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History of the HITRAN Database

For almost 50 years the HITRAN molecular spectroscopic database has been the standard archive for transmission and radiance calculations. Laurence Rothman reviews its history and some applications.

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The author thanks Dr. Iouli E. Gordon, the current director of the HITRAN project, for suggestions. Work on HITRAN at the Harvard-Smithsonian has been funded by NASA.

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Rothman, L.S. History of the HITRAN Database. Nat Rev Phys 3, 302–304 (2021).

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