Reducing photometry by computing atmospheric transmission

  • Robert L. Kurucz
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 341)


The transmission spectrum of the earth's atmosphere at every observatory can be computed if monitors are set up to determine the atmospheric structure and the abundance versus height of components that vary, such as water vapor and particulates. Photometric observations can be modelled and reduced using the measured instrumental bandpasses and the computed transmission. This method of reduction will greatly improve the quality of infrared photometry and may even be relevant in the visible where ozone, oxygen dimer, and water vapor affect photometric bandpasses. Here I describe the beginning of my work on this approach.


Solar Flux Atmospheric Transmission Atmospheric Structure Line List National Solar Observatory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Kurucz
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  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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