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Customized altitude-azimuth mount for a raster-scanning Fourier transform spectrometer
Author(s): Jed E. Durrenberger; William M. Gutman; Troy D. Gammill; Dennis H. Grover
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Paper Abstract

Applications of the Army Research Laboratory Mobile Atmospheric Spectrometer Remote Sensing Rover required development of a customized computer-controlled mount to satisfy a variety of requirements within a limited budget. The payload was designed to operate atop a military electronics shelter mounted on a 4-wheel drive truck to be above most atmospheric ground turbulence. Pointing orientation in altitude is limited by constraints imposed by use of a liquid nitrogen detector Dewar in the spectrometer. Stepper motor drives and control system are compatible with existing custom software used with other instrumentation for controlled incremental raster stepping. The altitude axis passes close to the center of gravity of the complete payload to minimize load eccentricity and drive torque requirements. Dovetail fixture mounting enables quick service and fine adjustment of balance to minimize stepper/gearbox drive backlash through the limited orientation range in altitude. Initial applications to characterization of remote gas plumes have been successful.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2830, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research II, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256128
Show Author Affiliations
Jed E. Durrenberger, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
William M. Gutman, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Troy D. Gammill, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Dennis H. Grover, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2830:
Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research II
Paul B. Hays; Jinxue Wang, Editor(s)

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