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Laser-trapped mirrors in space: steps toward laboratory testing
Author(s): Antoine Labeyrie; Jean-Marc R. Fournier; Robert V. Stachnik
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Paper Abstract

The prospect of large astronomical mirrors in space, made of a thin trapped membrane or a mono-layer of sub-micron particles, raises appreciable theoretical and technological problems at the frontiers of physics, chemistry and materials science. We explore various approaches towards testing different materials in the laboratory at temperatures matching those of a sun-shielded structure in interplanetary space (80- 100 K). Trap loading and damping are among the issues considered, as well as the pumping of particles towards a central fringe, using polychromatic light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5514, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, (18 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560581
Show Author Affiliations
Antoine Labeyrie, Observatoire de Haute-Provence/College de France (France)
Jean-Marc R. Fournier, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)
Robert V. Stachnik, Christina River Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5514:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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