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Metamaterials for optical and photonic applications for space

Preliminary results
: Gaspar Venancio, L.M.; Hannemann, S.; Lubkowski, G.; Suhrke, M.; Schweizer, H.; Fu, L.; Giessen, H.; Schau, P.; Frenner, K.; Osten, W.


MacEwen, H. A. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
UV/optical/IR space telescopes and instruments: Innovative technologies and concepts V. Proceedings : 21 - 24 August 2011, San Diego, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2011 (SPIE Proceedings 8146)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-8756-8
ISSN: 0038-7355
Paper 81460E
Conference "UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts" <5, 2011, San Diego/Calif.>
Conference "Optics and Photonics" <2011, San Diego/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer INT ()

The European Space Agency (ESA) in the frame of its General Study Program (GSP) has started to investigate the opportunity of using metamaterials in space applications. In that context, ESA has initiated two GSP activities which main objectives are 1) to identify the metamaterials and associated optical properties which could be used to improve in the future the performances of optical payloads in space missions, 2) to design metamaterial based devices addressing specific needs in space applications. The range of functions for metamaterials to be investigated is wide (spectral dispersion, polarisation control, light absorption, straylight control...) and so is the required spectral range, from 0.4m to 15m. In the frame of these activities several applications have been selected and the designs of metamaterial based devices are proposed and their performances assessed by simulations.