Maynooth Optical Aeronomical Facility

Mulligan, F.J. and Niciejewski, R.J. (1994) Maynooth Optical Aeronomical Facility. Optical Engineering, 33 (12). pp. 3853-3860.

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Ground-based measurements of upper atmospheric parameters, such as temperature and wind velocity, can be made by observing airglow emissions that have a well-defined altitude profile and that are known to be representative of the emitting region. We describe the optical observatory at Maynooth (53.23° N, 6.4° W) at which two instruments, a Fabry-Pérot interferometer and a Fourier transform spectrometer, are used to record atmospheric airglow emissions in Ireland at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, respectively. Descriptions of the instruments, data acquisition, and analysis procedures are provided, together with some sample results.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Optical observations; airglow; ground-based; mesospheric measurements;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Experimental Physics
Item ID: 815
Depositing User: Dr. Frank Mulligan
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Optical Engineering
Publisher: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Refereed: Yes

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