The polarization, frequency and spatial responses of the sensor can be considered by calculating the Stokes vector of monochromatic pencil beam radiances for a set of frequencies and viewing directions, and weight these radiances with the instrument responses. This paper presents a highly efficient solution for this calculation procedure. The basic idea is to pre‐calculate a matrix that represents the mapping from polarisation, frequency and spatial values to measured data. Sensor impacts can then be included by a simple matrix multiplication. The full sensor matrix can be obtained by determining the response matrix for the sensor parts individually. Data reduction methods can also be incorporated. A simple method for optimizing the calculation grids is further presented. The described approach for sensor modeling has been implemented in two public available softwares for atmospheric radiative transfer simulations.
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Department of Radio and Space Science, Chalmers University of Technology, SE‐41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, D‐28259 Bremen, Germany
May 10, 2006
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