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Development and application of an automated precision solar radiometer
Author(s): Gang-gang Qiu; Xin Li; Quan Zhang; Xiao-bing Zheng; Jing Yan
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Paper Abstract

Automated filed vicarious calibration is becoming a growing trend for satellite remote sensor, which require a solar radiometer have to automatic measure reliable data for a long time whatever the weather conditions and transfer measurement data to the user office. An automated precision solar radiometer has been developed. It is used in measuring the solar spectral irradiance received at the Earth surface. The instrument consists of 8 parallel separate silicon-photodiode-based channels with narrow band-pass filters from the visible to near-IR regions. Each channel has a 2.0° full-angle Filed of View (FOV). The detectors and filters are temperature stabilized using a Thermal Energy Converter at 30±0.2°. The instrument is pointed toward the sun via an auto-tracking system that actively tracks the sun within a ±0.1°. It collects data automatically and communicates with user terminal through BDS (China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System) while records data as a redundant in internal memory, including working state and error. The solar radiometer is automated in the sense that it requires no supervision throughout the whole process of working. It calculates start-time and stop-time every day matched with the time of sunrise and sunset, and stop working once the precipitation. Calibrated via Langley curves and simultaneous observed with CE318, the different of Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) is within 5%. The solar radiometer had run in all kinds of harsh weather condition in Gobi in Dunhuang and obtain the AODs nearly eight months continuously. This paper presents instrument design analysis, atmospheric optical depth retrievals as well as the experiment result.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10155, Optical Measurement Technology and Instrumentation, 101551R (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2246730
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Gang-gang Qiu, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Xin Li, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Quan Zhang, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Xiao-bing Zheng, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Jing Yan, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10155:
Optical Measurement Technology and Instrumentation
Sen Han; JiuBin Tan, Editor(s)

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