A balloon-borne 620-650 GHz SIS receiver for atmospheric observations

Yoshihisa Irimajiri, Takeshi Manabe, Satoshi Ochiai, Harunobu Masuko, Takamasa Yamagami, Yoshitaka Saito, Naoki Izutsu, Tomomi Kawasaki, Michiyoshi Namiki, Kaoru Sato, Isao Murata

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Abstract

We have developed a balloon-borne superconducting submillimeter-wave limb-emission sounder (BSMILES) to determine vertical profiles of stratospheric minor constituents like ozone and a number of key species related to ozone destruction by observing thermal emission lines from these molecules. BSMILES carries a 624-652 GHz superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) receiver with the system noise temperature of 330-460 K in double sideband (DSB) during the flight. BSMILES flight experiments were conducted on August 30, 2003 and September 7, 2004 from the Pacific Coast of Japan. The system operated properly and spectra of O3, CIO, HCl, HO2, O3 isotopes were successfully measured. After the observation, the gondola splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and was retrieved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th Anniversary IGARSS 2005
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Pages412-415
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event2005 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2005 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2005 Jul 252005 Jul 29

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Volume1

Other

Other2005 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2005
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period05/7/2505/7/29

Keywords

  • Atmospheric observation
  • Balloon application
  • SIS mixer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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