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Optical Engineering

Maynooth Optical Aeronomical Facility
Author(s): Francis J. Mulligan; Rick J. Niciejewski
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Paper Abstract

Ground-based measurements of upper atmospheric parameters, such as temperature and wind velocity, can be made by observing airglow emissions that have a well-defined altitude profile and that are known to be representative of the emitting region. We describe the optical observatory at Maynooth (53.23° N, 6.4° W) at which two instruments, a Fabry-Pérot interferometer and a Fourier transform spectrometer, are used to record atmospheric airglow emissions in Ireland at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, respectively. Descriptions of the instruments, data acquisition, and analysis procedures are provided, together with some sample results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(12) doi: 10.1117/12.187022
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Francis J. Mulligan, St. Patrick's College (Ireland)
Rick J. Niciejewski, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

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