We experimentally investigated the infrared properties of a set of randomly oriented silver nanowires films deposited onto glass substrate. Infrared emission of the obtained films was characterized in the long infrared range, i.e., 8–12 μm, by observing their temperature evolution under heating regime with a focal plane array infrared camera as well as a thermocouple. The obtained experimental results showed that the infrared emission from a mesh composed of silver nanowires might be tailored by opportunely assessing preparation condition, such as the metal filling factor. From the theoretical point of view, the real and imaginary part of the electrical permittivity components were retrieved from the calculations of effective permittivities of in-plane randomly oriented metallic wires, thus giving the refractive index and extinction coefficients for the four different silver nanowires meshes. Due to the correspondence between emissivity and absorbance, the experimental results are interpreted with the reconstructed corresponding absorbance spectra, thus suggesting that these coatings are suitable for infrared signature reduction applications.
- infrared properties
- silver nanowires