Earth Atmospheric Absorption Lines

  1. cepheid

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    Does anyone know a good reference for absorption lines in the Earth's atmosphere at visible and NIR wavelengths (if there are any)? For example, perhaps in the range of 3500 Å to 8000 Å?

    I find that the search terms are too broad to give me reasonable results on ADS. I found some atmospheric absorption spectra in Allen's Astrophysical Quantities that gave a reference to a paper that had the HITRAN database of molecular lines. However, in this paper, the lines are grouped by molelcular species rather than by wavelength, and there are a huge number of them to search through (all listed in terms of wavenumber, which makes it even more cumbersome).

    I am also not sure if the HITRAN stuff is relevant to me. It looks like the purpose of HITRAN is to compile a list of spectroscopic parameters for each molecular species that would then allow one to generate artificial atmospheric absorption spectra, spectral line by spectral line.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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  3. From HIRES on Keck

    Residual Line
    Wavelength Range Intensity Center

    5885.384 5885.628 0.967 5885.519
    5887.013 5889.566 0.940 5888.303
    5893.029 5893.526 0.957 5893.256
    5893.806 5894.199 0.959 5894.006
    5899.555 5899.970 0.946 5899.771
    5900.457 5900.788 0.973 5900.629
    5901.351 5901.827 0.943 5901.620
    5902.875 5903.313 0.935 5903.073
    5910.493 5910.784 0.970 5910.634
    5911.998 5912.677 0.962 5912.293
    5914.386 5914.756 0.970 5914.584
    5915.600 5916.037 0.974 5915.809
    5916.367 5917.406 0.973 5916.912
    5919.867 5920.275 0.954 5920.075
    5920.508 5920.828 0.947 5920.663
    5921.100 5921.498 0.938 5921.269
    5925.684 5926.092 0.953 5925.894
    5929.679 5930.077 0.970 5929.912
    5933.582 5933.951 0.951 5933.740
    5934.252 5934.572 0.970 5934.397
    5941.917 5942.267 0.974 5942.098
    5942.461 5942.946 0.943 5942.711
    5943.121 5943.461 0.941 5943.265
    5943.830 5944.491 0.947 5944.143
    5945.670 5947.884 0.934 5946.901
    5948.302 5948.865 0.958 5948.594
    5950.612 5951.642 0.968 5951.082
    5956.433 5956.821 0.976 5956.607
    5959.288 5960.501 0.967 5959.846
    6277.848 6287.767 0.725 6281.727
    6289.205 6289.852 0.889 6289.534
    6290.678 6292.295 0.841 6291.512
    6293.589 6294.991 0.840 6294.283
    6296.644 6298.010 0.814 6297.306
    6299.878 6301.280 0.815 6300.598
    6303.329 6304.838 0.816 6304.113
    6307.276 6308.660 0.842 6307.958
    6311.292 6312.709 0.884 6312.011
    6315.645 6317.264 0.896 6316.484
    6320.250 6321.580 0.950 6320.900
    6325.070 6326.580 0.970 6325.800
    6473.992 6475.166 0.961 6474.568
    6476.613 6477.788 0.904 6477.238
    6480.737 6482.103 0.926 6481.517
    6484.698 6485.954 0.920 6485.326
    6488.412 6488.712 0.957 6488.551
    6490.706 6491.116 0.970 6490.929
    6492.317 6492.836 0.912 6492.583
    6494.475 6494.912 0.932 6494.695
    6497.425 6497.889 0.907 6497.661
    6499.063 6499.637 0.973 6499.349
    6510.206 6510.509 0.965 6510.393
    6513.543 6514.244 0.966 6513.916
    6516.228 6516.765 0.899 6516.505
    6517.419 6517.839 0.961 6517.633
    6518.096 6518.609 0.892 6518.366
    6518.726 6519.053 0.964 6518.881
    6519.613 6519.963 0.964 6519.812
    6521.014 6521.504 0.958 6521.273
    6868.713 6882.348 0.090 6874.286
    6885.302 6886.136 0.332 6885.721
    6887.173 6889.157 0.276 6888.182
    6890.306 6892.290 0.229 6891.329
    6893.755 6895.693 0.208 6894.750
    6897.497 6899.345 0.207 6898.348
    6901.318 6903.309 0.360 6902.344
    6905.611 6907.407 0.404 6906.469
    6910.021 6911.817 0.448 6910.895
    6914.705 6916.344 0.546 6915.603
    6919.662 6921.340 0.607 6920.542
    6924.814 6926.414 0.693 6925.638
    6930.278 6931.956 0.796 6931.130
    6935.196 6937.538 0.866 6936.475
    6939.351 6940.335 0.941 6939.784
    6941.302 6944.528 0.913 6942.818
    6945.350 6946.076 0.915 6945.713
    6948.269 6948.672 0.965 6948.470
    6949.091 6949.833 0.874 6949.435
    6950.656 6951.301 0.937 6950.937
    6952.430 6953.316 0.963 6952.854
    6955.221 6956.016 0.959 6955.603
    6958.017 6958.689 0.871 6958.351
    6961.088 6961.730 0.928 6961.377
    6962.921 6963.487 0.889 6963.173
    6966.176 6966.649 0.968 6966.440
    6979.103 6979.573 0.963 6979.376
    6983.100 6983.688 0.966 6983.392
    6988.242 6988.672 0.941 6988.491
    6990.638 6991.149 0.930 6990.909
    6992.034 6993.151 0.957 6992.508
    6995.132 6996.290 0.957 6995.687
    7000.459 7001.317 0.924 7000.864
    7006.464 7007.434 0.952 7006.850
    7011.497 7012.026 0.947 7011.750
    7012.797 7013.616 0.918 7013.176
    7016.988 7019.590 0.817 7018.262
    7020.987 7021.565 0.958 7021.279
    7022.240 7023.059 0.970 7022.667
    7024.167 7024.600 0.954 7024.430
    7025.117 7025.763 0.949 7025.421
    7028.069 7030.141 0.841 7029.180
    7041.482 7041.993 0.950 7041.724
    7149.423 7149.796 0.929 7149.616
    7152.383 7153.354 0.944 7152.901
    7158.179 7158.652 0.940 7158.398
    7160.492 7161.512 0.945 7160.976
    7163.801 7164.273 0.951 7164.017
    7165.642 7166.562 0.945 7166.181
    7169.609 7170.179 0.873 7169.866
    7171.722 7172.975 0.927 7172.375
    7174.420 7176.361 0.893 7175.345
    7177.754 7178.345 0.934 7178.055
    7178.788 7179.822 0.834 7179.338
    7183.175 7183.930 0.754 7183.551
    7186.046 7186.933 0.590 7186.487
    7187.840 7188.557 0.778 7188.248
    7188.747 7189.633 0.667 7189.273
    7193.123 7194.683 0.608 7193.644
    7195.237 7195.975 0.792 7195.621
    7196.766 7197.209 0.905 7197.003
    7197.567 7198.032 0.958 7197.770
    7199.005 7200.668 0.835 7199.926
    7202.164 7203.644 0.631 7202.881
    7205.605 7206.586 0.656 7206.218
    7208.066 7208.714 0.590 7208.389
    7211.246 7211.816 0.884 7211.502
    7212.987 7213.419 0.948 7213.180
    7218.273 7218.722 0.883 7218.494
    7225.305 7225.970 0.816 7225.596
    7229.179 7229.728 0.877 7229.469
    7233.967 7235.197 0.662 7234.745
    7236.161 7237.042 0.602 7236.658
    7237.907 7238.373 0.819 7238.118
    7241.598 7242.013 0.938 7241.819
    7242.246 7243.144 0.716 7242.698
    7245.221 7245.986 0.672 7245.620
    7247.383 7247.948 0.850 7247.649
    7248.912 7249.461 0.924 7249.189
    7250.674 7251.073 0.939 7250.900
    7251.938 7252.437 0.922 7252.192
    7253.949 7255.961 0.700 7254.937
    7258.853 7260.150 0.877 7259.612
    7262.511 7262.893 0.946 7262.701
    7263.841 7264.173 0.935 7264.000
    7264.755 7265.171 0.930 7264.957
    7266.199 7266.793 0.887 7266.536
    7267.229 7267.961 0.717 7267.576
    7271.486 7272.437 0.955 7271.928
    7274.615 7275.308 0.731 7274.965
    7277.091 7277.656 0.795 7277.396
    7278.138 7280.333 0.709 7279.222
    7289.109 7290.317 0.843 7289.634
    7292.080 7293.327 0.777 7292.535
    7293.941 7295.604 0.937 7294.646
    7296.753 7297.268 0.937 7297.000
    7301.386 7302.099 0.943 7301.793
    7304.970 7306.475 0.843 7305.758
    7310.475 7311.743 0.887 7311.250
    7314.416 7314.931 0.939 7314.643
    7317.268 7317.782 0.937 7317.525
    7319.069 7319.465 0.932 7319.293
    7319.881 7320.911 0.908 7320.498
    7325.782 7326.198 0.961 7325.972
    7328.911 7329.564 0.963 7329.242
    7332.420 7333.240 0.950 7332.861
    7335.544 7335.940 0.936 7335.693
    7336.954 7337.918 0.942 7337.416
    7595.044 7663.558 0.008 7623.325
    7665.901 7668.861 0.140 7667.426
    7672.121 7674.370 0.329 7673.234
    7678.218 7680.112 0.468 7679.192
    7684.433 7686.328 0.608 7685.376
    7690.826 7692.721 0.729 7691.800
    7697.516 7699.351 0.853 7698.439
    7704.500 7706.158 0.926 7705.356
    7903.672 7904.213 0.936 7903.928
    7910.543 7911.817 0.941 7911.077
    7917.530 7918.148 0.969 7917.809
    7922.471 7923.243 0.936 7922.842
    7926.177 7926.949 0.951 7926.537
    7930.423 7931.118 0.938 7930.729
    8009.310 8010.209 0.940 8009.736
    8014.827 8015.667 0.951 8015.239
    8030.419 8031.199 0.950 8030.811
    8135.554 8137.604 0.847 8136.539
    8142.548 8144.629 0.840 8143.597
    8145.670 8146.874 0.933 8146.214
    8148.143 8148.761 0.920 8148.445
    8149.151 8149.671 0.913 8149.423
    8150.094 8152.534 0.848 8151.316
    8154.225 8157.380 0.758 8156.123
    8159.884 8160.535 0.746 8160.229
    8163.332 8164.991 0.689 8164.129
    8166.259 8167.723 0.552 8166.807
    8170.618 8172.700 0.580 8171.842
    8178.685 8181.612 0.522 8179.974
    8183.597 8184.507 0.751 8184.077
    8185.065 8185.589 0.946 8185.337
    8188.178 8189.071 0.738 8188.628
    8190.981 8192.152 0.524 8191.509
    8194.925 8195.880 0.612 8195.364
    8199.454 8200.440 0.551 8199.945
    8201.025 8203.337 0.826 8202.396
    8211.501 8212.826 0.939 8212.178
    8213.935 8214.674 0.869 8214.371
    8219.912 8220.774 0.785 8220.359
    8223.394 8224.133 0.856 8223.796
    8225.797 8226.629 0.812 8226.239
    8227.614 8228.169 0.902 8227.925
    8228.724 8229.556 0.527 8229.202
    8229.740 8231.374 0.492 8230.567
    8231.682 8232.298 0.773 8231.998
    8233.037 8234.301 0.576 8233.648
    8235.688 8237.135 0.714 8236.257
    8239.292 8239.939 0.894 8239.583
    8241.725 8242.465 0.912 8242.125
    8245.114 8246.162 0.678 8245.688
    8254.635 8255.221 0.882 8254.964
    8258.271 8259.226 0.590 8258.770
    8261.506 8262.307 0.813 8261.934
    8265.296 8266.065 0.866 8265.682
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    9018.317 9020.159 0.401 9019.105
     
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