We are lucky on Earth, the ozone layer protects us from UV-C by absorbing wavelengths below about 280nm. However, the same can not be said for in space and on places like Luna and Mars. I would imagine that generating and sustaining an artificial ozone layer would not be feasible.

What materials would provide adequate protection from UV-C, while allowing UV-B (needed for vitamin D production) to penetrate into a habitat?


Glasses can be manufactured such that they transmits the desired parts of the UV.

Looking at the picture below (found here), together with a somewhat official definition of ultraviolet wavelength ranges:

  • UVA: 400-315 nm
  • UVB: 315-280 nm
  • UVC: 280-100 nm

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it is clear that most ordinary glasses are mostly opaque to UVC, and start being partially transparent from UVB up.

From that same wiki page:

Ordinary glass is partially transparent to UVA but is opaque to shorter wavelengths, whereas silica or quartz glass, depending on quality, can be transparent even to vacuum UV wavelengths.

A mixture of various glass types (possibly with coatings) can thus be manufactured to allow any desired portion of UVA, UVB and UVC through.


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