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A MOBILE ROBUST FTIR FOR PASSIVE FIELD DETERMINATION OF GASEOUS SPECIES

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Title: A MOBILE ROBUST FTIR FOR PASSIVE FIELD DETERMINATION OF GASEOUS SPECIES
Creators: Daum, R.; Beil, A.; Johnson, T. J.; Abraham, B. M.
Issue Date: 1999
Abstract: Passive remote sensing using an FTIR spectrometer allows the detection and identification of pollutant/toxic gases in the atmosphere. In this paper we report a measurement method and data reduction technique that to not require a previously measured reference spectrum. Recent experimental results obtained using a new high-sensitivity mobile FTIR are presented. After a radiometric calibration of the spectrometer using reference blackbodies, the spectral radiance of the background is determined. Using the inverse function of Planck's radiation law, the brightness temperature $\epsilon(\nu)$ is computed. The temperature spectrum provides a spectrally constant reference for many of the materials used as backdrops in field measurements since their emittance is high and nearly constant in the 800 to $1200 cm^{-1}$ range. Experimental results are presented to illustrate the enhancement of the signal-to-noise ratio that can be achieved by using a backdrop that provides maximal temperature difference to ambient environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/19558
Other Identifiers: 1999-WG-04
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