Abstract

Reflectance of six optical-black coatings was remeasured over the near-infrared to the far-infrared region after nearly 6 years in space aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility satellite. Measurements were made at room temperature and at cryogenic temperatures. The most notable effect was a general decrease in reflectance for typical samples at all wavelengths. Analysis indicates that this decrease is caused by an increase in absorption resulting from an increase in the imaginary part of the index of refraction, and not by a change in thickness, or increased surface roughness giving rise to increased scattering. These results suggest that such optical-baffle materials will provide enhanced performance as a result of aging in the space environment.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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