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Degradation of solar cell optical performance due to plume particle pitting
Author(s): William Schmidl; Kendall Smith; Carlos Soares; Courtney Steagall; Christopher G. Shaw
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Paper Abstract

The International Space Station (ISS) solar arrays provide power that is needed for on-orbit experiments and operations. The ISS solar arrays are exposed to space environment effects that include contamination, atomic oxygen, ultraviolet radiation and thermal cycling. The contamination effects include exposure to thruster plume contamination and erosion. This study was performed to better understand potential solar cell optical performance degradation due to increased scatter caused by plume particle pitting. A ground test was performed using a light gas gun to shoot glass beads at a solar cell with a shotgun approach. The increase in scatter was then measured and correlated with the surface damage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7069, Optical System Contamination: Effects, Measurements, and Control 2008, 70690E (2 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.793781
Show Author Affiliations
William Schmidl, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Kendall Smith, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Carlos Soares, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Courtney Steagall, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Christopher G. Shaw, The Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7069:
Optical System Contamination: Effects, Measurements, and Control 2008
Sharon A. Straka, Editor(s)

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