Materials for optocaloric performance vary significantly in physical properties. Additionally, new materials are being developed worldwide. Table 4.7.1 (in D&B book) gives an overview of some of the most common materials used for solar thermal reflection and absorption. However, in current project proposals in many settings, new materials will be used. It is important to be able to think critically about the physical behavior of materials in a broad sense so that new or unfamiliar materials can be put into perspective against available materials. Reading materials in this lesson provide you with the fundamental theory for material selection, which can be further used for practical purposes.
Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 2 tasks!
Please double-check the to-do list on the Lesson 2 Introduction page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Lesson 3.