The ACE-FTS atlas of the infrared solar spectrum

Frank Hase, Lloyd Wallace, Sean D. McLeod, Jeremy J. Harrison, Peter F. Bernath

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The ACE-FTS is a space-borne Fourier transform spectrometer onboard SCISAT-1. The satellite was launched in August 2003 and since February 2004 the ACE-FTS has been performing solar occultation measurements in order to infer the chemical composition of the terrestrial atmosphere. The individual spectra recorded at the highest limb tangent altitudes (above 160 km) are by definition "high sun" spectra and contain no atmospheric contribution. In this work, an empirical solar spectrum covering the 700 to 4430 cm(-1) spectral range has been constructed from an average of 224,782 individual ACE-FTS solar spectra. Line assignments have been made for about 12 000 lines. The spectrum and two line lists are provided in the supplemental material attached to this work. Due to the excellent noise level achieved in the ACE-FTS solar atlas presented here. numerous weak absorption features are assigned which were not detectable in the ATMOS solar observations. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-528
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Solar spectrum
  • Solar lines

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