Accession Number : AD0434191

Title :   NEGATIVE IONS IN AFTERGLOWS IN ATMOSPHERIC GASES,

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS SAN DIEGO CALIF GENERAL ATOMIC DIV

Personal Author(s) : Fite,Wade L. ; Rutherford,J. A.

Report Date : 31 DEC 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : Mass spectrometric monitoring of ions in afterglows in atmospheric gases has been applied to the study of negative ions. Nitrogen-oxygen-hydrogen mixtures as well as the ''pure'' gases and ordinary air have been examined in a bakeable afterglow mass spectro meter. Of particular interest is the finding that for pressures of the order of l torr and after times of the order of milliseconds, minute impurities produce negative ion spectra which bear little resemblance to those which could be expected. Especially significant are the ions CO3-(mass 60) and NO3H2-(mass 64). It seems likely that many of the atmospheric phenomena usually attributed to O2- and NO2- in fact involve these and other heavier ions. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERES, GAS DISCHARGES), (*MASS SPECTRA, ATMOSPHERES), IONS, MASS SPECTROSCOPY, NITROGEN, OXYGEN, HYDROGEN, SKY BRIGHTNESS, LINEAR ACCELERATORS, INSTRUMENTATION, GAS IONIZATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE