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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1343–1352

Shimmer: a spatial heterodyne spectrometer for remote sensing of Earth’ middle atmosphere

John M. Harlander, Fred L. Roesler, Joel G. Cardon, Christoph R. Englert, and Robert R. Conway  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 7, pp. 1343-1352 (2002)

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It is well known and demonstrated that interference spectroscopy offers capabilities to obtain passive remote optical sensing spectra of high precision and also achieves economies in size, cost, and ease of deployment compared with more conventional systems. We describe the development of a near-ultraviolet spatial heterodyne spectrometer designed for remote sensing of the global distribution of the hydroxyl radical OH in the Earth’ middle atmosphere. The instrument, known as SHIMMER (Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals), is expected to obtain its first OH measurement from space in early 2002 from the Space Shuttle.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation

Original Manuscript: May 9, 2001
Revised Manuscript: October 10, 2001
Published: March 1, 2002

John M. Harlander, Fred L. Roesler, Joel G. Cardon, Christoph R. Englert, and Robert R. Conway, "Shimmer: a spatial heterodyne spectrometer for remote sensing of Earth’ middle atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 41, 1343-1352 (2002)

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