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Comparison of radiation-induced transmission degradation of borosilicate crown optical glass from four different manufacturers
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Paper Abstract

Space-born optical systems must be tolerant to radiation to guarantee that the required system performance is maintained during prolonged mission times. The radiation-induced absorption in optical glasses is often related with the presence of impurities, which are, intentionally or not, introduced during the manufacturing process. Glass manufacturers use proprietary fabrication processes and one can expect that the radiation sensitivity of nominally identical optical glasses from different manufacturers is different. We studied the gamma-radiation induced absorption of several crown glasses with nd ≈ 1.516 and vd ≈ 64, i.e. NBK7 (Schott), S-BSL7 (Ohara), BSC 517642 (Pilkington) and K8 (Russia). NBK7 recently replaced the well-known BK7. We therefore also compared the radiation response of NBK7 and BK7 glass. Our results show that whereas the glasses are optically similar before irradiation, they show a different induced absorption after irradiation and also different post-radiation recovery kinetics. Taking these differences into account can help to improve the radiation tolerance of optical systems for space applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5897, Photonics for Space Environments X, 58970I (24 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619199
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Andrei Gusarov, SCK-CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Ctr. (Belgium)
Dominic Doyle, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Leonid Glebov, College of Optics and Photonics/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Francis Berghmans, SCK-CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Ctr. (Belgium)
Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5897:
Photonics for Space Environments X
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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