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Radiation Effects On Visible Optical Elements
Author(s): Steve Horchem; Shep Weinswig
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Paper Abstract

Because of the natural radiation effects on spaceborne instruments and because of the possible warfare radiation effects on military instruments, there is a growing interest and concern about the degradation effects on irradiated optics. A group of nine different visible optical parts (having a variety of substrate materials and coatings) were irradiated under a controlled environment. The transmissions of all nine components and the reflections of three components were measured before and after irradiation. The purpose of this paper is to present the values of the diminished transmission and reflection due to radiation exposure. In addition an attempt is made to relate specific glass types to specific levels of degradation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1168, Current Developments in Optical Engineering and Commercial Optics, (22 December 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.963000
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Steve Horchem, ITT A/OD (United States)
Shep Weinswig, ITT A/OD (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1168:
Current Developments in Optical Engineering and Commercial Optics
Robert E. Fischer; Harvey M. Pollicove; Warren J. Smith, Editor(s)

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