An optically controlled energy-harvesting smart window that incorporates a semitransparent solar cell with a photosensitive liquid crystal (LC) layer is demonstrated. The LC layer can switch between a transparent (day mode) and an opaque (night mode) state depending upon the incident solar radiation. Combined with a photovoltaic cell, this window provides a template for future smart window systems.
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- liquid crystals
- optical shutters
- smart windows
- transparent solar cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science(all)