Abstract

Proton-induced absorption over the 280–700-nm region and growth of that coloring with increasing dosage of proton radiation were determined for three Schott glasses used as focusing elements in the International Ultraviolet Explorer. It was found that the absorption spectra for each glass can be fitted with three Gaussian shaped bands in the near UV–visible range, while a fourth Gaussian characterizes the absorption edge. For doses up to 107 rads, the dependence of the induced absorption α on total dose Φ is accurately described by the saturating exponential function α(λ,Φ) = αs[1 − exp(−bΦ)], where αs and b are constants dependent on the wavelength and glass type. The proton irradiation results were then compared to the effects of electron irradiation on those same three types of glass. For any one glass, it was determined that electrons and protons produced absorption bands with peaks at the same energies but with different saturation levels. For the glasses and wavelength region investigated, proton irradiation induced higher absorption saturation levels αs in the longer wavelengths, while electron irradiation induced greater absorption in the shorter wavelengths.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

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