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Radiative Cooling With Pigmented Polyethylene Foils
Author(s): Gunnar A. Niklasson; Tord S. Eriksson
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Paper Abstract

Polyethylene foils containing a nonabsorbing pigment can be suitable for radiative cooling because of their high reflectance of solar radiation combined with a high transmittance in the atmospheric window region in the thermal infrared. We have studied the optical properties in the wavelength range 0.3-50 μm of extruded polyethylene foils containing various amounts of 0.23 μm diameter Ti02 particles. It appears that the foils can prevent heating of an underlying material, even when directly illuminated by the sun. The total transmittance and reflectance of the Ti02-polyethylene foils were compared with multiple scattering calculations. Lorenz-Mie theory was used to model the scattering and absorption of a single TiO2 sphere. The single scattering parameters were then introduced into the four flux theory, by which the transmittance and reflectance were calculated. We find a satisfactory agreement between theory and experiments in most cases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 1989
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1016, Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion VII, (6 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949918
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Gunnar A. Niklasson, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
Tord S. Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1016:
Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion VII
Claes-Goeran Granqvist; Carl M. Lampert, Editor(s)

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