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Infrared Absorption By Water Vapor In The Atmospheric Window
Author(s): Prasad Varanasi
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Paper Abstract

The thermal infrared spectrum of water vapor beyond 8 pm consists of a fairly well-understood spectrum of rotational lines and an inadequately described continuum spectrum underlying the observed spectral lines. The contribution of the continuum absorption can be important in the calculations of the atmospheric radiative heating rates and of the net surface flux. This paper presents some new results on the continuum absorption in the thermal infrared between 8 and 18 μm along with a brief review of currently adapted empirical and semi-empirical models explaining its nature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 1988
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 0928, Modeling of the Atmosphere, (24 August 1988);
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Prasad Varanasi, State University of New York at Stony Brook (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0928:
Modeling of the Atmosphere
Laurence S. Rothman, Editor(s)

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