This thesis explores the potential application of the phase change material tungsten trioxide (WO3) in optical force modulation for spacecraft and satellites. It starts with a literature review of past space optical force applications as well as potential phase change materials for optical force modulation. This is followed by the theoretical model and discussions of the optical properties of a variety of materials used in the structures explored thereafter. Four planar structures were analyzed in detail. Two of the structures were opaque and the other two were semi-transparent.
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- Masters Thesis Aerospace Engineering 2020