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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 45, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2006
  • pp: 1041–1051

Infrared Balloon Experiment: improved instrumental configuration and assessment of instrument performance

G. Bianchini, A. Boscaleri, B. Carli, F. Mencaraglia, L. Palchetti, and E. Pascale  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 5, pp. 1041-1051 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.001041


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Abstract

During the 2002 environmental satellite Envisat mid-latitude validation campaign, a new upgraded configuration of the Infrared Balloon Experiment (IBEX) Fourier transform spectrometer, which had its first flight in 1978, performed a stratospheric balloon flight across the Mediterranean Sea. Among the substantial upgrades made to the instrument, the use of photon-noise-limited detectors permitted us to reach the theoretical limits in terms of signal-to-noise ratio. Also, important modifications were made to the interferometric system and electronics, such as the installation of a solid-state laser reference source and an onboard data recording system. During the flight, measurement of volume-mixing-ratio vertical profiles of O 3 , HNO 3 , N 2 O , and ClO from an altitude of 38 km were performed with a vertical resolution of 1.5 km .

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OCIS Codes
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission
(300.6270) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, far infrared
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2005

Citation
G. Bianchini, A. Boscaleri, B. Carli, F. Mencaraglia, L. Palchetti, and E. Pascale, "Infrared Balloon Experiment: improved instrumental configuration and assessment of instrument performance," Appl. Opt. 45, 1041-1051 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-5-1041

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