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SOFIE instrument overview
Author(s): Andrew Shumway; Chad Fish; Jim Peterson; Peter Mace; James Cook; Joel Nelsen; Dale Hooper; Quinn Young; Steve Wassom; Scott Hansen; John Kemp; Larry Gordley; Mark Hervig
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Paper Abstract

Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) recently designed, built, and delivered the Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment (SOFIE) instrument as the primary sensor in the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) instrument suite. AIM's mission is to study polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs). SOFIE will make measurements in 16 separate spectral bands, arranged in eight pairs between 0.29 and 5.3 μm. Each band pair will provide differential absorption limb-path transmission profiles for an atmospheric component of interest, by observing the sun through the limb of the atmsophere during solar occulation as AIM orbits Earth. A pointing mirror and imaging sun sensor coaligned with the detectors are used to track the sun during occulation events and maintain stable alignment of the sun on the detectors. This paper outlines the mission requirements and goals, gives an overview of the instrument design, fabrication, testing and calibration results, and discusses lessons learned in the process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6297, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XIV, 62970H (7 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681260
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Shumway, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Chad Fish, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Jim Peterson, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Peter Mace, Utah State Univ. (United States)
James Cook, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Joel Nelsen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Dale Hooper, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Quinn Young, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Steve Wassom, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Scott Hansen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
John Kemp, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Larry Gordley, GATS, Inc. (United States)
Mark Hervig, GATS, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6297:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XIV
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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