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Utilizing Infrared Technologies and Gas Filter Correlation Radiometry to Analyze and Quantify Trace Amounts of Tropospheric Carbon Monoxide Using Lunar Radiation.

      The Infrared Development and Thermal Testing Laboratory (IDTTL) at James Madison University uses Gas Filter Correlation Radiometry (GFCR) and atmospheric modeling software with the lunar radiation of the full Moon to quantify the carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations in the troposphere.  To do this, lunar radiation is passed through two gas filter cells and compared to each other to calculate CO levels.  This quantity is then compared with CO concentrations given using the atmospheric modeling software, HI-TRAN to perfect the GRCR technology.  By perfecting an efficient method of CO measurement, atmospheric chemical climatology will be simplified greatly.

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