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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1999
  • pp: 6801–6807

Development and evaluation of the interferometric monitor for greenhouse gases: a high-throughput Fourier-transform infrared radiometer for nadir Earth observation

Hirokazu Kobayashi, Akiro Shimota, Kayoko Kondo, Eisuke Okumura, Yoshihiko Kameda, Haruhisa Shimoda, and Toshihiro Ogawa  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 33, pp. 6801-6807 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.006801


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Abstract

The interferometric monitor for greenhouse gases (IMG) was the precursor of the high-resolution Fourier-transform infrared radiometer (FTIR) onboard a satellite for observation of the Earth. The IMG endured the stress of a rocket launch, demonstrating that the high-resolution, high-throughput spectrometer is indeed feasible for use onboard a satellite. The IMG adopted a newly developed lubricant-free magnetic suspension mechanism and a dynamic alignment system for the moving mirror with a maximum traveling distance of 10 cm. We present the instrumentation of the IMG, characteristics of the movable mirror drive system, and the evaluation results of sensor specifications during space operation.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(010.1320) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric transmittance
(010.7030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Troposphere
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 5, 1999
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 1999
Published: November 20, 1999

Citation
Hirokazu Kobayashi, Akiro Shimota, Kayoko Kondo, Eisuke Okumura, Yoshihiko Kameda, Haruhisa Shimoda, and Toshihiro Ogawa, "Development and evaluation of the interferometric monitor for greenhouse gases: a high-throughput Fourier-transform infrared radiometer for nadir Earth observation," Appl. Opt. 38, 6801-6807 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-33-6801

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