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Materials 2016, 9(6), 497; doi:10.3390/ma9060497

Antireflective Coatings: Conventional Stacking Layers and Ultrathin Plasmonic Metasurfaces, A Mini-Review

Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering, Institute for Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel 24143, Germany
Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Geesthacht 21502, Germany
Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering, School of Chemical Technology, Aalto University, Kemistintie 1, Aalto 00076, Finland
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Academic Editor: Lioz Etgar
Received: 2 May 2016 / Revised: 31 May 2016 / Accepted: 15 June 2016 / Published: 21 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Nanotechnology)
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Reduction of unwanted light reflection from a surface of a substance is very essential for improvement of the performance of optical and photonic devices. Antireflective coatings (ARCs) made of single or stacking layers of dielectrics, nano/microstructures or a mixture of both are the conventional design geometry for suppression of reflection. Recent progress in theoretical nanophotonics and nanofabrication has enabled more flexibility in design and fabrication of miniaturized coatings which has in turn advanced the field of ARCs considerably. In particular, the emergence of plasmonic and metasurfaces allows for the realization of broadband and angular-insensitive ARC coatings at an order of magnitude thinner than the operational wavelengths. In this review, a short overview of the development of ARCs, with particular attention paid to the state-of-the-art plasmonic- and metasurface-based antireflective surfaces, is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: antireflective coating; plasmonic metasurface; absorbing antireflective coating; antireflection antireflective coating; plasmonic metasurface; absorbing antireflective coating; antireflection

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Keshavarz Hedayati, M.; Elbahri, M. Antireflective Coatings: Conventional Stacking Layers and Ultrathin Plasmonic Metasurfaces, A Mini-Review. Materials 2016, 9, 497.

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