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ASTM E891 87th Edition, July 13, 1987
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Standard Tables for Terrestrial Direct Normal Solar Spectral Irradiance for Air Mass 1.5
Includes all amendments and changes through Reapproval Notice , 1992
Additional Comments: W/D S/S BY ASTM G159
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1. Scope

1.1 These tables define an air mass 1.5 solar spectral irradiance distribution for use in all solar applications where a standard terrestrial spectral irradiance is required for the direct normal radiation. A similar standard for global irradiance on a 37° tilted surface is given in Standard E 892.

1.2 These tables are modeled data that were generated using a zero air mass solar spectrum based on the revised extraterrestrial spectrum of Neckel and Labs (1), the BRITE (3, 4) Monte Carlo radiative transfer code, and the 1962 U.S. Standard Atmosphere (5) with a rural aerosol (6, 7, 8). Further details are presented in Appendix X1.

1.3 The air mass zero (AM0) spectrum that was used to generate the terrestrial spectrum was provided by C. Fröhlich and C. Wehrli (1) and is a revised and extended Neckel and Labs (2) spectrum. Neckel and Labs revised their spectrum by employing newer limb-darkening data to convert from radiance to irradiance, as reported by Fröhlich (9), citing the study by Hardrop (10). Comparisons by Fröhlich with calibrated sunphotometer data from Mauna Loa, Hawaii, indicate that this new extraterrestrial spectrum is the best currently available.

1.4 The development of the terrestrial solar spectrum data is based on work reported by Bird, Hulstrom, and Lewis (11). In computing the terrestrial values using the BRITE Monte Carlo radiation transfer code, the authors cited took the iterations to 2.4500 µm only. We have extended the spectrum to 4.045 µm using sixteen EΛi values from the original Standard E 891 - 82. Irradiance values in Standard E 891 - 82 were computed from the extraterrestrial spectrum represented by Standard E 490. The additional data points were added to account for the solar irradiance in this region that account for approximately 1.5% of the total irradiance between 0.305 and 4.045 µm. The errors propagated by doing so are insignificant.

1.5 An air mass of 1.5 and a turbidity of 0.27 were chosen for this standard because they are representative of average conditions in the 48 contiguous states of the United States.