Abstract

Materials with very low refractive index are essential to prepare broadband graded-index antireflection (AR) coatings. However, the availability of such materials is very limited. In this study, large-area (4cm×4cm) low refractive index porous anodic alumina (PAA) coatings on glass substrate were prepared successfully by electron-beam evaporation, electrochemical oxidation, and chemical etching method. The nanopore size of PAA film is smaller than 40 nm, and the refractive index of PAA film is n=1.08. Besides, five-layered graded-index broadband PAA coatings with refractive indices following the Gaussian profile were also prepared to noticeably eliminate the reflectance of glass over a broadband wavelength, and the lowest reflectivity is 0.64% at the wavelength of 534 nm at normal incidence. The PAA AR coatings having an omnidirectional nature are likely to have practical applications in photovoltaic cells and optical devices.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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