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Airborne air temperature radiometers
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Paper Abstract

Conventional immersion aircraft thermometers suffer significant performance limitations, particularly for high- speed aircraft and at high angles-of-attack and side-slip. Moreover, immersion thermometers cannot perform through hot thick aircraft boundary layers and greatly increase the radar cross section of low observable aircraft. OPHIR Corporation has developed passive, remote-sensing thermometers which overcome these significant limitations. In addition, we have developed range-resolved radiometers to provide temperature profiles. Range resolved temperature profiles may enable Clear Air Turbulence, air density fluctuations and other flight hazards to be detected well ahead of the aircraft. A review of OPHIR's radiometer technology is presented. The fundamentals of radiant gas thermometry are introduced. Single wavelength 4.255 micrometer and 15 micrometer radiometers and range- resolved 15 micrometer radiometers are discussed as are data collected from numerous fight test programs. Finally, a laboratory demonstration of the multi-range capabilities of radiometers is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3853, Environmental Monitoring and Remediation Technologies II, (21 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.372863
Show Author Affiliations
Loren D. Nelson, OPHIR Corp. (United States)
Carl S. Weimer, OPHIR Corp. (United States)
Martin J. O'Brien, OPHIR Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3853:
Environmental Monitoring and Remediation Technologies II
Tuan Vo-Dinh; Robert L. Spellicy, Editor(s)

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