Optical Materials for Solar-Energy Applications

The application of optical materials to solar-energy utilization is reviewed. It is shown that hundreds of square kilometers of optical materials will be required every year to have a significant input on the United State's energy economy. Most of these materials will have to be fabricated at a very low areal cost. Various high-volume, low-cost production processes applicable to solar-optical materials are presented. Major challenges to the optical technologist will be to control the optical properties of materials being fabricated at very high production rates and to develop new low-cost optical materials.

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