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Scatter or finish specifications for beryllium mirrors?
Author(s): John C. Stover
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Paper Abstract

Scatter from beryllium mirrors often seems to be higher than expected based on mirror surface foughness data. The paper verifies the effects and shows that in addition to surface topography scatter is caused by mirror defects that are non-topographic in nature (subsurface flaws, optical contant variations across grain boundaries, etc.). This effect is more severe in them id IR than the visible because non-topographical scatter tends to scale as inverse wavelengths for several materials is presented and analyzed. Beryllium is found to be especially prone to these problems. The conclusion is reached, that a profile (or roughness) requirement is not sufficent speciefication to achieve low scatter space mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1307, Electro-Optical Materials for Switches, Coatings, Sensor Optics, and Detectors, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21648
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John C. Stover, TMA Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1307:
Electro-Optical Materials for Switches, Coatings, Sensor Optics, and Detectors
Rudolf Hartmann; M. J. Soileau; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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