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Keywords:

  • metallic nanoparticles;
  • antireflection coatings;
  • sintering;
  • metallic nanowire networks;
  • photovoltaics
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A silver nanowire network electrode (NNE) is designed and made inexpensively on the surface of textured silicon by J. W. Gao, Y. Wang, and co-workers on page 733. The NNE is formed by depositing and sintering silver nanoparticles on the textured silicon surface. The scanning electron microscope images show that the NNE is indeed formed in the valleys between the pyramids of the textured surface. When given an anti-reflection coating, the NNE is very efficient in suppressing reflections, in addition to being highly electrically conducting.