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Alpha-radiation tests on the transmission of cryogenically cooled infrared filter materials used in ISOPHOT
Author(s): Josef Schubert; Dietrich Lemke; Wolfgang Kraetschmer; K. Mampel
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Paper Abstract

We have studied potential effects of the ISO spacecraft orbital radiation environment on the transmission of infrared interference filters and filter materials. To simulate the critical proton radiation within the earth radiation belts and its influence on the materials at cryogenic temperatures the samples were cooled to LHe temperature and subjected to an Am-241 (alpha) -radiation source (approximately 4.1 MeV) mounted inside a cryostat. The dose per hour absorbed in a 20 micron thick layer, the mean penetration depth for the (alpha) particles, was about 25 krad (Si). The substrates Ge, ZnSe, and CaF2 and three tested ISOPHOT interference bandpass filters (3.21-3.37 micrometers and 2-50 micrometers even after a total dose of approximately 0.5 Mrad (Si), which is more than 100 times the expected total dose for ISOPHOT. The multilayer interference blocking coating on sapphire used on all ISOPHOT far infrared filters to block the wavelength range 1.7-6.7 micrometers showed no degeneration either. The organic far infrared antireflex coating materials polyethylene deposited on a quartz substrate, and a 15 micrometers thick parylene foil used as field lens coating, were investigated in the wavelength range of 16-300 micrometers . Our data suggests a slightly reduced transmission < 6% after 350 krad (Si) exposure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2553, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing III, (29 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221364
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Josef Schubert, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Dietrich Lemke, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Wolfgang Kraetschmer, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik (Germany)
K. Mampel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2553:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing III
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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