Accession Number : AD0654300
Title : A THEORY OF THE AURORAL AFTERGLOW OF NITROGEN.
Descriptive Note : Physical sciences research papers no. 323,
Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS
Personal Author(s) : Oldenberg,O.
Report Date : APR 1967
Pagination or Media Count : 26
Abstract : An attempt is made to explain the 'auroral afterglow' or short-duration afterglow of nitrogen, discovered in 1932 by Kaplan, in terms of well established processes. In this afterglow, N2+ bands are excited together with bands of neutral N2 molecules, which show energies far exceeding the limit evident in the well known long-duration afterglow (Lewis-Rayleigh afterglow). This limit is given by the energy of recombining N atoms, 9.76 eV. (Author)
Descriptors : (*AURORAE, AFTERGLOWS), (*NITROGEN, AURORAE), UPPER ATMOSPHERE, ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, LINE SPECTRA, BAND SPECTRA, AIRGLOW, THEORY
Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE