Joshi S, Kiani A. Hybrid artificial neural networks and analytical model for prediction of optical constants and bandgap energy of 3D nanonetwork silicon structures. Opto-Electron Adv 4, 210039 (2021). doi: 10.29026/oea.2021.210039
Citation: Joshi S, Kiani A. Hybrid artificial neural networks and analytical model for prediction of optical constants and bandgap energy of 3D nanonetwork silicon structures. Opto-Electron Adv 4, 210039 (2021) . doi: 10.29026/oea.2021.210039

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Hybrid artificial neural networks and analytical model for prediction of optical constants and bandgap energy of 3D nanonetwork silicon structures

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  • The aim of this study is to develop a reliable method to determine optical constants for 3D-nanonetwork Si thin films manufactured using a pulsed-laser ablation technique that can be applied to other materials synthesized by this technique. An analytical method was introduced to calculate optical constants from reflectance and transmittance spectra. Optical band gaps for this novel material and other important insights on the physical properties were derived from the optical constants. The existing optimization methods described in the literature were found to be complex and prone to errors while determining optical constants of opaque materials where only reflectance data is available. A supervised Deep Learning Algorithm was developed to accurately predict optical constants from the reflectance spectrum alone. The hybrid method introduced in this study was proved to be effective with an accuracy of 95%.
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