Accession Number : ADA310084

Title :   Zodiacal Light Data Investigation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 12 Jul 91-31 Oct 94,

Corporate Author : GENERAL RESEARCH CORP DANVERS MA

Personal Author(s) : Burdick, S. V. ; Chalupa, J. ; Cobb, W. K. ; Hamilton, C. L. ; Murdock, T. L.

PDF Url : ADA310084

Report Date : 21 OCT 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 107

Abstract : A three year study to support Air Force characterization of the zodiacal background is summarized. The study utilized sounding-rocket data from the Zodiacal Infrared Program (ZIP) and the Earthlimb Clutter (ELC) Experiment; this data provides finer spectral coverage and information closer to the sun than the subsequent Infrared Astronomical Survey (IRAS) and Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE). Work was performed in three main areas: the reduction of the data was upgraded; the reduced data was organized into a readily accessible database; and the zodiacal dust structure was investigated by use of the database. The data reduction was implemented with a pipeline process which took instrumental and environmental effects into account; the data was placed in a common calibration format with COBE and an error analysis was performed. The data archive is readily accessible with a graphical user interface (GUI); it allows the user to work directly with the final data product or to recompute details of the pipeline process. Analysis work has uncovered features of scientific interest in the database.

Descriptors :   *ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES, DATA BASES, DATA PROCESSING, SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, INFRARED RADIATION, INFRARED SPECTRA, SOUNDING ROCKETS, SUN, COSMIC RAYS.

Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE