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Appl Opt. 2012 May 20;51(15):3046-53. doi: 10.1364/AO.51.003046.

Compact micromachined infrared bandpass filters for planetary spectroscopy.

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA.

Abstract

The future needs of space-based, observational planetary and astronomy missions include low mass and small volume radiometric instruments that can operate in high-radiation and low-temperature environments. Here, we focus on a central spectroscopic component, the bandpass filter. We model the bandpass response of the filters to target the wavelength of the resonance peaks at 20, 40, and 60 ┬Ám and report good agreement between the modeled and measured response. We present a technique of using standard micromachining processes for semiconductor fabrication to make compact, free-standing, resonant, metal mesh filter arrays with silicon support frames. The process can be customized to include multiple detector array architectures, and the silicon frame provides lightweight mechanical support with low form factor.

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