Abstract

A technique is described which inverts satellite airglow data producing volume emission rates as functions of altitude and position. The inversion is applied to data obtained when the spacecraft spins in the orbital plane. The altitude and height resolutions are constrained by the geometry chosen to simplify the inversion. The limitations of the method and its implementation on data from the Visual Airglow Experiment onboard the Atmosphere Explorer satellite are discussed. Sample maps of brightness and volume emission rates are shown.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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