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16 August 1983 Study Of Atmospheric Infrared Emission Using A Balloon-Borne Cryogenic Fourier Spectrometer
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A cryogenically cooled Fourier interferometer spectrometer capable of producing a 0.1 cm-1 resolution was constructed for the primary objective of observing the infrared atmospheric emission spectrum at various balloon altitudes. The instrument was a Michelson interferometer equipped with a Ge beamsplitter coated on a KC1 substrate and two cat's-eye retroreflectors, one stationary and another movable. The entire interferometer was kept at temperature of 77°K in a cryogenic chamber. The optical path difference of the interferometer was monitored by a HeNe laser line at 6329.9A which was provided to the interferometer circuit from a single-frequency cw HeNe laser mounted outside the cryogenic chamber. The spectrometer with a GeCu detector and its auxiliaries were flown on 7 October 1981 at Holloman AFB, producing the analyzable data at altitude of 27000 ~ 28000 m along both the horizontal and the vertical line of sight for more than 2 hours. The interferogram data with other various data were transmitted to the ground station from the balloon package via telemetry radio link. In the post-flight process, the interferogram data were extracted from the telemetry signal recorded on a magnetic tape and then they were converted to the spectral data using the CDC Cyber computer.
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H. Sakai, T. C. Li, W. Barowy, S. Pulchtopek, J. Pritchard, F. J. Murcray, F. H. Murcray, and G. Vanasse "Study Of Atmospheric Infrared Emission Using A Balloon-Borne Cryogenic Fourier Spectrometer", Proc. SPIE 0364, Technologies of Cryogenically Cooled Sensors and Fourier Transform Spectrometers II, (16 August 1983);

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