GREAT/SOFIA atmospheric calibration
ABSTRACT The GREAT observations need frequency-selective calibration across the
passband for the residual atmospheric opacity at flight altitude. At these
altitudes the atmospheric opacity has both narrow and broad spectral features.
To determine the atmospheric transmission at high spectral resolution, GREAT
compares the observed atmospheric emission with atmospheric model predictions,
and therefore depends on the validity of the atmospheric models. We discusse
the problems identified in this comparison with respect to the observed data
and the models, and describe the strategy used to calibrate the science data
from GREAT/SOFIA during the first observing periods.