Measurements of Auroral Infrared Emissions with a High Resolution Interferometer Spectrometer (HIRIS).
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF
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The High Altitude Effects Simulation HAES program is an effort to indirectly obtain information on the reaction of the upper atmosphere to nuclear explosions. In the absence of actual nuclear testing in the atmosphere, a number of experiments are being carried out both in the laboratory and in the field to determine a sufficient number of parameters to characterize the environment and its reactions in a suitable model. This technical note is one of a series that provides brief descriptions of scientific programs investigating the physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere under normal and disturbed conditions. One of these experiments uses a rocket-borne High Resolution Interferometer Spectrometer HIRIS to measure auroral emissions in the far infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This spectrometer is the principal rocket payload to be flown from the Poker Flat, Alaska rocket range in the ICECAP 73 series during February-March 1973. The data obtained will be correlated with ground-based radar, optical, and magnetic measurements, and with rocket-borne measurements of atmospheric density, wind, and precipitating energetic particle fluxes. A description of the spectrometer and the experiment is given. Author
- Atmospheric Physics
- Infrared Detection and Detectors