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Ion Beam Analysis for Hubble Space Telescope

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IBA Datafurnace is a code used to analyse the outputs from thin film Ion Beam Analysis. This technique is often used within the fusion community to analyse the wall tiles from the inside of the tokamak to see what plasma deposits have built up. This was also subsequently used to investigate the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 from the Hubble Space Telescope after it was brought back to Earth in 2009. The analysis was able to show that a variety of different elements has built up on the outer casing of the camera due to impact from interstellar matter. It is very rare to have such an opportunity as it is not common for satellites to be returned to Earth after prolonged exposure to a space environment.