: plasma-sprayed HA coat) were inserted into canine mandibles. After 12 weeks, oral hygiene procedures were stopped and silk ligatures were placed around the implant abutments to allow plaque accumulation for the following 16 weeks. Implants with the surrounding tissues were retrieved and prepared for histological examination. Bone-to-implant contact (BIC) and implant surfaces were examined using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Histological observation revealed marginal bone loss and large inflammatory cell infiltrates in the periimplant soft tissue. Sputter HA implants showed the largest BIC (98.1%) and machined implant showed the smallest values (70.4%). After 28 weeks, thin sputter HA coat was almost completely dissolved, whereas plasma-sprayed HA coat showed complete thickness preservation. Thin sputter HA-coated implants showed more bone implant contact and less marginal bone loss than thick HA-coated implants under periimplantitis condition.

  9. Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings

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    Tay, See Leng; Guo, Yunxia; Sun, Xin; Gao, Wei

    2017-01-01

    In this study we investigated the effects of Bi addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ag coating. Microstructural features were investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicate that the addition of Bi introduced nanometer-scale Ag-Bi solid solution particles and more internal defects to the initial Ag microstructures. The anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of the Ag nanocrystalline coating with and without Bi addition were examined with nanoindentation experiments in conjunction with the recently-developed inverse method. The results indicate that the as-deposited nanocrystalline Ag coating contained high mechanical anisotropy. With the addition of 1 atomic percent (at%) Bi, the anisotropy within Ag-Bi coating was very small, and yield strength of the nanocrystalline Ag-Bi alloy in both longitudinal and transverse directions were improved by over 100% compared to that of Ag. On the other hand, the strain-hardening exponent of Ag-Bi was reduced to 0.055 from the original 0.16 of the Ag coating. Furthermore, the addition of Bi only slightly increased the electrical resistivity of the Ag-Bi coating in comparison to Ag. Results of our study indicate that Bi addition is a promising method for improving the mechanical and physical performances of Ag coating for electrical contacts. PMID:28796189

  10. [Effect of aurum coating on corrosion resistance of Ni-Cr alloy].

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    Chen, Zhi-hong; Liu, Li; Mao, Ying-jie

    2007-02-01

    To evaluate the effect of aurum coating on corrosion resistance of Ni-Cr alloy in artificial saliva environment. The corrosion potential (E(corr)), self-corrosion current density (I(corr)), and polarization resistance (R(p)) of three alloys were measured using electrochemical methods to compare the difference of corrosion resistance between aurum-coated Ni-Cr alloy and Ni-Cr alloy or Au alloy. Meanwhile, microstructural and phase diffraction was examined with field scanning electromicroscopy (FSEM) and surface chemical analysis was performed by energy diffraction X-ray (EDX). The I(corr) of aurum-coated Ni-Cr alloy was (0.70 +/- 0.20) x 10(-6) A/cm2, which was significantly higher than that of Au alloy (P Cr alloy (P coated Ni-Cr alloy was (34.77 +/- 12.61) KOmega.cm2, which was higher than that of Ni-Cr alloy (P Cr alloy coated with aurum was better than that of Ni-Cr alloy. The results of EDX indicated that released Ni and Cr of Ni-Cr alloy coated with aurum after test were less than those of Ni-Cr alloy (P coated Ni-Cr alloy is higher than that of Ni-Cr alloy.

  11. The Effects of Thermal Barrier Coatings on Diesel Engine Performance and Emission

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    Das, D.; Majumdar, G.; Sen, R. S.; Ghosh, B. B.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to determine the effect of coating thickness on performance and emission of a diesel engine including comparisons with results from an uncoated piston diesel engine. Primarily three piston crowns were coated with Al2O3 (bond coat) of 100 μm thickness each by using Plasma spray coating technique. Then these piston crowns were coated with partially stabilized zirconia with a thickness of 250, 350, 450 μm respectively by using the same technique over the bond coat. These pistons inserted into the cylinder of a diesel engine one by one to collect the combustion and emission data. Then these data were compared with standard diesel engine. It was observed that the thermal efficiency increased with increasing load levels, whereas specific fuel consumption reduced with increasing load. However, it was observed that harmful gases and particulates like CO, smoke and HC were reduced in case of all types of coated piston engine with the increase of load. Increased amount of NOX emission was reported during the experimentation.

  12. Effect of the thickness on properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings deposited by plasma spraying

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    Yin Zhijian [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Tao Shunyan, E-mail: shunyantao@mail.sic.ac.cn [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhou Xiaming [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2011-01-15

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings with different thicknesses (160, 320, 480 and 640 {mu}m) were deposited on stainless steel substrate by plasma spraying. The variation in microstructural characteristics and properties of coatings with various thicknesses was investigated. Powders morphology and the microstructure of as-sprayed coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The microhardness was measured using a Vickers' indentor. The corrosion behaviour of plasma-sprayed Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings in 1 N H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution at a temperature of 25 deg. C was evaluated by electrochemistry method. Experimental results indicated that surface roughness showed no obvious dependence on the coating thickness. However, the porosity of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating was increased with increased thickness. The enhanced coating thickness also resulted in decreasing microhardness and reduced corrosion resistance. In this study, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating with thickness of 160 {mu}m possesses the lowest porosity, the highest hardness and superior corrosion resistance. Research Highlights: {yields} Increase of coating thickness shows no obvious effect on phase composition and surface roughness of plasma sprayed Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings. {yields} Variation of porosity and microhardness presents dependence on coating thickness parameter. {yields} Increasing coating thickness leads to reduced corrosion resistance of plasma sprayed Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating.

  13. Effect of Rare Earth on Microstructure of Vacuum Melting Ni-Based Self-Fluxing Alloy Coatings

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    宣天鹏; 闵丹

    2004-01-01

    The Ni-based self-fluxing alloy coating containing RE was acquired by the technique of vacuum melting on the hypoeutectoid steel (Fe-0.45%C) matrix. By X-ray diffraction, SEM and EDX, the microstructure and phase structure of section of coating and the microstructure near the interface between coating and matrix were investigated, and the effect of RE on microstructure of coating was also discussed. The results show that the microstructure of the NiCrBSi alloy coating is composed of Ni-based solid solution and a lot of massive, globular and needle secondary phases CrB, Ni3B, Cr7C3, Cr23C6 among the solid solution. The metallurgical binding between steel matrix and coating is realized. RE makes needle phase of alloy coating vanish. New phases of NiB and Cr6.5Ni2.5Si are precipitated from alloy coating, and secondary phases of alloy coating are sphericized. Consequently, RE also hinders the diffusion of Ni, Cr and Si atoms from coating to matrix and Fe atoms from matrix to coating, holds back the dilution of Fe for NiCrBSi alloy coating, and assures the chemical composition of the alloy coating.

  14. Polymeric coatings eliminate the bactericidal effects of Nanoscale zero-valent iron to Escherichia coli

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    Lowry, G. V.; Gregory, K.; Li, Z.

    2009-12-01

    Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) particles that are used in aquifer remediation may come in contact with subsurface bacteria, and may adversely affect subsurface bacteria. Studies showed that NZVI is toxic toward E. coli at concentrations as low as a few mg/L. However, NZVI particles used in remediation are coated with polymers or natural organic matter (NOM). It is unclear how these surface coatings may affect the bactericidal properties of NZVI. The objectives of this study were to assess the effect that (i) coatings (both anthropogenic and natural) and (ii) particle oxidative state have on the bactericidal properties of NZVI on a gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. Bacteria (106 cells/L) were exposed to 100 mg/L of bare or coated NZVI for 60 minutes under either aerobic or anaerobic conditions. Bacteria were plated at specified times over 60 minutes to determine the number of viable bacteria in the reactor. Bare NZVI was cytotoxic at only 100 mg/L NZVI with over 5 log kill after 60 minutes of exposure. Exposure under aerobic conditions resulted in less than 1 log kill. The lower bactericidal effects were due to rapid oxidation of the iron to Fe(II) and Fe(III) mineral phases that are not toxic. All organic coatings on NZVI decreased or eliminated NZVI cytotoxicity when exposed at the same NZVI concentrations as in the bare case. The decrease in bactericidal effects of coated NZVI over bare NZVI was due to electrosteric repulsions afforded by the coatings that inhibited contact of NZVI with the bacteria. The inhibition of attachment to bacteria was confirmed with TEM and with NZVI sedimentation studies. Application of coatings may be considered as a means of decreasing the effects of NZVI on subsurface bacteria in field application.

  15. Mineral-Coated Polymer Membranes with Superhydrophilicity and Underwater Superoleophobicity for Effective Oil/Water Separation

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    Peng-Cheng Chen; Zhi-Kang Xu

    2013-01-01

    Oil-polluted water is a worldwide problem due to the increasing industrial oily wastewater and the frequent oil spill accidents. Here, we report a novel kind of superhydrophilic hybrid membranes for effective oil/water separation. They were prepared by depositing CaCO3-based mineral coating on PAA-grafted polypropylene microfiltration membranes. The rigid mineral-coating traps abundant water in aqueous environment and forms a robust hydrated layer on the membrane pore surface, thus endowing t...

  16. Effects of coatings on storability of carrot under evaporative coolant system.

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    Adetunji Charles Oluwaseun; Arowora Kayode; Fawole Oluyemisi Bolajoko; Adetunji Juliana Bunmi

    2013-01-01

    Four different coatings were developed from the mucilage of Cactus and their effects were investigated on the quality and storability of carrot fruits. The four experimental coatings were: Pure mucilage extracts (ME), Mucilage extract mixed with 5ml glycerol (MEG), Mucilage extract mixed 5ml soy oil ( MESO), Mucilage extract mixed with 5ml olive oil(MEOO) the addition of oil served as plasticizer. The following parameters were measured: weight loss, ascorbic acid content, pH, firmness and mic...

  17. Effect of chitosan coatings on postharvest green asparagus quality.

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    Qiu, Miao; Jiang, Hengjun; Ren, Gerui; Huang, Jianying; Wang, Xiangyang

    2013-02-15

    Fresh postharvest green asparagus rapidly deteriorate due to its high respiration rate. The main benefits of edible active coatings are their edible characteristics, biodegradability and increase in food safety. In this study, the quality of the edible coatings based on 0.50%, 0.25% high-molecular weight chitosan (H-chitosan), and 0.50%, 0.25% low-molecular weight chitosan (L-chitosan) on postharvest green asparagus was investigated. On the basis of the results obtained, 0.25% H-chitosan and 0.50% L-chitosan treatments ensured lower color variation, less weight loss and less ascorbic acid, decrease presenting better quality of asparagus than other concentrations of chitosan treatments and the control during the cold storage, and prolonging a shelf life of postharvest green asparagus.

  18. To Investigate the Absorption, Dynamic Contact Angle and Printability Effects of Synthetic Zeolite Pigments in an Inkjet Receptive Coating

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    Jalindre, Swaraj Sunil

    Ink absorption performance in inkjet receptive coatings containing synthetic zeolite pigments was studied. Coating pigment pore and particle size distribution are the key parameters that influence in modifying media surface properties, thus affecting the rate of ink penetration and drying time (Scholkopf, et al. 2004). The primary objective of this study was: (1) to investigate the synthetic zeolite pigment effects on inkjet ink absorption, dynamic contact angle and printability, and (2) to evaluate these novel synthetic zeolite pigments in replacing the fumed silica pigments in conventional inkjet receptive coatings. In this research study, single pigment coating formulations (in equal P:B ratio) were prepared using microporous synthetic zeolite pigments (5A, Organophilic and 13X) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) binder. The laboratory-coated samples were characterized for absorption, air permeance, roughness, drying time, wettability and print fidelity. Based on the rheological data, it was found that the synthetic zeolite formulated coatings depicted a Newtonian flow behavior at low shear; while the industry accepted fumed silica based coatings displayed a characteristically high pseudoplastic flow behavior. Our coated samples generated using microporous synthetic zeolite pigments produced low absorption, reduced wettability and accelerated ink drying characteristics. These characteristics were caused due to the synthetic zeolite pigments, which resulted in relatively closed surface structure coated samples. The research suggested that no single selected synthetic zeolite coating performed better than the conventional fumed silica based coatings. Experimental data also showed that there was no apparent relationship between synthetic zeolite pigment pore sizes and inkjet ink absorption. For future research, above coated samples should be evaluated for pore size distribution using Mercury Porosimeter, which quantifies surface porosity of coated samples. This presented

  19. Environmental Effects on TPB Wavelength-Shifting Coatings

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    Chiu, C S; Bugel, L; Chen, H; Conrad, J M; Jones, B J P; Katori, T; Moult, I

    2012-01-01

    The scintillation detection systems of liquid argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs) require wavelength shifters to detect the 128 nm scintillation light produced in liquid argon. Tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) is a fluorescent material that can shift this light to a wavelength of 425 nm, lending itself well to use in these detectors. We can coat the glass of photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) with TPB or place TPB-coated plates in front of the PMTs. In this paper, we investigate the degradation of a chemical TPB coating in a laboratory or factory environment to assess the viability of long-term TPB film storage prior to its initial installation in an LArTPC. We present evidence for severe degradation due to common fluorescent lights and ambient sunlight in laboratories, with potential losses at the 40% level in the first day and eventual losses at the 80% level after a month of exposure. We determine the degradation is due to wavelengths in the UV spectrum, and we demonstrate mitigating methods for retrofitting lab...

  20. The effect of coatings and coating weight by two types of PCC on barrier and optical properties and roughness of paper

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    Full Text Available The objective of this work is to investigate the use of PCC, and the impact of its coating weight on paper coating. In this study, two base papers from Mazandaran Wood and Paper Industries (APC and NS, and two coating compositions with the solid content of 25% containing PCC filler (100 parts, PVA binder (14 parts and dispersant (1 part were used. The first composition included PCC B102 for opacity increment, and the second one PCC 9020 for the improvement of brightness. Two rod RDS14 and RDS30 were used for different coating weights. After coating, the treated samples were dried in room conditions at air temperature of 25◦C and relative humidity of 54%. Physical and optical properties of control and treated samples such as air resistance, thickness, Cobb60, brightness, yellowness, opacity and roughness were determined. In comparison to the control group, all the treated samples showed improvement in brightness, opacity, yellowness and air resistance. By the two different formulations and two rods, paper roughness was increased, and the increment of water absorption was due to capillary development in coating texture. The analysis of variances showed that the usage of PCC 9020 had considerable effect on roughness of papers. In NS papers, change of PCC caused significant difference in brightness and roughness, but in APC papers did not. The change of coating rod in APC papers had significant effect on water absorption, brightness and opacity but did not show in NS.

  1. The effect of electrostatic heparin/collagen layer-by-layer coating degradation on the biocompatibility

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    Chen, Jialong; Huang, Nan; Li, Quanli; Chu, Chun H.; Li, Jun; Maitz, Manfred F.

    2016-01-01

    Electrostatic layer-by-layer coatings of heparin and collagen have been suggested before to improve the biocompatibility of blood-contacting devices. However, to our knowledge, there have been no systematic studies about the effect of degradation of this coating on its biocompatibility, anticoagulant properties and the cyto-compatibility. The purpose of this study was to design an in vitro experiment in this regard that can assess the degradation behavior and the biocompatibility change of the coating. The coating degradation in physiological saline (PS) under static and dynamic condition was monitored by DR-FTIR, SEM, AFM and water contact angle, moreover, heparin densities on the topmost surface and the release heparin every day were measured by toluidine blue O (TBO) assay. The results showed that the degradation rate of the coating in is much faster under flow and shear conditions than during static incubation, and only very limited collagen and heparin remain on the surface after 15 days incubation in dynamic condition. With the degradation, the hemocompatibility of the coating got worse, especially when incubated under dynamic conditions. The degradation products of the coating do not lead to coagulation but behave -as heparin- anticoagulant. The compatibility of the coating to endothelial cells improved within 15d incubation in static medium, but it for degradation under dynamic conditions, it improved for 5d but at 15d incubation, it was almost as low as for the bare substrate. These results highlight the necessity for appropriate testing of newly developed coatings not only in the initial state but also after extended exposure to a physiological ambient.

  2. Effect of coating current density on the wettability of electrodeposited copper thin film on aluminum substrate

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    Arun Augustin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Copper is the only one solid metal registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency as an antimicrobial touch surface. In touch surface applications, wettability of the surface has high significance. The killing rate of the harmful microbes depends on the wetting of pathogenic solution. Compared to the bulk copper, coated one on aluminum has the advantage of economic competitiveness and the possibility of manufacturing complex shapes. In the present work, the copper coating on the aluminum surface has successfully carried out by electrodeposition using non cyanide alkaline bath. To ensure good adhesion strength, the substrate has been pre-zincated prior to copper deposition. The coating current density is one of the important parameters which determine the nucleation density of the copper on the substrate. To understand the effect of current density on wettability, the coating has done at different current densities in the range of 3 A dm−2 to 9 A dm−2 for fixed time interval. The grain size has been measured from TEM micrographs and showed that as current density increases, grain size reduces from 62 nm to 35 nm. Since the grain size reduces, grain boundary volume has increases. As a result the value of strain energy (calculated by Williamson–Hall method has increased. The density of nodular morphology observed in SEM analysis has been increased with coating current density. Further, wettability studies with respect to double distilled water on the electrodeposited copper coatings which are coated at different current densities are carried out. At higher current density the coating is more wettable by water because at these conditions grain size of the coating decreases and morphology of grain changes to a favorable dense nodularity.

  3. Effect of steam treatment during plasma spraying on the microstructure of hydroxyapatite splats and coatings

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    Li, H.; Khor, K. A.; Cheang, P.

    2006-12-01

    The major problems with plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings for hard tissue replacement are severe HA decomposition and insufficient mechanical properties of the coatings. Loss of crystalline HA after the high-temperature spraying is due mainly to the loss of OH- in terms of water. The current study used steam to treat HA droplets and coatings during both in-flight and flattening stages during plasma spraying. The microstructure of the HA coatings and splats was characterized using scanning electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Results showed that a significant increase in crystallinity of the HA coating was achieved through the steam treatment (e.g., from 58 to 79%). In addition, the effects were dependent on particle sizes of the HA feedstock, more increase in crystallinity of the coatings made from smaller powders was revealed. The Raman spectroscopy analyses on the individual splats and coatings indicate that the mechanism involves entrapping of water molecules by the individual HA droplets upon their impingement. It further suggests that the HA decomposition has already taken place before the impingement of the droplets on precoating or substrate. The improvement in crystallinity and phases, for example, from tricalcium phosphate and amorphous calcium phosphate to HA, was achieved by reversing the HA decomposition through providing extra OH-. Furthermore, the steam treatment during the spraying also accounts for remarkably increased adhesion strength from 9.09 to 23.13 MPa. The in vitro testing through immersing the HA coatings in simulated body fluid gives further evidence that the economic and simple steam treatment is promising in improving HA coating structure.

  4. GMI effect in CuO coated Co-based amorphous ribbons

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    Taysioglu, Asli Ayten [Department of Physics, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle, Bursa (Turkey); Peksoz, Ahmet, E-mail: peksoz@uludag.edu.t [Department of Physics, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle, Bursa (Turkey); Kaya, Yunus [Department of Chemistry, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle, Bursa (Turkey); Derebasi, Naim [Department of Physics, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle, Bursa (Turkey); Irez, Gazi [Department of Chemistry, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle, Bursa (Turkey); Kaynak, Gokay [Department of Physics, Sciences and Arts Faculty, Uludag University, 16059 Gorukle, Bursa (Turkey)

    2009-11-13

    A Copper oxide (CuO) film has been grown on a surface of Co-based amorphous ribbon using chemical successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction technique, at room temperature and atmosphere pressure. The influence of coating and width of ribbon on giant magneto impedance have been investigated over a frequency range from 0.1 to 3 MHz and under a static magnetic field between -8 and +8 kA/m. The results showed that Co-based amorphous ribbons, which are coated CuO film, have a significant effect on the magnitude and operation frequency for the giant magneto impedance effect as compared to the samples without coating. The highest giant magneto impedance effect was found to be 14.90 on 5 mm width coated ribbon, which is 60% higher than the sample without coating. A surface observation of these samples has been carried out by an atomic force microscope. The AFM images reveal the difference between surfaces of coated and as-cast sample.

  5. Effects of Surface Coating Preparation and Sliding Modes on Titanium Oxide Coated Titanium Alloy for Aerospace Applications

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    Bo Yuan Peng

    2014-01-01

    electrolytic oxidation (PEO. During the PEO procedure, a composition of silicate and phosphate was used as the electrolyte. In order to evaluate the coating, pin-on-disk (POD tribology tests and cyclic inclined sliding tests were used under dry room conditions. Furthermore, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS were utilized to examine the morphology and composition of the coating surfaces. The results of the POD tests revealed that the PEO coating could have a low coefficient of friction and suggested that high silicon concentrations in the PEO coatings take away oxygen from stoichiometric Ti oxides to create lubricating oxides. In addition, cyclic inclined sliding tests showed that smaller pores on the surface of the coating could permit a higher coating cohesive strength and allow the coated Ti alloy surface to perform better under high inclined sliding forces.

  6. Electromagnetic Wave Shieding Effectiveness of Carbon Fiber Sheet Coated Ferrite Film by Microwave-Hydrothermal Process

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    Murakami, Ri Ichi; Yamamoto, Hidetoshi; Kim, Chan Kong; Yim, Cheol Mun; Kim, Yun Hae

    The developments of electromagnetic wave shielding materials are strongly required because the malfunction of electronic equipment, mobile phone and wireless LAN avoids. In this study, it was investigated that the electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of carbon fiber sheets were enhanced by the ferrite which was coated by the microwave hydrothermal process. For coated carbon fiber sheet, the effects of ferrite and lamination of carbon fiber textile on the electromagnetic wave shielding effectiveness were discussed. In the range of frequency (100 1 GHz), the electromagnetic wave shielding effectiveness was measured by using TEM-Cell. The electromagnetic wave shielding effectiveness was greater for the coated carbon fiber sheets than for the uncoated carbon fiber sheets. When the insulation film was located between two carbon fiber sheets, the electromagnetic wave shielding effectiveness increased.

  7. A High-Transmission, Multiple Antireflective Surface Inspired from Bilayer 3D Ultrafine Hierarchical Structures in Butterfly Wing Scales.

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    Han, Zhiwu; Mu, Zhengzhi; Li, Bo; Niu, Shichao; Zhang, Junqiu; Ren, Luquan

    2016-02-10

    A high-transmission, multiple antireflective surface inspired by bilayer 3D ultrafine hierarchical structures in butterfly wing scales is fabricated on a glass substrate using wet chemical biomimetic fabrication. Interestingly, the biomimetic antireflective surface exhibits excellent antireflective properties and high transmission, which provides better characteristics than the butterfly wings and can significantly reduce reflection without losing transparency. These findings offer a new path for generating nanostructured antireflectors with high transmission properties.

  8. Effects of temperature on internal friction of Graphit-iC graphite-like carbon coatings

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    Zhu, Zhi-yong; Shi, Wen; Wan, Zi; Yuan, Jun-feng; Li, Xiao

    2013-12-01

    Graphit-iC graphite-like carbon coatings were deposited on SDC90 cold work die steel by using an unbalanced magnetron sputtering technology. Effects of the temperature on microstructure and internal friction of the carbon coatings were characterized by Raman spectroscopy (Raman) and a low-frequency mechanical analyzer (LMA-1) testing system. The results indicate that the internal friction of the two-side deposited carbon coatings is small (2.17×10-4), being higher than one of the substrate (1.63×10-4), and increases with temperature. However, there is an internal friction peak at 250°C accompanied with partial sp3 transferred to sp2 and increasing the intensity ratio ID/IG. There is gradual graphitization tendency of the carbon coatings as temperatures increase from 25°C to 350 °C. This would be progressive transformation from amorphous to crystalline.

  9. Effect of electrodeposition conditions on the properties of Cu-Si3N4 composite coatings

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    Eslami, Maryam; Saghafian, Hassan; Golestani-fard, Farhad; Robin, Alain

    2014-05-01

    Cu-Si3N4 composite coatings were obtained by co-electrodeposition under DC conditions from a copper sulphate bath containing suspended Si3N4 particles. The effect of some electroplating parameters such as surfactant (SDS) concentration, stirring rate, and particle concentration on microstructural and mechanical properties of the coatings was investigated. The incorporation of Si3N4 particles into the copper matrix resulted in the production of coatings with finer copper grains. The incorporation of Si3N4 particles also led to a change of the preferred growth orientation of copper grains from (2 0 0) to (2 2 0) crystal face. Cu-Si3N4 composite coatings presented lower friction coefficient and wear loss than pure copper deposit due to the increased hardness related to grain refinement strengthening and dispersion strengthening.

  10. Unidirectional coating technology for organic field-effect transistors: materials and methods

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    Sun, Huabin; Wang, Qijing; Qian, Jun; Yin, Yao; Shi, Yi; Li, Yun

    2015-05-01

    Solution-processed organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are essential for developing organic electronics. The encouraging development in solution-processed OFETs has attracted research interest because of their potential in low-cost devices with performance comparable to polycrystalline-silicon-based transistors. In recent years, unidirectional coating technology, featuring thin-film coating along only one direction and involving specific materials as well as solution-assisted fabrication methods, has attracted intensive interest. Transistors with organic semiconductor layers, which are deposited via unidirectional coating methods, have achieved high performance. In particular, carrier mobility has been greatly enhanced to values much higher than 10 cm2 V-1 s-1. Such significant improvement is mainly attributed to better control in morphology and molecular packing arrangement of organic thin film. In this review, typical materials that are being used in OFETs are discussed, and demonstrations of unidirectional coating methods are surveyed.

  11. Effect of Coating on Instantaneous Interracial Heat Transfer During Near-Rapid Solidification

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    ZHANG Wei; YU Yan; FANG Yuan; LI Jian-guo

    2011-01-01

    For many rapid or near-rapid solidification processes, the interracial heat transfer between the melt and the substrate is a key issue on the cooling and solidification rate of castings. For the purpose of controlling and adjusting of the interfacial thermal resistance, the effects of C/BN, Zn and organic coatings on the instantaneous interracial heat flux and the solidified structure of AISI304 stainless steel solidification on copper substrate have been investiga- ted by using an experimental simulator. The results show that C/BN coatings can improve the uniformity of heat flux and solidified structure; Zn coating can increase the heat flux and solidification rate in the growth stage of the solidified shell; organic coating will decrease the heat flux and the solidification rate and make re-melted structure on the surface of the solidified shell.

  12. The effect of white coats and gender on medical students' perceptions of physicians.

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    Ladha, Malika; Bharwani, Aleem; McLaughlin, Kevin; Stelfox, Henry T; Bass, Adam

    2017-05-26

    Despite the fact that medical schools spend a considerable effort to rate clinical instructors, there is limited evidence regarding the effect of physical characteristics on instructor ratings. White coats have been shown to alter patients' perceptions of physicians although it has not been determined if preceptors who wear white coats are rated differently than their colleagues. Second year medical students were administered a questionnaire with four clinical scenarios depicting medical errors accompanied by a picture of a physician of different sexes and ethnicities. The packages were randomized so that the physicians depicted either had or did not have a white coat. White coats did not alter the perception of physicians' ratings by medical students although sex and ethnicity/case were associated with the perception of trustworthiness, physician management, competence, professionalism and the perception of medical error. Physical characteristics may alter students' ratings of physicians.

  13. The Influence of Different Absorbed Coatings on Thermal Effect of Prefabricated Solar Collector Panels

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Prefabricated solar collector panels is a kind of new permeability structure of collector panels. For this test, we adopt a certain proportion of copper oxide, magnesium oxide and iron oxide to enamel paint as absorbed panel coating and make two kinds of collector panels for different forms of color by dark green coating and black coating. By the methods of comparison, the two kinds of panel collector efficiency and heat loss coefficient UL were tested. The results showed that there was a slight difference between the heat loss coefficient of prefabricated solar collector panels, using the panel with dark green coating’s comprehensive thermal effect is well than the panel with black coating. The beautiful appearance color is more suitable for building requirements.

  14. Hexavalent Chrome Free Coatings for Electronics; Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding Effectiveness (SE)

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    Kessel, Kurt R.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this testing is to determine the suitability of trivalent chromium conversion coatings that meet the requirements of MIL-DTL-5541, Type II, for use in applications where high-frequency electrical performance is important. This project will evaluate the ability of coated aluminum to form adequate EMI seals. Testing will assess performance of the trivalent chromium coatings against the known control hexavalent chromium MIL-DTL-5541 Type I Class 3 before and after they have been exposed to a set of environmental conditions. Performance will be assessed by evaluating shielding effectiveness (SE) test data from a variety of test samples comprised of different aluminum types and/or conversion coatings.

  15. Effects of Vapor Pressure and Super-Hydrophobic Nanocomposite Coating on Microelectronics Reliability

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Modeling vapor pressure is crucial for studying the moisture reliability of microelectronics, as high vapor pressure can cause device failures in environments with high temperature and humidity. To minimize the impact of vapor pressure, a super-hydrophobic (SH coating can be applied on the exterior surface of devices in order to prevent moisture penetration. The underlying mechanism of SH coating for enhancing device reliability, however, is still not fully understood. In this paper, we present several existing theories for predicting vapor pressure within microelectronic materials. In addition, we discuss the mechanism and effectiveness of SH coating in preventing water vapor from entering a device, based on experimental results. Two theoretical models, a micro-mechanics-based whole-field vapor pressure model and a convection-diffusion model, are described for predicting vapor pressure. Both methods have been successfully used to explain experimental results on uncoated samples. However, when a device was coated with an SH nanocomposite, weight gain was still observed, likely due to vapor penetration through the SH surface. This phenomenon may cast doubt on the effectiveness of SH coatings in microelectronic devices. Based on current theories and the available experimental results, we conclude that it is necessary to develop a new theory to understand how water vapor penetrates through SH coatings and impacts the materials underneath. Such a theory could greatly improve microelectronics reliability.

  16. The Effect of Unbalanced Coefficient of Magnetron on the Structure and Properties of CNx Coatings

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    WEN Xiaobin; LI Xian; WANG Tao; JIANG Bailing

    2011-01-01

    The effect of unbalanced coefficient of magnetron (UCM) on the structure and tribological properties of CrNx hard coatings was studied. The CrNx coatings were deposited on both Si wafer and hardened tool steel substrates using a closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputtering ion plating technique in a gas mixture of Ar+N2 under different unbalanced magnetron conditions. The coatings were characterized by means of XRD, XPS, SEM, microhardness tester and pin-on-disc tribometer to study respectively their structure, chemical bonding state, microstructure, hardness and tribological properties. The experimental results show that the UCM has a profound effect on the structure, hardness and tribological properties of the CrNx coatings. With increasing the values of UCM, the dominant phases in the deposited coatings evolved from Cr+Cr2N to Cr2N+CrN, the microstructure became denser and the hardness increased; in addition, reduced coefficient of friction and improved wear resistance of CrNx coatings were also observed under a larger UCM.

  17. Effect of heat treatment on structure and properties of multilayer Zn-Ni alloy coatings

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    VAISHAKA R. RAO

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Composition modulated multilayer alloy (CMMA coatings of Zn-Ni were electrodeposited galvanostatically on mild steel (MS for enhanced corrosion protection using single bath technique. Successive layers of Zn-Ni alloys, having alternately different composition were obtained in nanometer scale by making the cathode current to cycle between two values, called cyclic cathode current densities (CCCD’s. The coatings configuration, in terms of compositions and thicknesses were optimized, and their corrosion performances were evaluated in 5 % NaCl by electrochemical methods. The corrosion rates (CR’s of multilayer alloy coatings were found to decrease drastically (35 times with increase in number of layers (only up to 300 layers, compared to monolayer alloy deposited from the same bath. Surface study was carried with SEM, while XRD was used to determine metal lattice parameters, texture and phase composition of the coatings. The effect of heat treatment on surface morphology, thickness, hardness and corrosion behaviour of multilayer Zn-Ni alloy coatings were studied. The significant structural modification due to heat treatment is not accompanied by any decrease in corrosion rate. This effect is related to the formation of a less disordered lattice for multilayer Zn-Ni alloy coatings.

  18. Effect of ZrN coating by magnetron sputtering and sol-gel processed silica coating on titanium/porcelain interface bond strength.

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    Xia, Yang; Zhou, Shu; Zhang, Feimin; Gu, Ning

    2011-02-01

    In this study, a coating technique was applied to improve the bond strength of titanium (Ti) porcelain. ZrN coating was prepared by magnetron sputtering, and silica coating was processed by a sol-gel method. The treated surfaces of the specimens were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, and the Ti/porcelain interface was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The coated specimens appeared fully coherent to the Ti substrate. The fractured bonding surface was also investigated by SEM. The residual porcelain on the metal surface could be observed in the ZrN group and silica group, but there was no obvious porcelain remaining in the control group. A three-point-bending test showed that the bonding strength of the ZrN group (45.99 ± 0.65 MPa) was higher than the silica group (37.77 ± 0.78 MPa) (P coatings resulted in a stronger Ti/porcelain bond. ZrN coating by magnetron sputtering was a more effective way to improve the bond strength between Ti and porcelain compared with sol-gel processed silica coating in this study.

  19. Graded index and randomly oriented core-shell silicon nanowires with broadband and wide angle antireflection for photovoltaic cell applications

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    Pignalosa, P; Qiao, L; Tseng, M; Yi, Yasha

    2011-01-01

    Antireflection with broadband and wide angle properties is important for a wide range of applications on photovoltaic cells and display. The SiOx shell layer provides a natural antireflection from air to the Si core absorption layer. In this work, we have demonstrated the random core-shell silicon nanowires with both broadband (from 400nm to 900nm) and wide angle (from normal incidence to 60\\degree) antireflection characteristics within AM1.5 solar spectrum. The graded index structure from the randomly oriented core-shell (Air/SiOx/Si) nanowires may provide a potential avenue to realize a broadband and wide angle antireflection layer.

  20. Effect of heat treatment duration on tribological behavior of electroless Ni-(high)P coatings

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    Biswas, A.; Das, S. K.; Sahoo, P.

    2016-09-01

    Electroless nickel coating occurs through an autocatalytic chemical reaction and without the aid of electricity. From tribological perspective, it is recommended due to its high hardness, wear resistance, lubricity and corrosion resistance properties. In this paper electroless Ni-P coatings with high phosphorous weight percentages are developed on mild steel (AISI 1040) substrates. The coatings are subjected to heat treatment at 300°C and 500°C for time durations up to 4 hours. The effect of heat treatment duration on the hardness as well as tribological properties is discussed in detail. Hardness is measured in a micro hardness tester while the tribological tests are carried out on a pin-on-disc tribotester. Wear is reported in the form of wear rates of the sample subjected to the test. As expected, heat treatment of electroless Ni-P coating results in enhancement in its hardness which in turn increases its wear resistance. The present study also finds that duration of heat treatment has quite an effect on the properties of the coating. Increase in heat treatment time in general results in increase in the hardness of the coating. Coefficient of friction is also found to be lesser for the samples heat treated for longer durations (4 hour). However, in case of wear, similar trend is not observed. Instead samples heat treated for 2 to 3 hour display better wear resistance compared to the same heat treated for 4 hour duration. The microstructure of the coating is also carried out to ensure about its proper development. From scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the coating is found to possess the conventional nodular structure while energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) shows that the phosphorous content in the coating to be greater than 9%. This means that the current coating belongs to the high phosphorous category. From X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), it is found that coating is amorphous in as-deposited condition but transforms into a crystalline structure with

  1. The effect of thermal aging on the thermal conductivity of plasma sprayed and EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings

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    Dinwiddie, R.B.; Beecher, S.C.; Porter, W.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Nagaraj, B.A. [General Electric Co., Cincinnati, OH (United States). Aircraft Engine Group

    1996-05-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) applied to the hot gas components of turbine engines lead to enhanced fuel efficiency and component reliability. Understanding the mechanisms which control the thermal transport behavior of the TBCs is of primary importance. Electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EV-PVD) and air plasma spraying (APS) are the two most commonly used coating techniques. These techniques produce coatings with unique microstructures which control their performance and stability. The density of the APS coatings was controlled by varying the spray parameters. The low density APS yttria-partially stabilized zirconia (yttria-PSZ) coatings yielded a thermal conductivity that is lower than both the high density APS coatings and the EB-PVD coatings. The thermal aging of both fully and partially stabilized zirconia are compared. The thermal conductivity of the coatings permanently increases upon exposure to high temperatures. These increases are attributed to microstructural changes within the coatings. This increase in thermal conductivity can be modeled using a relationship which depends on both the temperature and time of exposure. Although the EB-PVD coatings are less susceptible to thermal aging effects, results suggest that they typically have a higher thermal conductivity than APS coatings before thermal aging. The increases in thermal conductivity due to thermal aging for plasma sprayed partially stabilized zirconia have been found to be less than for plasma sprayed fully stabilized zirconia coatings.

  2. Fabrication of micro hole array on the surface of CVD ZnS by scanning ultrafast pulse laser for antireflection

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    Li, Yangping; Zhang, Tianhui; Fan, Siling; Cheng, Guanghua

    2017-04-01

    Chemical vapor deposited (CVD) ZnS is a promising long-wave infrared (8-12 μm) window material. Yet antireflection is necessary since Fresnel reflection from its surface is high due to the high refractive index of ZnS. Sub-wavelength structured surface of micro hole array was fabricated on CVD ZnS by scanning ultrafast pulse laser ablation. The effects of beam profile, pulse width and beam power on the radius and morphology of the holes were studied. Gaussian beam can cause severe melted-resolidified layers around the hole, yet Bessel beam only resulted in thin ribbon around the hole. The picosecond Bessel laser is more suitable than femtosecond laser for ablating holes on ZnS. The radius of the holes increases with increasing the Bessel beam pulse width and the beam power. But larger power may cause circle grooves around the central holes. Ordered hole array was fabricated on single side of CVD ZnS and antireflection was realized.

  3. Effect of Suspension Plasma-Sprayed YSZ Columnar Microstructure and Bond Coat Surface Preparation on Thermal Barrier Coating Properties

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    Bernard, Benjamin; Quet, Aurélie; Bianchi, Luc; Schick, Vincent; Joulia, Aurélien; Malié, André; Rémy, Benjamin

    2017-08-01

    Suspension plasma spraying (SPS) is identified as promising for the enhancement of thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems used in gas turbines. Particularly, the emerging columnar microstructure enabled by the SPS process is likely to bring about an interesting TBC lifetime. At the same time, the SPS process opens the way to a decrease in thermal conductivity, one of the main issues for the next generation of gas turbines, compared to the state-of-the-art deposition technique, so-called electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). In this paper, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings presenting columnar structures, performed using both SPS and EB-PVD processes, were studied. Depending on the columnar microstructure readily adaptable in the SPS process, low thermal conductivities can be obtained. At 1100 °C, a decrease from 1.3 W m-1 K-1 for EB-PVD YSZ coatings to about 0.7 W m-1 K-1 for SPS coatings was shown. The higher content of porosity in the case of SPS coatings increases the thermal resistance through the thickness and decreases thermal conductivity. The lifetime of SPS YSZ coatings was studied by isothermal cyclic tests, showing equivalent or even higher performances compared to EB-PVD ones. Tests were performed using classical bond coats used for EB-PVD TBC coatings. Thermal cyclic fatigue performance of the best SPS coating reached 1000 cycles to failure on AM1 substrates with a β-(Ni,Pt)Al bond coat. Tests were also performed on AM1 substrates with a Pt-diffused γ-Ni/γ'-Ni3Al bond coat for which more than 2000 cycles to failure were observed for columnar SPS YSZ coatings. The high thermal compliance offered by both the columnar structure and the porosity allowed the reaching of a high lifetime, promising for a TBC application.

  4. Removal Of Optical Coatings Without Polishing

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    Gourley, Helen

    1980-11-01

    A process for removing antireflection, mirror and polarizer coatings has been developed at ILC, based on work begun by LLL (Applied Optics Vol. 17, No. 12, 15 June 1978 - "Notes on Optical Coating Removal", N.J. Brown). Because of the danger (personnel hazard) involved in the hydrofluoric acid process, we employed an ammonium bifluoride solution, combined with various polishing components. The substrates, generally BK7, are fairly soft and also sensitive to chemical action. Therefore we have limited our polishing materials to aluminum oxide powder graded at 0.1 pm or smaller. For some coatings, no polishing material is used, as the ammonium bifluoride solution is adequate to remove the coating. The resulting clean surface is washed and neutralized, and is then ready for recoating.

  5. Photochromic lens mirror-coated with Cr

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    Shin, Sungho; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2007-11-01

    We have designed and fabricated mirror-coated photochromic lenses for use in sunglasses. These lenses consisted of a Cr thin film sandwiched between two SiO2 layers on the front surface and an anti-reflection (AR) coating on the backside. The SiO2 films above and below the Cr layer were introduced as the protection and buffer layers, respectively. The AR coating was to suppress back-reflection from the lens surface. Deposition of all coating layers were carried out by an e-beam evaporator under Ar atmosphere at P = 10-5 Torr and T = 70 °C. As expected, the overall transmittance decreased with increasing Cr thickness. For a Cr layer of 5 nm thickness, it changed from about 45% in the bleached state down to 25% after exposure to sunlight. This is consistent with the transmission range typically required for sunglasses.

  6. Effects of cerium salts on corrosion behaviors of Si–Zr hybrid sol–gel coatings

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    Yu Mei

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The present work examines the effects of cerium salts on corrosion behaviors of Si–Zr hybrid sol–gel coatings. The Si–Zr hybrid sol–gel coatings on a 2A12 aluminum substrate were prepared through hydrolysis and condensation of glycidoxypropyl-trimethoxy-silane (GTMS and zirconium(IV n-propoxide (TPOZ. Used as inhibitors for corrosion, three types of cerium salts (Ce(NO33, CeCl3, and Ce(CH3COO3 were doped into the sol–gel coatings. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR and scanning electron microscopy (SEM were employed to investigate the structures and morphologies of various coatings, and the corrosion resistances of the coatings were evaluated by electrochemical methods and neutral salt spray tests. Experimental results indicate that the addition of cerium salts can hinder the process of corrosion due to their self-healing abilities. Furthermore, the sol–gel coating doped with Ce(CH3COO3 has the best corrosion resistance because of the promotions of hydrolysis and condensation provided by CH3COO−.

  7. Effect of chitosan coating on a bacteria-based alginate microrobot.

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    Park, Sung Jun; Lee, Yu Kyung; Cho, Sunghoon; Uthaman, Saji; Park, In-Kyu; Min, Jung-Joon; Ko, Seong Young; Park, Jong-Oh; Park, Sukho

    2015-04-01

    To develop an efficient bacteria-based microrobot, first, therapeutic bacteria should be encapsulated into microbeads using biodegradable and biocompatible materials; second, the releasing rate of the encapsulated bacteria for theragnostic function should be regulated; and finally, flagellated bacteria should be attached on the microbeads to ensure the motility of the microrobot. For the therapeutic bacteria encapsulation, an alginate can be a promising candidate as a biodegradable and biocompatible material. Owing to the non-regulated releasing rate of the encapsulated bacteria in alginate microbeads and the weak attachment of flagellated bacteria on the surface of alginate microbeads, however, the alginate microbeads cannot be used as effective cargo for a bacteria-based microrobot. In this paper, to enhance the stability of the bacteria encapsulation and the adhesion of flagellated bacteria in alginate microbeads, we performed a surface modification of alginate microbeads using chitosan coating. The bacteria-encapsulated alginate microbeads with 1% chitosan coating maintained their structural integrity up to 72 h, whereas the control alginate microbead group without chitosan coating showed severe degradations after 24 h. The chitosan coating in alginate microbeads shows the enhanced attachment of flagellated bacteria on the surface of alginate microbeads. The bacteria-actuated microrobot with the enhanced flagellated bacteria attachment could show approximately 4.2 times higher average velocities than the control bacteria-actuated microrobot without chitosan coating. Consequently, the surface modification using chitosan coating enhanced the structural stability and the motility of the bacteria-based alginate microrobots.

  8. Effect of Negatively Charged Ions on the Formation of Microarc Oxidation Coating on 2024 Aluminium Alloy

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    Wei Yang; Bailing Jiang; Aiying Wang; Huiying Shi

    2012-01-01

    The present study deals with the effect of negatively charged ions on the ceramic coating formation on 2024 aluminium alloy during microarc oxidation (MAO) process. On the basis of the experimental results, two steps (the formation of an incipient film without arc presence and the growth of a ceramic coating with arc discharge) of MAO process have been observed. For comparison, four different negatively charged ions studied. It is proved that negatively charged ions strongly participated in the formation of an incipient film with high impedance value at the first step. The growth of ceramic coating depends on the combination between AI of the substrate and O from the electrolyte, and the negatively charged ions are little consumed. As an anodic oxide coating is prepared on the sample surface instead of the incipient film, the first step occurs easily and the growth of ceramic coating is accelerated. Furthermore, the mechanism of negatively charged ions in the formation of the MAO coating has been proposed.

  9. Examination of the platinum effect on the oxidation behavior ofnickel-aluminide coatings

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    Hou, Peggy Y.; Tolpygo, V.K.

    2007-05-15

    Oxidation resistant nickel-aluminide coatings are designed to develop a protective alumina scale during high temperature exposure. It is well established that platinum additions, typically about 6-8 at%, provide substantial improvements in oxidation resistance of such coatings, yet the nature of the platinum effect is still not fully understood. In this work, the oxidation behavior of two commercial NiAl and NiPtAl coatings deposited on the same Ni-base single crystal alloy CMSX-4 was analyzed. Cyclic and isothermal oxidation tests were conducted at 1150 C in air. Microstructure development and alumina/coating interface chemistry were studied as a function of oxidation time. Numerous voids developed at the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiAl interface, and sulfur was found to segregate at the void surfaces and at the contact interface, leading to spallation of the scale over the convex areas along ridges on the coating surface. The presence of platinum prevented sulfur segregation and void formation at the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiPtAl interface. As a result, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scale on the NiPtAl coating remained adherent and virtually no spallation was observed even after prolonged cyclic oxidation.

  10. Effect of silica coating on the bond strength of milled pure titanium to dental porcelain.

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    Ye, Jiantao; Ye, Xiuhua; Chang, Shaohai; Liu, Lang; Zhang, Yiping; Lin, Shiyao

    2016-10-01

    The creation of a high bond strength between machined computer-manufactured pure titanium and porcelain remains problematic, and the effects of a silica coating on the bond strength of milled pure titanium bonded to dental porcelain require further investigation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the bond strength of machined pure titanium, with an intermediate coating of silica, to dental porcelain. In this work, 24 specimens of milled pure titanium were prepared and randomly divided into test and control groups, in which the test group was coated with silica using the sol-gel dipping technique. The metal-ceramic bond strength was evaluated, according to ISO 9693 standards, using the three-point bending test, and scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy were used to study the microstructure and elemental composition of the specimens. The bonding strength of the silica-coated group was significantly higher than that of the control group, and more residual porcelain on the metal surface could be observed in the silica-coated group. Therefore, the application of a silica intermediate coating produced using the sol-gel method could significantly improve the bond strength between machined pure titanium and porcelain.

  11. Effect of laser remelting on the tribological performance of thermal barrier coatings.

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    Rico, A; Sevillano, F; Múnez, C J; López, M D; Utrilla, V; Rodríguez, J; Poza, P

    2012-06-01

    Gas turbine's efficiency improves as operating temperature is increased. For this reason, metallic components used in turbine engines, for propulsion and power generation, are protected by thermal barrier coatings (TBC). Laser glazing has been used to enhance the oxidation and corrosion resistance of thermally sprayed TBC, but there is no information about the effect of this treatment on the tribological performance. ZrO2(CaO) top coat and NiAIMo bond coating were flame sprayed onto an AlSI 1045 carbon steel. The top coat was laser remelted and a densified ceramic layer was induced in the top surface of the ceramic coating. Both, the as sprayed and the laser remelted top coatings, were formed by cubic ZrO2 with some tetragonal precipitates. The grain size was reduced by the laser treatment. The mechanical properties and the local wear rate were evaluated by depth sensing indentation and scratch tests respectively. The nanoscale wear behaviour was always improved by the laser treatment.

  12. Effect of residual internal stresses in tin coatings on specific losses in anisotropic electrical steel

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    Solov'ev, A. A.; Sochugov, N. S.; Oskomov, K. V.

    2010-02-01

    Methods of X-ray diffraction analysis, mass-spectrometry, and atomic force microscopy have been used to perform a comparative analysis of factors that cause the appearance of residual stresses in TiN coatings deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering and to study their effect on specific magnetic losses in electrical-sheet steel. Physical and mechanical parameters of coatings, such as hardness, elastic modulus, residual stress, microstructure, and surface morphology, have been studied. It has been shown that the level of internal stresses in a coating depends on its thickness and increases with increasing quantity and energy of ions in the deposited beam. The maximum magnitudes of compressive stresses in coatings (13 GPa) were obtained when using an unbalanced working regime of the magnetron and a negative bias at the substrate. The hardness of coatings produced under such conditions reaches 29 GPa. There has been demonstrated a possibility of reducing losses in electrical-sheet steels by about 15% by depositing surface coatings with high compressive stresses.

  13. Effect of thermophysical property and coating thickness on microstructure and characteristics of a casting

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    Ai-chao Cheng

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A new improved investment casting technology (IC has been presented and compared with the existing IC technology such as lost foam casting (LFC. The effect of thermophysical property and coating thickness on casting solidification temperature field, microstructure and hardness has been investigated. The results show that the solidification rate decreases inversely with the coating thickness when the coating contains silica sol, zircon powder, mullite powder and defoaming agent. In contrast, the solid cooling rate increases as the coating thickness increases. However, the solidification rate and solid cooling rate of the casting produced by the existing IC and the improved IC are very similar when the coating thickness is 5 mm, so the microstructure and hardness of a container corner fitting produced by the improved IC and the existing IC are similar. The linear regression equation for the grain size (d and cooling rate (v of the castings is d= –0.41v+206.1. The linear regression equation for the content of pearlite (w and solid cooling rate (t is w=1.79t + 6.71. The new improved IC can greatly simplify the process and decrease the cost of production compared with the existing IC. Contrasting with LFC, container corner fittings produced by the new improved IC have fewer defects and better properties. It was also found that the desired microstructure and properties can be obtained by changing the thermophysical property and thickness of the coating.

  14. Effect of electromagnetic stirring on the microstructure and wear behavior of iron-based composite coatings

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    Jiangbo Cheng; Binshi Xu; Xiubing Liang; Yixiong Wu; Zhengun Liu

    2008-01-01

    The effect of electromagnetic stirring on the microstructure and wear behavior of coatings has been investigated. A series of iron-based coatings were fabricated by the plasma-transferred arc cladding process by applying different magnetic field currents. The microstructure and wear resistance of the composite coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and wet sand rubber wheel abrasion tester. The experimental results showed that the microstructure of the coatings was mainly theγ-Fe matrix and (Cr, Fe)7C3 carbide reinforced phase. The coatings were metallurgically bonded to the substrate. With increasing magnetic field current, the amount of the block-like (Cr, Fe)7C>3 carbide reinforced phase increased at first, reached a local maximum, and then decreased sharply. When the magnetic field current reached 3 A, the block-like (Cr, Fe)7C3 carbides with high volume fraction were uniformly distributed in the matrix and the coating displayed a high microhardness and an excellent wear resistance under the wear test condition.

  15. Effects of crystalline growth on corrosion behaviour of nanocrystalline NiAl coating

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    M Tavoosi; H Heydari; A Hosseinkhani; B Adelimoghaddam

    2015-08-01

    In the current work, the effect of crystalline growth on the corrosion behaviour of nanocrystalline NiAl coating was investigated. In this regard, NiAl coatings with different crystalline sizes in the range of 20–110 nm were produced by mechanical alloying, high-velocity oxy-fuel processing (HVOF) and isothermal annealing at 600°C for 0–30 h. The produced and annealed samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The corrosion behaviours of coatings were examined in NaCl 3/5% electrolyte by potentiostat analysis. The nanocrystalline NiAl coating with the average crystalline size of about 20 nm and the porosity content of about 2% was successfully produced by mechanical alloying and HVOF processing. By annealing the coating, the NiAl crystalline sizes increased sharply, approaching a constant value of about 110 nm. It was found that the corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline coating increased with the increase in the crystalline size.

  16. The Effect of Heat Treatments and Coatings on the Outgassing Rate of Stainless Steel Chambers

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    Mamum, Md Abdullah A. [Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA (United States); Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A, [Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA (United States); Stutzman, Marcy L. [JLAB, Newport News, VA (United States); Adderley, Philip A. [JLAB, Newport News, VA (United States); Poelker, Matthew [JLAB, Newport News, VA (United States)

    2014-03-01

    The outgassing rates of four nominally identical 304L stainless steel vacuum chambers were measured to determine the effect of chamber coatings and heat treatments. One chamber was coated with titanium nitride (TiN) and one with amorphous silicon (a-Si) immediately following fabrication. One chamber remained uncoated throughout, and the last chamber was first tested without any coating, and then coated with a-Si following a series of heat treatments. The outgassing rate of each chamber was measured at room temperatures between 15 and 30 deg C following bakes at temperatures between 90 and 400 deg C. Measurements for bare steel showed a significant reduction in the outgassing rate by more than a factor of 20 after a 400 deg C heat treatment (3.5 x 10{sup 12} TorrL s{sup -1}cm{sup -2} prior to heat treatment, reduced to 1.7 x 10{ sup -13} TorrL s{sup -1}cm{sup -2} following heat treatment). The chambers that were coated with a-Si showed minimal change in outgassing rates with heat treatment, though an outgassing rate reduced by heat treatments prior to a-Si coating was successfully preserved throughout a series of bakes. The TiN coated chamber exhibited remarkably low outgassing rates, up to four orders of magnitude lower than the uncoated stainless steel. An evaluation of coating composition suggests the presence of elemental titanium which could provide pumping and lead to an artificially low outgassing rate. The outgassing results are discussed in terms of diffusion-limited versus recombination-limited processes.

  17. Synergistic effect between nano-ceramic lubricating additives and electroless deposited Ni-W-P coating

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    Chen, Min; Cheng, Wushan; Zhao, Zuxin; Huang, Xiaobo

    2013-01-01

    The major solving ways for the material wear are surface modification and lubrication. Currently, the researches at home and abroad are all limited to the single study of either nano-lubricating oil additive or electroless deposited coating. The surface coating has high hardness and high wear resistance, however, the friction reduction performance of the coating with high hardness is not good, the thickness of the coating is limited, and the coating can not regenerate after wearing. The nano-lubricating additives have good tribological performance and self-repair function, but under heavy load, the self-repair rate to the worn surface with the nano-additives is smaller than the wearing rate of the friction pair. To solve the above problems, the Ni-W-P alloy coating and deposition process with excellent anti-wear, and suitable for industrial application were developed, the optimum bath composition and process can be obtained by studying the influence of the bath composition, temperature and PH value to the deposition rate and the plating solution stability. The tribological properties as well as anti-wear and friction reduction mechanism of wear self-repair nano-ceramic lubricating additives are also studied. The ring-block abrasion testing machine and energy dispersive spectrometer are used to explore the internal relation between the coating and the nano-lubricating oil additives, and the tribology mechanism, to seek the synergetic effect between the two. The test results show that the wear resistance of Ni-W-P alloy coating (with heat treatment and in oil with nano-ceramic additives) has increased hundreds times than 45 steel as the metal substrate in basic oil, the friction reduction performance is improved. This research breaks through the bottleneck of previous separate research of the above-mentioned two methods, and explores the combination use of the two methods in industrial field.

  18. Effective diffusion coefficient of biological liquids in porous calcium phosphate coatings

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    Nazarenko, N. N.; Knyazeva, A. G.

    2016-11-01

    The study offers a method to estimate effective diffusion coefficients for transfer of biological liquids in porous materials. The method is based on the analysis of areas occupied by pores and solid materials on slice images. The possibility is shown for ascertaining a correlation between the effective coefficient and technological conditions because different structure and porosity are observed experimentally. The correlations of effective diffusion coefficients with the production voltage for different coating-base compositions, on which the coating was grown, have been built.

  19. The effect of honey-coated bandages compared with silver-coated bandages on treatment of malignant wounds - a randomized study

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    Lund-Nielsen, Betina; Adamsen, Lis; Kolmos, Hans Jørn

    2011-01-01

    Malignant wounds (MWs) occur in 5-10% of all cancer patients. Malodor and exudation are the most common side effects. The aim was to determine the influence of honey-coated compared with silver-coated bandages on treatment of MWs. Patients were randomly selected to enter either group A (honey......-coated bandages) or group B (silver-coated bandages). Parameters were the following: wound size, cleanliness, malodor, exudation, and wound pain. Digital photographs, visual analog scales (VAS), and wound morphology registration were used for measurement at baseline and following the 4-week intervention. Sixty......-nine patients with MWs and advanced cancer, aged 47-90 (median 65.6), were included. No statistically significant difference was noted between the groups with respect to wound size, degree of cleanliness, exudation, malodor, and wound pain. There was a median decrease in wound size of 15 cm(2) and 8 cm(2...

  20. [Nursing actions increases the control of hypertensive patients and reduces white-coat effect].

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    Colósimo, Flávia Cortez; da Silva, Stael Silvana Bagno Eleutério; Toma, Gabriela de Andrade; Pierin, Angela Maria Geraldo

    2012-10-01

    A randomized comparative study was performed to evaluate the control of hypertension with use of home blood pressure measurement (HBPM) and casual blood pressure measurement, and analyze the white coat effect. Hypertensive patients in primary health care units were randomly divided into two groups: group I, participating of the educational activities and group II that followed the routine treatment. The hypertensive patients from group I realized HBPM at the beginning and the end of the study. White-coat effect was evaluated by the difference between the casual blood pressure measurement and HBPM. The study included 290 hypertensive patients, but realized HBPM 82 hypertensive patients. There was increase in blood pressure control from the beginning to end of study in hypertensive patients from group I (p hypertension control was higher than the casual blood pressure measurement (63% vs 50%). The white coat effect was greater in hipertensive patients from group II.

  1. The effects of Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) coating on the quality of shrimp during cold storage.

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    Soltanizadeh, Nafiseh; Mousavinejad, Mohsen S

    2015-10-01

    Green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) is an important aquaculture species worldwide. Its perishable nature, however, needs preservation methods to ensure its quality and shelf life. In this study, the effects of Aloe vera coating on the quality and shelf life of shrimps during cold storage were investigated. Shrimp samples were dipped in aqueous solutions containing 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% Aloe vera gel before storage at 4 °C for 7 days. Drip loss, pH, TBA, TVB-N, and texture of both the control and treated shrimp samples were analyzed periodically. There were significant differences between coated shrimps and the control group in all parameters evaluated. Aloe vera at 75% and 100% concentrations was able to prevent lipid oxidation and drip loss properly; however, coatings containing 25% Aloe vera did not have the desired effects on these characteristics. Shrimps coated with higher concentrations of Aloe vera had better textural properties during cold storage. Results also indicated the positive effects of Aloe vera coating on the sensory quality of shrimp.

  2. Structure of anodized Al–Zr sputter deposited coatings and effect on optical appearance

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Canulescu, Stela [Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Shabadi, Rajashekhara [Unité Matériaux et Transformations, Université Lille1, 59655 Villeneuve ‘Ascq (France); Rechendorff, Kristian [Tribology Centre, Danish Technological Institute, DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark); Dirscherl, Kai [Danish Fundamental Metrology, DK-2800 Kgs., Lyngby (Denmark); Ambat, Rajan, E-mail: ram@mek.dtu.dk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • Microstructure of magnetron sputtered Al–Zr coatings on AA6060 under as coated and heat treated condition. • Effect of heat treatment and precipitation of Al–Zr–Si (τ{sub 1}) phase on optical appearance of anodized layer. • Partial oxidation of τ{sub 1} precipitates after anodizing and relation to darkening of the anodized layer. • Oxidized region of τ{sub 1} precipitates was amorphous while unoxidized region retained crystallinity. • Unoxidized metallic τ{sub 1} in amorphous anodic alumina acts as light absorption centres and causes darkening after anodizing. - Abstract: The mechanism of interaction of light with the microstructure of anodized layer giving specific optical appearance is investigated using Al–Zr sputter deposited coating as a model system on an AA6060 substrate. Differences in the oxidative nature of various microstructural components result in the evolution of typical features in the anodized layer, which are investigated as a function of microstructure and correlated with its optical appearance. The Zr concentration in the coating was varied from 6 wt.% to 23 wt.%. Heat treatment of the coated samples was carried out at 550 °C for 4 h in order to evolve Al–Zr based second phase precipitates in the microstructure. Anodizing was performed using 20 wt.% sulphuric acid at 18 °C with an intention to study the effect of anodizing on the Al–Zr based precipitates in the coating. Detailed microstructural characterization of the coating and anodized layer was carried out using high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and optical appearance using spectrophotometry. The evolution of microstructure in the anodized layer as a function of anodizing parameters and their influence on the interaction of light is investigated and the results in general are applicable to discolouration of anodized layer on

  3. Diamond-like carbon coatings for the protection of metallic artefacts: effect on the aesthetic appearance

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    Faraldi, Federica; Angelini, Emma; Caschera, Daniela; Mezzi, Alessio; Riccucci, Cristina; Caro, Tilde De

    2014-03-01

    Plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) is an environmentally friendly process used to deposit a variety of nano-structured coatings for the protection or the surface modification of metallic artefacts like the SiO2-like films that have been successfully tested on ancient silver, bronze and iron artefacts as barriers against aggressive agents. This paper deals with the preliminary results of a wider investigation aimed to the development of eco-sustainable coatings for the protection of Cu and Ag-based artefacts of archaeological and historic interest. Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings have been deposited by PECVD in different experimental conditions, in a capacitively coupled asymmetric plasma reactor, placing the substrates either on electrically powered electrode (cathodic mode) or grounded electrode (anodic mode) with and without hydrogen addition in the gas mixture. The final goal is to develop a coating with good protective effectiveness against aggressive atmospheres and contemporarily with negligible effects on the aesthetic appearance of the artefacts. The evaluation of possible colour changes of the surface patinas, due to coating process, was performed by optical microscopy and colorimetric measurements. Furthermore, to evaluate the reversibility of the thin DLC layer, an etching treatment in oxygen plasma has been successfully carried out and optimized. The chemical-physical characterization of the deposited DLC coatings was performed by means of the combined use of micro-Raman and XPS spectroscopies. The results show that the DLC films obtained in the anodic mode, may be proposed as a viable alternative to polymeric coatings for the protection of metallic ancient objects.

  4. Design and preparation of binary-binary SnO2-ZnO:F/MgF2/SiO2 transparent conducting oxide coatings

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    S Hadavi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available   In this study, we prepared the binary-binary TCO compounds of SnO2-ZnO by the spray pyrolysis technique. We also investigated the role of MgF2/SiO2 antireflection coatings in reducing optical reflectance in the visible region of TCO. Before preparation , we simulated the optical transmition of the films for optimizing the layer thicknesses. The results of this study showed increasing of optical transmittance in the visible region of TCO by adding antireflection coating layers.

  5. The Effect of Coating Thickness and Roughness of Nucleate Pool Boiling Heat Transfer on Nanoparticle Coated Surface

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    Das, Sudev; Bhaumik, Swapan

    2016-04-01

    The influence of coating thickness and surface roughness on pool boiling heat transfer is experimentally studied over a range of surface roughness values with varied coating thickness with water at atmospheric pressure. Test surfaces used in this experiment are namely, untreated surface (Ra = 0.0899 µm), polished surface (Ra = 0.0493 µm), TiO2 nanoparticle coated surface with a roughness (Ra) ranging from 0.0338 to 0.289 µm. The surfaces were characterized with respect to contact angle, surface roughness and coating thickness. The contact angle, surface roughness and coating thickness were measured by sessile drop method, optical surface profiler and instrument thickness monitor respectively. Heat fluxes observed ranged from 52.63 to 144.73 W/cm2. Different trends were observed in the Heat Transfer Coefficient (HTC) with respect to the surface roughness and coating thickness values on the same set of heat flux. The HTC was found to increase with increasing the roughness values for untreated and polish surface but nanoparticle coated surfaces displayed different trend in HTCs. The HTC was found to increase with increasing coating thickness with all wall superheat.

  6. Effect of metallic coatings on thermoelectric properties of lead telluride films

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    Ukhlinov, G.A.; Lakhno, I.G. (Moskovskij Inst. Ehlektronnoj Tekhniki (USSR))

    1984-05-01

    Effect of sprayed coatings of different metals on thermoelectric properties of lead telluride films was investigated. The basic films were prepared by the method of vacuum thermal evaporation of sample of stoichiometric lead telluride at 5x10/sup -4/ Pa residual pressure on mica (muscovite) sublayer at 330-350 deg C and approximately 10 nm/s deposition rate. It was established that fine coatings of copper, silver and gold modify sufficiently electric properties of lead telluride films. The effect is conditioned mainly by decoration and electric shunting of grain boundaries by metal island, which removes the contribution of grain boundaries to film electric conductivity.

  7. EFFECT OF VACUUM HEAT TREATMENT ON OXIDATION BEHAVIOR OF SPUTTERED NiCrA1Y COATING

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    M.H.Li; X.F.Sun; Z.Y.Zhang; H.R.Guan; W.Y.Hu; Z.Q.Hu

    2002-01-01

    A bond coat for thermal barrier coating (TBC), NiCrAlY coating, is subjected to vac-uum heat treatment in order to remove internal stress before ceramic top coat is de-posited. The effect of vacuum heat treatment on the oxidation behavior of the sputteredNiCrAlY coating has been investigated. The as-sputtered NiCrAlY coating consists ofγ-Ni and β-NiAl phases. After vacuum heat treatment, the sputtered NiCrAlY coatingmainly consists of γ-Ni3Al, β-NiAl, γ-Ni, and trace of α-Al2O3 phases. The isother-mal oxidation of sputtered NiCrAlY coating with and without vacuum heat treatmenthas been performed at 1000C. It is shown that α-Al2O3 formed during vacuum heattreatment acts as nuclei for the formation of α-Al2O3, and the protective α-Al2O3scale is formed more rapidly on the vacuum heat treated NiCrAlY coating than thatformed on the untreated coating. Also the α-Al2O3 scale has a better adherence to thevacuum heat treated NiCrAlY coating. Therefore the vacuum heat treatment improvesthe oxidation resistance of sputtered NiCrAlY coating.

  8. Antireflection properties and solar cell application of silicon nanoscructures

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    Yue Huihui; Jia Rui; Chen Chen; Ding Wuchang; Wu Deqi; Liu Xinyu, E-mail: jiarui@ime.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Microwave Devices and Integrated Circuits, Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2011-08-15

    Silicon nanowire arrays (SiNWAs) are fabricated on polished pyramids of textured Si using an aqueous chemical etching method. The silicon nanowires themselves or hybrid structures of nanowires and pyramids both show strong anti-reflectance abilities in the wavelength region of 300-1000 nm, and reflectances of 2.52% and less than 8% are achieved, respectively. A 12.45% SiNWAs-textured solar cell (SC) with a short circuit current of 34.82 mA/cm{sup 2} and open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 594 mV was fabricated on 125 x 125 mm{sup 2} Si using a conventional process including metal grid printing. It is revealed that passivation is essential for hybrid structure textured SCs, and V{sub oc} can be enlarged by 28.6% from 420 V to 560 mV after the passivation layer is deposited. The loss mechanism of SiNWA SC was investigated in detail by systematic comparison of the basic parameters and external quantum efficiency (EQE)of samples with different fabrication processes. It is proved that surface passivation and fabrication of a metal grid are critical for high efficiency SiNWA SC, and the performance of SiNWA SC could be improved when fabricated on a substrate with an initial PN junction.

  9. Antireflection properties and solar cell application of silicon nanoscructures

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    Yue Huihui; Jia Rui; Chen Chen; Ding Wuchang; Wu Deqi; Liu Xinyu

    2011-01-01

    Silicon nanowire arrays (SiNWAs) are fabricated on polished pyramids of textured Si using an aqueous chemical etching method.The silicon nanowires themselves or hybrid structures of nanowires and pyramids both show strong anti-reflectance abilities in the wavelength region of 300-1000 nm,and reflectances of 2.52% and less than 8% are achieved,respectively.A 12.45% SiNWAs-textured solar cell (SC) with a short circuit current of 34.82 mA/cm2 and open circuit voltage (Voc) of 594 mV was fabricated on 125 × 125 mm2 Si using a conventional process including metal grid printing.It is revealed that passivation is essential for hybrid structure textured SCs,and Voc can be enlarged by 28.6% from 420 V to 560 mV after the passivation layer is deposited.The loss mechanism of SiNWA SC was investigated in detail by systematic comparison of the basic parameters and external quantum efficiency (EQE) of samples with different fabrication processes.It is proved that surface passivation and fabrication of a metal grid are critical for high efficiency SiNWA SC,and the performance of SiNWA SC could be improved when fabricated on a substrate with an initial PN junction.

  10. Nonlocal Effects in the Confocal μ-Raman Characterization of Inhomogeneous Polymer Coatings

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    Rodriguez, R.; Vargas, S.; Estevez, M.

    2010-11-01

    The confocal μ-Raman technique was used to characterize the morphology of inhomogeneous anti-graffiti coatings; for these systems, the antiadherent molecules were segregated to the external (exposed) surface forming a layer whose thickness was determined. The confocal data from these inhomogeneous coatings contains nonlocal contributions because the light scattered from sources near the specific specimen under analysis (the focused region) could not be completely rejected by the spatial filter of the confocal device. These nonlocal contributions had important effects in the Raman spectra, modifying the bands height profiles of homogeneous and inhomogeneous materials allowing their identification. Taking into account these nonlocal effects, it was possible to interpret correctly the relative intensities of the Raman bands and characterize properly the inhomogeneous coatings.

  11. Antibacterial effectiveness of chitosan-propolis coated polypropylene films against foodborne pathogens.

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    Torlak, Emrah; Sert, Durmuş

    2013-09-01

    Antibacterial properties of chitosan are well documented in the literature. However its antibacterial effectiveness in the film form is controversial due to the methodological differences in test methods used. In this study, antibacterial effectiveness of chitosan-coated polypropylene films alone and incorporating ethanolic extract of propolis (EEP) were evaluated against six foodborne pathogens (Bacillus cereus, Cronobacter sakazakii, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella typhimurium and Staphylococcus aureus) using the ISO 22196 method designed for the antibacterial treated plastic products. The results demonstrated that chitosan coated film exhibited the broad-spectrum antibacterial activity. Incorporation of EPP to coating at 10% (propolis resin/chitosan) enhanced antibacterial activity against all pathogens tested. Results of this study revealed that chitosan has antibacterial activity in the film form and that propolis is a promising antimicrobial for the food packaging applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of dyeing on antibacterial efficiency of silver coated cotton fabrics

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    Shahidi, Sheila; Rezaee, Sahar; Hezavehi, Emadaldin

    2014-04-01

    Despite numerous investigations during recent decades in the field of antimicrobial treating textile fibers using silver, many obscurities remain regarding the durability and dyeing ability and the influences of dyeing on the antimicrobial effectiveness of silver-treated fibers. In this research work, the cotton fabrics were sputtered using DC magnetron sputtering system for different times of exposure by silver. Then the silver coated samples were dyed by different classes of synthetic and natural dyes. The dye ability of coated samples was compared with untreated cotton. The reflective spectrophotometer was used for this purpose. The morphology of the cotton fabrics before and after dyeing was observed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The antibacterial activity of samples before and after dyeing, were investigated and compared. For antibacterial investigation, the antibacterial counting tests were used. It was concluded that, dyeing does not have any negative effect on antibacterial activity of coated samples and very good antibacterial activity was achieved after dyeing.

  13. Effect of nanoparticle coating on the thermal conductivity of microporous thermal insulations.

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    Lee, Dong-Bok; Kwon, Hyuk-Chon; Kim, Yun-Il; Park, Sung; Lee, Jae Chun; Misture, Scott

    2010-05-01

    Microporous thermal insulations were prepared from mixtures of nano-sized fumed silica, micron-sized fibers and opacifier particles. Those micron-sized particles were dry coated with nano-sized fumed silica particles by mechanical process using a compressive-shear type mill. The effect of nanoparticle coating on the thermal conductivity of the insulation media was investigated using a hot-wire method. Effect of nanoparticle coating was found to be more pronounced for the insulation composed of fumed silica and fiber than for the one composed of fumed silica, fiber and an opacifier. By adding 15% SiC or TiO2 opacifier, the thermal conductivity of the insulation samples could be lowered to 0.08 Wm(-1) K(-1) at temperature range of 805 approximately 817 degrees C. The temperature dependent thermal conductivity of the sample containing glass fiber did not exhibit any remarkable changes compared to the one containing ceramic fiber.

  14. Effects of DNase I coating of titanium on bacteria adhesion and biofilm formation.

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    Ye, Jing; Shao, Can; Zhang, Xu; Guo, Xuyun; Gao, Ping; Cen, Yunzhu; Ma, Shiqing; Liu, Ying

    2017-09-01

    The removal of mature biofilm from the surface of implant has been a formidable challenge in treating implant-associated infection. Prevention of biofilm formation rather than removal of existing biofilm is a more effective approach. Immobilization of biofilm-dispersing enzymes on material surfaces is regarded as one of the most promising strategies. Deoxyribonuclease I (DNase I) can degrade extracellular DNA (eDNA) and then destabilize biofilm. In this study, DNase I was immobilized on a titanium (Ti) surface by using dopamine as an intermediate. The water contact angle, SEM, EDS and XPS confirmed that DNase I was successfully coated to the bare Ti and the final coating was highly hydrophilic. The DNase I coating showed significant effects in preventing Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) adhesion and biofilm formation over a time span of 24h. The favorable biocompatibility was demonstrated by cell study in vitro. In addition, cell adhesion results suggested that DNase I coating had the potential to facilitate MC3T3-E1 cell attachment. DNase I coating with anti-infection ability and biocompatibility has great potential for increasing success rates of implant applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Effect of edible coating on the aromatic attributes of roasted coffee beans.

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    Rattan, Supriya; Parande, A K; Ramalakshmi, K; Nagaraju, V D

    2015-09-01

    Coffee is known throughout the world for its distinct aroma and flavour which results from a number of volatile compounds present in it. It is very difficult to arrest the aromatic compounds once the roasting process is complete and it becomes even more challenging to store the beans for a longer time with the retained volatiles as these compounds are easily lost during industrialized processing such as the grinding of roasted coffee beans and storage of ground coffee. Thus, an attempt was made to minimise the loss of volatile from roasted coffee beans by coating with Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) and Whey protein concentrate. Coffee volatiles were analysed by Gas chromatography and 14 major compounds were identified and compared in this study. Results showed an increase in the relative area of major volatile compounds in coated roasted coffee beans when compared with unroasted coffee beans for consecutive two months. Moreover, effect of coating on textural properties and non-volatiles were also analysed. The results have indicated that edible coatings preserve the sensory properties of roasted coffee beans for a longer shelf life and cellulose derivatives, as an edible coating, exhibited the best protecting effect on roasted coffee beans.

  16. Configurational effects of collagen/ALP coatings on enzyme immobilization and surface mineralization

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    Bosco, R.; Leeuwenburgh, S. C. G.; Jansen, J. A.; van den Beucken, J. J. J. P.

    2014-08-01

    The ultimate goal for surface modifications in bone implants is to achieve biologically active surface able to control and trigger specific tissue response. In this study was evaluated the effects of organic compound, derived from extracellular matrix, involved in tissue mineralization. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) plays a fundamental role in bone mineralization concurrently with collagen, the main organic components of bones. Electrospray deposition (ESD) was used to coat titanium disks with ALP and collagen at room temperature. To verify the synergistic role of ALP and collagen different conformations of coatings (mixed and layered) were obtained and their mineralization capacity was tested in vitro. The mineralization tests indicated the fundamental role of collagen to increase ALP coating retention. Analyses indicated that the coating conformation has a role; in fact the mixed group showed improved ALP retention, enzymatic activity and unique mineralized surface morphology. ESD demonstrated to be a successful method to deposit organic molecules preserving their properties as indicated by the in vitro results. These findings proved the synergistic effect of ALP and collagen in inducing mineralization offering an intriguing coating constituent for medical device that aim to trigger surface mineralization such as bone implants.

  17. Effect of densification distribution on the Young's modulus of porous coatings after nano-indentation

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    Xiaojuan LU; Ping XIAO; Haiyan LI

    2012-01-01

    Nano-indentation of a porous ceramic coating leads to crushing and densification of the coating under the indenter.In this work,finite element simulations of indentation on the porous coating have been carried out to study the effect of the size and distribution of densification on Young's modulus measured by nano-indentation.Two totally different distribution patterns have been simulated in this work.In the case of gradient densification,the Young's modulus increased by 8.6% when the densification has occurred in the maximum influenced area.While the Young's modulus increased by 2% with a uniformed densification.Examinations of the cross-section of the coatings have suggested that the densification after the indentation is close to the second model.The measured Young's modulus could have differed by 2%.The effect of densification on the Young's modulus measured by using nano-indentation is strongly dependent on the densification patterns of the porous coating.

  18. Effect of diffusion on coating microstructure and oxidation resistance of aluminizing steel

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    夏原; 于升学; 姚枚; 李铁藩

    2001-01-01

    The effect of diffuse treatment on coating microstructure and oxidation resistance at high-temperature of hotdip aluminum were studied by means of TEM, SEM and XRD. The results show that, the diffusion temperature has significant effect on structure of coatings and its oxidation resistance. After diffusion at 750 ℃, the coating consists of thick outer surface layer (Fe2Al5+FeAl2 ), thin internal layer (FeAl+stripe FeAl2), and its oxidation resistance is poor. After diffusion at 950 ℃, the outer surface layer is composed of single FeAl2 phase, the internal layer is composed of FeAl phase, and its oxidation resistance declines due to the occurrence of early stage internal oxidation cracks in the coating.After diffusion at 850 ℃, the outer surface layer becomes thinner and consists of FeAl2+Fe2Al5 (small amount), the internal layer becomes thicker and consists of FeAl+spherical FeAl2, and the spheroidized FeAl2 phase in the internal layer and its existing in FeAl phase steadily improve the oxidation resistance of the coating.

  19. Effect of hydrothermal treatment model on stability and bioactivity of microarc oxidized titania coatings

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    Zhou, Jianhong; Shao, Jianmin; Han, Yong

    2014-06-01

    Different types of Sr-doped hydroxyapatite (Sr-HA) nanorod arrays were prepared on microarc oxidized (MAOed) TiO2 coatings after hydrothermal treatment (HT) for 24 h in the case of different HT models, namely the MAOed TiO2 coatings to be hanged up in the autoclave without touching the HT solution (termed as H-HT) and immersed in the HT solution (termed as I-HT). The MAO+H-HT (HT in the case of H-HT model) and MAO+I-HT (HT in the case of I-HT model) coatings are multilayered by nanorod-shaped Sr-HA as outer layer, Ca0.5Sr0.5TiO3 as middle layer and TiO2 as inner layer adjacent to Ti substrate. The Sr-HA nanorods on the coatings are randomly oriented, homogeneous and a similar mean diameter of 70 nm. However, the lateral spacing between the Sr-HA nanorods on MAO+H-HT coating is much smaller compared with those on MAO+I-HT coating. The effects of the HT models on the roughness, in vitro structure and bond strength stability and apatite inducing ability of the coatings were examined. AFM evaluation reveals that the coatings have a similar microscale roughness. The as-MAOed, MAO+H-HT and MAO+I-HT coatings exhibit long-term structure and adhesive strength stability as indicated by immersion tests in physiological saline solutions for 0-48 weeks, although their adhesive strengths decrease a little after immersion in physiological saline solutions, for example, to about 10.2%, 7.8% and 6.9% at 48 weeks, respectively. Furthermore, the MAO+H-HT coating can induce apatite formation after 12 h of SBF immersion due to the compacted Sr-HA nanorods layer, and the induced apatite prefers to nucleate on the basal-faceted surfaces of Sr-HA nanorods.

  20. Enzymatic polymerization of natural anacardic acid and antibiofouling effects of polyanacardic acid coatings.

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    Chelikani, Rahul; Kim, Yong Hwan; Yoon, Do-Young; Kim, Dong-Shik

    2009-05-01

    Anacardic acid, separated from cashew nut shell liquid, is well known for its strong antibiotic and antioxidant activities. Recent findings indicate that phenolic compounds from plant sources have an effect on Gram-negative bacteria biofilm formation. In this work, a polyphenolic coating was prepared from anacardic acid using enzymatic synthesis and tested for its effects on biofilm formation of both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Natural anacardic acid was enzymatically polymerized using soybean peroxidase. Hydrogen peroxide and phenothiazine-10-propionic acid were used as an oxidizing agent and redox mediator, respectively. Nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses showed the formation of oxyphenylene and phenylene units through the phenol rings. No linkage through the alkyl chain was observed, which proved a high chemo-selectivity of the enzyme. Aqueous solvents turned out to play an important role in the polymer production yield and molecular weight. With 2-propanol, the highest production yield (61%) of polymer (molecular weight = 3,900) was observed, and with methanol, higher-molecular-weight polymers (5,000) were produced with lower production yields (43%). The resulting polyanacardic acid was cross-linked on a solid surface to form a permanent natural polymer coating. The FTIR analysis indicates that the cross-linking between the polymers took place through the unsaturated alkyl side chains. The polyanacardic acid coating was then tested for its antibiofouling effect against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and compared with the antibiofouling effects of polycardanol coatings reported in the literature. The polyanacardic acid coating showed more reduction in biofilm formation on its surface than polycardanol coatings in the case of Gram-positive bacteria, while in the case of Gram-negative bacteria, it showed a similar reduction in biofilm formation as polycardanol.