Design and performance analysis of an automated 10-channel solar radiometer instrument

A. R. Ehsani, J. A. Reagan, W. H. Erxleben

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An automated multichannel solar radiometer has been designed and fabricated by the Atmospheric Remote Sensing Laboratory at The University of Arizona. The automated radiometer has 10 separate silicon-photodiode-based channels that allow near-simultaneous solar spectral measurements through narrow bandpass filters (approximately 10 nm) from the visible to near-IR regions. The photodiode detectors are temperature stabilized using a heating temperature controller circuit. The instrument is pointed toward the sun via an autotracking system that actively tracks the sun with a ±0.05° tracking accuracy. The instrument can continuously collect data for about 22 h at once per minute sample rate. This paper presents instrument design features as well as some performance and experimental results for the automated solar radiometer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-707
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Atmospheric Science


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