Abstract

The laser absorption spectrometer (LAS) is an airborne instrument able to perform remote measurement of trace atmospheric gases. The instrument uses a pair of carbon dioxide laser–heterodyne receiver systems that are directed downward from an airplane and determines gas concentration by the differential absorption method. Configured to measure tropospheric ozone, the LAS has been used in conjunction with another instrumented aircraft to test the accuracy of this method of measurement. A complete description of the instrument is presented, and the results of extensive flight testing are summarized.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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