Accession Number:

ADA001336

Title:

Tritium Exchange Detection of Stratospheric Water Vapor Concentrations: Development and Initial Results.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Feb 72-30 Jun 74,

Corporate Author:

PANAMETRICS INC WALTHAM MASS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

A method for the detection of stratospheric concentrations of water vapor was characterized and utilized for the construction of an instrument flown in an aircraft. The method involves exchange of protons from ambient water vapor with tritium atoms substituted on active hydrogen atom sites of a polymeric substrate. Measurement of the released tritium concentration provides a measure of the water vapor concentration causing the release. Actual flight data obtained were indicative of a water contamination source which could not be identified within the available time and flight opportunities. Data adjusted for the contamination source indicated that satisfactory performance would be obtained if the contamination were eliminated.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Physical Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE