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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2002
  • pp: 3150–3155

Simulated space environmental exposure of optical coatings for spacecraft solar rejection

James D. Barrie, Michael J. Meshishnek, Peter D. Fuqua, and W. Chris Rostel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 16, pp. 3150-3155 (2002)

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Dielectric multilayers composed of niobium pentoxide and silicon dioxide, designed for broadband solar rejection, were exposed to a simulated space environment of ultraviolet light and low-energy (10–20-keV) electron radiation. Samples exhibited various degrees of exposure-induced absorption extending from the ultraviolet to the infrared. Processing variations were correlated to damage susceptibility, and methods were identified that produced parts that exhibited no degradation even though the same materials and coating design were used. Coatings prepared under energetic deposition conditions that provided the densest and most moisture-stable coatings exhibited the best stability to the exposure conditions used.

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OCIS Codes
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

Original Manuscript: October 8, 2001
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2002
Published: June 1, 2002

James D. Barrie, Michael J. Meshishnek, Peter D. Fuqua, and W. Chris Rostel, "Simulated space environmental exposure of optical coatings for spacecraft solar rejection," Appl. Opt. 41, 3150-3155 (2002)

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