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Degradation Of Optical Materials Exposed To Erosive Environments
Author(s): W. F. Adler
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Paper Abstract

Relatively little is known about the extent of the optical degradation which takes place in window materials when exposed to realistic erosive environments even though the erosion resistance of optical windows is usually prescribed for aircraft and missile guidance systems. The operational requirements for high-performance aircraft and missiles are correspondingly placing more severe requirements on the window materials. It is therefore necessary to develop design relations which provide reliable correlations between laboratory measurements of a material's erosion resistance and the operational requirements which are to be satisfied. This paper attempts to illustrate how this may be accomplished while demonstrating the general lack of test data for this purpose.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0362, Scattering in Optical Materials II, (5 April 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934141
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W. F. Adler, Effects Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0362:
Scattering in Optical Materials II
Solomon Musikant, Editor(s)

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