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Design and testing of a cube-corner array for laser ranging
Author(s): William E. James; W. Howard Steel; Nelson Orlando Evans
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Paper Abstract

A Laser Retroreflector Unit, consisting of an array of cube corners, has been designed and made for the satellite Aussat B. The design involved the study of cube corners with small angle offsets, the diffraction pattern they produce, the effects of surface coatings, and their transmittance at high angles of incidence. Interferometric tests were developed to measure during manufacture the angle offsets of the cube from which the retroreflectors were cut, and radiometric tests confirmed the final performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1400, Optical Fabrication and Testing, (1 March 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.47840
Show Author Affiliations
William E. James, James Optical Pty Ltd. (Australia)
W. Howard Steel, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Nelson Orlando Evans, British Aerospace Australia (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1400:
Optical Fabrication and Testing
Manfred Lorenzen; Duncan R. J. Campbell; Craig Johnson, Editor(s)

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