18 October 2004 Laser-trapped mirrors in space: steps toward laboratory testing
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The prospect of large astronomical mirrors in space, made of a thin trapped membrane or a mono-layer of sub-micron particles, raises appreciable theoretical and technological problems at the frontiers of physics, chemistry and materials science. We explore various approaches towards testing different materials in the laboratory at temperatures matching those of a sun-shielded structure in interplanetary space (80- 100 K). Trap loading and damping are among the issues considered, as well as the pumping of particles towards a central fringe, using polychromatic light.
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Antoine Labeyrie, Antoine Labeyrie, Jean-Marc R. Fournier, Jean-Marc R. Fournier, Robert V. Stachnik, Robert V. Stachnik, } "Laser-trapped mirrors in space: steps toward laboratory testing", Proc. SPIE 5514, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation, (18 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560581; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.560581
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