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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1971
  • pp: 2311–2318

Atmospheric Emission Measurements with a Balloon-Borne Michelson Interferometer

R. E. Jennings and A. F. M. Moorwood  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 10, Issue 10, pp. 2311-2318 (1971)

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Astronomical measurements at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths can be made by using aircraft or balloons to carry telescopes above the strongly absorbing lower atmosphere. To measure the atmospheric background radiation present at these altitudes, a Michelson interferometer has been built and flown to a height of 38 km on a balloon. This paper describes the instrument and the methods of data reduction and calibration, and presents initial spectra in the range 100–1000 cm−1 (10–100 μ) obtained to a mean resolution of 34 cm−1 during flight.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 22, 1971
Published: October 1, 1971

R. E. Jennings and A. F. M. Moorwood, "Atmospheric Emission Measurements with a Balloon-Borne Michelson Interferometer," Appl. Opt. 10, 2311-2318 (1971)

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