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Effects of space shuttle flight on the reflectance characteristics of diffusers in the NIR, VIS, and UV
Author(s): Ernest Hilsenrath; Howard H. Herzig; Donald E. Williams; Carol J. Bruegge; Albert E. Stiegman
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Paper Abstract

In this study we report on the effects of space flight on the reflectance properties of PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) and aluminum diffuser samples that were flown along with the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet experiment on STS-43, STS-45, and STS-56. These initial experiments showed good stability in the visible and near infrared with some degradation in the ultraviolet which vary from flight to flight which could be attributed to different amounts of contamination levels. This paper reports on the diffuser material processing, the space environment experienced, and the results of the reflectance measurements and the surface chemical analysis before and after flight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2018, Passive Materials for Optical Elements II, (6 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165219
Show Author Affiliations
Ernest Hilsenrath, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Howard H. Herzig, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Donald E. Williams, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Carol J. Bruegge, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Albert E. Stiegman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2018:
Passive Materials for Optical Elements II
Gary W. Wilkerson, Editor(s)

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