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Future space missions will operate in increasingly hostile environments, such as those in low-perihelion solar orbits and Jovian magnetosphere. This exploration involves the selection of optical materials and components resistant to the environmental agents. The conditions in space are reproduced on ground through the use of ion accelerators. The effects of He particles coming from the solar wind impinging on a gold thin film have been systematically investigated, considering absorbed doses compatible with the duration of the European Space Agency Solar Orbiter mission. Structural and morphological changes have been proved to be dependent not only on the dose but also on the irradiation flux. A predictive model of the variation of thin film reflectance has been developed for the case of lower flux irradiation. The results are discussed regarding reliability and limitations of laboratory testing. The outcomes are important to address the procedures for the space qualification tests of optical coatings.
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2018

MG Pelizzo, AJ Corso, E Tessarolo, R Böttger, R Hübner, E Napolitani, M Bazzan, M Rancan, L Armelao, W Jark, D Eichert, A Martucci

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Volume: 30 Pages: 6801-6809
Chemistry of Materials