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Serabyn et al. 1998

Serabyn, E., E.W. Weisstein, D.C. Lis, and J.R. Pardo, 1998: Submillimeter Fourier-transform spectrometer measurements of atmospheric opacity above Mauna Kea. Appl. Opt., 37, 2185-2198, doi:10.1364/AO.37.002185.

We present accurately calibrated submillimeter atmospheric transmission spectra obtained with a Fourier-transform spectrometer at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. These measurements cover the 0.9-0.3-mm wavelength range and are the first in a series aimed at defining the terrestrial long-wave atmospheric transmission curve. The 4.1-km altitude of the Mauna Kea sites provides access to extremely low zenith water-vapor columns, permitting atmospheric observations at frequencies well above those possible from sea level. We describe the calibration procedures, present our first well-calibrated transmission spectra, and compare our results with those of a simgle-layer atmospheric transmission model, AT. With an empirical best-fit continuum opacity term included, this simple single-layer model provides a remarkably good fit to the opacity data for H2O line profiles described by other van Vleck-Weisskopf or kinetic shapes.

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@article{se01000b,
  author={Serabyn, E. and Weisstein, E. W. and Lis, D. C. and Pardo, J. R.},
  title={Submillimeter Fourier-transform spectrometer measurements of atmospheric opacity above Mauna Kea},
  year={1998},
  journal={Appl. Opt.},
  volume={37},
  pages={2185--2198},
  doi={10.1364/AO.37.002185},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - se01000b
AU  - Serabyn, E.
AU  - Weisstein, E. W.
AU  - Lis, D. C.
AU  - Pardo, J. R.
PY  - 1998
TI  - Submillimeter Fourier-transform spectrometer measurements of atmospheric opacity above Mauna Kea
JA  - Appl. Opt.
VL  - 37
SP  - 2185
EP  - 2198
DO  - 10.1364/AO.37.002185
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