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Optical coatings and surfaces in space: MISSE
Author(s): Alan F. Stewart; Miria Finckenor
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Paper Abstract

The space environment presents some unique problems for optics. Components must be designed to survive variations in temperature, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, particle radiation, atomic oxygen and contamination from the immediate environment. To determine the importance of these phenomena, a series of passive exposure experiments have been conducted which included, among others, the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF, 1984-1990), the Passive Optical Sample Assembly (POSA, 1996-1997) and most recently, the Materials on the International Space Station Experiment (MISSE, 2001-2005). The MISSE program benefited greatly from past experience so that at the conclusion of this 4 year mission, samples which remained intact were in remarkable condition. This study will review data from different aspects of this experiment with emphasis on optical properties and performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6403, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2006, 64030S (15 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.695850
Show Author Affiliations
Alan F. Stewart, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Miria Finckenor, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6403:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2006
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Keith L. Lewis; Detlev Ristau; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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