The HITRAN 2008 molecular spectroscopic database


Rothman LS, Gordon IE, Barbe A, Benner CD, Bernath PF, Birk M, Boudon V, Brown LR, Campargue A, Champion JP, et al. The HITRAN 2008 molecular spectroscopic database. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. 2009;110:533-572.


This paper describes the status of the 2008 edition of the HITRAN molecularspectroscopic database. The new edition is the first official public release since the2004 edition, although a number of crucial updates had been made available onlinesince 2004. The HITRAN compilation consists of several components that serve as inputfor radiative-transfer calculation codes: individual line parameters for the microwavethrough visible spectra of molecules in the gas phase; absorption cross-sections formolecules having dense spectral features, i.e. spectra in which the individual lines arenot resolved; individual line parameters and absorption cross-sections for bands in theultraviolet; refractive indices of aerosols, tables and files of general properties associatedwith the database; and database management software. The line-by-line portion of the database contains spectroscopic parameters for 42 molecules including many of their isotopologues.