Instruments and Experimental Techniques

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 113–121

The FLASH instrument for water vapor measurements on board the high-altitude airplane

  • N. M. Sitnikov
  • V. A. Yushkov
  • A. A. Afchine
  • L. I. Korshunov
  • V. I. Astakhov
  • A. E. Ulanovskii
  • M. Kraemer
  • A. Mangold
  • C. Schiller
  • F. Ravegnani
Physical Instruments for Ecology, Medicine, and Biology

Abstract

A fluorescent airborne stratospheric hygrometer (FLASH) for precise water vapor measurements on board a high-altitude airplane in the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere has been developed and produced at the Central Aerological Observatory. The range of measured water vapor concentrations is 0.5–300 ppmv at altitudes of 8–21 km. The results of laboratory tests of the instrument are compared to the data of the other hygrometers. Some results of water vapor measurements on board the Geofizika M55 high-altitude airplane in different regions of the Earth are presented.

PACS numbers

92.60.Jq 92.40Zg 33.50.-j 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. M. Sitnikov
    • 1
  • V. A. Yushkov
    • 1
  • A. A. Afchine
    • 2
  • L. I. Korshunov
    • 1
  • V. I. Astakhov
    • 3
  • A. E. Ulanovskii
    • 1
  • M. Kraemer
    • 2
  • A. Mangold
    • 2
  • C. Schiller
    • 2
  • F. Ravegnani
    • 4
  1. 1.Central Aerological ObservatoryDolgoprudnyi, Moscow oblastRussia
  2. 2.Institut für Chemie der GeospäreICGI: StratosphäreForschungszentrum JülichGermany
  3. 3.OOO Vysokovol’tnye SistemyDubna, Moscow oblastRussia
  4. 4.Instituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del ClimaBolognaItaly

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