Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 18315-18330, 2009
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Technical Note: Scintillations of the double star α Cru observed by GOMOS/Envisat
V. F. Sofieva1, F. Dalaudier2, V. Kan3, and A. S. Gurvich3
1Earth observation, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
2LATMOS, Verrières-le-Buisson Cedex, France
3Organization of Russian Academy of Sciences A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics RAS, Moscow, Russia

Abstract. In this paper, we discuss scintillation time-spectra of the double star α Cru, which were measured by the GOMOS/Envisat photometer. The components of α Cru are not resolved by the angular field of view of the detector. The double structure of the light source reveals itself in the modulation of the observed scintillation spectra; this modulation is caused by anisotropic irregularities of stratospheric air density. We present qualitative and quantitative explanation of properties of the double-star scintillation spectra. Possibilities of using double star scintillations for studying atmospheric air density irregularities are also discussed in the paper.

Citation: Sofieva, V. F., Dalaudier, F., Kan, V., and Gurvich, A. S.: Technical Note: Scintillations of the double star α Cru observed by GOMOS/Envisat, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 18315-18330, doi:10.5194/acpd-9-18315-2009, 2009.
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