Automated measurement of the temperature of the atmosphere at 3.2 cm

Phys. Rev. D 29, 2683 – Published 15 June 1984
R. B. Partridge, John Cannon, Roger Foster, Christopher Johnson, Ellen Rubinstein, Alexander Rudolph, Luigi Danese, and Gianfranco De Zotti

Abstract

Concurrent with measurements of sky temperature reported in companion papers by De Amici et al., Friedman et al., Mandolesi et al., and Sironi et al, we made automated measurements of the temperature contributed by the Earth's atmosphere at 9.4 GHz (3.2-cm wavelength) every 8 min. Typical values for TATM in clear weather were 1.03±0.03 K; the total range of recorded values was 0.89-1.24 K. These values were used to provide real-time atmospheric temperature corrections for the spectrum observations described in the companion papers, and to constrain models of the microwave emission of the atmosphere.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.29.2683

  • Received 25 May 1983
  • Published in the issue dated 15 June 1984

© 1984 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

R. B. Partridge, John Cannon, Roger Foster, Christopher Johnson, Ellen Rubinstein, and Alexander Rudolph*

  • Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041

Luigi Danese and Gianfranco De Zotti

  • University of Padova, Padova, Italy and International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

  • *Now at the University of Chicago, Department of Physics.

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