Comparison of radiation-induced transmission degradation of borosilicate crown optical glass from four different manufacturers

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Space-born optical systems must be tolerant to radiation to guarantee that the required system performance is maintained during prolonged mission times. The radiation-induced absorption in optical glasses of often related with the presence of impurities, which are, intentionally or not, introduced during the manufacturing process. Glass manufacturers use proprietary fabrication prcesses and one can expect that the radiation sensitivity of nominally identical optical glasses from different manufacturers is different. We studied the gamma-radiation induced absorption of sveral crown glasses with nd ~1.516 and vd ~64, i.e. MBK7 (Schott), S-BSL7 (Ohara), BSC 517642 (Pilkington) and K8 (Russia). NBK7 recently replacd the well-known BK7. We therefore also compared the radiation response of NBK7 and BK7 glass. Our results show that whereas the glasses are optically similar before irradiation, they show a different induced absorption after irradiation and also different post-radiation recovery kinetics. Taking these differences into account can help to improve the radiation tolerance of optical systems for space applications.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Place of PublicationSPIE, Bellingham, WA
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventPhotonics for Space Environments X - SPIE, San Diego, California, United States
Duration: 1 Aug 20052 Aug 2005


ConferencePhotonics for Space Environments X
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, California


  • radiation-induced transmission degradation, optical glass, BK7, space optics

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