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SAFIRE-A: an airborne far-infrared limb sounder
Author(s): Paul H.G. Dickinson; Bruno Carli; Peter A. R. Ade; Ira G. Nolt; Jean Leotin; Massimo Carlotti
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Paper Abstract

The design and scientific objectives of the SAFIRE-A (spectroscopy of the atmosphere using far infra-red emissions-airborne) instrument are described. The instrument exploits technical developments achieved during the development of the SAFIRE concept for space. These include an interferometer of compact design with spectral resolution 0.004 cm-1, and narrow-band filters (2 cm-1 wide) to reduce photon noise. The instrument is capable of detecting ozone and trace gases that affect ozone depletion, for example OH, HO2, H2O2, HOCl, HCl, ClO, HF, HBr, and also H2O. The measurements include column content above the aircraft (above 20 km) and height resolved abundances at lower altitudes. The first flight is scheduled for July 1996.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2586, Global Process Monitoring and Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice, (18 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228626
Show Author Affiliations
Paul H.G. Dickinson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Bruno Carli, IROE/CNR (Italy)
Peter A. R. Ade, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Ira G. Nolt, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jean Leotin, LPST (France)
Massimo Carlotti, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2586:
Global Process Monitoring and Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice
Donald W. Deering; Preben Gudmandsen, Editor(s)

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