Accession Number : AD0843307

Title :   C2, CN and CO+ Molecular Density in Atmospheres of Bright Comets,

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS/ASTRONAUTICS SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Wurm, K.

Report Date : OCT 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Some older evaluations of the C2, CN and CO+ densities of brighter comets are re-examined. The monochromatic headforms, which the comets have in the CN and C2 bands, permit one to establish an upper limit for the f-values of the C2 and CN molecules. This limit corresponds to the newly established values. When using the latest calculated f-values for the comet tail bands a considerable increase in the CO+ density is obtained, in comparison with the older evaluations.

Descriptors :   (*COMETS, MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY), FREE RADICALS, CARBON, CARBON MONOXIDE, CARBON COMPOUNDS, NITROGEN COMPOUNDS, AIRGLOW, PHOTOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, BAND SPECTRA, BRIGHTNESS.

Subject Categories : Astrophysics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE