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Auroral/Ionospheric Remote Sensor

NSSDCA ID: 1986-088A-02

Mission Name: Polar BEAR
Principal Investigators:Dr. Robert E. Huffman
Principal Investigators:Dr. Ching I. Meng

Description

The Auroral/Ionospheric Remote Sensor (AIRS) is intended to give simultaneous synoptic information through optical remote sensing of the ionosphere. The instrument consists primarily of a two-channel vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) imaging spectrometer which can operate in any of three modes. The full-imaging mode provides auroral/ionospheric images in any two of six selectable wavelengths in the range 1100 A to 1900 A, each with a bandwidth of 30 A. Cross-track line scans with 336 pixels per line can yield nadir resolution of 5 by 20 km at auroral altitude. The other two modes are fixed nadir-viewing ones. One of these modes is a spectrophotometer mode in which a 30-A filter can be swept from 1100 A to 1900 A. The other mode is a simple fixed-wavelength photometer mode. In addition to the VUV imaging spectrometer, AIRS contains two nadir-viewing visual-wavelength photometers. One operates at 3914 A and the other operates at 6300 A.

Alternate Names

  • AIRS
  • Optical and Radio Research Mission
  • PolarBEAR/AIRS

Disciplines

  • Space Physics: Ionospheric Studies
  • Space Physics: Magnetospheric Studies

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Frederick W. SchenkelOther InvestigatorApplied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Bernard S. OgorzalekOther InvestigatorApplied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Ching I. MengPrincipal InvestigatorApplied Physics Laboratorysuther@jhuapl.jhu.edu
Dr. Robert E. HuffmanPrincipal InvestigatorPhillips Laboratory (nee USAF Geophysics Lab, nee Cambridge Labs)
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