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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2013
  • pp: 231–240

Design and calibration of field deployable ground-viewing radiometers

Nikolaus Anderson, Jeffrey Czapla-Myers, Nathan Leisso, Stuart Biggar, Charles Burkhart, Rob Kingston, and Kurtis Thome  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 231-240 (2013)

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Three improved ground-viewing radiometers were built to support the Radiometric Calibration Test Site (RadCaTS) developed by the Remote Sensing Group (RSG) at the University of Arizona. Improved over previous light-emitting diode based versions, these filter-based radiometers employ seven silicon detectors and one InGaAs detector covering a wavelength range of 400–1550 nm. They are temperature controlled and designed for greater stability and lower noise. The radiometer systems show signal-to-noise ratios of greater than 1000 for all eight channels at typical field calibration signal levels. Predeployment laboratory radiance calibrations using a 1 m spherical integrating source compare well with in situ field calibrations using the solar radiation based calibration method; all bands are within ±2.7% for the case tested.

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OCIS Codes
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(230.0040) Optical devices : Detectors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: October 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2012
Published: January 10, 2013

Nikolaus Anderson, Jeffrey Czapla-Myers, Nathan Leisso, Stuart Biggar, Charles Burkhart, Rob Kingston, and Kurtis Thome, "Design and calibration of field deployable ground-viewing radiometers," Appl. Opt. 52, 231-240 (2013)

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