Optical selective surfaces, i.e., surfaces with optical properties varying according to the frequency of the impinging radiation, have been exploited in several technical fields. These surfaces consist generally of doped semiconducting films, such as mixed oxides of Indium and Tin as well as Aluminium and Zinc. Thay are currently obtained by physical vapour deposition or sol-gel techniques. The present work aimed at demonstrating that coatings retaining optical selectivity can be obtained also by plasma spraying. Powders of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) were prepared by an agglomeration technique and sprayed with a plasma torch under air and inert gas atmospheres. Both powders and coatings were characterised by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Optical reflection coefficients of the coatings were determined in the wavelength range 0.3-20 µm, i.e., in the visible and in the infrared regions of the spectrum. The experimental results indicated that it was possible to deposit, by plasma spraying, coatings possessing optically selective properties.

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