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Far-ultraviolet imaging spectrograph and scanning grating spectrometers for the Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System
Author(s): Robert P. McCoy; Robert R. Meier; Kenneth D. Wolfram; J. Michael Picone; Stefan E. Thonnard; Gilbert G. Fritz; Jeff S. Morrill; David Alan Hardin; Andrew B. Christensen; David C. Kayser; James B. Pranke; Paul R. Straus
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Paper Abstract

The Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System (RAIDS) experiment is an optical remote sensing platform consisting of eight sensors, (spectrographs, spectrometers, and photometers) covering the wavelength range 550 to 8744 Å. RAIDS employs a mechanical scan platform to view the Earth's limb and measure line-of-sight column emission from tangent altitudes from 50 to 750 km. These measurements provide vertical profiles of atmospheric dayglow and nightglow from the mesosphere to the upper regions of the F-region ionosphere. RAIDS will be flown on the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) J weather satellite through the auspices of the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program. The RAIDS wavelength and altitude coverage allows remote sensing of the major and many minor constituents in the thermosphere and ionosphere. These measurements will be used as part of a proof of concept for remote sensing of ionospheric and neutral density profiles. The RAIDS database will be used to study composition, thermal structure, and couplings between the mesosphere, thermosphere, and ionosphere. RAIDS is a joint venture of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and The Aerospace Corporation. We describe the subset of RAIDS instruments developed at NRL covering the far to near UV regions (1300 to 4000 Å).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(2) doi: 10.1117/12.155905
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Robert P. McCoy, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert R. Meier, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth D. Wolfram, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Michael Picone, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Stefan E. Thonnard, U.S. Navy (United States)
Gilbert G. Fritz, U.S. Navy (United States)
Jeff S. Morrill, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
David Alan Hardin, Computational Physics Inc. (United States)
Andrew B. Christensen, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
David C. Kayser, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
James B. Pranke, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Paul R. Straus, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)

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