Volume 95 Issue 44 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 6, 2017

Nanotextured glass becomes 'invisible'

Etching nanoscale patterns into glass gives it antireflective properties
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Nanomaterials, nanotextures, glass, solar cells, antireflective

To reduce the annoying glare from the surfaces of cell phones and eyeglasses, manufacturers often coat them with antireflective films. Yet these coatings are limited because they reduce the reflection of light only at certain optimal wavelengths. Now, by directly changing the morphology of glass in a process called nanotexturing, researchers can fabricate glass that cuts down on reflection from light across wide swaths of visible and infrared wavelengths, making the material close to invisible. . . .

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