Transparent Silica Aerogels for Window Insulation

TitleTransparent Silica Aerogels for Window Insulation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsMichael D Rubin, Carl M Lampert
JournalSolar Energy Materials
Volume7
Pagination393-400
Call NumberLBL-14462
Abstract

Supercritically drying a colloidal gel of silica produces a porous material called an aerogel. These aerogels not only are excellent thermal insulators, but also can be highly transparent. We investigate the microstructure and optical properties of transparent silica aerogels and calculate the energy transfer through hypothetical aerogel windows.

LBNL Report Number

LBL-14462