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Solution processed high refractive index contrast distributed Bragg reflectors

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We have developed a method to alternate porous and dense dielectric films in order to build high refractive index contrast distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) capable of reflecting very efficiently in a targeted spectral range employing a small number of layers in the stack. Porous layers made of SiO2 nanoparticles and compact sol–gel processed TiO2 layers are sequentially deposited. The key to the preservation of porosity of every other layer during the deposition process is the use of a sacrificial layer of polystyrene that prevents the infiltration of the interstitial voids between nanoparticles with the homogeneous solution of TiO2 precursors. Our approach allows preparing a series of DBRs operating along the whole visible spectral range. Reflectance values as high as 90% are achieved from only seven layers. The particular distribution of porosity along one direction gives rise to an interesting interplay between the optical properties of the system and the vapor pressure in the surrounding atmosphere, which we foresee could be put into practice in gas sensing devices.

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The article was received on 15 Feb 2016, accepted on 31 Mar 2016 and first published on 04 Apr 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00663A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 4532-4537
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    Solution processed high refractive index contrast distributed Bragg reflectors

    M. Anaya, A. Rubino, M. E. Calvo and H. Míguez, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 4532
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00663A

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