Total Water Instrument

Lyman-α fragment fluorescence instrument for the detection of water vapor and total water and UV absorption detection of O3

Total Water InstrumentThe design of the newly developed total water instrument is based on the same principles as the water vapor instrument, and is intended to fly in conjunction with it. Conceptually, the total water instrument can be thought of as containing four subsystems:

  1. An inlet through which liquid and/or solid water particles can be brought into an instrument duct without perturbing the ambient particle density.
  2. A heater that efficiently evaporates the liquid/solid water before it reaches the detection axis.
  3. Ducting through which the air flows to the detection axis without perturbing the (total) water vapor mixing ratio.
  4. A water vapor detection axis that accurately and precisely measures the total water content of the ambient air.