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Absolute radiance re-calibration of FIRST
Author(s): Harri Latvakoski; Martin Mlynczak; David Johnson; Rich Cageao; Jason Swasey; Kendall Johnson
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Paper Abstract

The FIRST (Far-InfraRed Spectroscopy of the Troposphere) instrument is a 10 to 100 micron spectrometer with 0.64 micron resolution designed to measure the complete mid and far-infrared radiance of the Earth's Atmosphere. FIRST has been successfully used to obtain high-quality atmospheric radiance data from the ground and from a high-altitude balloon. A Fourier transform interferometer is used to provide the spectral resolution and two on-board blackbodies are used for calibration. This paper discusses the recent re-calibration of FIRST at Space Dynamics Laboratory for absolute radiance accuracy. The calibration used the LWRICS (Long Wave Infrared Calibration Source) blackbody, which NIST testing shows to be accurate to the ~100 mK level in brightness temperature. There are several challenges to calibrating FIRST, including the large dynamic range, out of phase light, and drift in the interferogram phase. The accuracy goal for FIRST was 0.2 K over most of the 10 to 100 micron range, and results show FIRST meets this goal for a range of target temperatures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8511, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XX, 85110N (24 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.928993
Show Author Affiliations
Harri Latvakoski, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Martin Mlynczak, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
David Johnson, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Rich Cageao, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jason Swasey, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Kendall Johnson, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8511:
Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XX
Marija Strojnik; Gonzalo Paez, Editor(s)

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