Accession Number : AD0736257

Title :   The Structure of the Earth's Atmosphere: Lecture Notes,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIV

Personal Author(s) : Bauer,Ernest

Report Date : JAN 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 339

Abstract : These are lecture notes for a graduate course in applied physics the aim of which is to relate the phenomenology of the different regions of the earth's atmosphere to the underlying physical principles. After an initial discussion of relevant topics in atomic physics, the sun is treated as the primary energy source that drives the atmosphere, which is then treated by moving upward from sea level, region by region, through the troposphere, strato/mesosphere, and thermosphere, analyzing in turn the effects of water vapor and clouds, ozone and oxygen photodissociation. Above 200-300 km this pattern fails because of the geomagnetic field, and here the ionosphere and exosphere are treated as applications of plasma physics. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERES, TEXTBOOKS), ATMOSPHERE MODELS, ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, DENSITY, MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY, SOLAR RADIATION, PHOTOCHEMICAL REACTIONS, ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY, CLOUDS, TROPOSPHERE, IONOSPHERE, EXOSPHERE, MESOSPHERE, STRATOSPHERE, MAGNETOSPHERE, PLASMAS(PHYSICS)

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE