In 2002, Masato Nishimura and Takashi Ishiguro of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, Nagaoka, Japan, fabricated solar absorber coating having functional graded structure composed of nano-structured Ag layers with different morphology as an example of the application of nano-structure. From the viewpoint of thermal stability, the nano-structured silver layers could not be utilized reliably for the solar absorber coating.
Originally published in Materials Transactions, Vol. 43, No. 8 (2002) pp. 2073 to 2079, the study also confirmed that the optical absorption of the nano-structured silver layer varied visibly from the resonance absorption to the metallic reflection through the broadened absorption at visible and near-infrared regions. A solar absorber coating with thermal stability had been designed and made completely of all nano-structured silver layers.
The entire article can be found at The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials.