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A compact, fast UV photometer for measurement of ozone from research aircraft

Author(s): R. S. Gao | J. Ballard | L. A. Watts | T. D. Thornberry | S. J. Ciciora | R. J. McLaughlin | D. W. Fahey

Journal: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
ISSN 1867-1381

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 2201;
Date: 2012;
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In situ measurements of atmospheric ozone (O3) are performed routinely from many research aircraft platforms. The most common technique depends on the strong absorption of ultraviolet (UV) light by ozone. As atmospheric science advances to the widespread use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), there is an increasing requirement for minimizing instrument space, weight, and power while maintaining instrument accuracy, precision and time response. The design and use of a new, dual-beam, UV photometer instrument for in situ O3 measurements is described. A polarization optical-isolator configuration is utilized to fold the UV beam inside the absorption cells, yielding a 60-cm absorption length with a 30-cm cell. The instrument has a fast sampling rate (2 Hz at

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