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Accelerating the Discovery of Multilayer Nanostructures with Analytic Differentiation of the Transfer Matrix Equations

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revised on 10.09.2019 and posted on 10.09.2019 by James F. Varner, Dayanara Wert, Aya Matari, Raghad Nofal, Jonathan Foley
Multilayer nanostructures represent an important class of materials with tunable optical and thermal radiative properties that can be leveraged for a wide range of energy applications. We present a theoretical framework for optimizing the geometry of such structures that utilizes gradients of various objective functions that are enabled through analytic differentiation of the transfer matrix equations. We demonstrate the usefulness of this method by applying it to the optimization of structures for incandescent light sources, and the global optimization of anti-reflective solar cell coatings.

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

foleyj10@wpunj.edu

Institution

William Paterson University

Country

United States

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0001-8814-4444

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest.

Version Notes

This is the first version of the preprint.

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