Vol. 11, issue 12, article # 12Granitsky L.V., Cheremisin A.A., Bartenev V.A., Il'inykh A.M. Monitoring of space debris in the UV spectral range. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1998. V. 11. No. 12. P. 1142-1146.
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The capabilities of the satellite UV systems to detect small bodies in the space near the Earth and in the upper atmosphere are discussed. The UV range from 200 to 300 nm has the advantage, as compared to the IR and visible ranges, in the detection range for objects of a given size observed against the background of the Earth's surface illuminated by the Sun. This is caused by high contrast of the objects against the background in the UV due to the absorption of solar radiation by the upper-atmospheric ozone in the Hartley absorption band. One of the schemes developed for UV monitoring of the space debris is described.