Attenuation of Electromagnetic Radiation by Haze, Fog, Clouds, and Rain

by Chuan-Chong Chen

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Assembles, under one cover, the values of aerosol attenuation coefficients of regions in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum containing so-called "atmospheric windows," in which EM radiation suffers the least amount of atmospheric gaseous absorption. The purpose is to enable rapid quantitative assessment of terminal guidance sensors using the windows during adverse weather. Both calculated and available measured values are presented. Being a compilation drawn from numerous sources, the report is intended more as a handbook for ready use than as a theoretical treatise. (See also R-422, R-1335, R-1523.)

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