Many satellites have recently been launched or are in preparation, which operate in the microwave to IR ranges, the main objective being to observe the earth's atmosphere or interstellar clouds. Analysis of the data they supply requires extensive laboratory work because we still only have sufficiently accurate data (line positions, intensities, and profiles) for only a few species. Furthermore, the observer community is making increasing calls for laboratory data, as new development open up new observational possibilities (such as submillimeter observation). Research on these subjects involves many different areas of specialisation in fields of research that generate a wealth of data. In Spectroscopy from Space the people responsible for field observations explain which results they are expecting from their measurements and how laboratory people can help them to analyse their satellite data. Laboratory spectroscopists explain why what they can do now, and what kinds of experiment and theoretical development that might undertake to meet the needs of the remote sensing community. The problems of distributing reliable laboratory data in a timely way are also addressed.
Table of ContentsPreface. 1. Interstellar Chemistry; E. Herbst. 2. The Millimeter, Submillimeter and Far-Infrared Spectrum of Interstellar and Circumstellar Clouds; J. Cernicharo. 3. Submillimeter and Far-Infrared Observing Platforms for Astronomy; H.-W. Hübers, H.P. Röser. 4. Millimeter and Submillimeter Spectroscopy in Support of Upper Atmospheric Research; E.A. Cohen. 5. Laboratory Submillimeter-wave Spectroscopy; S.P. Belov, M.Y. Tretyakov. 6. Assignment and Analysis of Complex Rotational Spectra; Z. Kisiel. 7. Determination of Molecular Parameters from Experimental Spectra Possible Problems and Solutions; J. Demaison, K. Sarka. 8. Methanol Spectroscopy from Microwave to Infrared - Fundamentals and Applications; L.-H. Xu. 9. Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE): an Overview; P. Bernath. 10. Spectroscopic Measurements with MIPAS (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding); H. Fischer. 11. Infrared Emission Spectroscopy; B. Carli, et al. 12. Infrared Spectroscopy in the Atmosphere; J.-M. Flaud. 13. High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy; M. Herman, et al. 14. High Resolution Infrared Laboratory Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Constituents at DLR; M. Birk, et al. 15. Review on the Existing Spectroscopic Databases for Atmospheric Applications; A. Perrin. 16. Spectroscopic Measurements from Space with the Focus Sensor System to Analyse Gas and Smoke Properties of High Temperatures Events; V. Tank, et al. 17. Simulation of Air Pollution in a Wind Tunnel; S. Civiš, et al.18. Anharmonicity in the Vibrational Spectra of C60 and its Implications in Laboratory Spectroscopy and Astrophysics; L. Nemes, D.A. Jeslki. 19. Cream or Reality: Complete Basis Set Full Configuration Interaction Potential Energy Hypersurfaces; A.G. Császár, et al. 20. Optically Active Hydrogen Bonded Complexes in the Atmosphere; N.A. Zvereva. List of Contributors. Subject Index.