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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2009
  • pp: 834–841

Track membranes with open pores used as diffractive filters for space-based x-ray and EUV solar observations

Marie Dominique, A. V. Mitrofanov, J.-F. Hochedez, P. Yu. Apel, U. Schühle, F. A. Pudonin, O. L. Orelovich, S. Yu. Zuev, D. Bolsée, C. Hermans, and A. BenMoussa  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 5, pp. 834-841 (2009)

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We describe the fabrication and performance of diffractive filters designed for space-based x-ray and EUV solar observations. Unlike traditional thin film filters, diffractive filters can be made to have a high resistance against the destructive mechanical and acoustic loads of a satellite launch. The filters studied are made of plastic track-etched membranes that are metal-coated on one side only. They have all-through open cylindrical pores with diameters as small as 500 nm , limiting their transmittance to very short wavelengths. The spectral transmittance of various diffractive filters with different pore parameters was measured from the soft x-ray to the near IR range (namely, from 1 1100 nm ).

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: August 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 29, 2008
Published: February 2, 2009

Marie Dominique, A. V. Mitrofanov, J.-F. Hochedez, P. Yu. Apel, U. Schühle, F. A. Pudonin, O. L. Orelovich, S. Yu. Zuev, D. Bolsée, C. Hermans, and A. BenMoussa, "Track membranes with open pores used as diffractive filters for space-based x-ray and EUV solar observations," Appl. Opt. 48, 834-841 (2009)

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