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Space environment testing of polymer photonic modulators
Author(s): Timothy E. Van Eck; Dexter G. Girton; James A. Marley; Susan P. Ermer; William W. Anderson; Loretta E. Robinette; Gary K. Lum; Jeffrey W. Garrett
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Paper Abstract

Polymer photonic modulators and switches offer several attractive features for space systems, including rf bandwidth of 50 GHz or higher, and the potential for high sensitivity and low cost. We have shown that polymer modulators experience little if any degradation (less than 2%) in the half-wave voltage due to total dose exposure of up to 5 MRad from a Co-60 source. An outgassing test at 125 degrees Celsius in vacuum for 24 hr resulted in a mass loss of less than 0.2% of the polymer material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2811, Photonics for Space Environments IV, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254051
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Timothy E. Van Eck, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Dexter G. Girton, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
James A. Marley, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Susan P. Ermer, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
William W. Anderson, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Loretta E. Robinette, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Gary K. Lum, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey W. Garrett, Lockheed Martin Missles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2811:
Photonics for Space Environments IV
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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