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Mechanisms leading to NLTE IR emission in the terrestrial thermosphere and their impact on remote sensing of atmospheric parameters
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Assuming large signal-to-noise ratio and using the rotationally resolved fundamental vibration-rotation band emission from NO near 5.3 μm we propose a scheme for remotely sensing temperature above the altitudes where the 15 μm emission from CO2 becomes very weak. We also find that the rotationally resolved 5.3 μm emission can be used to remotely sense N(4S) atom, O2, and O densities in the terrestrial thermosphere -- this being the only method for remotely sensing the first two species.

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Date Published: 18 April 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4882, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VII, (18 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.463362
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Ramesh D. Sharma, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Hoang Dothe, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (United States)
James W. Duff, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4882:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VII
Klaus P. Schaefer; Olga Lado-Bordowsky; Adolfo Comeron; Richard H. Picard, Editor(s)

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