Solar-radiation based calibration in the range 740 to 2400 nm

Stuart F. Biggar, Kurtis J. Thome, Paul R. Spyak, Edward F. Zalewski

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Optical instruments are normally calibrated with incandescent irradiance or radiance sources. Recently, accurate calibrations using solar radiation have been demonstrated in the visible and near-IR regions (VNIR). The solar-radiation based calibration (SRBC) has a major advantage in that the calibration source is the same source used on-orbit by earth-viewing remote sensing sensors such as the ASTER, MODIS, and Landsat 7 ETM + sensors. In this paper, such a radiometer calibration covering the region between 740 and 2400 nm is presented and compared with lamp-based laboratory calibrations. This work extends the spectral range over which a calibration using solar-radiation has been made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-233
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventSensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites III - Florence, Italy
Duration: Sep 20 1999Sep 23 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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