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Degradation effects of optical components in the low orbit
Author(s): Dirk-Roger Schmitt; Gabriele A. Ringel; Frank Kratz; Rudolf Neubauer; Helmut Swoboda; Jans Hampe
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Paper Abstract

Optical components which are being used for space instrumentation have been exposed to space conditions to examine degradation effects. The samples have been mounted into the SESAM (Surface Effects Sample Monitor) instrument which was integrated on the ASTRO-SPAS Satellite. Exposition occurred during the STS-51 mission. It was found out that especially supersmooth glass samples made of BK7 show damage effects which increase the roughness from i.e. 0.05 nm to 0.19 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 1994
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2210, Space Optics 1994: Space Instrumentation and Spacecraft Optics, (30 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188104
Show Author Affiliations
Dirk-Roger Schmitt, DLR (Germany)
Gabriele A. Ringel, DLR (Germany)
Frank Kratz, DLR (Germany)
Rudolf Neubauer, DLR (Germany)
Helmut Swoboda, DLR (Germany)
Jans Hampe, DLR (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2210:
Space Optics 1994: Space Instrumentation and Spacecraft Optics
Thierry M. Dewandre; Joachim J. Schulte-in-den-Baeumen; Emmanuel Sein, Editor(s)

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