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Scanning Actinic Flux Spectroradiometers (SAFS)


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The SAFS instruments determine wavelength dependent actinic flux from 280-420 nm. The actinic flux in combination with the absorption cross section and quantum yield molecular data will be used to calculate the photolysis frequencies of multiple photochemically important molecular processes, including O3, NO2, HONO, CH2O, H2O2, CH3OOH, HNO3, PAN, CH3NO3, CH3CH2NO3, and CH3COCH3.

The SAFS measurement is based on a 2p steradian hemisphere hemispherical quartz light collector, a double monochromator, and a low dark current photomultiplier. The monochromator employs dual 2400 G/mm gratings which produce a 1 nm FWHM spectral resolution and very low straylight. The instrument package on the aircraft includes two independent, but time synchronized (IRIG-B) spectroradiometer systems to measure the up- and down-welling fluxes in a 10 second scan time. Summing these produces the spherically integrated actinic flux.

Instrument Type: 
INTEX-B (DC-8 - AFRC, C-130H - WFF); INTEX-NA (DC-8 - AFRC); TC4 (WB-57 - JSC); SOLVE (DC-8 - AFRC); SONEX (DC-8 - AFRC)
Point(s) of Contact: 
Richard E. Shetter (Prev PI), Samuel R. Hall (POC; PI)