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Experimental Atmospheric Extinction Measurements At Nine Wavelengths Between 0.3 And 10 µm
Author(s): Gordon Lerfald; Vernon Derr
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Paper Abstract

Accurate determinations of the widely varying spectral extinction of the direct solar beam by the earth's atmosphere has applications in several fields; these include solar energy, optical communication and remote sensing of atmospheric parameters. A system used to make extinction measurements at nine wavelengths in the 0.3 to-10 μm range is described and sample results are presented. Plans to use the data to study remotely the characteristics of clouds and aerosols, particularly the size distributions of the particles along the transmission path, are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 1978
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0161, Optics Applied to Solar Energy IV, (17 November 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956880
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Gordon Lerfald, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Vernon Derr, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0161:
Optics Applied to Solar Energy IV
Keith D. Masterson, Editor(s)

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