Abstract

Thin film coatings are used universally in solar cell power systems for spacecraft. Antireflective coatings are used to increase the amount of useful energy reaching the active surface of the cell. Multilayer interference filters are employed to reject unwanted portions of the solar spectrum in order to reduce equilibrium temperature and to prevent ultraviolet damage. Glass covers are used in conjunction with these coatings for the purpose of increasing the thermal emittance of the surface. Appreciable performance increases can be obtained through the uses of these filters and coatings.

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