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Long-term laser irradiation tests of optical elements for ESA mission ADM-Aeolus
Author(s): Uwe Leinhos; Klaus Mann; Armin Bayer; Martin Endemann; Denny Wernham; Federico Pettazzi; Dominique Thibault
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Agency ESA is running a series of earth observation missions. In order to perform global windprofile observation based on Doppler-LIDAR, the satellite ADM-Aelolus will be launched in April 2011 and injected into an orbit 400 km above Earth's surface. ADM-Aeolus will be the first satellite ever that is equipped with a UV-laser (emitting at 355 nm) and a reflector telescope. At LLG, a setup was developed that allows monitoring transmission, reflection and fluorescence of laser-irradiated optical components, in order to assess their possible optical degradation due to radiation-induced contaminant deposition in orbit. For both a high-reflecting mirror and an anti-reflective coated window long-term irradiation tests (up to 500 million laser pulses) were performed at a base pressure < 10-9 mbar, using a XeF excimer laser (wavelength 351 nm, repetition rate 1kHz). At this, samples of polymers used inside the satellite (insulators for cabling, adhesives, etc.) were installed into the chamber, and the interaction of their degassing with the sample surfaces under laser irradiation was investigated. Various paramters were varied including pulse repetition rate, view factor and coatings. Optical degradation associated with contaminant adsorption was detected on the irradiated sample sites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7794, Optical System Contamination: Effects, Measurements, and Control 2010, 779405 (8 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861163
Show Author Affiliations
Uwe Leinhos, Laser-Lab. Göttingen e.V. (Germany)
Klaus Mann, Laser-Lab. Göttingen e.V. (Germany)
Armin Bayer, Laser-Lab. Göttingen e.V. (Germany)
Martin Endemann, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Denny Wernham, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Federico Pettazzi, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Dominique Thibault, EADS Astrium (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7794:
Optical System Contamination: Effects, Measurements, and Control 2010
Sharon A. Straka; Nancy Carosso, Editor(s)

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