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Tuning the peak position of subwavelength silica nanosphere broadband antireflection coatings

Fei Tao1, Pritesh Hiralal2, Lianbing Ren3, Yong Wang3, Qing Dai4, Gehan AJ Amaratunga2 and Hang Zhou1*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, 2199 Lishui Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055, China

2 Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA, UK

3 Guangdong Key Lab of Nano-Micro Materials Research, School of Chemical Biology & Biotechnology, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, 2199 Lishui Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055, China

4 National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.11 ZhongGuanCun BeiYiTiao, Beijing 100190, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:361  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-361

Published: 19 July 2014


Subwavelength nanostructures are considered as promising building blocks for antireflection and light trapping applications. In this study, we demonstrate excellent broadband antireflection effect from thin films of monolayer silica nanospheres with a diameter of 100 nm prepared by Langmuir-Blodgett method on glass substrates. With a single layer of compact silica nanosphere thin film coated on both sides of a glass, we achieved maximum transmittance of 99% at 560 nm. Furthermore, the optical transmission peak of the nanosphere thin films can be tuned over the UV-visible range by changing processing parameters during Langmuir-Blodgett deposition. The tunable optical transmission peaks of the Langmuir-Blodgett films were correlated with deposition parameters such as surface pressure, surfactant concentration, ageing of suspensions and annealing effect. Such peak-tunable broadband antireflection coating has wide applications in diversified industries such as solar cells, windows, displays and lenses.

Peak tunable; Antireflection; Light trapping; Spheres; Langmuir-Blodgett; Solar cells