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Radiometer for the measurement of water vapor in the upper atmosphere from space.

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We describe the design, the development, and the calibration of a radiometer to measure water vapor abundance in the middle atmosphere, using the solar occultation technique from an orbiting platform. The use of gas cells containing water vapor and carbon dioxide leads to a relatively simple, but sensitive, design. This radiometer is shown to be capable of detecting water vapor in the mesosphere, where, because of dissociation by the Sun, the amounts are very small, of the order of 1 part per...

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10.1364/ao.32.006764

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
Pritchard, TM More by this author
Hepplewhite, CL More by this author
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics
Werrett, ST More by this author
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Journal:
Applied optics
Volume:
32
Issue:
33
Pages:
6764-6776
Publication date:
1993-11-05
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EISSN:
1539-4522
ISSN:
0003-6935
URN:
uuid:122658da-eaa6-4a27-ae13-1786a4bb7bfa
Source identifiers:
1900
Local pid:
pubs:1900
Language:
English
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