Dielectrically embedded mesh lens design for cubesat water detection

Jeremy D. Whitton, Philip Mauskopf, Paul F. Goldsmith, Kristina K. Davis, Christopher Groppi

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Abstract

Here we present a preliminary design for a dielectrically embedded mesh lens, with the intended purpose of being deployed on a 6-unit CubeSat to observe the 556GHz water emission line. A CubeSat offers a cost-effective potential solution for observing these emissions, which cannot be observed from the ground, given it has a lens which can offer a significant effective collecting area at that frequency. To this end, we investigate designs for a lens by using transmission line theory to model a flat, lightweight, dielectrically embedded mesh lens which can be fabricated using layers of photolithographically etched material. We demonstrate that, using commercially available material, transmittances of over 95% may be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
EditorsJonas Zmuidzinas, Jian-Rong Gao
PublisherSPIE
Volume10708
ISBN (Print)9781510619692
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2018Jun 15 2018

Other

OtherMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2018
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period6/12/186/15/18

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Keywords

  • CubeSats
  • Lens
  • Metamaterial
  • Terahertz

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Whitton, J. D., Mauskopf, P., Goldsmith, P. F., Davis, K. K., & Groppi, C. (2018). Dielectrically embedded mesh lens design for cubesat water detection. In J. Zmuidzinas, & J-R. Gao (Eds.), Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX (Vol. 10708). [107083L] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312853