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14 September 2016 Design and instrumentation of an airborne far infrared radiometer for in-situ measurements of ice clouds
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We report on the design and instrumentation of an aircraft-certified far infrared radiometer (FIRR) and the resulting instrument characteristics. FIRR was designed to perform unattended airborne measurements of ice clouds in the arctic in support of a microsatellite payload study. It provides radiometrically calibrated data in nine spectral channels in the range of 8-50 μm with the use of a rotating wheel of bandpass filters and reference blackbodies. Measurements in this spectral range are enabled with the use of a far infrared detector based on microbolometers of 104-μm pitch. The microbolometers have a new design because of the large structure and are coated with gold black to maintain uniform responsivity over the working spectral range. The vacuum sealed detector package is placed at the focal plane of a reflective telescope based on a Schwarschild configuration with two on-axis spherical mirrors. The telescope field-of-view is of ~6° and illuminates an area of ~2.1-mm diameter at the focal plane. In operation, FIRR was used as a nonimaging radiometer and exhibited a noise equivalent radiance in the range of 10-20 mW/m2-sr. The dynamic range and the detector vacuum integrity of FIRR were found to be suited for the conditions of the airborne experiments.
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Christian Proulx, Linh Ngo Phong, Frédéric Lamontagne, Min Wang, Bruno Fisette, Louis Martin, and François Châteauneuf "Design and instrumentation of an airborne far infrared radiometer for in-situ measurements of ice clouds", Proc. SPIE 9973, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV, 99730F (14 September 2016);


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