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Optical Window Materials For Hypersonic Flow
Author(s): Robert H. Au
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Paper Abstract

Optical window materials were investigated for infrared sensor systems used in observing ground targets from a hypersonic-glide vehicle. The equilibrium temperature of the window in the glide region depends on the emissivity and varied between 1,370 and 2,250 K. The high temperatures showed that a protective cover over the window is required during the entire glide region of the trajectory. Ejection of the window cover at 70-kft altitude in the terminal region was assumed, resulting in maximum window temperatures of 565 K and 592 K for magnesium oxide and diamond windows, respectively, both 0.8-in thick. The window temperatures for germanium and sapphire were also calculated. Thermal shock, thermal expansion, the effects of the window radiation on the infrared detectors and methods to reduce the hot window problem were examined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1112, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials, (11 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960791
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Robert H. Au, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1112:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials
Paul Klocek, Editor(s)

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