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Press Release 07-020

New Coating Is Virtual Black Hole for Reflections

Non-reflecting material may help solar cells catch more of the Sun's rays

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Layers of silica nanorods look like shag carpet when viewed with a scanning electron microscope.

Layers of silica nanorods look like shag carpet (top) when viewed with a scanning electron microscope. When coated on a surface (bottom), the new anti-reflective material looks dark (left) in contrast to other anti-reflective coatings.

Credit: E. Fred Schubert and Jong Kyu Kim, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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