This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation of the degradation of a series-produced optical coating made from lead fluoride on a substrate made from IKS-25 chalcogenide glass after the combined action of high-speed fluxes of solid microparticles (carbon-containing microparticles of size 0.1-200μm, with a speed of 0.1-30km/sec and a flux density of up to 104cm−2sec−1), a relaxing plasma (with a concentration of atoms and ions of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and their compounds of about 1014−1017cm−3, a flux density of up to 1023cm−2sec−1, and a flux speed up to 10km/sec), short-wavelength radiation (with an exposure of 0.1J/cm2 in the vacuum UV region of wavelengths 90-180nm and 1.2J/cm2 in the UV region with wavelengths 180-400nm) under vacuum conditions (with pumping to 10−7-10−5Torr) accompanying thermal cycling (in the temperature range −20to+160°C). An estimate is given of the possibility of using the described methods to physically model the action on optical materials of the main harmful factors in low near-earth orbits.
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E. V. Kalashnikov and S. N. Rachkulik, "Study of the combined action of high-speed flows of finely dispersed particles, plasma, and short-wavelength radiation on optical materials accompanying thermal cycling under vacuum conditions," J. Opt. Technol. 75, 819-825 (2008)