April 18, 2024
Ali Shanaghi

Ali Shanaghi

Academic rank: Associate Professor
Address:
Education: Ph.D in eng
Phone:
Faculty: Technical Engineering

Research

Title Preparation of nanostructure silica antireflective coatings by using sol–gel method
Type Article
Keywords
Sol–gel; Silica thin films; Antireflective coatings; Optical properties; Soaking treatment
Journal OPTIK
Researchers Ali Shanaghi

Abstract

Sol–gel technology is a promising manufacturing method to produce antireflective silica thin films for solar energy applications. So to improve the properties of the films, controlling parameter of the sol–gel method is very important. In this study, soaking treatment effect on optical properties of silica antireflective thin films was investigated. UV–Visible Spectroscopy, Fourier-Transformed Infrared Spectrophotometer and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy was used for the characterization of silica thin films. Results showed that all nanoporous silica layers cause to considerable reduction of light reflections compared with uncoated glasses. With single layer deposition, the amount of reduction depends on the dipping time of coating and has an optimal time. Also, it was found that solar transmittance increased from 91.5% for the bare slide up to 97.5% for the best made sample corresponding to two deposition cycles.