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Space qualification of the optical filter assemblies for the ICESat-2/ATLAS instrument
Author(s): E. Troupaki; Z. H. Denny; S. Wu; H. N. Bradshaw; K. A. Smith; J. A. Hults; L. A. Ramos-Izquierdo; W. B. Cook
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) will be the only instrument on the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite -2 (ICESat-2). ICESat-2 is the 2nd-generation of the orbiting laser altimeter ICESat, which will continue polar ice topography measurements with improved precision laser-ranging techniques. In contrast to the original ICESat design, ICESat-2 will use a micro-pulse, multi-beam approach that provides dense cross-track sampling to help scientists determine a surface's slope with each pass of the satellite. The ATLAS laser will emit visible, green laser pulses at a wavelength of 532 nm and a rate of 10 kHz and will be split into 6 beams. A set of six identical, thermally tuned optical filter assemblies (OFA) will be used to remove background solar radiation from the collected signal while transmitting the laser light to the detectors. A seventh assembly will be used to monitor the laser center wavelength during the mission. In this paper, we present the design and optical performance measurements of the ATLAS OFA in air and in vacuum prior to their integration on the ATLAS instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9346, Components and Packaging for Laser Systems, 93460H (20 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2077839
Show Author Affiliations
E. Troupaki, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Z. H. Denny, SSAI Inc. (United States)
S. Wu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
H. N. Bradshaw, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
K. A. Smith, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
J. A. Hults, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
L. A. Ramos-Izquierdo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. B. Cook, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9346:
Components and Packaging for Laser Systems
Alexei L. Glebov; Paul O. Leisher, Editor(s)

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