Abstract

A new method for the determination of ray paths as well as resulting path segments and partial gas columns within a layered atmosphere is presented. Any singularity at the tangent point is avoided. No use is made of the gross spherical symmetry of the Earth’s atmosphere. Using this approach we examine the impact of the Earth’s oblate shape and horizontal atmospheric inhomogeneities on infrared limb spectra.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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