In remote sensing applications, spectra measured by Fourier-transform spectrometers are routinely apodized. A rigorous analysis approach would explicitly account for correlations induced in the covariance matrix by apodization, but these correlations are often ignored to simplify and speed up the processing. Using spectra measured by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy missions, we investigated the effect of apodization on the retrieval of volume mixing ratio profiles for the case in which these correlations are ignored. Minor discrepancies occur between results for apodized and unapodized spectra, particularly when lines with a low signal-to-noise ratio are fitted. A set of microwindows is reported for O<sub>3</sub> in the range of 1550–3350 cm<sup>−1</sup>.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
Christopher D. Boone, Sean D. McLeod, and Peter F. Bernath, "Apodization Effects in the Retrieval of Volume Mixing Ratio Profiles," Appl. Opt. 41, 1029-1034 (2002)