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Design And Implementation Of A Broadband Infrared Atmospheric Transmissometer
Author(s): Ronald R. Gruenzel; William C. Martin; M. James Schuwerk
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Paper Abstract

For the past several years the Air Force has been involv..ed with the attempt to measure narrowband atmospheric transmission over horizontal paths (up to 8km) in three spectral regions--visible, 3-5 micrometers and 8-12 micrometers. The data is required for use in LOWTRAN model verification, itself a prime tool for predicting imaging sensor performance as it relates to meteorological conditions. Problems associated with the use of commercially available equipment purchased by the Air Force are briefly described, as well as the design of a new transmissometer receiver intended to operate over the full 8km range. Measurements taken with this new receiver are presented along with their LOWTRAN predictions. Preliminary data indicates that the accuracy attainable with this instrument far exceeds that of the original equipment and will serve as a great help in LOWTRAN validation efforts currently underway.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0277, Atmospheric Transmission, (28 July 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.931915
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald R. Gruenzel, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories (United States)
William C. Martin, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories (United States)
M. James Schuwerk, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0277:
Atmospheric Transmission
Robert W. Fan, Editor(s)

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