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  • Vol. 63, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1973
  • pp: 843–846

Balloon-borne infrared measurements of the vertical distribution of N2O in the atmosphere

A. Goldman, D. G. Murcray, F. H. Murcray, and W. J. Williams  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 63, Issue 7, pp. 843-846 (1973)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.63.000843


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Abstract

The variation with altitude of the infrared solar spectrum in the 4.5-µm region was observed with a balloon-borne spectrometer. Line-by-line—layer-by-layer analysis of the N2O absorption lines in this region yields a detailed N2O mixing-ratio altitude profile up to ~20 km. The results show a nearly constant mixing ratio of ~0.33 ppm from 3 to 12 km followed by a gradual decrease to ~0.15 ppm near 19 km. The mixing ratio is estimated to be <0.01 ppm above 20 km.

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A. Goldman, D. G. Murcray, F. H. Murcray, and W. J. Williams, "Balloon-borne infrared measurements of the vertical distribution of N2O in the atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 843-846 (1973)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-63-7-843

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