Accession Number : ADA304067

Title :   Measurements of the High Altitude Infrared Characteristics of the Atmosphere.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jun 89-30 Sep 94,

Corporate Author : DENVER UNIV CO DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s) : Murcray, Frank J. ; Murcray, D. G. ; Goldman, A. ; Blatherwick, R. D.

PDF Url : ADA304067

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : The object of this contract was to obtain data concerning the optical properties of the atmosphere at high altitudes. Experimental data were obtained by performing balloon flights with either atmospheric emission or solar absorption interferometer spectrometers. The atmospheric emission spectrometers take data at various zenith angles including scans close to the limb. The solar spectral flights also emphasized obtaining data during sunrise or sunset. The long optical paths associated with limb viewing enhance many of the atmospheric absorption features. Interpretation of the data obtained with these systems depends on our knowledge of the molecular spectra of the compounds present in the atmosphere. In many cases laboratory data were not available for compounds of atmospheric interest and we obtained laboratory data for some of these compounds.

Descriptors :   *OPTICAL PROPERTIES, *HIGH ALTITUDE, *DATA ACQUISITION, *INFRARED RADIATION, *ATMOSPHERIC ATTENUATION, ANGLES, SUNSET, MEASUREMENT, OPTICS, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY, PATHS, FLIGHT, ASTRONOMY, SOLAR RADIATION, ATMOSPHERES, BALLOONS, SUNRISE.

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE