Accession Number : AD0642851

Title :   STUDIES OF METASTABLE MOLECULES OF ATMOSPHERIC INTEREST.

Descriptive Note : Final rept., 1 Jun 64-31 Aug 66,

Corporate Author : SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Carleton,Nathaniel P.

Report Date : OCT 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Work relating to the study of metastable states of atoms and molecules of atmospheric interest. Excitation of such states was investigated by electron impact, reaction rates of the excited species with various molecules and also radiative lifetimes, and, as an experimental tool, the interaction of metastable molecules with surfaces. Related to this last topic is an investigation of negative-ion formation at heated surfaces. The chief application of this work to atmospheric physics is in relating various observational data to the fundamental input of energy into the atmosphere by photoionization and the precipitation of fast charged particles.

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERES, *MOLECULAR ENERGY LEVELS), (*ATOMIC ENERGY LEVELS, ATMOSPHERES), MOLECULAR BEAMS, ELECTRON IRRADIATION, EXCITATION, EMISSIVITY, REACTION KINETICS, GAS IONIZATION, NITROGEN, CARBON MONOXIDE, NITROGEN COMPOUNDS, OXIDES, ELECTRON TRANSITIONS, GLOW DISCHARGES, OXYGEN, LIGHT, CHEMISORPTION, REFRACTORY METALS

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry
      Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE