Accession Number : AD0752541

Title :   Effect of Atomic Oxygen upon the N2 Vibrational Temperature in the Lower Thermosphere.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Feb-Jun 72,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Breig,Edward L. ; Brennan,Mary E. ; McNeal,Robert J.

Report Date : 01 OCT 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The effects on vibrational temperatures in the thermosphere, of recent laboratory measurements of the quenching of vibrationally excited nitrogen by atomic oxygen, are evaluated. The newly acquired data indicate vibrational temperatures that remain very close to the ambient kinetic temperature at all altitudes and local times. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NITROGEN, QUENCHING(INHIBITION)), (*UPPER ATMOSPHERE, NITROGEN), OXYGEN, ATOMS, MOLECULAR ENERGY LEVELS, VIBRATION, EXCITATION, INTERACTIONS

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE