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Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement Experiment (POAM-II)
Author(s): Richard Michael Bevilacqua; Eric P. Shettle; John S. Hornstein; Philip R. Schwartz; Davidson T. Chen; M. D. Fromm; William J. Glaccum; J. D. Lumpe; S. S. Krigman; D. Debrestian; David W. Rusch; Cora E. Randall; R. Todd Clancy; John J. Olivero
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Paper Abstract

The polar ozone and aerosol measurement experiment (POAM II) was launched on the SPOT 3 satellite on 25 September 1993. POAM II is designed to measure the vertical profiles of the polar ozone, aerosols, water vapor, nitrogen dioxide, atmospheric density and temperature in the stratosphere and upper troposphere. It makes solar occultation measurements in nine channels defined by narrow-band filters. The field of view is 0.01 by 1.2 degrees, with an instantaneous vertical resolution of 0.6 km at the tangent point in the earth's atmosphere. The SPOT 3 satellite is in a 98.7-degree inclined sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 833 km. From the measured transmissions, it is possible to determine the density profiles of aerosols, O3, H2O, and NO2. Using the assumption of uniformly mixed oxygen, we are also able to determine the temperature. We present details of the POAM II instrument design, including the optical configuration, electronics and measurement accuracy. We also present preliminary results from the occultation measurements made to date.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2266, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research, (30 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.187575
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Richard Michael Bevilacqua, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Eric P. Shettle, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
John S. Hornstein, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Philip R. Schwartz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Davidson T. Chen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. D. Fromm, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William J. Glaccum, Applied Research Corp. (United States)
J. D. Lumpe, Computational Physics, Inc. (United States)
S. S. Krigman, Computational Physics, Inc. (United States)
D. Debrestian, Computational Physics, Inc. (United States)
David W. Rusch, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Cora E. Randall, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
R. Todd Clancy, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
John J. Olivero, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2266:
Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research
Jinxue Wang; Paul B. Hays, Editor(s)

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