A new figure of merit for solar selective surfaces

B. W. Woods, D. W. Thompson, J. A. Woollam

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This paper introduces a new figure of merit for design of solar selective material systems. Examples are presented to illustrate its usefulness. For many years, researchers have been trying to develop surfaces with high solar absorption and low thermal emission [1]. These solar selective surfaces have high visible reflectance and low infrared reflectance. To make more efficient films, researchers need figure of merit to quantify efficiency and compare materials and structures. This paper discusses a few common figures of merit and introduces a new one. The motivation for a new figure is the ability to do predictive optical modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-344
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings, Annual Technical Conference - Society of Vacuum Coaters
StatePublished - 2005
EventSVC, Society of Vacuum Coaters - 48th Annual Technical Conference - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2005Apr 28 2005


  • Film characterization
  • Optical coating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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