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In-Flight Calibration Of Solar Irradiance Measurements By Direct Comparison With Stellar Observations
Author(s): Gary J Rottman; Thomas N Woods
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Paper Abstract

Ultraviolet solar radiation in the spectral interval 120 to 300 nm is almost completely absorbed in the earth's middle atmosphere. Small changes in the amount of radiation incident at these wavelengths will result in corresponding changes in the photochemistry and energy balance of the stratosphere, mesosphere and lower thermosphere. Recent measurements indicate that solar cycle variability is far smaller than previous estimates. Although the Sun varies by nearly a factor of two at Lyman α (121.6 nm), at wavelengths from 120 to 170 nm the Sun varies by less than 20%. From 180 to 300 nm the variability quickly decreases to less than 1%. The challenge for future observations is to make spectral measurements with a long term accuracy far better than 1%. One approach is to directly compare the solar irradiance to the UV output of a number of bright early-type stars. The SOLar-STellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (SOLSTICE) will first be flown on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and will make the first comparison of this type.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0924, Recent Advances in Sensors, Radiometry, and Data Processing for Remote Sensing, (12 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945681
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Gary J Rottman, University of Colorado (United States)
Thomas N Woods, University of Colorado (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0924:
Recent Advances in Sensors, Radiometry, and Data Processing for Remote Sensing
Philip N. Slater, Editor(s)

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