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The influence of oxygen in TiAlOxNy on the optical properties of colored solar-absorbing coatings
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Hefei University, China. (Materials Science)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.
2012 (English)In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, ISSN 0927-0248, Vol. 98, 179-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Low cost and ease of fabrication are important factors for solar-thermal applications in energy-efficient buildings. This contribution reports the influence of oxygen on structure, optical properties and chromaticity of TiAlOxNy thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering. It is an extension of a previous study on colored solar-thermal absorbers based on titanium-aluminum nitride. The purpose is to investigate the possibility of using TiAlOxNy as middle layer to achieve a gradient effect. The results reveal that the structure and optical properties of the TiAlOxNy coatings are sensitive to the oxygen content under certain sputtering conditions.  The ratio of oxygen/nitrogen of 0.7:10 is the most appropriate to form the crystalline structure of TiAlON.  The optical constants of TiAlN and TiAlON were deduced by fitting the experimental data. It shows that both the refractive index (n) and the extinction coefficient (k) are decreased when oxygen is introduced to form titanium-aluminium nitro-oxide. The gradient effect can be achieved and controlled by adjusting the ratio of oxygen/nitrogen flow during the process to enhance solar absorptance while keeping the desired color appearance.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 98, 179-184 p.
Keyword [en]
Titanium-aluminum nitride/nitro-oxide; colored solar-thermal absorber; optical properties; chromaticity.
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Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Solid State Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-164134DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2011.11.001ISI: 000300536500023OAI: diva2:466689
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-16 Last updated: 2012-09-21Bibliographically approved

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