Creating LIFE in the Lab
The Limb Imaging FTS Experiment (LIFE) Version 1 prototype balloon instrument is entering the build phase of the development cycle. LIFE makes use of an interferometer to take limb images of the atmosphere, to which a Fourier transform can be applied, to retrieve spectral information. Spectral information can then be used to determine atmospheric profiles of trace gas species; LIFE aims to obtain ozone, methane, water vapor nitrous oxide profiles. The system as it exists today is set-up in the lab for characterization and calibration purposes. A large amount of time and effort is required to get this design working, and this talk will focus on these tasks which must be completed, with a focus on detector characterization and uniform time sampling and their importance to instrument operation.