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Spectrophotometry of the zodiacal light


The history of zodiacal light spectrometry follows faithfully the history of optical detection technology. Each new design effort has resulted in the harnessing of new and more efficient detectors to the problem, and with each new development the quality of the spectra obtained has improved. This article traces the development of the technique from its beginnings in the 1950’s to the spectrographs of the present day.


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James, J.F. Spectrophotometry of the zodiacal light. Earth Planet Sp 50, 481–485 (1998).

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