24 September 2013 Modeling ion induced effects in thin films and coatings for lunar and space environment applications
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Protective thin film coatings are important for many near-Earth and interplanetary space systems applications using photonic components, optical elements, solar cells and detector-sensor front surfaces to name but a few environmentally at-risk technologies. The near-Earth and natural space environment consists of known degradation processes induced within these technologies brought about by atomic oxygen, micrometeorite impacts, space debris and dust, solar generated charged particles, Van Allen belt trapped particles, and galactic cosmic radiation. This paper will focus on presenting the results of an investigation based on simulated ion-induced defect-modeling and nuclear irradiation testing of several innovative hybrid-polymeric self-cleaning hydrophobic coatings investigated for application to space photonic components, lunar surface, avionic and terrestrial applications. Data is reported regarding the radiation resistance of several hybrid polymer coatings containing various loadings of nanometer-sized TiO2 fillers for protecting sensors, structures, human and space vehicles from dust contamination found in space and on the Lunar and other planetary surfaces.
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Edward W. Taylor, Edward W. Taylor, Ronald Pirich, Ronald Pirich, "Modeling ion induced effects in thin films and coatings for lunar and space environment applications", Proc. SPIE 8876, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VII, 88760T (24 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2026641; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2026641

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