The spectral extinction file (usually named with a
extension) is primarily associated with the Classic Extinction
model that was first introduced in DIRSIG3.
The data is used to model the total extinction (absorption and scattering) of light within a volume. These files are used to model the extinction through objects ranging in scales from simple clouds (where path lengths are many kilometers) to a leaf or plate of glass (where path lengths are a few millimeters).
The first line of the file is the number of spectral curves in the file.
|The number of spectral curves must be 1.|
The second line is the curve delimiter that marks the start of the curve data. Depending on the age of the file, the curve marker varies (which will be discussed later).
|Even though there is only 1 curve in an extinction file, there is a marker for the start of the curve. Forgetting to include this line will throw off the parsing of the spectral extinction data following the marker.|
The spectral curve data following the curve count varies depending on the age of the file. The units of the extinction coefficients are per kilometer.
|Many users forget the units are per kilometer and import data with units of per meter. Although these latter units are more intuitive for many cases, the format of this file was defined many years ago when the data was used exclusively for large objects.|
To be safe, users should supply a large extinction value (for
The "old" format files had each curve sampled on fixed 100 wavenumber
increments from 39850 to 350 wavenumbers, resulting in exactly 396 spectral
points. The spectral samples are in decreasing order. This format is
identified by the curve delimiter being the single value
0 (the curve
1 0 39850 1.00000e+10 39750 1.00000e+10 39650 1.00000e+10 [lines deleted for documentation purposes] 24850 5.08321e+06 24750 5.06721e+06 24650 5.03595e+06 [lines deleted for documentation purposes] 550 1.00000e+10 450 1.00000e+10 350 1.00000e+10
The "new" format was added during the DIRSIG3 era to allow the user
to bring in curves with spectral resolution better than 100 wavenumbers.
This format is identified by the curve delimited being the string
CURVE_BEGIN. The units of the spectral samples are in microns and
the samples are in increasing order.
1 CURVE_BEGIN 0.40000 2.59696e+06 0.40084 2.64931e+06 0.40169 2.70456e+06 [lines deleted for documentation purposes] 14.1335 1.000000+10 14.2092 1.000000+10 14.2857 1.000000+10
|The spectral samples in a "new format" file do not need to be on regular intervals.|