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Ultra low radiation silver-coated glass production process

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Ultra low radiation silver-coated glass production process

Low-emission coated glass has now been widely accepted by the public that this kind of glass is widely used in automobiles, doors and windows, and glass curtain walls. The core functional layer for low-emission coated glass is a silver film or silver-doped alloy film layer, which bears the responsibility of reflecting infrared rays.

For the production process of traditional low-emission coated glass, the balance of transmittance and radiance has already achieved good results, and it is difficult to make further breakthroughs. Through research on coating theory and several experiments, we have found several methods that can effectively reduce the radiation to make the so-called “ultra-low radiation coated glass”.

The traditional production process uses pure argon gas to sputter the silver target to prepare a functional silver film layer. The ionized argon ions are accelerated and bombarded onto the silver sputtering target, then the silver atoms are spilled from the solid target and deposited on the substrate to form a thin film. At the initial stage of film formation, the silver film first grows in an island shape and aggregates into a film at a certain thickness. In the traditional process, the overall growth rate of the silver film is slow, and there are many defects of the film.

The difference between ultra-low-emission coated glass and conventional low-emission coated glass is that the former has higher conductivity, lower resistance, and lower emissivity when the thickness of the silver layer of them are the same. Ultra-low-emission coated glass improves the silver layer film formation by 1) using a bedding layer and 2) increasing the bombarding energy.

Ultra low radiation coated glass
Ultra low radiation coated glass


Use a bedding layer

Generally, the surface of the substrate material is rough. The sputtered silver atoms need to fill these defects before it forms a film, which makes the film formation rate slower and the film quality poorer.

The surface of the bedding layer is smooth. So when using a bedding layer, the silver film can be rapidly and uniformly grown, the occurrence of defects can be reduced, and the effect of the combined film layer is finally improved.

Increase the bombarding energy

Use high-energy ions to bombard the target so that the sputtered silver atoms have higher energy. At this time, they are no longer deposited in the form of a single atom but of clusters. In this way the deposition rate is faster, the film is more uniform and the quality is higher.

For more information, please visit our website https://www.sputtertargets.net/.

About the author

Julissa Green graduated from the University of Texas studying applied chemistry. She started her journalism life as a chemistry specialist in Stanford Advanced Materials (SAM) since 2016 and she has been fascinated by this fast growing industry ever since. If you have any particular topics of interest, or you have any questions, you can reach her at julissa@samaterials.com.

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