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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2004
  • pp: 3335–3355

Design and characterization of the balloon-borne Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS-B2)

Felix Friedl-Vallon, Guido Maucher, Meinhard Seefeldner, Olaf Trieschmann, Anne Kleinert, Anton Lengel, Corneli Keim, Hermann Oelhaf, and Herbert Fischer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 16, pp. 3335-3355 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.43.003335


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Abstract

MIPAS-B2 is a balloon-borne limb-emission sounder for atmospheric research. The heart of the instrument is a Fourier spectrometer that covers the mid-infrared spectral range (4–14 μm) and operates at cryogenic temperatures. Essential for this application is the sophisticated line-of-sight stabilization system, which is based on an inertial navigation system and is supplemented with an additional star reference system. The major scientific benefit of the instrument is the simultaneous detection of complete trace gas families in the stratosphere without restrictions concerning the time of day and viewing directions. The specifications, the design considerations, the actual realization of the instrument, and the results of characterization measurements that have been performed are described.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation

History
Original Manuscript: August 8, 2003
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 2004
Published: June 1, 2004

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Felix Friedl-Vallon, Guido Maucher, Meinhard Seefeldner, Olaf Trieschmann, Anne Kleinert, Anton Lengel, Corneli Keim, Hermann Oelhaf, and Herbert Fischer, "Design and characterization of the balloon-borne Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS-B2)," Appl. Opt. 43, 3335-3355 (2004)
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