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Robin Leadbeater

Thanks Bill,

The reason I asked was that I was surprised to see that for the Geminid for example, the continuum has the same value across the wavelength range, given that it would be expected to be the product of the typical instrument response and the presumably black body curve of the thermal contribution to the spectrum. This continuum would also be expected to vary in shape for the different speed meteors depending on the temperature.

An alternative approach would be to plot the flux calibrated spectra with the continuum component subtracted which should show the relative intensity of the emission lines directly