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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 7290–7307

The partial space qualification of a vertically aligned carbon nanotube coating on aluminium substrates for EO applications

Evangelos Theocharous, Christopher J. Chunnilall, Ryan Mole, David Gibbs, Nigel Fox, Naigui Shang, Guy Howlett, Ben Jensen, Rosie Taylor, Juan R. Reveles, Oliver B. Harris, and Naseer Ahmed  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 7290-7307 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.007290


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Abstract

The fabrication of NanoTube Black, a Vertically Aligned carbon NanoTube Array (VANTA) on aluminium substrates is reported for the first time. The coating on aluminium was realised using a process that employs top down thermal radiation to assist growth, enabling deposition at temperatures below the substrate’s melting point. The NanoTube Black coatings were shown to exhibit directional hemispherical reflectance values of typically less than 1% across wavelengths in the 2.5 µm to 15 µm range. VANTA-coated aluminium substrates were subjected to space qualification testing (mass loss, outgassing, shock, vibration and temperature cycling) before their optical properties were re-assessed. Within measurement uncertainty, no changes to hemispherical reflectance were detected, confirming that NanoTube Black coatings on aluminium are good candidates for Earth Observation (EO) applications.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(260.3060) Physical optics : Infrared

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: November 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2014
Published: March 21, 2014

Citation
Evangelos Theocharous, Christopher J. Chunnilall, Ryan Mole, David Gibbs, Nigel Fox, Naigui Shang, Guy Howlett, Ben Jensen, Rosie Taylor, Juan R. Reveles, Oliver B. Harris, and Naseer Ahmed, "The partial space qualification of a vertically aligned carbon nanotube coating on aluminium substrates for EO applications," Opt. Express 22, 7290-7307 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-6-7290


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