, Volume 87, Issue 4, pp 621-624
Date: 04 Apr 2007

Color-neutral switchable mirrors based on magnesium-titanium thin films

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Abstract

In an investigation of smart-window applications of switchable mirror thin films, Pd-capped magnesium-titanium thin films were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering. Their optical properties, switching durability and crystalline structures have been investigated. We show that Pd/Mg-Ti thin films with specific thicknesses are completely color-neutral in the transparent state and their optical switching properties are suitable for building and automobile window glass applications. The ternary hydrides of Mg(1-x)Tix thin films with Pd overlayers are identified by in situ X-ray diffraction measurements during a hydrogen gas loading of 4%. Pd/Mg(1-x)Tix thin film switchable mirrors show fast hydriding and dehydriding kinetics as compared to a Pd-capped pure Mg thin film due to the catalytic role of doped metallic Ti.

PACS

75.20.En; 78.20.-e; 78.70.Ck; 42.70.-a