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Comparison of Microwave Black-Body Target Radiometric Measurements



Dave K. Walker, Dazhen Gu, Katherine MacReynolds, Randy Direen, James P. Randa, Amanda Cox, Derek A. Houtz, Robert L. Billinger


Accurate characterization of the brightness temperature (T_B) of black-body targets used for calibrating microwave remote-sensing radiometers includes many inputs: antenna pattern and loss, target temperature, target emissivity, mechanical alignment, and radiometric T_B measurements, all of which must be calibrated against physical standards. Here we describe measurements made using several black-body targets with two different antennas within the WR-42 (18 26.5 GHz) waveguide band. Uncertainty estimates are also shown for the retrieved target T_B measurements.
Conference Dates
July 25-30, 2010
Conference Location
Honolulu, HI
Conference Title
2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium


Walker, D. , Gu, D. , MacReynolds, K. , Direen, R. , Randa, J. , Cox, A. , Houtz, D. and Billinger, R. (2010), Comparison of Microwave Black-Body Target Radiometric Measurements, 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Honolulu, HI, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created July 30, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017