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Bidirectional reflectance distribution function /BRDF/ measurements of stray light suppression coatings for the Space Telescope /ST/The paper considers the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) of black coatings used on stray light suppression systems for the Space Telescope (ST). The ST stray light suppression requirement is to reduce earth, moon, and sun light in the focal plane to a level equivalent to one 23 Mv star per square arcsecond, an attenuation of 14 orders of magnitude. It is impractical to verify the performance of a proposed baffle system design by full scale tests because of the large size of the ST, so that a computer analysis is used to select the design. Accurate computer analysis requires a knowledge of the diffuse scatter at all angles from the surface of the coatings, for all angles of incident light. During the early phases of the ST program a BRDF scanner was built at the Marshall Space Flight Center to study the scatter from black materials; the measurement system is described and the results of measurements on samples proposed for use on the ST are presented.
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Legacy CDMS
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Conference Proceedings
Griner, D. B.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space optics
Location: Huntsville, AL
Start Date: May 22, 1979
End Date: May 24, 1979
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