Surface treatments were performed on single-crystal semi-insulating 6H–SiC by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation, aimed at analyzing the effect of the laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSSs) on the films’ optical properties. The surface morphology study of the laser-induced nanostructures allows determining the modification threshold fluence of about 0.7 J cm−2 as well as detecting fine (160 nm) and coarse (450–550 nm) ripples according to different values of the laser pulse fluence (ΦP) released to the material. Micro-Raman spectroscopy allows determining the presence of undesired amorphous structural phases when ΦP exceeds 2.15 J cm−2, whereas no compositional variations occur for lower values of ΦP. Samples treated on the entire surface with the pulse fluence conditions to obtain fine ripples were optically tested. Although the long-range order is progressively lost as the accumulated laser fluence increases, the heaviest treated samples show solar absorptance values > 75% and spectral selectivity up to 1.7 projected at the operating temperature of 1000 K, thus pointing out the suitability of fs-laser surface textured 6H–SiC to act as a selective solar absorber for energy conversion devices operating at high temperature.

Enhanced selective solar absorption of surface nanotextured semi-insulating 6H–SiC

Montereali R. M.;Vincenti M. A.;
2020

Abstract

Surface treatments were performed on single-crystal semi-insulating 6H–SiC by femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation, aimed at analyzing the effect of the laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSSs) on the films’ optical properties. The surface morphology study of the laser-induced nanostructures allows determining the modification threshold fluence of about 0.7 J cm−2 as well as detecting fine (160 nm) and coarse (450–550 nm) ripples according to different values of the laser pulse fluence (ΦP) released to the material. Micro-Raman spectroscopy allows determining the presence of undesired amorphous structural phases when ΦP exceeds 2.15 J cm−2, whereas no compositional variations occur for lower values of ΦP. Samples treated on the entire surface with the pulse fluence conditions to obtain fine ripples were optically tested. Although the long-range order is progressively lost as the accumulated laser fluence increases, the heaviest treated samples show solar absorptance values > 75% and spectral selectivity up to 1.7 projected at the operating temperature of 1000 K, thus pointing out the suitability of fs-laser surface textured 6H–SiC to act as a selective solar absorber for energy conversion devices operating at high temperature.
Laser
Optical properties
Silicon carbide
Solar absorbers
Spectral selectivity
Surface texturing
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