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TCTE3TSI6

TCTE Level 3 Total Solar Irradiance 6-Hour Means V002 (TCTE3TSI6) at GES DISC

The Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) Calibration Transfer Experiment (TCTE) data set TCTE3TSI6 contains 6-hour averaged total solar irradiance (a.k.a solar constant) data collected by the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) instrument covering the full wavelength spectrum. The data are normalized to one astronomical unit (1 AU). The TCTE/TIM instrument measures the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI), monitoring changes in incident sunlight to the Earth's atmosphere using an ambient temperature active cavity radiometer to a designed absolute accuracy of 350 parts per million (ppm, 1 ppm=0.0001% at 1-sigma), and a precision and long-term relative accuracy of 10 ppm per year. Due to the small size of these data and to maximize ease of use to end-users, each delivered TSI product contains science results for the entire mission in an ASCII column formatted file. Early in the mission, between Dec 2013 and May 2014, TCTE acquired daily measurements to establish good overlap with the SORCE TIM. From May 2014 to Dec 2014, the TCTE measurements were reduced to weekly, which greatly subsample the true solar variability, and thus have little value for solar research. Beginning in Jan 2015, daily obervations were resumed. Release Notes: 2015-04-21: Version 2 applies dark and degradation corrections to the data. 2015-01-20: Version 1 is the first public release of TCTE TIM data. Estimated absolute accuracies are 0.1% (1000 ppm) and will be improved in future versions as additional corrections are applied.

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