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Title: Liquid-crystal variable retarders for aerospace polarimetry applications

Abstract

We present the optical effects of different tests that simulate the aerospace environment on the liquid-crystal variable retarders (LCVRs) used in the Imaging Magnetograph eXperiment postfocal instrument of the SUNRISE payload within the NASA Long Duration Balloon program. Analysis of the influence of vacuum,temperature, vibration, and gamma and ultraviolet radiation is performed by measuring the effects of these tests on the optical retardance, the response time, the wavefront distortion,and the transmittance, including some in situ measurements. Outgassing measurements of the different parts of the LCVRs are also shown. From the results obtained it can be concluded that these optical devices are suitable and seem to be excellent candidates for aerospace platforms.

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20929602
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Optics; Journal Volume: 46; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: DOI: 10.1364/AO.46.000689; (c) 2007 Optical Society of America; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; AEROSPACE INDUSTRY; BALLOONS; DEGASSING; EQUIPMENT; LIQUID CRYSTALS; MEASURING METHODS; NASA; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; POLARIMETRY; POLARIZATION; STANDARDS; THERMAL STRESSES; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION

Citation Formats

Heredero, R. L., Uribe-Patarroyo, N., Belenguer, T., Ramos, G., Sanchez, A., Reina, M., Pillet, V. Martinez, and Alvarez-Herrero, A. Liquid-crystal variable retarders for aerospace polarimetry applications. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1364/AO.46.000689.
Heredero, R. L., Uribe-Patarroyo, N., Belenguer, T., Ramos, G., Sanchez, A., Reina, M., Pillet, V. Martinez, & Alvarez-Herrero, A. Liquid-crystal variable retarders for aerospace polarimetry applications. United States. doi:10.1364/AO.46.000689.
Heredero, R. L., Uribe-Patarroyo, N., Belenguer, T., Ramos, G., Sanchez, A., Reina, M., Pillet, V. Martinez, and Alvarez-Herrero, A. Sat . "Liquid-crystal variable retarders for aerospace polarimetry applications". United States. doi:10.1364/AO.46.000689.
@article{osti_20929602,
title = {Liquid-crystal variable retarders for aerospace polarimetry applications},
author = {Heredero, R. L. and Uribe-Patarroyo, N. and Belenguer, T. and Ramos, G. and Sanchez, A. and Reina, M. and Pillet, V. Martinez and Alvarez-Herrero, A},
abstractNote = {We present the optical effects of different tests that simulate the aerospace environment on the liquid-crystal variable retarders (LCVRs) used in the Imaging Magnetograph eXperiment postfocal instrument of the SUNRISE payload within the NASA Long Duration Balloon program. Analysis of the influence of vacuum,temperature, vibration, and gamma and ultraviolet radiation is performed by measuring the effects of these tests on the optical retardance, the response time, the wavefront distortion,and the transmittance, including some in situ measurements. Outgassing measurements of the different parts of the LCVRs are also shown. From the results obtained it can be concluded that these optical devices are suitable and seem to be excellent candidates for aerospace platforms.},
doi = {10.1364/AO.46.000689},
journal = {Applied Optics},
number = 5,
volume = 46,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Feb 10 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Sat Feb 10 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}