We have investigated the optical properties of sputter-deposited silver-copper alloy thin films on silicon substrates at room temperature. We found that alloying copper with silver can significantly improve the metal's surface morphology, keeping its infrared reflectivity same as that of pure silver film. However at the same time, it worsens in the blue parts of the spectrum. The reflection in Ag-Cu thin films is interpreted in terms of a simple model describing its trend due to alloying. The experimental results and the speculations reveal a prospect for the improvement and optimization of solar reflectors.
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