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3 August 2018 Dielectrically embedded mesh lens design for cubesat water detection
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Here we present a preliminary design for a dielectrically embedded mesh lens, with the intended purpose of being deployed on a 6-unit CubeSat to observe the 556GHz water emission line. A CubeSat offers a cost-effective potential solution for observing these emissions, which cannot be observed from the ground, given it has a lens which can offer a significant effective collecting area at that frequency. To this end, we investigate designs for a lens by using transmission line theory to model a flat, lightweight, dielectrically embedded mesh lens which can be fabricated using layers of photolithographically etched material. We demonstrate that, using commercially available material, transmittances of over 95% may be achieved.
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Jeremy D. Whitton, Philip D. Mauskopf, Paul F. Goldsmith, Kristina K. Davis, and Christopher E. Groppi "Dielectrically embedded mesh lens design for cubesat water detection", Proc. SPIE 10708, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, 107083L (3 August 2018);

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