Authors:
William Tong Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL 60506, USA

Search for other papers by William Tong in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
and
Alan Tong Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL 60564, USA

Search for other papers by Alan Tong in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Open access

This paper will present a concept to use matermaterial thin film deposited on a window glass to absorb tuned solar spectrum for anti-frost/anti-fog and energy-saving in cold weather, meanwhile the luminous transmittance of the windows can be maintained. In warmer weather, the opposite side of a rotatable window can be turned to face the sunlight to reflect the sunlight away with the perfect mirror function of the base ground layer of the metamaterial thin film. By adjusting base ground coating structure, perfect or non-perfect mirror can be formed for natural solar reflection or transmittance. The metal-dielectric-metal nano-scale metamaterial structures with periodic metal-dielectric interfaces, when shined with light, acquire surface plasmons thus trapping light at subwavelength scales. When the metamaterial film is coated on the outside of a glass window, it will lead to efficient solar radiation absorption, which can be used for anti-frost/anti-fog and energy-saving windows of transportation vehicles and modern buildings. The total thickness of the so-called metamaterial solar absorber thin film is a few tens of nanometer and its absorption band is broad, tunable and insensitive to the angle of incidence.

  • [1]

    Chen CM et al (2011) Transparent glass window with energy-saving and heat insulation capabilities. Advanced Materials Research 314–316:1016.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [2]

    Voss K , W Platzer & P Robinson (2014) Education of architects in solar energy and environment - Advanced glazing. http://www.cenerg.ensmp.fr/ease/glazing_overheads.pdf. Accessed on Oct 21, 2014.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [3]

    Voss K , W Platzer & P Robinson (2014) Education of architects in solar energy and environment - Advanced glazing and transparent insulation http://www.cenerg.ensmp.fr/ease/advanced_glazing.pdf. Accessed on Sept 12, 2014.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [4]

    Watts CM , X Liu & WJ Padilla (2012) Metamaterial electromagnetic wave absorbers. Adv. Mater. 24(23): OP98–OP120, OP181.

  • [5]

    Wang H & L Wang (2013) Perfect selective metamaterial solar absorbers. Optics Express 21(S6): A10781093.

  • [6]

    Watts, C.M , X Liu & WJ Padilla (2012) Metamaterial electromagnetic wave absorbers. Adv. Mater. 24: 98120.

  • [7]

    Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati, Franz Faupel & Mady Elbahri (2014) Review of plasmonic nanocomposite metamaterial absorber. Materials 7: 12211248.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [8]

    Callaway J (2014) Band theory of solids. Access science. McGraw-Hill Education.

  • [9]

    Reza A (2008) The optical properties of metamaterial waveguide structures. Master degree thesis, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [10]

    Etrich C et al (2014) Effective optical properties of plasmonic nanocomposites. Materials 7: 115.

  • [11]

    Landy NI , S Sajuyigbe, JJ Mock, DR Smith & WJ Padilla (2008) Perfect metamaterial absorber. Phys. Rev. Lett. 100(20): 207402.

  • [12]

    Tao H , CM Bingham, AC Strikwerda, D Pilon, D Shrekenhamer, NI Landy, K Fan, X Zhang, W Padilla & R Averitt (2008) Highly flexible wide angle of incidence terahertz metamaterial absorber: Design, fabrication, and characterization. Phys. Rev. B 78(24): 241103R.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [13]

    Liu X , T Starr, AF Starr & WJ Padilla (2010) Infrared spatial and frequency selective metamaterial with nearunity absorbance. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104(20): 207403.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [14]

    Hao J , J Wang, X Liu, WJ Padilla, L Zhou & M Qiu (2010) High performance optical absorber based on a plasmonic metamaterial. Appl. Phys. Lett. 96(25): 251104.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [15]

    Monaghan DP et al (1993) Diamond-like carbon coatings. Materials World, 1(6): 347349.

  • [16]

    Gibson DR et al (2006) Deposition of multilayer optical coatings using closed field magnetron sputtering. Proc. SPIE 6286, Advances in Thin-Film Coatings for Optical Applications III, 628601 (28 August 2006), Michael J. Ellison (Ed.); doi: 10.1117/12.679052

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • [17]

    Air Mass 1.5 Spectra, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/spectra/ am1.5/ Accessed on June 21, 2014.

  • [18]

    Green et al (2011) Solar cell efficiency tables (version 37). Progress in photovoltaics: Research and applications Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl. 19: 8492. Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary. com). DOI: 10.1002/pip.1088

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Collapse
  • Expand
The author instructions are available in PDF.
Please, download the file from HERE.

 

Senior editors

Editor-in-Chief: Kukovecz Ákos (SZTE)

Editor-in-Chief: Kónya Zoltán (SZTE)

 

2019  
WoS
Cites
6
CrossRef
Documents
1

 

Nanopages
Publication Model Gold Open Access
Submission Fee none
Article Processing Charge none
Printed Color Illustrations 40 EUR (or 10 000 HUF) + VAT / piece
Subscription Information Gold Open Access

Nanopages
Language English
Size B5
Year of
Foundation
2006
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
1
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 1787-4033 (Print)
ISSN 1788-0718 (Online)

Monthly Content Usage

Abstract Views Full Text Views PDF Downloads
Jan 2024 0 23 7
Feb 2024 0 8 3
Mar 2024 0 18 4
Apr 2024 0 37 2
May 2024 0 11 4
Jun 2024 0 18 2
Jul 2024 0 0 0