Optical performance of narrow-band transmittance filters under lowand high-energy proton irradiation

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The behaviour of interference optical filters for space applications has been investigated under low- and high-energy proton irradiation. Low-energy protons are expected to be necessary to prove the effects on the coating, whereas the high-energy proton tests shall verify mainly the substrate susceptibility to induced damage. The expected interaction of protons with coating and substrate was simulated by software, to identify the most appropriate conditions for the irradiation experiments. Two different accelerator facilities were used for low- and high- energy protons: 60 keV protons with an integrated fluence of 1012 p+/cm2 and 30 MeV protons with an integrated fluence of 108 p+/cm2. The spectral transmittance of the filters was measured before and after irradiation and, according to simulations, no significant effects were detected in the visible-near infrared spectrum, while some variations appeared at short wavelengths with low-energy irradiation. © 2011 SPIE.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAdvances in Optical Thin Films IV - , France
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceAdvances in Optical Thin Films IV
Period1/1/11 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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