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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 1990
  • pp: 463–466

Millimetric sky opacity measurements from the South Pole

Mark Dragovan, Antony A. Stark, Robert Pernic, and Martin A. Pomerantz  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 463-466 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.29.000463


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Abstract

The opacity of the sky above the South Pole was measured in the millimetric atmospheric windows. We found the opacity to range from 0.1 to 0.2 implying very low water vapor column density. The low water vapor content makes the South Pole ideal for astrophysical observations in the infrared and millimetric windows.

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History
Original Manuscript: November 7, 1988
Published: February 1, 1990

Citation
Mark Dragovan, Antony A. Stark, Robert Pernic, and Martin A. Pomerantz, "Millimetric sky opacity measurements from the South Pole," Appl. Opt. 29, 463-466 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-29-4-463


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