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Suichi, Takahiro Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Okayama University
Ishikawa, Atsushi Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Okayama University ORCID Kaken ID publons
Tanaka, Takuo Metamaterials Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research
Hayashi, Yasuhiko Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Okayama University ORCID Kaken ID researchmap
Daytime radiative cooling offers efficient passive cooling of objects by tailoring their spectral responses, holding great promise for green photonics applications. A specular reflector has been utilized in cooling devices to minimize sunlight absorption, but such a glaring surface is visually less appealing, thus undesirable for public use. Here, by exploiting strong diffuse reflection of silica nanoshells in a polymer matrix, daytime radiative cooling below the ambient temperature is experimentally demonstrated, while showing whitish color under sunlight. The cooling device consists of a poly(methyl methacrylate) layer with randomly distributed silica nanoshells and a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layer on an Ag mirror. The non-resonant nanoshells exhibit uniform diffuse reflection over the solar spectrum, while fully transparent for a selective thermal radiation from the underneath PDMS layer. In the temperature measurement under the sunlight irradiation, the device shows 2.3 degrees C cooler than the ambient, which is comparable to or even better than the conventional device without the nanoshells. Our approach provides a simple yet powerful nanophotonic structure for realizing a scalable and practical daytime radiative cooling device without a glaring reflective surface.
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