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Space qualification issues in acousto-optic and electro-optic devices
Author(s): Narasimha S. Prasad; Edward W. Taylor; Sudhir Trivedi; Sue Kutcher; Jolanta Soos
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Paper Abstract

Satellite and space-based applications of photonic devices and systems require operational reliability in the harsh environment of space for extended periods of time. This in turn requires every component of the systems and their packaging to meet space qualifications. Acousto- and electro-optical devices form the major components of many current space based optical systems, which is the focus of this paper. The major space qualification issues are related to: mechanical stability, thermal effects and operation of the devices in the naturally occurring space radiation environment. This paper will discuss acousto- and electro-optic materials and devices with respect to their stability against mechanical vibrations, thermal cycling in operating and non-operating conditions and device responses to space ionizing and displacement radiation effects. Selection of suitable materials and packaging to meet space qualification criteria will also be discussed. Finally, a general roadmap for production and testing of acousto- and electro-optic devices will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6713, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments, 67130F (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.737086
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Narasimha S. Prasad, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Edward W. Taylor, International Photonics Consultants (United States)
Sudhir Trivedi, Brimrose Corp. (United States)
Sue Kutcher, Brimrose Corp. (United States)
Jolanta Soos, Brimrose Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6713:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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