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SWIFT instrument testbed for stratospheric wind measurements
Author(s): Reza Mani; William A. Gault; Stephen Brown
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Paper Abstract

The Stratospheric Wind Interferometer for Transport Studies is a limb viewing satellite instrument which is intended to measure stratospheric wind velocities in the altitude range of 20 to 40 km. Tandem etalon filters made of Germanium and a field-widened Michelson interferometer operating in mid- infrared are major components of this instrument. A He-Ne laser and a CCD camera were used to observe Haidinger and Fizeau fringes in visible light and compare their characteristics with mid-infrared measurements. The Fizeau fringes in the visible can be used to observe the irregularities in the Michelson interferometer's path difference. In addition a CO2 laser operating at 9.26 micrometers has been used to test the Michelson interferometer and the filters together. The filters are thermally tuned to the CO2 laser line and the filter output was incident on a diffuse surface in front of the Michelson input aperture. The Michelson interferometer was then pressure scanned to observe its performance in combination with the filters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406537
Show Author Affiliations
Reza Mani, York Univ. (Canada)
William A. Gault, York Univ. (Canada)
Stephen Brown, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4131:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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