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The Interpretation of Saturated Spectra as Obtained from Atmospheric Balloon Measurements

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  • 1 Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Abstract

Transformations that take into account the characteristics of balloon motion and wave propagation to infer the “real” vertical wavelengths from the “apparent” ones measured during soundings were derived in a first paper. These results are now used to estimate the deviation of the saturated spectra obtained with balloon measurements from the theoretically expected shape. It is found that data stemming from slowly ascending or descending balloons may lead to a significant distortion of spectra.

Corresponding author address: Dr. Peter Alexander, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Ciudad Universitaria, 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

peter@df.uba.ar

Abstract

Transformations that take into account the characteristics of balloon motion and wave propagation to infer the “real” vertical wavelengths from the “apparent” ones measured during soundings were derived in a first paper. These results are now used to estimate the deviation of the saturated spectra obtained with balloon measurements from the theoretically expected shape. It is found that data stemming from slowly ascending or descending balloons may lead to a significant distortion of spectra.

Corresponding author address: Dr. Peter Alexander, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Ciudad Universitaria, 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

peter@df.uba.ar

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