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Radiation effects on various optical components for the Mars Observer Spacecraft
Author(s): Jay H. Lowry; C. Dale Iffrig
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Paper Abstract

The performance of selected optical parts of the Mars Observer Laser Altimeter (MOLA) is considered. Test results indicate that Schott RG-830, RG-850 filter glass, and the Rolyn Optics Neutral Density filters are essentially immune to levels of radiation an order of magnitude larger than that expected for the MOLA spacecraft. The Corion LG-840 filters are shown to be relatively safe for this application, but exposures to levels higher than 15 kilo-rads(Si) have a severe effect on this material. The BK-7 prism appears to be acceptable for the relatively benign environment required for MOLA. It is concluded that the optical performance of the components tested is not degraded by exposure to the whole life dose expected for the Mars Observer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1330, Optical Surfaces Resistant to Severe Environments, (1 January 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.47532
Show Author Affiliations
Jay H. Lowry, McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Co. (United States)
C. Dale Iffrig, McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1330:
Optical Surfaces Resistant to Severe Environments
Solomon Musikant, Editor(s)

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