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Optical Engineering

Bidirectional reflectance distribution function measurement of molecular contaminants in the ultraviolet, vacuum ultraviolet, and visible ranges
Author(s): Kenneth A. Herren; Don A. Gregory
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Paper Abstract

Bidirectional reflectance distribution function measurements of optical surfaces both before and after molecular contamination have been done using UV, VUV, and visible light. Molecular contamination of optical surfaces from outgassed material has been shown in many cases to proceed from acclimation centers, and to produce many roughly hemispherical "islands" of contamination on the surface. The products of this outgassing will inevitably migrate throughout the surrounding area and adhere to any convenient surface, including optical elements in the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 46(11) 113601 doi: 10.1117/1.2802140
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 46, Issue 11
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Kenneth A. Herren, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Don A. Gregory, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


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