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Integrating Eclipse Optics Into The AEC Air Force Flying Laboratory
Author(s): Berlyn Brixner
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Paper Abstract

The Los Alamos Scientific Labora tory (LASL) has participated in five airborne total solar eclipse expedi tions designed to measure the temperature, sensity, structure, motions, and composition of the sun's corona. This information is being gathered as part of a study of the sun's behavior throughout its eleven, year cycle. The advantage of these airborne observations over earthbound ones is that they are made above eighty percent of the atmosphere and its clouds and water vapor. The consequent reduction in atmospheric turbulence, scattered light, and water-vapor absorption greatly improves visibility. Because the plane moves with the eclipse shadow, the time available for making the observations is up to one half longer than a ground observer's time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1974
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0054, Effective Systems Integration and Optical Design I, (1 March 1974); doi: 10.1117/12.954220
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Berlyn Brixner, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory of the University of California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0054:
Effective Systems Integration and Optical Design I
Gary W. Wilkerson; Robert Poindexter, Editor(s)

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