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Recent advances in antireflective surfaces based on nanostructure arrays

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Abstract

Reducing the reflection and improving the transmission or absorption of light from wide angles of incidence in a broad wavelength range are crucial for enhancing the performance of the optical, optoelectronic, and electro-optical devices. Inspired by the structures of the insect compound eyes, nanostructure arrays (NSAs) have been developed as effective antireflective surfaces, which exhibit promising broadband and quasi-omnidirectional antireflective properties together with multifunctions. This review summarizes the recent advances in the fabrication and performance of antireflective surfaces based on NSAs of a wide variety of materials including silicon and non-silicon materials. The applications of the NSA-based antireflective surfaces in solar cells, light emitting diodes, detection, and imaging are highlighted. The remaining challenges along with future trends in NSA-based antireflective surfaces are also discussed.

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The article was received on 11 Aug 2014, accepted on 10 Sep 2014 and first published on 16 Sep 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4MH00140K
Citation: Mater. Horiz., 2015,2, 37-53
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    Recent advances in antireflective surfaces based on nanostructure arrays

    J. Cai and L. Qi, Mater. Horiz., 2015, 2, 37
    DOI: 10.1039/C4MH00140K

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