We present an experimental study of the self- and N2-broadened H2 O continuum in microwindows within the ν2 fundamental centered at ~1600 cm−1. The continuum is derived from transmission spectra recorded at room temperature with a BOMEM Fourier transform spectrometer at a resolution of ~0.040 cm−1. Although we find general agreement with previous studies, our results suggest that there is significant near-wing super-Lorentzian behavior that produces a highly wave-number-dependent structure in the continuum as it is currently defined.
Self-broadened continuum coefficients from Burch .
 D. E. Burch, Continuum absorption by H2O, Ford Aerontronic Rep. AFGL-TR-81-0300 (U.S. Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., 1982.
The continuum absorption by H2O has several characteristics that are common throughout the windows in the infrared and millimeter-wave regions. Values of the continuum absorption coefficient calculated on the basis of simple, widely used line shapes may differ greatly from observed values in the windows between strong absorption lines. The temperature dependence of this absorption is also not predictable from present day understanding of line shapes or of dieters, which may also contribute. The shapes of self-broadened H2O lines are quite different from those of N2-broadened lines, and the difference increases with increasing distance from the centers of the lines. Data obtained from laboratory samples and from atmospheric paths are presented to compare the various windows in the infrared and millimeter regions.
Self-broadened continuum coefficients from impact theory. (linear format)
Self-broadened continuum coefficients from CKD models .
 S.A. Clough, in The water vapor continuum and its role in remote sensing, in Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Vol. 2 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series ~Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995, pp. 76–78.
Self-broadened continuum coefficients from CKD model .
 S. A. Clough, in The water vapor continuum and its role in remote sensing, in Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Vol. 2 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995, pp. 76–78.
Self-broadened continuum coefficients from this research.