A study has been conducted to develop and evaluate the optical coatings required for a space laser communications system. The requirements for the Nd:YAG laser, solar collector optics, and other optical components are discussed. The approach to the design, fabrication, and evaluation of the coatings is outlined, including the environmental tests planned to determine the stability of the coatings in space. Selected experimental results are included.
R. M. F. Linford,
E. A. Strouse,
"Optical Coatings For A Space Laser Communications System", Proc. SPIE 0150, Laser and Fiber Optics Communications, (21 December 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956699; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.956699