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Cooled optical filters for Q-band infrared astronomy (15-40 μm)

Hawkins, G., Sherwood, R., Djotni, K. and Threadgold, T. (2016) Cooled optical filters for Q-band infrared astronomy (15-40 μm). In: Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation (Conference 9912), Coatings, Filters and Gratings [9912-110], 26 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (In Press)

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With a growing interest in mid- and far-infrared astronomy using cooled imaging and spectrometer instruments in high-altitude observatories and spaceflight telescopes, it is becoming increasingly important to characterise and assess the spectral performance of cooled multilayer filters across the Q-band atmospheric window. This region contains spectral features emitted by many astrophysical phenomena and objects fundamental to circumstellar and planetary formation theories. However extending interference filtering to isolate radiation at progressively longer wavelengths and improve photometric accuracy is an area of ongoing and challenging thin-film research. We have successfully fabricated cooled bandpass and edge filters with high durability for operation across the 15-30 µm Q-band region. In this paper we describe the rationale for selection of optical materials and properties of fabricated thin-film coatings for this region, together with FTIR spectral measurements and assessment of environmental durability.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:65712
Uncontrolled Keywords:Infrared, Thin-Film, Deposition, Optical, Filters, Spectral, Bandpass, Coatings


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