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Optical stability of diffuse reflectance materials in space
Author(s): Robert R. Hale
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Paper Abstract

Aerospace sensing enables the remote optical measurement and investigation of important atmospheric, biological, and geological processes whose understanding is important to the continuing health of planet Earth. The meaningful scientific interpretation of these remote measurements requires an improvement to our absolute radiometric calibration capability that, in turn, necessitates deeper knowledge of optical stability of materials used for such calibration procedures. This paper describes a framework to pursue studies of the effects of various space environment factors, together with the influences on those effects of prior processing history of the optical materials. Initial observations about the optical behavior of diffuse reflectance candidate materials in simulated space environment tests are also summarized, together with plans for further study, analysis, and evaluation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1485, Reflective and Refractive Optical Materials for Earth and Space Applications, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46542
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Robert R. Hale, Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1485:
Reflective and Refractive Optical Materials for Earth and Space Applications
Max J. Riedl; Robert R. Hale; Thomas B. Parsonage, Editor(s)

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