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Remote sensing the translational temperature and the densities of nitric oxide, carbon dioxide, and atomic oxygen as a function of altitude in the quiescent nighttime terrestrial thermosphere
Author(s): Ramesh D. Sharma
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes to remotely sense the translational temperature and the densities of important nocturnal radiators, viz., nitric oxide, carbon dioxide, and atomic oxygen, as functions of altitude in the quiescent nighttime terrestrial thermosphere. The densities of the excited states as functions of altitude are obtained by inverting the measured infrared limb emissions from nitric oxide near 5.3 micrometers , from carbon dioxide near 15 micrometers , and the fine structure lines of atomic oxygen at 63.2 micrometers and 145.5 micrometers . A knowledge of the excitation mechanisms then permits the calculation of the ground states densities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 January 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2956, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation, Adaptive Systems, and Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing, (6 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263163
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Ramesh D. Sharma, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2956:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation, Adaptive Systems, and Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing
Adam D. Devir; Anton Kohnle; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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